Despite having pioneered fashion weeks in India, FDCI’s Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week still hasn’t managed to get things right. No water anywhere in the venue except at the media centre, no intimation that shows are starting, and of course, when they do, they’re painfully late.
Top that with Delhi’s socialite brigade parading up and down, trying to snap front row seats for themselves and their extended family. While the venue is expansive and some of the talent on display is exceptional, it's time Delhi learnt how to behave.
Trend: Summer jackets
Designer: Rahul Mishra
Delicious colours matched with translucent dress jackets, Rahul Mishra's ethereal floaty garments were the highlight of day one. His interpretation of the classic trench into a voluminous, gauzy dress will be flying off the racks and into the wardrobes of the well-heeled
Trend: Hooded scarves
Designer: Rahul Reddy
Forget hats and caps that turn your luscious locks into a crow's nest. The newest way to hide from the sun is with a colourful hoodie-scarf, as we christen it. Tossed around the shoulders to add colour to your outfit, or casually pulled over the head to up your quotient, this is a budget option for the fashion week shopper.
Trend: Transparent churidars
Designer: JJ Valaya and Rahul Mishra
True, J J Valaya didn't come up with the transparent, skin-coloured churi pants. But he did make them look good. While Rahul Mishra chose to go with translucent salwar pants with maple leaf prints. Perfect way to show a little subtle skin.
Trend: Carnival drag queen
Designer: Ritu Beri
As one after the other of ‘chevalier’ Ritu Beri’s garments hit the ramp, the audience’s jaws progressively dropped lower till they were resting on the ground. Splattered with sequins, feathers, embroidery and ruffles, like someone had a cat fight inside a drag queen’s
bedroom. Wear these at your own risk.
Trend: Mommy matching
Designer: Pallavi Mohan
It may be diabetic sweet, but Pallavi Mohan's mother-daughter matching garments had the front row socialites in a tizzy. If you don’t mind your progeny sporting the same designer as you, this is one way to make sure she doesn't steal from your wardrobe.