WIFW: 141 fashion designers? We explain!

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2011 kicks off on April 6, and the designer list has been announced. A whopping 141 designers will showcase their collections at the Delhi event.

image001Now 141 designers is an amazing number, right? So we poked around a bit and discovered some interesting nuggets, that explain the numbers better:

Out of a total of 141 designers, 77 will have ramp shows. Fifteen of them are Hi 5 designers  (upcoming designers making their runway debut).

The remaining (that means 64 designers) will only display their collections in the stalls. That’s an area like an exhibition hall where you can check out the clothes and accessories, and even meet the designers. You can usually find buyers and journalists and other general visitors in this area during fashion week.

What we find most interesting is the list of designers who only have stalls. These include big names by Rohit Bal, Malini Ramani, Gauri & Nainika, Amit GT, Nachiket Barve, Prashant Verma, Ranna Gill, Rina Dhaka, Vineet Bahl and Wendell Rodricks. Wendell Rodricks WIFW

We wondered what such big names are doing off the ramp. It’s possible these well-established designers feel they don’t need ramp shows to get attention. Perhaps they’d rather focus on getting their clothes right, rather than dealing with the chaos and costs of a ramp show. Or maybe they feel ramp shows are just not worth the expense?

What do you think?

PS: Some of the recognisable names showcasing their collections on the ramp: Abraham & Thakore, am:pm by Ankur & Priyanka Modi, Gaurav Gupta, Geisha Designs by Paras & Shalini, James Ferreira, Label – Ritu Kumar, My Village by Rimzim Dadu, Namrata Joshipura, Neeru Kumar, Niki Mahajan, Pero by Aneeth Arora, Rahul Mishra, Rahul Reddy, Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

WIFW: 141 fashion designers? We explain!

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2011 kicks off on April 6, and the designer list has been announced. A whopping 141 designers will showcase their collections at the Delhi event.

image001Now 141 designers is an amazing number, right? So we poked around a bit and discovered some interesting nuggets, that explain the numbers better:

Out of a total of 141 designers, 77 will have ramp shows. Fifteen of them are Hi 5 designers  (upcoming designers making their runway debut).

The remaining (that means 64 designers) will only display their collections in the stalls. That’s an area like an exhibition hall where you can check out the clothes and accessories, and even meet the designers. You can usually find buyers and journalists and other general visitors in this area during fashion week.

What we find most interesting is the list of designers who only have stalls. These include big names by Rohit Bal, Malini Ramani, Gauri & Nainika, Amit GT, Nachiket Barve, Prashant Verma, Ranna Gill, Rina Dhaka, Vineet Bahl and Wendell Rodricks. Wendell Rodricks WIFW

We wondered what such big names are doing off the ramp. It’s possible these well-established designers feel they don’t need ramp shows to get attention. Perhaps they’d rather focus on getting their clothes right, rather than dealing with the chaos and costs of a ramp show. Or maybe they feel ramp shows are just not worth the expense?

What do you think?

PS: Some of the recognisable names showcasing their collections on the ramp: Abraham & Thakore, am:pm by Ankur & Priyanka Modi, Gaurav Gupta, Geisha Designs by Paras & Shalini, James Ferreira, Label – Ritu Kumar, My Village by Rimzim Dadu, Namrata Joshipura, Neeru Kumar, Niki Mahajan, Pero by Aneeth Arora, Rahul Mishra, Rahul Reddy, Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

Fashion Weeks in India: The battle heats up!

It’s Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) vs Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) all over again. The two “rival” fashion weeks have been fighting it out for supremacy since several seasons now, but this season has been kind of amusing for us.

Consider this: LFW was scheduled to hold a press conference last week to announce their designer list for Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011 (starts March 11). And lo, WIFW announced their designers on the same day (even though their event kicks off April 6). Cheeky!

Designer Overlap

As I scrolled through the LFW designer list, my heart skipped a beat as I spotted Sabyasachi Mukherjee. He had just been announced as the finale designer for WIFW!

It’s not uncommon for designers to present their collections at both these fashion weeks (examples from last season: Anupama Dayal, Anita Dongre, Manish Arora), but the finale designer of one fashion week also participating in another seems kinda strange to me.

image001 LFW aircel event logo

What People Say

I met an Austrian guy from the textile industry the other day. He visits India often, and is quite tuned into the fashion/ textiles/ art scene here. He reported to me what he had heard about the Delhi (WIFW) and Mumbai (LFW) fashion weeks: “Buyers tell me that the Mumbai fashion week has better quality, while there are more sales happening at Delhi fashion week.” While we can’t confirm this (yet), it could be true.

Digital Divide

Also, point to note: LFW is going all out to reach as many fashion lovers as possible. After tying up with Style Kandy last year for live webcasts, this season all shows will be streamed live on the official LFW website. On the other hand: WIFW doesn’t even have a dedicated website (it runs on the FDCI website).

Now what?

Meanwhile, both fashion weeks this season have a formidable line-up of designers. Other than the obvious question (who will win the Fashion Weeks Battle?), we are wondering: how different will Sabysachi’s two collections be? Will he recycle looks and outfits, or will he have a more spectacular show in Delhi than in Mumbai?

Marks & Spencer opens 4th Delhi store with special ramp show

It’s not often that a foreign clothing brand opens a 14,000 square feet store in India. But when it’s Marks & Spencer (as Marks & Spencer Reliance India), it’s bound to be done in style.

Marks & Spencer celebrated the opening of its fourth Delhi store at DLF Promenade with a ramp show that featured established models like Krishna Somain and Alisha Paika, along with loyal customers.

While a ramp show is nothing unusual, I love watching ordinary people dressed stylishly, looking confident, and beaming as they flaunt their style statement. Plus we don’t get to see ordinary people (read: ordinary-sized people) on the ramp often. Check them out:

 Marks & Spencer new store Delhi Marks & Spencer new store Delhi

Meanwhile, take a look at the new store at Delhi’s DLF Promenade.

Marks & Spencer new store DLF Promenade Marks & Spencer new store DLF Promenade 

Anyone been there yet?

WLIFW: Chic hair trends


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Sleek hair at Prashant Verma and Arjun Saluja

In Prashant Verma’s death-themed show, the designer depicted pain, grief and valour with printed kaftan dresses and wispy skirts in black, bottle green and grey. The models’ long dark hair was pulled back, straightened and flattened, even as their faces were bare, devoid of any makeup.

Sleek hair at Prashant Verma WLIFW

At Rishta by Arjun Saluja, models got a severe look with a centre parting and made into a firm bun. The designer used a similar look at his Lakme Fashion Week show last month (theme: Sleek Mystique).

Sculpted hair at Ashish N Soni

Ashish N Soni’s Interplay of Yin and Yang was based on a monochromatic colour palette. His hair stylist rolled, twisted, twirled and pinned up hair to mirror the garments’ pin tucks and pleats.

Sculpted hair at Ashish N Soni WLIFW

Which hair trend gets your vote?


WLIFW: Reynu Taandon’s hole-y safari

On day 5 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, designer Reynu Taandon took fashionistas on a safari in clothes replete with holes. In Reynu’s Spring/ Summer 2011 collection Safari Glam, the garments were, well, perforated. The little circles were cut precisely into the fabric using a laser-based technique.

Before you say,“No way I’m gonna wear clothes with holes”, recall the recently-popular cutwork jackets. And then take a look at the pictures below. The shorts in the first picture are wearable,  while the varying hole diameters in the beige shirt give a whole new meaning to safari chic. (Scroll down further for a close-up of the shirt).

Reynu Taandon top and shorts at WLIFW Reynu Taandon outfit at WLIFW

Note the fringes and gold studs on the left pocket.

                                  Close up of Reynu Taandon shirt WLIFW

What do you think of Reynu Taandon’s safari collection? Tell us!

WLIFW: AM:PM for work and play

In a refreshing change from festive wear, Ankur and Priyanka Modi of AM:PM presented a collection of office and easy evening wear at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011.

Office wear included vests with tightly draped skirts. For evening wear, the AM:PM duo used asymmetrical hemlines and wrap dresses in light fabrics like chiffon, with colours like grey and crème. Drapes were also visible in a Grecian dress and a fun jumpsuit.

Being a Spring/Summer collection (called Office Couture), AM:PM gave their collection a summery touch with long sundresses with surface shine and long gowns in empire-line waists.

AM:PM dress AM:PM dress with embroidery

Speaking Chic says: We didn’t see much experimentation from AM:PM, but most clothes were very wearable.

WIFW: 15 new faces to scorch Delhi ramp

Fifteen new models will make their Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week debut later this month, to be held in New Delhi. Here’s a glimpse of some of them.

Anjali Raut model  Kritika Babu model  Lekha Raman model

From left to right: Anjali Raut, Kritika Babu, Lekha Raman.

And here are all 15 of them (the first thing I noticed was their super long legs :-)):

 Models for WIFW

What do you think of the new faces at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week?

Inception: Six dream outfits

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We’ve all seen Inception. And we’ve all dreamed about living as princesses in fantasy worlds, wearing the world’s most beautiful clothes. And just as Delhi Couture Week wrapped up, we hunted for the best outfits of the week… six special outfits to make you dream again.

See our dream outfits below, and tell us what you think!

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