Designer James Ferreira’s line at the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) was inspired by Aesop’s fable “The Hare and The Tortoise,” and while the audience was wowed by it, the surprise of the show was an impromptu jig by the designer on “Sheila Ki Jawani” in a hot-pant and a T-shirt with a long overcoat.
The Mumbai-based designer was showcasing at the WIFW for the first time.
While the business-to-business event is extremely focused on serious work, the popular item-number from the film “Tees Mar Khan” electrified the environment as it started playing in the background when the designer came to take his bow.
First, the models started the jig and soon Ferreira joined them and the entire spectacle was well received by the audience who cheered and applauded.
The show was different right from the word go.
Three models came together on the ramp while in the background the “The Hare and The Tortoise” story was being played. Suddenly two models started talking in the middle of the ramp, while the third model walked till the front – enacting the story and giving and message “slow and steady wins the race.”
Ferreira picked up on tortoise because he wanted to give the audience the message that tortoise too is an endangered species even while the whole world is talking about tiger, an organiser said.
The well-structured garments and signature drapes of Ferreira were put together with pleating and tucking in the hues of moss green, golden yellow, teal blue and burnt sienna in fabrics like Italian silk, heavy wool in A-line shapes. Hence the line had dresses, long overcoats and shrugs paired with pink stockings.
“While designing my clothes, I think about the comfort level. While I design dresses, I think about a sari, so I drape my garments the way a sari is draped,” Ferreira said.