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Fashion takes over Delhi: WIFW is back and how

124 designers will showcase their creations on the runway and off it at the five-day affair that kicked off on Wednsday. On Sunday, designer Rohit Bal pays tribute to the beauty of Kashmir with his grand finale, Gulbagh, with the Qutub Minar in background.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 09, 2014 15:24 IST
Hindustan Times
Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week-Spring/Summer 2015,WIFW,Fashion Design Council of India

It’s time for runway glamour to take over the capital again, as Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week-Spring/Summer 2015 kicked off in Delhi on Wednesday, with a five-day affair scheduled to be held at Pragati Maidan.

Now in its 24th edition, 124 designers are lined up to showcase their creations on the runway and through stalls. While Péro by Aneeth Arora kicked off the fashion week with a signature romantic collection, Love on Foliage and ace designer Rohit Bal will do the grand finale with Qutub Minar as his backdrop, on Sunday.

Bal will pay tribute to the beauty of Kashmir with his collection, Gulbagh.

“The Grand Finale by Wills Lifestyle is a mix of fashion, splendour and glamour and we look forward to a fabulous show,” says Atul Chand, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing Business Division.

“We have a list of outstanding designers, who will breathe new energy into the spring-summer 2015 collections rejuvenating it with their creativity and passion. My best wishes to the designers for this edition of WIFW. We hope it’ll be a mammoth success,” says FDCI president, Sunil Sethi.

Starting Wednesday, it’ll be all about hopping from one show to another, backstage hustle, front row shenanigans, and of course, unfettered creativity at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, helmed by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI).

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“We have brought together distinct hand-crafts. One of these is crochet, for which we worked closely with a group of refugee women from Afghanistan,” read the concept note.

The day will see a showcase by designer Atsu Sekhose, and end with designer Tarun Tahiliani, and with creations inspired by UK-based twin sisters Amrit and Rabindra, artists who go by the name of The Singh Twins.

“I went into a ­hypnotic trance when I first saw their work,” Tahiliani said of his inspiration.

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* The second day will see an eclectic mix of designers from Kavita Bhartia and Malini Ramani to designers Pankaj and Nidhi Ahuja.

* Day three will see collections like Reynu Taandon’s Secret Floral Garden and creations by others like Mumbai-based Nachiket Barve who will showcase his collection Kalahari, swimwear mavericks Shivan & Narresh, the seasoned Rajesh Pratap Singh and print queen Masaba Gupta, who will do the Fiama Di Wills show this time.

* Highlight of day four would be the Ministry of Textiles show, this time by Goa-based ace designer, Wendell Rodricks, apart from Kolkata-based designer duo, Dev r Nil.

* On Sunday, the penultimate show will see Australian High Commission partner with FDCI to showcase Australia-based label Roopa Pemmaraju. Delhi’s darling, Rohit Bal, will pay a tribute to the beauty of Kashmir, with his grand finale called Gulbagh, which will be showcased at Quli Khan’s Tomb, overlooking the Qutub Minar.

First Published: Oct 08, 2014 20:12 IST