WIFW hits century, more than 100 designers to show!

No kidding. More than a hundred designers will participate in Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, to be held in Delhi from October 23 to 27, 2010. To be precise: 115 designers. Here are the ones we’re watching out for:

  • Abraham & Thakore
  • am:pm by Ankur & Priyanka Modi
  • Anand Kabra
  • Ashima ‐ Leena
  • Ashish N Soni
  • Dev r Nil
  • Elisha W
  • Gaurav Gupta
  • Geisha Designs by Paras & Shalini
  • JJ Valaya
  • Kallol Datta 1955
  • Manish Arora
  • Manish Gupta
  • Morphe by Amit Aggarwal
  • My Village by Rimzim Dadu
  • Namrata Joshipura
  • Nikasha Tawadey
  • Pankaj & Nidhi
  • Péro by Aneeth Arora
  • Priyadarshini Rao
  • Rahul Mishra
  • Rahul Reddy
  • Rajesh Pratap Singh
  • Ranna Gill
  • Ravage by Raj Shroff
  • Rehane
  • Rishta by Arjun
  • Ritu Beri
  • Rohit Bal
  • Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna
  • Samant Chauhan
  • Sanskar by Sonam Dubal
  • Tarun Tahiliani
  • Varun Bahl

Accessory Designers

  • 5 Elements by Radhika Gupta
  • Amrapali by Rajiv Arora & Rajesh Ajmera
  • Art Apparel & Accessories Shelina & Camelia
  • Felix Bendish
  • G’Nian & Geesz by Nitin Vijay

Which designers are you looking forward to in the upcoming edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week?


LFW: Jewellery tells a global story

Jewellery designer Suhani Pittie broke out of her oxidised silver mold with her recent Lakme Fashion Week collection, called Free Religion. Suhani’s jewellery was a mix of two worlds—though “very Indian in my DNA”, she made the most of several nomadic influences in this collection.

Expertly rolling several eras and cultures into a cohesive gypsy-inspired collection, the jewellery had both rustic and contemporary touches. For instance, necklaces or individual pieces in antique gold finish were combined with turquoise stones, coloured enamelled pieces, or coloured fabric. Suhani made ample use of beads, stones and studs and symbols open to multiple interpretations. The oft-used crescent could symbolise Islam, Shiva’s hair adornment or the Chinese Yin.

Suhani Pittie neckpiece with crescent Model wearing Suhani Pittie jewellery at LFW

My favourite piece from the collection was a neckpiece that started as a temple necklace, added a foldable steel plate (it really was foldable, I checked), with a small metal Ganesha and coral and turquoise pieces.

Model in Suhani Pittie's jewellery

Speaking Chic says: Very artistic, but the retail collection may be a card swipe or two.

LFW: Seeking kitschy chic

Malaga’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 collection Flamboyart comprised bags, shoes and jewellery. Designer Malini Agarwalla used a number of themes: pictorial depictions on bags and pendants, traditional fabrics and prints on jholas, potlis, and shoes, along with bibs, bangles and cummerbunds in gold and gota work.

Malaga bag and jewellery at LFW Malaga LFW show; bag and necklace

Unfortunately, the kitschy look has been around for a while now, and most of the pieces didn’t stand out from the stuff we see everywhere. I did like some of the trendier waistbands, bangles and some of the neckpieces.  But the bib Sophie Choudhary wore on the ramp was too big to be worn by anyone!

Sophie at Malaga LFW show

What do you think of Sophie’s jewellery? Tell us!

LFW: Glass on your neck

Eina Ahluwalia’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 collection for Breathing Space was characterised by two main themes: mini glass containers (“Containment”) and felt (“How I Felt”). Building up on the concept of containment, Eina used miniature vases, bottles, jars to symbolise urns that contain our ashes.  The oversized glass pendants also seen in the collection made quite an impact on the ramp, and were strung on sterling silver with semi precious stones.

Eina Ahluwalia's LFW show Eina Ahluwalia pendant

Felt created by Dutch artist Beatrice Woonders was used as stoles, or studded with semi-precious stones for neckpieces. I asked Eina why she used felt. “I wanted to do something more interesting and challenging beyond gold and silver,” she said. Simple, straightforward, and well-put!

 Eina Ahluwalia at LFW

 Speaking Chic says: Some very interesting concepts, and clearly the artist in Eina shone through. She says her work is in the space between art and commercial jewellery. Indeed, but she just about makes the cut into commercial.

What do you think of Eina’s jewellery? Tell us!

LFW: Anupama Dayal’s Mughal revival

It’s never easy breaking out of your comfort zone, but there comes a moment when a creative person decides to pushes away all boundaries and steps into unfamiliar territory. For Delhi designer Anupama Dayal, that realisation dawned at a Singapore museum, while viewing Mughal jewellery. “Looking at our own jewellery from the past, I was inspired to design Indian clothes,” she says.  (We also think it’s partially to do with the great potential in the designer bridal wear market).

Naming her collection the Bronze Begum (sort of a celebration of the Indian skin tone), Anupama presented a collection of saris, lehengas and anarkalis for the Indian bride. She allowed herself a wide colour palette, using orange and red, azure blues, deep greens and shocking pinks. But the common thread of her collection was the predominance of gold. Gold was everywhere—from the zardosi and gota work, to the luxurious brocades, and of course, the jewellery. She combined the traditional crafts with metallic embellishments and pearl embroidery.

Anupama Dayal LFW Orange sari  Embroidery Anupama Dayal at LFW

The fabrics were rich and luxurious—chiffons, georgettes, jacquards and nets. She often used unconventional colour combinations—blue with orange and pink, tangerine with gold, green with gold, warm yellow with red. In a couple of outfits, Anupama draped two contrasting dupattas for an eye-catching effect.

What stood out most from the collection was the use of heavily decorated dupattas and traditional Anarkali jewellery, especially the hair ornaments and nose rings.

Anupama Dayal two dupattas LFW  Model in green kurta with hair ornament at Anupama Dayal

After the show, Anupama said she would make every customer promise that she would make the most of her outfit by wearing it or individual garments at least five times. But I have a feeling the customer would want to wear it at least fifty times. It will be a precious treasure from the past.

Will you wear a Bronze Begum outfit to a wedding this season? Tell us!

LFW: Anita Dongre preview

Anita Dongre will be showcasing her collection later this evening at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2010. As reported earlier, Speaking Chic had visited the designer’s fittings few days ago. Here’s a glimpse of her collection.

True to her style, Anita has opted for an ethnic look, with strong Rajasthani influences. What’s interesting in this collection is that Anita hasn’t used traditionally festive colours like reds, oranges, or pinks. Instead, her collection’s clearly aimed at the modern woman who’s comfortable wearing darker colours during the festive season. The colour palette includes darker reds, indigo blue and black. Take a look at the outfits:

Models at Anita Dongre LFW 

I took a closer look at the embroidery, and noted there was zardosi work, mukaish and gota. Close-up of a ghagra:

Anita Dongre at LFW ghagra

The accessories comprise mostly chunky, antique-finish, silver necklaces and kadas.

Necklace at Anita Dongre LFW

What do you think of Anita Dongre’s collection? More details after the show.

LFW W/F 2010: Fittings in full flow

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 is just a few days away. Months of hard work, creativity, tailoring and burning the midnight oil are close to culmination. It’s time designers test the waters before taking the plunge—it’s time for fittings.

LFW W/F 2010 Fittings

Fittings take place a few days before the designer’s show. The main objective of the fittings is, of course, to see how the clothes fit the models. Is the blouse too tight or loose? Is the skirt the right length for the model? Should the black dress go first or the red one?

During a fittings session, models wear the designer’s clothes, walk a mock mini-ramp, even as designers and their assistants finalise accessories, looks, and the order of presentation for the final show.

At the end of the session, the designer’s assistants tag the outfits and accessories with the names of the models and take pictures of the model in the complete outfit as a handy reference.

Speaking Chic was privy to a couple of such fitting sessions, here are a few few pictures we took.

Anita Dongre selects necklace for model Model at Anita Dongre fitting

Designer Anita Dongre selects a neckpiece for a model (left); a model walks the “ramp” (right).

Vizyon models dressed up

Models at the Vizyon fittings.

Jewellery at Anita Dongre  Model with Anita Dongre

Some accessories the models will wear during the show (left); Anita Dongre checks  a garment as an assistant determines the alteration to be done (right).