English language aficionados have long railed about the plethora of French words in the lexicon, from cliché and carteblanche to déjà vu and avant-garde. They may be mollified to know that the French have been equally annoyed by the English words that have crept into their language. But the alternative lexicon from the French culture ministry, Federation of Feminine Prêt-à-Porter and Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion that attempts to exorcise words from across the Channel in that key segment, will prompt irritation and surprise among English votaries.

That the French have never bothered to think up words in their own tongue for such fashion basics as T-shirts and jeans, lazily making do with by prefacing the English word with a gender-defining ‘le’ or ‘la’, is certainly a faux pas that should have been remedied long ago. Whether Yves Saint Laurent’s famous ‘le smoking’ tuxedo suit would have been as smokin’ if it had been called le fumée tailleur is debatable, of course.

Terms such as ‘streetwear’, ‘pop-up store’ and ‘top model’ do roll easier off the tongue than ‘la mode de la rue’, ‘la boutique éphémère’ and ‘mannequins vedette’. But such terms are easily offset by the heavy French presence in English anyway. Both languages should be thankful India has not tried to indigenise fashion terms. Yet.

Lakmé Fashion Week 2020: Mithali Raj Makes Ramp Debut; Shikhar Dhawan, Sania Mirza Set Stag…

Best Foot Forward

This year’s Lakmé Fashion Week saw two Indian cricketers and a tennis player in a different avatar.

Making A Debut

Over the weekend, Indian women’s cricket captain in Test and ODIs Mithali Raj walked the ramp for Payal Singhal at the Lakmé Fashion Week. This was the cricketer’s debut on the ramp,, and she dazzled in a pale blush off shoulder top and lehenga with appliqué and zardosi work.

Black Magic

Indian cricketer and opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who is recovering from an injury, was also on the ramp for fashion designer Samant Chauhan on Sunday. He wore an all-black trio of kurta, peak lapelled textured tuxedo jacket and trousers for his walk on the ramp.

Casual & Chic

Tennis star Sania Mirza also walked the ramp. The former doubles World No. 1 wore a creation by designer Rina Singh’s label Eka. The collection was a collaboration between Eka and Telangana State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Ltd, also referred to as TSCO. The six-time Grand Slam winner was a showstopper and looked stunning in a printed, long coat with embroidered palazzos.

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