When the curtains fell at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) in New Delhi on Wednesday, there was a sense of unity once again among the designer fraternity, with some from Mumbai participating.
At his Grand Finale show, Rohit Bal reiterated that he is the master who can move the audience like no one else can. As the glass-topped runway, with many lotuses lying beneath, lit up to welcome his creations, models appeared one after the other, donning creations that befitted a finale — some avant-garde and some with a sense of Indianness. Bal’s innate sense to create showed in his exquisitely embroidered lehengas and other creations. His ability to hold yards of different fabrics rolled into one creation by way of using folds, pleats and silhouettes resulted in an array of creations that brought in ample strength apt for a show at a finale.
Lecoanet Hemant chose to present their Autumn/ Winter collection of impeccably finished garments. Their taupe pashmina’s, over sized tops, silk jersey drape dresses, and olive tetron jackets with criss-cross leather straps are particularly worth mentioning.
Young Prashant Verma had a well-edited collection that gripped the audience because of his ability to make stylish and modern creations. His black silk tafetta shift dress, pleated tetra jacket and the ‘City by Night’ printed dress with shoulder foundation caught my attention.
Tanvi Kedia’s off white tunic dress with cord work embroidery, crushed cotton paneled dress, kaftan tops, etc were stylish, well-made and very wearable.
Others who presented included Jaya Rathore (some pretty Indian wear), Jyotee Khaitan (the collection didn’t work), Ritesh Kumar (can do better), Rohit Mittal, who showcased a sequin dress with PM Manmohan Singh’s image on it, and Taurus by Dhruv & Pallavi (wearable in yellow). Charu Parashar had a few interesting pieces while Gayatri Khanna came out with her floral prints. Abhishek Dutta’s collection looked a wee bit forced with the models appearing in hoods. Swapan & Seema had variety in their collection. Kotwara by Meera & Muzaffar Ali also had some very stylish pieces in their collection.
This edition of WIFW was the best I have seen so far, with a number of talented designers coming out with interesting creations. On the business side, designers say that they have been overwhelmed with orders from buyers. Shows, barring the sponsored ones, started without much delay. If FDCI manages to move out the untalented ones from among the designers and the unfit models, the event next season will be a perfect affair.