Two women deeply in love, a cow mascot doing the catwalk, vinyl jewellery on models and Lord Krishna sashaying down the runway — designers have unusual themes at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) that kickstarts today.
Preaching ‘Real People Wear Fake’ is designer duo Hemant and Nandita. The pair’s using animal prints and not real leather for its resort collection. “This is in collaboration with People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Our show will have logos such as ‘fake it wow, not cow’. There will be a mascot, dressed as a cow on the ramp,” says Nandita.
In designer Joy Mitra’s show, a model who walked the runway at the London Fashion Week, will be seen as Lord Krishna. “I have used colours related to Lord Krishna such as blues, greens, beige and browns, for this line. Showstopper actress Koena Mitra will appear as Krishna’s Radha,” elaborates Joy. Designer Niki Mahajan will explore the relationship between two women in love, through her collection. “My collection has many layers, just like a woman’s mind,” says Mahajan.
Designer Ritesh Kumar Ridzyn has used vinyl to embellish his clothes, which will be accesorised well with shoes and jewellery. Under lighting effects, the clothes will give a “transparent effect” on the runway. Cobbled lanes and 16-feet trees in a Persian garden setting from the Byzantine empire will be part of designer Tarun Tahiliani’s extravaganza. “I’ve used lot of blue and gold, inspired by this ancient empire,” he says.
Marking the 25th anniversary of Satya Paul, the brand is showcasing its Art of Tarot collection. “We’ve made our own set of tarot cards with help from a tarot card reader. The collection will be a mix of Indian and Indo-Western garments. Prints will rule with each sari signifying a card,” says Puneet Nanda of Satya Paul. Bollywood actresses Sushmita Sen, Deepika Padukone, Neha Dhupia and Minissha Lamba will also walk the ramp for a host of designers.
—inputs from Navdeep Kaur Marwah