Amid the ruffles of satin evening gowns, the metallic sheen of jackets and boldness of jerseys, few designers struggled to hold on to the Indian essence at the Wills India Fashion Week here, which was high on western influences.
Prominent designers like Shantanu and Nikhil, Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna and Rajesh Pratap Singh chose western styles for their Autumn-Winter collection but there were some designers who carried the Indian sensibility and heritage in their creations.
Designer duo Mona Pali's resort wear collection had tribal influences alongwith the faces of Lord Krishna, Goddess Kali and the Panch Dev painted on them. The fine jaali work in the collection paid homage to the ancient jharokhas of Indian architecture.
"The whole world is looking towards us to show something which is very Indian and carries the rich heritage of our country. I cannot sell Western clothes to the West, I have to sell what my country has to offer," Pali told PTI.
Tribal and folk culture from Rajasthan and Gujarat formed the identity of designer trio Ashish, Viral and Vikrant's Autumn/Winter collection.
Although their silhouettes ranged from voluminous dresses to robes and jackets, the garments were adorned with bandhej, shibori and block printing with natural dyes highlighting the Indianness of the collection.
"We have also added Bhagalpuri silk and some kalamkari work from Andhra Pradesh. As far as embellishments go, they are all heritage embroidery. We have tried to put in folk and tribal prints," said Ashish.