Neat, crisp and a well-executed collection — Anky by Ankita & Anjana Bhargav, was the surprise package on the fourth day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) on Tuesday. The collection had white Egyptian cotton dresses with Shibori panels seamed with grey cotton, and geometric panel dresses with side drapes.
There were plenty of other terrific showings too — designer Reynu Taandon came out with an extremely chic collection, comprising coffee brown dresses with side cowls, brown and white jump suits, print dresses and crushed chiffon gowns. Virtues by Ashish, Viral & Vikrant presented a collection that was stylish and very wearable. Some of the designs on offer included a kalamkari jacket, an off-shoulder dress, silk jute natural dyed dress and ivory chikan dress. Gaurav Gupta too had some radical offering on the runway that was very stylish. Shantanu Goenka presented a collection inspired by the Royal Ascot with a rather strong British feel attached to it. Gunjan & Rahul played around with the surface and silhouettes while Amit GT came out with some stunningly nice dresses and gowns perfect for a chic evening out. Abdul Halder presented some interesting Indian designs, although some of them were almost a bit jarring to the eyes. Varun Sardana’s, collection, even though well made, was a bit of a disappointment as it looked repetitive.
Same was the case with Nida Mahmood. Her ‘Don’ inspired collection, though fun to watch, was akin to her last collection in terms of presentation and execution. After showing three seasons, it’s about time she moved away from her jeans-sari looks and did some thing else. At the Fiama Di Wills show by Suneet Varma, the designer came out with a collection that was subtle and had elements of elegance, with his sequin saris being the highlight.
The day also had presentations by Aslam Khan, Nalanda Bhadari and Hemant-Nandita. Participating designers seemed happy with the orders they were getting from the buyers. The presence of Chambre Syndicale de la Couture President Didier Grumbach, who liked many collections that were showcased, boosted the image of WIFW several notches higher than what it was before.