Day 3 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week saw a great deal of paparazzi chase and celebrity showdown as some designers took the show stopping scenario bit too seriously.
EKRU – presents Indian Kaleidoscope. The color palette is brightly festive, retrained only through the use of black, white and grays. Thread work and motifs borrowed from traditional textiles have been given a twist by mixing and matching.
Gravitating towards the elegant economy of the construction of dress provided by antique models using luxurious fabrics, elaborate ornamentation and intricate hand- embroidered textures. Rajdeep brings to the season an enchanting feel of royal regalia, crowns and court garments in a contemporary fashion.
The collection explores the wonders of Sicily, and it’s beautiful baroque architecture,combined with paradisaical context of roses. Sticking to her motto “edgy”, Sonia’s collection is a beautiful amalgamation of the women of today, with their edgy personalities and individual spunk, with the yesteryear damsels, conserved and fragile, with a lot to say it wearable, she brings in new silhouettes like shift dresses with pants and saree-bolero blouse and tessellated border combinations, which makes her collection unique.
My favorite : The color royal shades of purple, minty greens, pink cinnamon, wine berry, Hawaiian ocean and peacock blue. The boyfriend shirts and printed kaftans.
Joy Mitra acknowledged 100 glorious years of Bollywood by giving a tribute to one of the mahor assets of this nation. The collection took inspiration from backstage and everything that goes into making a movie. This was his first fun-quirky-chic collection and consisted of dresses, saris and anarkalis. The color palette was an interesting mix of black, green, maroon, dark red and mustard.
My favorite : The photographic printed fabrics presenting the likes of Rekha from Umrao Jaan to Madhubala from Mughal-e-azam.
Afrocentric Trend – The collection is a delightful smorgasbord of vibrant patterns & prints inspired by everything from the African tribes to their body art. The collection includes a wide variety of ensembles varying from strong, vibrant printed pieces to bodycon dresses with embellished necklines incorporated with African jungle and Tribal mask’s prints. The color palette is bright & fresh, with hits here and there of citrus & neon tones.
My favorite : The “Afrocentric” prints, riot of colors and the colorful ornamentation.
My favorite : The collection showcases shades of pastels and nudes with long flowy gowns, futuristic saree drapes and works of lace and see through fabrics.
The compilation masterfully conducts the fusion of Reynu Taandon’s signature genius, flawlessly, into garments flaunting immense structural appeal, shades of metallic brilliance and dazzling embellishment techniques culled from scrupulously fashioned lengths of fabric.
My favorite : The classic yet edgy elements, chic sophisticated cuts and usage of French Chiffon.
Hypercraft – The collection derived inspiration from artist Michael Eden who used antique form while using digital technology. Using technologies like laser cuts combined with prints and unusual embroidery techniques, Kavita Bhartia has the collection a complete retro look and boxy silhouettes. The color palette is fresh and wearable with mist green, fiery red, warm yellows, plaster pinks, glowing umber, beige, blacks and rich off whites.
My favorite : The Assymetric hemmed dresses, straight leg pants, boxy jackets and the Hypercraft technology being used in the ensembles.
Taking inspiration from the Colonial Orient, the collection emanates military undertones and mirrors an appeal that is half tomboy half heroine. The collection affords extreme femininity against sharp tailored masculine shapes. Perceptible military influences include inspired metallic embellishments, epaulet detail and sharp shoulder styles with brass and buttonhole detailing, curved and long slit cuffs and high collars.
My favorite : The intage appeal, Japanese inspired bright oriental flower motifs and ikebana installations in prints and embroidery.
Shaadi Redux – For this new collection Abraham & Thakore took a look at Indian wedding dresses from a modernist and somewhat minimal perspective. They interpreted traditional occasion dressing into a sleek, modern 21st century bridal wardrobe for a contemporary Indian woman. The lehenga is a long pleated skirt worn with a crispy tailored top.
My favorite : The androgynous approach towards a traditional ensemble, classic Indian menswear and futuristic styled sari which maintains its classicism.
The North Indian Winters – Rajesh Pratap Singh traces his roots, juxtaposing the masculine and the feminine. Inspired by The Wool Lab trend forecast, the collection is testament to rural India, and exemplifies traditional tailoring in a more modern and contemporary light. With details like satin inserts, giving pocket detailing a geometry of its own, asymmetry, zipper fasteners from motorcycle jackets, and elements of classic menswear tailoring, every seam has a reason in this collection.
My favorite : The worsted suiting, tweeds, knitted wool jerseys patterned with graphics, flatbed jacquard intarsia and circular knit wools.
Threads of Emotion – This collection celebrates the magic and heritage of embroidery. In a reinterpretation of traditional craftsmanship from a modern approach, Manish has embellished the line in in Phulkari work, which is a symbol of maternal love and faith along with “Bagh” embroidery which is a very intense form of ancestral art.
My favorite : The ethnic rush of saris, anarkalis, floor length anarkalis and angarakhas. For men, the bandhgalas and structured clothes.