Day 3 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week had designers bringing back not only the feel of summer with as-skimpy-as-it- gets bikinis and beach wear on the runway but also announced the spring clubbing codes for the next season with sheer and shimmer thrown in.
The silhouettes continued to be more flowy that strictly tailored and the colours ranged from ocean blues to the muted earth tones and the classic black. While femininity has been in full force over the past couple of days, day 3 saw androgyny returning to the runway. Strong power suits in mannish colours like midnight blue and bold fiery animal prints brought back the femme fatale rule of dressing. Many show with dare-bare dresses seemed to follow the ultimate fashion dictum of less is more.
Designers: Anupama Dayal
Known for: Breezy style
Trend: Boho meets chic
Review: The collection was an amalgamation of bright hues presented in fluid, breezy style. The outfits will appeal the bohemian traveller, who loves to be seen in style.
Designers: AM:PM by Ankur & Priyanka Modi
Known for: Clubwear
Trend: Functional fashion
Review: The outfits were stylish and well-finished. The innovative silhouettes, clean surface and uncluttered style was the major draw.
Known for: Western wear
Review: The collection was full of bright bikinis; some of them with jewelled detailings, gave it an Indian feel. There was a part boho, part chic feel to the outfits.
Designers: Walmut by Nidhi and Divya
Known for: Western wear
Trend: Barbie doll-glam
Review: The collection was pretty and very pop bubble gum in feel. A sure hit with young fashionistas, the clothes were good for clubbing or a prom night. The outfits also had interesting cuts.
Designers: Paras & Shalini of Geisha Designs
Known for: Femininity
Trend: Breezy and muted
Review: The collection saw a segment of creations in multi-coloured fine appliques. The usage of appliques made each garment visually appealing. The forms were also not fitted but more flowy
Designer: Chandrani Singh Flora
Known for: Wearability
Trend: The outfits showcased were girlie and in sync with the season. Powder blues, pinks and and a hint of glimmer was the highlight of the show. The look was accessorised with interesting embroidered shoes
Designer: Prashant Verma
Known for: Strong structured outfits
Trend: Flowy yet femme fatale
Review: The collection had printed garments that were showcased in a variety of layers. The colours were fiery and exuded a very strong feel. They were a little relaxed in terms of structures. The show had just 12 outfits and the designer managed to keep the audiences rivetted.
Designer: Ashish Soni
Known for: Clean cuts
Trend: Controlled fluidity
Review: Soni’s collection was impactful with some stylish and very wearable pieces in white and black. The outfits were impeccably crafted and the forms were fluid, but sharply tailored.
Designers: Roma Narsinghani
Known for: Feminine cuts
Trend: Party glam
Review: The collection was all about feminine finish in chic gowns and drape dresses. The interesting accessories highlighted the show
Designer: Nikhita Tandon
Known for: Party wear
Trend: Girlie glam
Review: Young designer Nikhita Tandon’s collection was a perfect ode to femininity. The dresses were frilly and the sober white pallette seemed to strike the right balance.
Off the record
More goss from the front row:
Back and bang
At Vineet Bahl’s show, more than the outfits, it was the back bands that got noticed. The shoulder backs were seen in
interesting colours and shapes, and were good to light up any dull outfit.
At designer Manish Gupta’s show, easy slip dresses were the highlight. But the guests complained that they see it all the time in stores and were expecting more drama on the ramp.
Designer Arjun Saluja, known for wide-legged pants, showed strong power suits in his collection. The audiences were overheard discussing if the manly look will ever be hot in India?
Shimmer and sheer
Designer Rehane’s show had lots of sheer outfits, with a hint of shimmer. While it looked good on some models, a top buyer said that sheer is glam on its own, so why clutter it with glitter?