Showcasing on the second day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Rajesh Pratap Singh proved, once again, that he’s predictable — every season he never fails to present the best!
The designer’s ability to construct and play around with fabric was evident in his chic outburst. Be it his dresses, that bore lapels, extremely elegant black gowns or other creations, they all displayed unspoken elegance.
The day also had some of the other designers coming out with their best work in recent times. Ranna Gill made a clear deviation from her usual prints and used dusty pinks, yellows, greens and dark blues and multi-hued zig zags and perforated detailing on dresses and gowns. Kavita Bhartia’s stylish lineup had tie-dye maxi dress, tunic with neon embroidery, purple embroidered vest and printed tunics.
Taika by Poonam Bhagat was yet another label that stood out, with the entire collection exuding freshness and fun with appliqué and embroidery on white surfaces. Rina Dhaka brought in elements of sensuality through her cuts and fabrics in her sexy yet wearable collection while G Pia Fleming played around the surface with elements of steel detailing on bright, white surfaces. Both the shows were stylish and different.
Rehane, on the other hand, had controlled the use of glitter through her collection but her knack to bring liveliness through detailing added the shimmer. Label by Amrish Kumar had some of the most wearable garments on the runway. Very feminine and very young in appeal.
Earlier in the day, designers Koga by Jenjum Gadi and Jasleen Kochar had some very interesting creations and giving them healthy competition was the label Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan. I saw traces of creative sparks in both. Astha Bahl too had her presentation.
The first casualty on the WIFW runway came at the end of the day. While the audience went into frenzy at Sanjana Jon’s maiden showing at the WIFW, the applause was really meant for the Bollywood stars who appeared on the runway. With gaudy colours, jarring glitter and virtually no shapes, the collection left a lot to be desired on a commercial platform such as this.
From next time on, FDCI should really look more at the creativity of each and every designer, rather than the colour of money from sponsored slots.