WLIFW S/S 2012: Day 5 highlights

WLIFW S/S 2012: Day 5 highlights

Highlights of Day 5 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 in Delhi:

Prints galore!

From nature-inspired prints to geometric and the increasingly-popular digital prints, the mind-boggling range of prints have got us excited for next year’s summer already!

Below: Rajdeep Ranawat, Vineet Bahl, Geisha by Paras & Shalini

Rajdeep Ranawat at WLIFW S/S 2012 Vineet Bahl at WLIFW S/S 2012

Geish by Paras-Shalini at WLIFW S/S 2012

Drapes dominated

Drapes are feminine, flattering and can be sexy. Ruches, ruffles, gathers and more—you can never run out of ways to wear them.

Below: Amit GT, Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna, Rehane

Amit GT at WLIFW S/S 2012 Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna at WLIFW S/S 2012

Rehane at WLIFW S/S 2012

Subtle is sweet

The fashion scene today reflects the urge to grab five seconds of fame with statement accessories, plunging necklines and rising hemlines. So it was refreshing to see subtlety on the ramp in a country obsessed with larger-than-life style. The subtle looks meant delicate accessories and lighter or no embellishments.

Below: Rehane, Geisha by Paras & Shalini, Vineet Bahl

Rehane at WLIFW S/S 2012 Geisha by Paras-Shalini at WLIFW S/S 2012

Vineet Bahl at WLIFW S/S 2012

Contrasting looks of the day

The sweet, understated, modern Indian woman at Virtues.

Virtues at WLIFW S/S 2012

Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna’s diva from the future—bold and adventurous.

Rohit Gandhi- Rahul Khanna at WLIFW S/S 2012

Accessory of the day

There’s a feather is Rajdeep Ranawat’s hat! Cute!

Rajdeep Ranawat at WLIFW S/S 2012

WIFW A/W 2011: Important fashion lessons from Day 3

Fashion Lesson 1: Black will always be the new black

Fashion designers declared black as the colour for Autumn/Winter 2011, proving that black will always be in fashion. We spotted black at Sanskar by Sonam Dubal, Namrata Joshipura and Mrinalini.

Below: Sanskar by Sonam Dubal, Namrata Joshipura and Mrinalini.

Sanskar by Sonam Dubal Namrata Joshipura at WIFW A/W 2011 Mrinalini at WIFW A/W 2011

Fashion Lesson 2: Designers are loving geometric shapes!

Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna turned linear geometry on its head, creating vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines with crosshatching patches on grey felts, mixing see-through fabrics with opaque, and use of superimposed patterns. Mrinalini’s collection drew inspiration from origami, crafting garments in straight lines, checks, circles and patterns.  She managed to give her clothes a paper-like feel. Meanwhile, Raj Shroff used cutwork jackets to layer for winter. All these designers showed us geometry in fashion is tres chic and wearable!

Below: Mrinalini, Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna

Mrinalini at WIFW A/W 2011 Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khanna

Fashion Lesson 3: Head gear is ruling the ramps across India

We spotted plenty of head gear last month on Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. And on the third day of WIFW A/W 2011, we spotted fun head gear and accessories at Divyam Mehta, James Ferreira and Prama by Pratima Pandey. Now we’re only awaiting the highstreet versions and roadside bargains. 😉

Below: Divyam Mehta, Prama by Pratima Pandey.

Divyam Mehta at WIFW A/W 2011 Prama by Pratima Pandey at WIFW A/W 2011

Fashion Lesson 4: Stockings will be fun this winter

Stockings and tights made a comeback recently, and it’s nice to know they will be around for a while. From plain boring leggings and stockings, we’ve moved on to printed ones, and now designers are keeping them for next season. So they’re in bright colours at James Ferreira and Small Shop by Jason Anshu, shaded at S&N Drape by Shantanu & Nikhil, and bejewelled socks at Namrata Joshipura. They’re on our winter must-have list already!

Below: Small Shop by Jason Anshu, S&N Drape by Shantanu & Nikhil, Namrata Joshipura.

Small Shop by Jason-Anshu at WIFW A/W 2011 S&N Drape by Shantanu-Nikhil at WIFW A/W 2011 Namrata Joshipura at WIFW A/W 2011

Fashion Lesson 5:  We’re ready for new silhouettes

At Small Shop by Jason-Anshu, the silhouettes were geometrical, making boxy shapes, yet draped in a feminine manner.  The designer duo played with colour mixing and draping to create multi-layering effects. And at Raj Shroff’s aptly-named Mystic Contours, shapes were best-defined as anti-silhouette, not following contoured lines and other physical attributes, yet striking a balance between extremes. Textures involving tipping and patchwork and slits were seen in twisted forms.

Below: Small Shop by Jason-Anshu, Raj Shroff

Small Shop by Jason-Anshu Raj Shroff at WIFW A/W 2011

Fashion Lesson 6: Fashion designers do try hard

Both Manish Malhotra and S&N Drape by Shantanu & Nikhil showcased their collections at LFW S/R 2011. And while both designers stuck to similar concepts from last month’s shows, they made a marked attempt to present different styles to the audience. Thank god for that!

Below: Manish Malhotra, S&N Drape by Shantanu & Nikhil.

Manish Malhotra at WIFW A/W 2011 S&N Drape by Shantanu-Nikhil at WIFW A/W 2011