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Akshaye walks the ramp

India's biggest fashion jamboree WIFW gets off to a glitzy start that see Bollywood actor Akshaye Khanna walking the ramp for designer Manav Gangwani.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 22, 2007 15:21 IST

India's biggest fashion jamboree Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) got off to a glitzy start here Wednesday that saw Bollywood actor Akshaye Khanna walking the ramp for designer Manav Gangwani.

Four fashion designers - Malini Ramani, Aparna Chandra, Manav Gangwani and Siddartha Tytler - showcased their fall-winter collection as Ramani and Chandra opened the fashion week and splashed the ramp with rainbow colours through their vibrant creation.

<b1>Ramani's collection "Indiva - In Transit" is for the contemporary woman, who wants to possess a look that's not very precise and merges at a point between subtlety and madness, purple and pink, sexy and smart and fall and winter.

"My collection is inspired by a diva in transit, who wants to move on from the old look to a completely new one. In a way it is me!" said Ramani.

The collection marked splendid use of black and pink. The designer's palette also encompassed shades of green such as mint, olive and sage, white, chocolate and caramel.

The designer used fabrics like silk, wool and velvets for her collection. She worked with patchwork, ribbon embroidery, appliqué work, gem and gold embroidery.

The collection has pleated skirts, beaded cropped jackets, fur trimmed coats, studded sweaters, cocktail dress, wrap dresses and trench coats.

Thirty bright colours, which she claimed to be her favourite, dominated Chandra's collection.

"There is no inspiration behind this collection because I don't restrict myself. I chose 30 favourite colours and made 30 outfits using them. I used fabrics like net organza and silk for the line. As far as embroidery is concerned I have only used 'chikan' embroidery," said Chandra.

Her collection offers skirts of varied lengths, cocktail dresses, baby doll dresses, loose and fitting blouses of various styles.

As the first show was dominated by women's wear, the second show by Gangwani and Tytler featured confident and chic men's wear.

Gangwani's collection offered all a man can ask for. The collection offers both casual and formal suits, sherwanis and jackets. The designer chose shades of black, blue and orange for his palette.

Tytler's collection aptly named as "Mood Swings" was divided into three dramatically different segments. The colours ranged from ivory and pink to gold in the first segment, Parisian black and turquoise in the second and red and forest green in the third segment.

"It took me five months to put together this collection that is divided into three basic moods. The first one with lots of frills and gold signifies the fun loving mood, the second with the more fitted dresses primarily in black signifies the confident look and the last, and my favourite, with lots of colours is the Boho look," said Tytler after the show.

The line showcased jackets, corsets, skirts and shirts, fabrics like wool, chiffons, skim and flirt were used to highlight the form.