The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week S/S ’12 began at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Saturday with a strong note of runway-style and commercial clothing. The day had a few surprises with some good showings and a couple of not-so-impressive ones from well-known names.
Rahul Reddy’s collection stood out on the runway, with clean and uncluttered silhouettes which emphasized on on cuts and tailoring. Loops and colourful bands running through them at strategically located positions featured in most of his collection in serene, crisp whites.
Young Rimzim Dadu and her label My Village have by now become synonymous with the best in business in terms of surface textures and stylish silhouettes. Mixing paper with fabrics and creating pebble textures with broken buttons, her collection was extremely fashion forward.
Nachiket Barveused a variety of fabrics, experimenting with with crimp appliqués, dandelions in bullion embroidery, 3D fabric petals and silk embroidery. Péro by Aneeth Arora brought maximum fashion appeal through a minimalist approach. Cotton jackets with pleated back panels, khadi trousers and crocheted vests among others featured in the stylish collection.
Gauri & Nainika had an interesting mix of dresses, jumpsuits and gowns. While most pieces were well made, a few could have done better in terms of their finishing. However, the patch pockets, knife pleats, notched lapels and plunging backs added an interesting touch to the collection. Nandita Basu made a rather quick entry and exit with fewer pieces at hershow. Her clever use of fabrics that define the body was outstanding.
Malini Ramani was yet another designer who played around with her surfaces. Featuring mirror-work and colourful embroidery, the collection had an overall gypsy feel woven around it. Rina Dhaka’s collection did not work on the runway this time. Some of the creations bordered on being a tad shabby in terms of their overall look and finishing. However, the designer did make a bold attempt with textures with ruffles, tie-and-dye and hand block printing. The presentation by Rajesh Pratap Singh, using handloom textiles from Orissa, was interesting enough but there have been better attempts by this extremely successful designer in previous seasons.