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Ramp fun begins: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 opens today

Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 12, 2013
First Published: 18:47 IST(12/3/2013) | Last Updated: 02:13 IST(13/3/2013)

It’s that time of the year again when high fashion takes over the Capital with a vengeance. The five-day Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 opens today at Pragati Maidan. And Satya Paul with designer Masaba Gupta debuting as the label’s creative head, will open the week.

We glimpsed at the collection titled ‘Old Streets, Neon Lights’, when we spotted the lipstick print on actor Sonam Kapoor recently. Retro telephone booth and ink splatters are other prints that make up Masaba’s collection.

Couture master Tarun Tahiliani will showcase on day two, and his collection, The Kumbhback, is inspired by sadhus. Tahiliani calls their style “sensual and unconscious in their layering.”

Designer Sulakshana Monga will showcase her collection on day three. “Blue, pink and ivory come out strong in my creations along with shimmer,” reveals Monga. Bollywood’s favourite, Manish Malhotra, who ends day three, will showcase creations with an indulgent touch of Punjab. “My collection, Threads of Emotion, highlights phulkari embroidery by craftsmen from Patiala, and intense and ancestral hand embroidery called Bagh. It will be Indian evening wear,” he told us. Designer Namrata Joshipura also gave us an insight into her designs. “It’s all about strong silhouettes and warm colours for a bold woman. The mood this time is darker, deeper,” says Joshipura.

Mumbai-based designer Rahul Mishra, known for his organic creations, will showcase his collection, The Baroque Tree, on day four, and so will designer Rina Dhaka, whose creations this time is inspired by the early 90s. “My collection in a way looks back to the style of the early 90s. I have used elastic yarns on silhouettes that are primarily rectangular. ” Designer Aneeth Arora who, for the first time, will show solo also features on day four. “It will give me more freedom, so the show will be more elaborate,” says Arora.

Called Fatal Vanity, designer Kanika Saluja’s creations imbibe hues that evolve from nudes to black on the ramp. With over 30 shows lined up, the grand finale on March 17, will be one to watch out for. Internationally acclaimed designer Manish Arora will showcase at the fashion week finale for the first time since 2008. From embroidered peplum and neons, to sweatshirts — it’s going to be an amalgamated, fashion riot.


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