Day 5 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week was perhaps the most sober yet impactful final day in the history of Indian fashion weeks. The grand final by Tarun Tahiliani had actors Shilpa Shetty and Chitrangada Singh as star elements. And the day also saw some sprinkling of TV celebs, but the focus did not shift away from fashion on the runway. Indian elements came alive on the final day with designers going towards the folk tradition or the pop colours associated with India. The runways also saw textures, embroideries, flares and forms in a big way. Shorts, dresses and flared skirts marked the last and final day of the event.
Designer: Charu Parashar
Known for: Prints and patterns
Trend: Flowy kaftan gowns
Review: The designer showcased a collection that was replete with bright prints on flowy garments. The outfits followed a breezy pattern and looked great without stringent tailoring. There were ocean blues and emerald greens and prints like the turquoise peacock pattern rendered it a very Indian appeal.
Known for: Girlie dresses
Trend: Bright colours
Review: The collection comprised easy-to-wear slip dresses in neon colours. There was embroidery with a dull gold finish to lend the outfits that unmistakable girlie charm. The dresses though not body con in fit and form, still managed to retain a feminine streak. Styling also followed the theme.
Dongre Known for: Organic fashion Trend:Eco-friendly
Review:Dongre presented her collection in organic cotton with subtle embroidery and clean look. There were maxis, summer dresses, printed shorts and floral prints. The short dresses were cinched at the waist and cascaded out in a flirty, feminine manner.
Designer: Mynah by Reynu Taandon
Known for: Frills
Review: Safari was the dominant theme with beige on beige ruling the runway. Sequined sheathing was the high point.
Designer: Urvashi Kaur Known for: Indian ensembles
Trend: Sheer and saris
Review: The collection showcased a soothing palette of colours in lemon yellow and summer grey. Sheer seemed to be the predominant theme, with tops in flimsy hues paired with tiny shorts.
Designer: Ashii by Ashima Singh
Known for: Frills
Trend: Bright colours
Review: The collections had long ghagra-style skirts in folk prints, depicting the rural Indian fashion. The skirts were multilayered and were paired with bodices and tailored tops. The flares and colours remained the talking point in this collection.
At the Meera and Muzaffar Ali show, TV host Hussain Kuwajerwala and model Gauhar khan, stars of India’s very first live Bollywood musical, Zangoora, walked as showstoppers. “I’ve hardly ever walked on a ramp, but after doing Zangoora for a month now, I’ve overcome stage fright,” said Hussain. Gauhar Khan said, “You know what they say, once a model, always a model!” Khan is also doing a film with Abhishek Bachchan and Kangana Ranaut. Once on the runway, the two stars seemed to be enjoying every moment of it.
Off the record: More gossip from the front rowLeft out?
Actor Chitrangada Singh walked the ramp for the finale however, eyebrows were raised when Tarun chose to take his bow only with Shilpa Shetty. We wonder, who ditched who...
Bad man for a good cause
Actor Gulshan Grover came on the last day to donate some of the designer rickshaws to rickshaw-pullers. So, if you see a funky rickshaw on the street, you it is a designer creation!
Clueless:Former FDCI honcho, Sumeet Nair was present for Tarun Tahiliani’s show. He praised the collection but when asked about the venue, he said, “I just flew in for TT’s show and really have no clue about the venue.”
Event meter:What we like, dislike and absolutely abhor about the fashion week
Loved: Limited Bollywood presence at the fashion week
Liked: No pushing and shoving for the entry of the finale show
Loathed: Even before the show got over, the venue started getting dismantled