The autumn/winter edition of Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) kicked off today with fashion designer Neeru Kumar in her characteristic style. She played with traditional fabrics, mostly hand spun, with a contemporary twist.
Much like what was seen during the Fall/Winter edition of the New York Fashion Week, the collection featured extensive layering with each fold and fabric weaving, a contemporary look focusing primarily on garment structure. The prominence of the colour red was seen throughout the show. Be it belts, woven fabric, jackets or even plain cocktail dresses, red seemed to be the colour of the collection.
Subtle block shades made from stunning fabric with Indian-ness infused in the collection was definitely eye catching. Consciously sticking to neutral colours like grey and dull yellow, the collection highlighted the beauty and dignity of nature and its seasons.
The highlight of the show was the contemporary twist on traditional Indian saris. Sari worn with a structured belted jacket made a strong statement about the modern sensibilities of an Indian woman.
Brazen asymmetrical hemlines, block prints, gatherings at the waist and back and intricate embroidery helped Neeru create garments full of character.
All in all, the collection was received with loud applause and most certainly deserves a mention. Though, it seemed like she was heavily inspired by major ramp trends from the Fall/Winter edition of New York Fashion Week.