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CAMARADERIE DURING FASHION WEEK FITTINGS

ANJHULA MYA SINGH BAIS  (click here to know more about this blogger)

The time is here! Drum roll please! In its 12th year in fashion, Lakme Fashion Week gets ready to present its spring resort 2011 collections starting on 11th March.

An eclectic mix of avant garde, quirky designs mixed with staples of the masters, five days of grueling fittings have finished today… one hour ago! I write from backstage, and unbeknownst to the world, Swapnil Shinde had to pull out of his shared slot with Siddharth Tytler an hour ago because of a personal emergency. This news was met with huge cheers from the models because it was unanimous… our admiration for his clothes. My colleague Kaylie said it best when she said, "extra hours don't matter when you're in the presence of such great creative energy," referring to Sabyasachi, Tytler and Nikhil and Shantanu.

Mostly everyone sees the final product onstage but how much goes on behind the scenes! Lakme and IMG duly dissipate the notion that models do not eat. Plentiful buffets for breakfast/lunch/dinner with high tea are provided along with car service!! Before the fashion week, models have five days of fittings… being poked, prodded and pinned for 12-13 hours a day. Divided in two groups A and B, it is culturally enriching with Australia, Iceland, the UK, Ukraine and more being represented.

In between the long hours is much camaraderie and bonding, full of laughter, with memories to carry forward always. It is amazing to see the antithesis of nails out and cattiness off the catwalk… in fact, it is just the opposite. The girls in my group saw a choreographer act aggressive and united in empathy, taking a new girl under their wings. It is always interesting to speak with each model individually, all with rich stories and experiences converging together on the prestigious platform that is Lakme. Between blogging, fittings, and submitting academic papers and shooting, I walk away knowing 16 beautiful females better. 

Here I share some fun personal photos candidly before we hit the runway tomorrow! And to all my girls, break a leg :)

Anjhula Singh Bais with Miss Earth Nicole Fariah having a blast
 
Anjhula in Gauri Nainika [a sneak peek of the grand finale!!]
 
Clothes [and nursery rhymes!] with a twist
 
Candice, Freddy and Anjhula in designer Debarun's clothes
 
From hot to holy... Kaylie and Anjhula
 
Models on a tea break!!
 
Rachel during the Grand Finale fittings!!
 
Sabyasachi's fittings!!
 
Sid and Anjhula
 
Sharing a laugh :)
 
Satya Paul's sea-inspired collection!
 
10-MARCH-2011
 
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7 Comments
 
11-MARCH-2011 Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
Lata, thanks very much.** Payal, a blog is nothing without readers so thanks for taking time out to read. **Abhishek, it's true, many of them are like sisters!** Jasmeen, I respect your female entrepreneurial style! **Lakme Participant, that's quite a mysterious response :). **Poonam, thanks for the compliment, look forward to writing more.
 
 
10-MARCH-2011 poonam jhethmalani
Love the way you write .... you bring the "forbidden world" of backstage happenings so clearly in front of our eyes
 
 
10-MARCH-2011 Lakme Fashion Week participant
you rock, woman but sigh you're a good girl... you don't bat your eyes at me!!!!!
 
 
10-MARCH-2011 Jasmeen Dugal
@LATA thanks so much but the credit for this rocking blog goes entirely to my charming friend Anjhula... bless her :)
 
 
10-MARCH-2011 Abhishek Anand
You just disproved the misconception that modelling is cut-throat with all the girls polishing their claws and fangs to get each other's projects!!!
 
 
10-MARCH-2011 payal jaikishan
Anjhula, thank you so much for doing us fashionistas [as we call ourselves] the service, and indeed it is one, to take us BEHIND THE SCENES
 
 
10-MARCH-2011 lata nishchal
WELL DONE, JASMEEN!!!!!! Yours is the only portal that has EXCLUSIVE coverage like this so soon, by such a famous model from New York!!!! I am impressed... all the best!
 
 
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