Day 4 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week kept alive the spirit of Spring-Summer, with its vibrant hues, easy fabrics and bold styles. This time, it came as a whiff of fresh air that the clothes were light and breezy as opposed to previous editions, where even jackets and layering nade it to the SS ramp.
While the usual Bollywood buzz was missing, the trends on the runway seemed to pull off the week with aplomb. The focus, delightfully, is back on fashion from secondary frills. In designs, it was a return to classics, with power colours like red and black being big with most designers. Sheer was another top trend. Skirts, too, were seen aplenty — their length took the long route, going well below the knees.
Designers: Dozakh by Kartikeya & Isha
Known for: Wearability
Review: Sparks of creativity was seen on the creations on the runway. The creations had both style and wearable elements. The surfaces were uncluttered and were treated differently.
Designers: Dev R Nil
Known for: Layering
Trend: Graphic prints
Review: Prints galore on the well-made creations, especially that of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara and motor bikes, made the collection refreshingly different.
Known for: Sequin work
Trend: Bubblegum glam
Review: The colour palette was juicy with berry pink , ivory, steel , grey, and liquid gold. The fits were short and tight and the silhouettes decidedly western. There were ample sequins and Swarovski.
Designer: Ashii by Ashima Singh
Known for: Frills
Trend: Bright colours
Review: The collection had dresses in solid colours, with interesting cross paneling in contrasting colours. There were versions of sleeveless knee-length jackets, which were longer than the short dresses, presenting a new combination till now seen only in the winter layering look.
Designer: Nalandda Bhandari
Known for: Strong structured outfits
Trend: Flowy silhouttes
Review: Her line up of resort wear was stylish with colours and style and looked apt for an evening outing. Styles and surfaces were carefully treated and that made it different. There were strong colours and sheer on the runway. Long gowns and skirts being the highlight.
Designers: Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta
Known for: Handwoven fabric
Trend: Stainless steel weaving
Review: Gaurav Jai Gupta was perhaps the find of this fashion week. His entire collection was created by hand-woven fabrics. But the standout was how he had weaved stainless steel into the fabric.
Designers: Varun Sardana
Known for: Geometric patterns
Trend: Fluid drapes
Review: His design sense is stylish and the presentation was innovative. The accessories in gold appeared both on the necks and feet of models. The creation was wearable.
Designer: Priyadarshini Rao
Known for: Colour combinations
Trend: Flowy jumpers
Review: In her signature unfussy style, Rao made it a point to present a collection that was full of simplistic creations with plenty of style in cottons.
Designer: Nimrita Lalwani
Known for: Feminity
Review: Lalwanic showcased sheer glam in her collection, meant for the bold and the sassy
Designer: Nandita Basu
Known for: Structured cuts
Trend: Girlie glam
Review: The collection was broken into grey, black, and white. There were liquid steel draped dresses, sheer cut outs and leather detailing. Sharp silhouettes mixed with Grecian drapes. The stand out was a draped sari style jumpsuits.
Off the record
More goss from the front row:
Who’s that girl?
At Gayatri Khanna’s show, debutant actor Ira Dubey was the showstopper. Most spectators were confused who the girl was and she failed to create a stir. Ouch! So much for getting a showstopper.
Kaftan or kitsch?
At designer Tanvi Kedia’s show, the kaftans failed to inspire the spectators. Some of them even said that it seemed like the safest trend for summers. How uninspiring to see it at a fashion week!
Big on theatrics
Designer Nida Mahmood’s show, as expected, was a funfilled affair. The audiences were heard raving about the headgear, the colours, the kitsch and of course the peppy music.
Big on bindis
At the Prama by Pratima Pandey show, the ladies went gaga not over the outfits, but over the big bindis sported by the models. A spectator said, “It seems, the Bengali- styled bindi is back, at least one that thing we can try.”