WIFW S/S 2013: Day 1 Recap

WIFW S/S 2013: Day 1 Recap

Atsu Sekhose
With crisp whites and vivid prints, Atsu’s collection had immensely wearable separates.

WIFW SS13 Atsu

WIFW SS13 Atsu

Geisha Designs
The “Edwardian” theme was a tad confusing- the mini capsules ended up being a mixed bag of looks. Though there some gorgeous rich pieces in gold, the theatricality of some gowns tended to be jarring.

WIFW SS13 Geisha Designs

WIFW SS13 Geisha Designs

Anand Kabra
Lime green with gold is a wonderful summer combination, and the mosaic prints would look great on skirts, pants and kurtas. The Indian wear is ot too festive, but can be a good summer wear for elegant ladies who wear saris casually.

WIFW SS13 Anand Kabra

WIFW SS13 Anand Kabra

Kiran Uttam Ghosh
Playing with sheer and opaque is not new, but Kiran Uttam Ghosh’s approach to this “trend” is fresh. She used asymmetricality, neat embellishments, layering and multi-cultural influences to create wearable artful garments (plenty of geometric shapes). I spotted a couple of outfits I’d like to own!

WIFW SS13 Kiran Uttam Ghosh

WIFW SS13 Kiran Uttam Ghosh

Payal Pratap
Payal Pratap’s collection has the usual Indo fusion elements, though it makes up for the theme with the detailing- like cross stitch and minute geometric embroidery. The gypsy gilets are quirky wardrobe updates!

WIFW SS13 Payal Pratap

WIFW SS13 Payal Pratap

Surily
Aztec prints have been on the international ramps since the past few seasons, so Surily’s Aztec and geometric patterns did not seem edgy or fresh though they are quite wearable. Fringes and flirty elements are part of the Surily brand, along with the pop colour palette (fluorescent yellows, tangerine and pinks).

WIFW SS13 Surily

WIFW SS13 Surily

Wendell Rodricks
I got a feeling of deja vu on seeing Wendell Rodricks’ SS13 collection. Despite the repetitive moments, there were several pieces that made the collection worth a peek- especially from the Malacca-inspired part of the collection. The lungis, long tunics, colours and texture mix (linen + sequins + satin silk) make for very cool summer pieces.

WIFW SS13 Wendell Rodricks

WIFW SS13 Wendell Rodricks

Dutch Fashion Here & Now India
The show was a cross-culture, cross-country fashion collaboration between Indian and Dutch fashion designers (Suneet Varma with couturier Jan Taminiau and Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna of CUE with *DIED* ), along with several fashion and cultural reps from the two countries (for makeup, music, photography) The show was theatrical, dramatic and almost couture-like.   I especially loved the “darkness” of *DIED* (by iederik Verbakel and Marieke Holthuis).

WIFW SS13 Dutch Fashion

WIFW SS13 Dutch fashion

Accessories of the day
Jalli bangles at Payal Pratap, hair accessories at Geisha Designs, block heels at Anand Kabra (AKA Bespoke for Anand Kabra).

WIFW SS13 Payal Pratap

WIFW SS13 Geisha Designs

WIFW SS13 Anand Kabra

WTFashion Outfit of the Day:
Geisha Designs– lace strands hang down from certain body parts- not sure if this is a curtain, lamp shade or an outfit. Let’s call it the Mystery of the Hanging Lace?

WIFW SS13 Geisha Designs

WLIFW S/S 2012: Day 4 highlights

WLIFW S/S 2012: Day 4 highlights

The highlights of Day 4 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012:

White and blue make for a fabulous summer combo

While white was all over the WLIFW S/S 2012 runway on Day 4, the non-colour found an unlikely colour complement in blue. Mynah’s Reynu Taandon used white and blue prints in her resort wear collection, while Rahul Singh used splashes of blue (literally!) on garments for a dreamy abstract look  to his collection.

Below: Mynah’s Reynu Taandon, Rahul Singh

Myna'h Reynu Taandon at WLIFW S/S 2012 Rahul Singh at WLIFW S/S 2012

Material Mix

Mixing materials has not been as rampant as it has been in the past few months on Indian ramps. After Swapnil Shinde used acrylic and PVC at LFW W/F 2011, Alpana-Neeraj used transparent plastic with flowy chiffon and drapes to create an unlikely world dominated by body-hugging non-fabric shapes. Meanwhile, at James Ferreira I loved his use of khadi with fabrics like crepes and silk for a modern Indian look. And BTW, Anand Bhushan used feathers on his dresses!

Below: Alpana-Neeraj, James Ferreira, Anand Bhushan

Alpana-Neeraj at WLIFW S/S 2012 James Ferreira at WLIFW S/S 2012 Anand Bhushan at WLIFW S/S 2012

East meets West… again!

In something as universal as fashion, east and west are mere labels. And like most trends, fusion is fun! So when Dev r Nil combines batik with pop art (think Indian-style rosettes as funky prints) and Anita Dongre uses Indian embroidery on western silhouettes, there’s reason to cheer. And how can we forget James Ferreira’s contribution to nationalism—khadi worn in contemporary styles?

Below: Dev r Nil, Anita Dongre, James Ferreira

Dev  r Nil at WLIFW S/S 2012 Anita Dongre at WLIFW S/S 2012 James Ferreira at WLIFW S/S 2012

Fabric detailing

Pin tucks and applique have been around for a while, but their use has now evolved into being the centrepiece of a garment, creating shapes or effects  that showcase the designers’ skill. Since we now see entire collections based on detailing like pleats, ruffles, gathers, twists and rolls, we know designers have better command over fabrics than ever before. Atsu Sekhose highlighted the neck and waist, Rahul Mishra created soft rainbow bands all over with pin tucks, and at Saaj by Ankita made rope by twisting fabric.

Below: Atsu by Atsu Sekhose, Rahul Mishra, Saaj by Ankita

Atsu at WLIFW S/S 2012 Rahul Mishra at WLIFW S/S 2012 saaj by ankita at WLIFW S/S 2012

Trend of the day: Sheer

Below: Atsu by Atsu Sekhose, Niket & Jainee, Anita Dongre

Atsu at WLIFW S/S 2012 Niket & Jainee at WLIFW S/S 2012 Anita Donegre at WLIFW S/S 2012

Prints of the day

Sunglasses on pants at Dev r Nil, animal print at Mynah’s Reynu Taandon.

Dev r Nil at WLIFW S/S 2012 Mynah's Reynu Taandon at WLIFW S/S 2012

WTFashion Moment of the Day

Dress that outlines your twin assets, an oddly-placed oversized rose with a trail, tulle wrapped around a dress, mismatching colours… sigh!

Saaj by Ankita at WLIFW S/S 2012

Look of the day

Feminine, formal and flattering shape at Atsu.

Atsu at WLIFW S/S 2012

Makeup of the day

Thick blue eyeliner at Mynah’s Reynu Taandon. Super like!

Reynu Taandon at WLIFW S/S 2012

Accessory of the day

Gandhi cap at James Ferreira—a political statement, perhaps?

James Ferreira at WLIFW S/S 2012

Celeb appearance of the day

Gauhar Khan for Rahul Mishra.

Gauhar Khan for Rahul Mishra at WLIFW S/S 2012