Day 2 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week saw an interesting razzmatazz of prints, patterns, appliques and forms. The designers stuck to the Spring feel and colours came out in full, but soothing force.
Indian craft colours got a little muted to appeal the international buyers. Nonetheless, this did show the designer’s creativity and the trademark styles that India is known for. If Day 1 was all about dresses, Day 2 also saw pants in relaxed, slouchy yet stylish forms, and also a sprinkling of the ubiquitious saris.
Designer: Pero by Aneeth Arora
Known for: Young designs
Trend: Clean palette
Review: Arora showcased a collection that was in a monochromatic colour palette with a clean, fresh appearance. Her strength as always, was the highly wearable quotient. Arora used mulmul cotton and jamdani expansively.
Designers: Pankaj & Nidhi
Known for: Western wear
Trend: Breezy and wearable
Review: The collection was pretty and extremely well-finished. The use of fine appliqués almost made to look like prints on their garments, gave a spring feel.
Designer: Kavita Bhartia
Known for: Ethnic wear
Review: East met West in this designer’s collections. Bright hues were mixed with earthy tones. The use of tassels and lace embroidery converted simple fitted t-shirts into fashionable pieces. The one-earring accessorising stood out.
Designers: Alpana & Neeraj
Known for: Contoured cuts
Review: The designer couple showed some interesting innovations in their collection. Swim wear being predominant throughout the collection, the outfits had a sculpted appeal. Juicy colours ruled the creations.
Designer: Wendell Rodricks
Known for: Flowy, easy outfits
Trend: Saris and stripes
Review: Wendell brought in the essence of Goa with his crisp creations in stripes. His saris stood out. Slim fit pants too wowed the audiences.
Designer: Morphe by Amit Aggarwal
Known for: Structured patterns
Trend: Avante garde
Review: Aggarwal’s creation stood out on the fashion runway. The skirts were billowy, but in a constructed way.
Designer: Anand Bhushan,
Known for: Flares
Review: The silhouettes were western and very feminine with flared dresses, floral appliqués. The collection was for the modern woman. The designer mixed romantic colours like peach, mint green and grey with interesting 3D textures.
Designer: My Village by Rimzim Dadu
Known for: Textures
Trend: Crafted ensembles
Review: There was a nice line-up of creations that were young in appeal. Dangerously short dresses and cutwork overlays were a hit. Machine guns and AK-47s stood out as motifs.
Off the record
More goss from the front row:
At Little Shilpa’s show, the over-the-top headgear wowed everyone; but some buyers were overheard complaining how the Indians still didn’t know how to carry a headgear with elan. Ouch!
Samant Chauhan’s show was a hit with the international crowd — he used muted colours. But desi spectators were heard complaining about lack of colour and any Indian touch.
The Anju Modi show has saris and lehengas, while some guests raved about the Indian flavour. Some spectators were overheard grumbling that ornate, embroidered lehengas hardly qualify as pret wear.