Monday, February 19, 2018

‘Suhani Raat’

...a night to beautiful fashion


WENDY ON THE CATWALK: Former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam walks down the runway for House of Jaipur’s 2014 collection, “Suhani Raat” at MovieTowne’s Banquet and Conference Centre on May 21. —Photos: CURTIS CHASE

Mark Fraser

 Taking East Indian wear to a whole new level is how Dhisha Moorjani, owner of House of Jaipur described her new 2014 collection, “Suhani Raat” which was revealed at MovieTowne’s Banquet and Conference Centre, Port of Spain recently.

The title of the collection was taken from the 1949 Bollywood film Dulari.  Originally sung by the late Mohammed Rafi, “Suhani Raat” translated in English means “A beautiful night”. The night was indeed beautiful as the Banquet and Conference Centre was transformed into a scene from a Bollywood movie as guests filtered into the exquisitely decorated room. It was a feast for the senses as guests absorbed the flavours of India through the food, clothing, décor and music.

The event began around 8 p.m. with Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 1998, Wendy Fitzwilliam walking the runway in a pink and gold sari. Fitzwilliam was not a model for the evening but the presenter for the show. But she was not the only beauty queen who graced the runway. Miss World 1986, Giselle Laronde-West walked the runway with models half her age and showed that she still “got it”.

The guests were serenaded by Neval Chatelal who was accompanied by Johann Chuckaree on the pan. Chatelal, dressed in a crisp black suit, did a beautiful rendition of the song “Suhani Raat”.

The audience kept their eyes glued to the stage as members of the Shiv Shakti Dance Company gave an up-tempo performance. Shortly thereafter the fashion show commenced.

Moorjani dedicated the collection to her deceased parents who came from India.

Embracing the history and legacy handed down to her by her parents and blending it with her Trinidadian roots, “I have been able to forge ahead to represent what it means to be a Caribbean woman,” she said.

The House of Jaipur showcased 100 pieces in their new resort line. The collection started in colours of red, cream and gold. 

This was followed by colours of coral, white, purple, orange and green. Pops of yellow, silver and black created an interesting colour contrast as models showed off saris, shalwars and other forms of East Indian attire. The collection also included, beach wear and beach cover-ups.

Apart from the outfits the accessories were also eye-catching. Models wore elaborate head and neck pieces as well as jewelry for the nose. 

Moorjani said, “It was great to see all ethnicities coming together and enjoying East Indian fashion.”

In commemoration of the 169th anniversary of Indian Arrival, the House of Jaipur through their 2014 collection celebrated the history and legacy of their East Indian forefathers, the fashion of Bollywood film stars and the influence of Indian embroideries and fabrics in the Caribbean. 

Promoting the beauty of our diverse society, the fashion house notes that while much of the world is just learning to embrace multiculturalism and accept diversity, Trinidadians have been living it for more than a century.