On Wednesday, the ramp-age begins! Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Autumn/Winter’14 is all set to indulge you in runway drama at Pragati Maidan, with a total of 119 designers showing, including those at the stall area. The five-day fashion event, apart from designer talent, is expected to be studded with signature backstage madness, quirk-perfect attendees and lots of tweet-worthy moments.
The event will kickstart with creations by master couturier, Tarun Tahiliani. The designer’s collection will amalgamate the grandeur of jewellery with trademark elaborate creations. “Ornament as the principal embellishment is the glue that binds this collection together," says Tahiliani, with inspiration ranging from a seven-tiered stringed pearl necklace, Satlada, to a play with prints.
Left to right: Sketches by Ashima-Leena, Abraham and Thakore, Urvashi Kaur. (HT Photo)
Designer Anupama Dayal will also show on Wednesday, with Kamasutra-inspired creations. The shots of her collection reveal traditional drapes adorning confident curves. The day will end with Rina Dhaka’s show, which will combine fashion with technology, defined by muted colours and reflective fabrics.
On Wednesday, there will be a lil’ bit of Mumbai on Capital ramps, with label Myoho and designer Nachiket Barve. While the former, made of designers Kiran and Meghna, is inspired by Moroccon springs, Barve’s collection called Maia takes from ancient Maori people, with the mood reflecting a darker tone, a departure from his previous calm collections.
A teaser of Myoho’s collection (left), a Tarun Tahiliani creation. (HT Photo)
Anand Bhushan will also showcase his collection, Broken, on Thursday, which he describes as, “A 3.0 upgrade of clothing, for the superior species of plastic people who will conquer the world." The newest face of international fashion, Rahul Mishra, will end the day with an extension of his Woolmark prize-winning collection.
Designer Payal Pratap’s collection inspired by Japanese kimono will take over Day 3, and so will label Satya Paul, helmed by designer Masaba Gupta. Called Icarus, Gupta defines the collection as "pushing the boundaries in print innovation," with sights of running taps and pouring water making up the print iconography.
Left to right: a design by Pankaj and Nidhi Ahuja, Frou Frou by Archana Rao, and a design by Anupama Dayal. (HT Photo)
Designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi Ahuja will end the penultimate day with their play with spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds — with the collection — House of Cards. Mandira Wirk will also show her collection, Ombre, on the same day. Sunday will end the extravaganza, which will include designer Jenjum Gadi’s showcase. "Turkish Delight is inspired by my visit to Istanbul, with my North East Indian twist," he says.
The grand finale will be by ace designer Namrata Joshipura, with her collection, elecTRON — pegged as an interesting play of colour and embellishments.
What: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014
Where: Hall no 18, Pragati Maidan
When: 26-30 March
Entry: By invite