Fashions Night Out India happened in New Delhi, a city which doesn?t just boast of its monuments and open spaces but also of its social circles. The Louis Vuitton and Dior handbag collections could mount up to build a monument all their own. This annual event organized by Vogue India was held at luxury mall DLF Emporio. With long lines at the ?Vogue Steals? and ?Vogue Loves? counter, the expectations for the evening were high. At the ?Vogue Steals? counter, luxury handbags were put up for sale by their well-heeled owners and sold out within an hour. The ?Vogue Loves? counter was a pop-up store filled with the special pieces made by India?s biggest designers and put on sale for half their original prices, this booth also was sold out within the hour.
Sabyasachi sari, Shivan Narresh swimsuit, Amit Aggarwal ?Morphe? dress, Nachiket Barve tunic, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna shirts, Gaurav Gupta trousers were a few of the items I got a glimpse off before they were nabbed by the savvy shoppers. What I was able to get my hands on was a pair Sabyasachi printed wedges and a bunch of bangles that had been shown on the runway as part of the Fall Winter 2011 collection.
The general mood was elevated even higher with free champagne and cocktails available in all stores. Designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Shantanu and Nikhil, Gaurav Gupta, and Abraham and Thakore played the role of gracious hosts in their own boutiques.
The feeling of camaraderie was also prevalent amongst the luxury boutiques like Christian Dior, which welcomed guests with wine, cheese and music by female DJ duo Elektrovert playing the latest pop hits.
The real prize of the evening came with bagging an entry invite to the after-party, which was held on the top floor of the mall. Entry was strictly by invitation and included designers Rohit Bal, Ashish N Soni, Namrata Joshipura along with artists like Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher. Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha was also seen at the party wearing a Salvatore Ferragamo dress.
Sure the presence of international luxury brands was more prevalent compared to the Indian brands, but the Indian designers themselves more than made up for the difference in by attending the events and mingling with their fans.