I always imagined myself to be on the red carpet, and last night I was. Well, kind of. Technically the carpet was green. And I discovered that magical things can happen if you make security people laugh. You can sneak around to places you shouldn't and rub elbows with celebrities (I literally rubbed elbows with designer Vikram Phadnis). I was five feet from Shabama Azmi and we made eye contact. I’d like to think it was because she recognized potential in me, but more than likely I probably just needed to fix my collar. Anyway, it was magic.
Speaking of magic, that is the word I would use to describe last night’s IIFA Rocks. Star-studded green carpet walks. Beautiful people in throngs. Pop singers (Monali Thakur, you now have a new fan). Boy dancers (more please!). Fog machines. Indo-English code switching. I kid you not. It was all there.
I could talk for days about all the shenanigans, such as the way fans squealed when they Anil Kapoor walked onto the green carpet (it sounded like a barnyard, really). I could tell you about watching Stephen Baldwin angrily chase after his beautiful twentysomething girlfriend. Instead though, I will focus on the fashion, which was the true event of the evening.
To be honest, I never quite got fashion until last night. It all seemed quite fussy and, frankly, trashy. However the designs were anything but. A delicate balance of modern color and traditional Indian wear, the fashion models looked elegant and exotic. I felt like I was witnessing some gorgeous event of nature and, really, I was.
Also, A-listers got on stage and walked with the models, which I don’t think happens in America. I would actually watch fashion shows if Anna Wintour had to walk with the models. That’s entertainment.
But perhaps the best part was the inspiration for the fashion show: equality for women. I’m a sucker for equal rights (call it a weakness) and the proceeds of IIFA Rocks all go to the Mijwan Welfare society, which funds schools for underprivileged girls.
Feminism and fashion should hang out more often. They make a great team.
More photos of the event can be viewed here.