WIFW A/W 2012: Day 2 highlights

WIFW A/W 2012: Day 2 highlights

Here is a summary of Day 2 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/ WInter 2012, each in 15 words or less. Enjoy!

Myoho by Kiran & Megha: Fluid and structured, Aztec prints and layered embroidery in dusty brights and charcoal hues.

Myoho by Kiran & Megha at WIFW A/W 2012

Nupur Kanoi: Dark “armour” for modern women with cording, pleating, kantha and quilting.

Nupur Kanoi at WIFW A/W 2012

The Next Episode by Shantanu Singh: Wear the penguin- streamlined bodice, greys, black and white, with hints of yellow/ orange.

The NExt Episode by Shantanu Singh at WIFW A/W 2012

Vaishali S: Her “Khwaja” collection used hand woven organic cotton in unconventional silhouettes in black and white.

Vaishali S at WIFW A/W 2012

Chandrani Singh Fllora: Colours of sapphire with shibori dye techniques for “aqua” effects.

Chandrani Singh Fllora at WIFW A/W 2012

Dozakh by Kartikeya & Isha: Inspired by mystical Prague, they used their signature layering and tone on tone embroidery.

Dozakh at WIFW A/W 2012

Taurus by Dhruv & Pallavi: Om-inspired headgear, deep contrasting colours with metallic gold embellishment on western silhouettes, drapes and layers.

Taurus by Shruv & Pallavi at WIFW A/W 2012

Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta: Industrial surfaces and men’s fabric create a metal chic look crossed with industrial Goth. Woah!

Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta at WIFW A/W 2012

Anaikka: Dark crystals on constructed silhouettes can turn woman into warrior!

Anaikka at WIFW A/W 2012

Pero by Aneeth Arora: Patchwork of fabrics from across India- khadis, ikats, pashminas (drawn from the travelling woman?).

Pero by Aneeth Arora at WIFW A/W 2012

Rishta by Arjun: Hybrid of shapes, textures, colours and silhouettes tell the worker’s dreams (burnt sequins) and reality.

Rishta by Arjun at WIFW A/W 2012

Kavita Bhartia: Flowing prints, metallic embellishments (think gold marries black).

Kavita Bhartia at WIFW A/W 2012

Nachiket Barve: Geometrical patterns and delicious colour effects, embellished with everything from mashru appliqué to patchwork.

Nachiket Barve at WIFW A/W 2012

Rakesh Agarvwal: Sexy evening wear in metallic and jewel tones.

Rakesh Agarvwal at WIFW A/W 2012

Gaurav Gupta: Clean lines with calculated fluidity, in colours like midnight purple, tangerine and charcoal grey.

Gaurav Gupta at WIFW A/W 2012

Customary Bollywood appearance of the day

Chitrangada Singh for Anaikka. Neckline too low, bust too tight. #Fail.Chitrangada Singh at WIFW A/W 2012

WIFW A/W 2011: Day 1 Trends

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 kicked off April 6 morning with designer Neeru Kumar’s show (her runway debut). The key trends of the day:

Playing with fabrics and textures

Fashion designers played with fabrics to create modern silhouettes. Neeru Kumar used a mix of wool, cashmere, linen, cotton and silk to shape garments that defined a woman’s curves. Urvashi Kaur draped hand-loomed fabrics and weaves like chanderi, tussar, woven silk, self patterned linen and wool jersey added an element of surprise to the garments. Also, the mix of colour and textured fabric at Akaaro was a wonderful experimentation of weaving techniques.

Below (left to right): Neeru Kumar, Pankaj & Nidhi, Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta

Neeru Kumar Pankaj & Nidhi WIFW Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta

Colours for winter

Rehane gave their collection a warm feel with yellows and oranges, while Urvashi Kaur’s colour palette varied from indigo, violet, electric blue, lime to yellow, green and red. Geisha Designs chose colours that colours symbolising the earth’s crust—mercury grey, lava red, storm violet, sea green and Atlantic grey.

Below (left to right): Rehane, Urvashi Kaur, Geisha Designs

Rehane WIFW dress Urvashi Kaur at WIFW A/W 2011 Geisha Designs at WIFW A/W 2011

True to tradition

We saw traditions-inspired collections throughout the day, from Urvashi Kaur’s hand-loomed fabric and weaves like chanderi, tussar, woven silk and self patterned linen to Geisha Designs’ hand-crafted techniques like batik dyeing and crochet. Pankaj & Nidhi’s Woven Chemistry collection used the Japanese technique ‘sashiko no donza’, a form of intricate quilting and embroidery, along with other mat-like weaving technique creating garments that were strong, defined and textured. Even Mona-Pali’s very modern collection had a rustic charm.

Below: Mona-Pali

Mona-Pali WIFW A/W 2011

Voluminous silhouettes

From soft flowy gowns and dresses at Geisha Designs to Arjun’s A-line skirts and billowy sleeves and trousers, volume ruled the ramps. At Varun Bahl, loose ribbons around waistlines, sleeves and hems added a 3-dimensional voluminous look along with scalloped skirts, clever use of asymmetry and ballooning effect on sleeves.

Below (left to right): Arjun, Varun Bahl

Arjun at WIFW A/W 2011 Varun Bahl at WIFW A/W 2011