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Patiala peg of style

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 16, 2013
First Published: 17:02 IST(16/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:15 IST(17/3/2013)

The third day of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week was a mix of neo-bridal wear, cinema inspired prints and a pop of plaid and phulkari

Sonia Jetleey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Feathers, flowers and pop colour dominated the ramp for this show. Shorts with peacock feather trimming, floral printed blazers, coloured pants and leggings added to the cheerful colour burst.

Joy Mitra
A homage to yesteryear Bollywood divas, the show featured dresses embossed with digital facsimile of Madhubala, Madhuri Dixit and others . Lace, beaded scarves and colour-blocked outfits were also seen.

Abraham and Thakore
Lid-big bindis, brocade play, hand-woven fabrics laced with metallic sheen marked the collection. The designer duo’s re-imagined bride was individualistic and dipped in jewel hues and wore chunky gold flatforms.

Preeti s Kapoor
It was all about tribal prints backed by a riot of colours at this show. Floor-length gowns, dresses with asymmetric hemlines, kaftan dresses ruled the ramp. Rainbow hued ear-hoops added a fun boho spunk.

Ekru
Anarkali suits and saris with lace, heavy embroidery dominated the ramp. Bold orange, peach lips teamed with jhola bags and colourful wedge heels brought a vibrant, desi touch to the designs.

Kiran Uttam Ghosh
Oriental chic was reinterpreted by the designer at the show. While uniquely draped saris were cinched with a belt, saddle-style bags completed the look. Colours fluctuated from dull gold to brazen reds.

Sulakshana Monga
Lace cutouts, asymmetric layered garments and applique work marked the collection. Floor-length gowns and saris dominated the show that was high on ombre and shades of brown, lilac and nudes.

Manish Malhotra
Malhotra’s collection, Threads of Emotion, ingeniously incorporated traditional bagh embroidery and phulkari into modern ethnic wear. From sheer saris to jackets, the collection added a dollop of colour to the ramp.

Rajdeep Ranawat
Embellished sunglasses, quirky crowns and studded berets were the mainstay. Models sashayed down the ramp in slinky kaftans, Nehru-collared dresses in digital prints and lace saris paired with velvet jackets.

Reynu Taandon
Through her designs, Reynu aimed to trace the journey of a woman from the wild to the glam. The garments travelled on the ramp and evolved from animal prints to baroque-style mix of gold and black.

Kavita Bhartia
The  collection, Hypercraft, was inspired by new-age technology. Creations in black, soft whites and beige with laser cuts and digital embroideries took over the ramp with models sporting fiercely pulled back hair.

Show Starter
Actor Gauhar Khan walked for designer Joy Mitra who presented an ode to cinema.

Punjabi Tadka
Rapper Hard Kaur came out to support Manish Malhotra in a phulkari jacket, and posed in a bindass fashion for the shutterbugs, accompanied by the ever sporty FDCI president Sunil Sethi, who was seen wearing an array of jackets through the day.

Are we sticking to the season?
The flowy outfits in fabrics such as georgette, chiffon, cottons, lace, and summery silhouettes at the ongoing autumn/winter edition of WIFW has left us a bit surprised.

Though some designers such as Abraham and Thakore, Anju Modi, and Kanika Saluja, among others have stuck to showcasing autumnal staples — woollen fabrics, chunky jackets, plaid and leggings, many presented a rather summery affair. Sulakshana Monga, who showcased some light-weight fabrics through her collection, says, “Dressing up is no more season bound these days. There are air-conditioners or heaters wherever you go, so you can dress the way you like in any season. Women love to look feminine and glamorous, and you can’t get that look in chunky jackets.”

The knee-length chiffon kaftans with peek-a-boo slits, strapless georgette gowns and breezy skirts have been a regular feature on the ramps this time in what is supposed to be a fall-winter fashion showcase. Designer Preeti S Kapoor feels that catering to buyers across the globe could be another reason. “Since buyers from different countries come here, we try and give variation to our creations.”


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