The last two days of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week were a li’l lacklustre this year. Scoring low on the celeb quotient and high on repetition of trends, the days ran dry but for moments of delight placed few and far.
Sticking to fine fabrics like muslin and silk, Raghavendra Rathore lived up to his reputation as a no-nonsense designer. No frills just plain cuts and tapered silhouettes marked this designer's collection.
Showstopper: A black full-length kurta with a broad embroidered waist teamed with khaki straight-fit linen trousers.
An ode to nature, Govind's collection saw the use of organic fabrics blended with satin. A mixture of bold colours with earthy hues, the collection was at its romantic best along with a perfect background score of love letters being read. Highlighting the cause of saving the planet’s resources was great but Deepika should have avoided the leather footwear.
Hats off to this designer. Despite the theft at his factory days before the Fashion Week, Varun Bahl presented a commendable line-up. Bahl’s interpretation of this season’s international trends like the use of balloons and paneling made the show a must-see.
Showstopper: The tribute to Isabelle Blow with all the models dressed in black, complete with the headgear that made the late editor of Tatler magazine stand out and the theme music of Kal Ho Na Ho left many in the audience moist-eyed.
Neetu Gupta and Raj Shroff
Established already with their appliqué work, this duo took their craftsmanship to a higher level with a creative collaboration with artist Raghava KK for their latest collection, Ravage Bricologe. Brushstrokes and patchwork on a palette of earthy greens and browns with a hint of glitter through sequins gave the collection a three-dimensional effect. A little drama was added by a chunky silver bracelet or beaded neckpiece in dull gold.
Showstopper: Interesting 3D effect.
Swapan and Seema
The staunch believers of everything feminine have done it again. The duo brought a zing to their collection, which had shades of pastels, sequins, ribbons and satin, through sudden browns and greys. Ultra-feminine silhouettes were highlighted through layered chiffon gowns in off-white and pink.
Showstopper: A deep pink lehenga-choli exuberated a very Chandni Chowk feel which was in sharp contrast to the baby pink net saree displayed just before.