Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week ’14: Trend Review
Curtains came down on the much-awaited Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week ’14 after a five-day journey on the ramp. The designers, a mix of the known faces and debutantes, had a whole medley of creative collections and themes lined up their sleeves as one day led to the next. As we looked out for trendsetters of the event, here’s what we came up with. Explore what ruled the runway at the Fashion Week as take you through the five-day fashion extravaganza.
Day 1 opened to Tarun Tahiliani’s collection which introduced Persian motifs fused with Indian prints on Dhoti Sarees, Tunics, Long Skirts, Nehru Jackets, Kurtas. Alpana Neeraj, Pallavi Mohan brought the limelight on Western silhouettes, experimenting with the Indian color palette. Designer duo Hemant & Nandita brought in ‘The Knot’ with raw, earthy prints in myriad streaks and motifs. Jumpsuits, straight pants, pencil skirts done up in layers and frills accentuated the print motifs.
Day 2 saw Samant Chauhan bring out the ‘Rajputana’ collection of outfits in regal sketches with an emphasis on layered fabrics and zardozi embroidered floral patterns stood out. Viral, Ashish and Vikrant rolled out Anarkalis in sheer fabrics dabbed in ivory, white and tints of red, presenting the vintage backdrop of Anarkalis in modern frames.
On Day 3, Anupama Dayal ushered in her collection, called ‘Anupama’, with kaftans, waistcoats, dhotis, cropped shirts, scarves and what not in georgette, chiffon and silk silhouettes. ‘Secret Floral Garden’ by Reynu Taandon had tunics in chiffon and georgette portraits while Tanvi Khedia interplayed digital prints with Indian embroidery on Indian & Western outfits. Sarees clubbed with crop tops in monochrome shades and patterns were the highlight of Poonam Singhal’s collection titled ‘Firdaus’. Ethnic motifs from West Bengal and Assam were the theme frontrunners in Poonam Dubey’s collection called ‘Shakti’.
Day 4 turned out to be a visual treat for Indian ethnic fashion lovers, what with Vineet Bahl bringing in florals, threadwork, and pearls presented in new avatars altogether. As models walked the ramp, attires in shades of ivory, pastels, eventually blended into yellow, green and subtle shades of red, evoking nostalgia of the Indian country fields. Designers Rabani & Rakha brought out a royal spread of Sarees & Saree Gowns in vintage styles, with a marked prominence of lacework. Soft tones like cream, beige and off-white ruled the collection. ‘A Song of the Wild’ by Dev R Nil showcased the allure of silks, Ikat, traditional prints and khaki with Indian ensembles, while Sahil Kochchar’s ‘Dhoop Chaaon’ celebrated Mathura’s ‘Sanjhi Craft’ through his designs.
The last day of the event saw show-stealer Rohit Bal’s ‘Gulbagh’, comprising a spectrum of shades like red, ivory, gold, in tune with the autumn season. Banarasi brocade layered on to the outfits added an element of opulence in his designs. Wrapped in the Indian splendor of Chanderi, Matka Silk, Velvet & Malmal fabric, the ensembles were adorned in resham embroidery, gold leaf embossing and striking hand-block print patterns. Niharika Pandey’s designs took the audience on a tour into the lanes & tales of Chandni Chowk, what with jalebi and golgappa prints on creations by her.
Categories: Ethnic Alley