As the second day of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week became the first by default, one thing became clear: seasonal themes do not work with Indian
designers. While the stipulated theme was autumn/winter, all collections on the runway bore a summer feel.
Maybe the FDCI should stop assigning seasonal themes and open the event to either resort wear, as the Lakme Fashion Week did this time, or make it trans-seasonal where designers can showcase what they feel suits them best. This way, whatever is showcased will not seem out of place!
The day did not have its usual zest, either in terms of collections or audience turn out. However, Tarun Tahiliani’s show marked a packed hall. His collection of ikat embellished tunic with collar, fawn linen one shoulder draped dress were impeccable.
Kavita Bhartia’s collection was high on the style quotient. She had embellished necklines and strategically placed embroidery and cut work. Skirts, tops, knife pleated tunics, saris worn stylishly with heavily embellished blouses were the highlights.
ANKY by Alpana and Anjana Bhargava made a mark with a contemporary line of stylish creations with sculpted sleeves and structures.
Label Ritu Kumar and its head designer Amrish Kumar have established that what they do is real prêt — stylish creations with price tags that are competitive. Ashima Leena came out with creations that were colourful, with careful embroidery on the surface.
Gaurav Gupta’s presentation revolved around red tartans and most of his garments ended up looking repetitive. I saw a definite improvement in Astha Bahl’s
collection from last season and Gaurav & Ritika seem to have got the spark. Ritesh Kumar too looked interesting.
Masaba’s sari in green and white were interesting. Koga by Jenjum and Jasleen and Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan had interesting pieces. Kotwara by Meera and Muzaffar Ali, wasn’t interesting in the beginning, but its whites and blacks made up for it.
Debutant designer Masaba won over the critics with her funky saris that were not only chic, but came complete with pockets
The use of cloth flowers in Meera and Muzaffar Ali’s collection may well foreshadow a trend for the season.
Designer Aastha Bahl’s multicoloured shoes that would look great with jeans in winter
Watch out for
Abhi Rahul/Chandrani Siingh Fllora/ Debarun/Jaya Rathore/Soltee by Sulaksha Monga/Zurkhe by Rajdeep Ranawat & Naresh Chauhan
Charu Parashar/Preeti S Kapoor/Risa Abhijeet Khanna
Puja Arya/Sanskar by Sonam Dubal
Kiran Uttam Ghosh/ Taika by Poonam Bhagat
Mynah’s Reynu Taandon
Abraham & Thakore
G Pia Flemming/ Namrata Joshipura (Fiama Di Wills Show)