WIFW A/W 2011: Top Day 2 trends

Here’s a quick recap of the leading trends seen on the ramps of Day 2 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011.


Prints were seen across a number of shows, but Rahul Singh’s prints predominantly sea blue and white prints were our favourite. We also liked Charu Parashar’s circular  and abstract prints that were shaded grey to black.

Below: Rahul Singh, Charu Parashar

Rahul Singh at WIFW A/W 2011 Charu Parashar at WIFW A/W 2011

Natural inspirations

While Payal Jain sought inspirations from the five elements of nature with different colour and print stories for each element, Joy Mitra mixed earthy tones like black and brown with maroons, indigos and sap green.

Below: Payal Jain, Joy Mitra

Payal Jain at WIFW A/W 2011 Joy Mitra at WIFW A/W 2011

Embellishments and detailing

We flipped for Zurhke’s thread and laser-cut felt floral embroidery on kaftans, jackets and kurtas. Jaya Rathore used handcrafted Spanish lace in her line along with cross stitched motifs and threadwork on fine fabrics.

Below: Zurhke by Rajdeep Ranawat and Naresh Chauhan, Jaya Rathore

Zurhke at WIFW A/W 2011 Jaya Rathore at WIFW A/W 2011

International influences

Jaya Rathore brought Spain on the ramp (picture above), while Ashima-Leena’s collection had a strong tribal and gypsy influence. Kavita Bhartia’s line had a Victorian and gothic feel.

Below: Ashima-Leena, Kavita Bhartia

Ashima-Leena at WIFW A/W 2011 Kavita Bhartia at WIFW A/W 2011


Layering is a key element of winter dressing, and several Day 2 designers used some form of layering to style their models. At Label by Ritu Kumar, asymmetric layering was seen with models wore shorter jackets over longer kurtas and vice versa. At Saaj by Ankita tulle was used to create interesting layers.

Below: Label by Ritu Kumar, Saaj by Ankita

Label by Ritu Kumar at WIFW A/W 2011 Saaj by Ankita at WIFW A/W 2011

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