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WLIFW Spring/Summer 2013 – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on October 9, 2012

IFP’s choice on Day 3 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week are

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Nachiket Barve

Designer Nachiket Barve’s latest collection ‘Hacienda’ which means ‘Estate’ in Spanish also a kind of luxury meant for few lucky ones……..Nachiket’s designs surely made the meaning clear. The colourful fabric with floral detailing my favourite being the orchid floral designs as well as the South American motifs. the colours reminded my the delicious Mexican & Spanish cuisine with plenty of ‘Avacado’ greens, ‘Lemon’ yellow, ‘Chilly’ Green and hot ‘Paprika’ reds with touches of blue & purple. The collection included one shoulder dresses, cocktail outfits, sarees, pants, bolero jackets and flowy skirts. Overall I liked the works for the colour factor though there were few pieces which required a better fit.

‘Dozakh’ by Karthikeya & Isha

‘Lace’ a fabric used in abundance by designer duo Karthikeya & Isha reminded me of ‘Evita’ somehow. Maybe the elegant silhouettes worn by the women of that era where lace was a favourite. The collection had plenty of dresses, skirts and gown with a regal touch. IFP liked this collection for the mere fact that it had a very ‘Victorian’ feel to it. The creations were straight forward and looked beautiful on the runway.

Alpana & Neeraj

Designer Duo Alpana – Neeraj defined symmetry in a beautiful manner. With the geometric designs taking form of cutwork and three dimensional prints on dresses took a life of their own on the runway. Inspired by the winter season, the collection had all plenty of icy blues, pristine whites, festive reds and  cold grey colour. The collection consisted mainly of cocktail dresses and gowns with few pants & tops. IFP likes this collection for the fit and the use of geometric patterns in their designs. A collection which stands out makes IFP’s list……………Alpana – Neeraj did a fine job and hope to see their collection on the red carpet soon.

IFP also liked few designs from


Rahul Misha

Manish Gupta


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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2012 – Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on February 17, 2012

Day 2 of WLIFW saw actress Chitrangada Singh walk for designer Kanika Saluja Chaudhary & Anushka Manchanda for designer Raakesh Agarvwal. Here is your look at the pics from Day 2.

Our designer pick for Day 2 are……..

Nachiket Barve

Designer Nachiket Barve’s colorful collection was one of our picks for Day 2 at WLIFW. The tie & dye sarees combined with prints looked alluring and the vivid colors used made the outfit look ‘oh-so-fashionable’. We like it for it’s wearability and style quotient.

Dhruv & Pallavi

Designers Pallavi & Dhruv had showcased a very impressive collection that included western as well as Indianwear. They had layers in form of frills in Anarkali style with chudidhar which was relatively a new design in itself. There were voluminous sleeves in different shapes like bell and puffed style. Elaborate detail work on satins and chiffon with enough bling completed the look of this collection. IFP likes this collection for the jewel tones and the fit of their creations.

Tarun Tahiliani


I am in love with the color ‘Burgundy’…………..designer Tarun Tahiliani made this color the focus of his new collection which had a range of pants, sarees, Anarkali, bolero jackets, bags & belts. Tarun used fabrics like velvet, satin and chiffon for this collection. What struck me the most was the collection revolved around shades of ‘Burgundy’ which is perfect for Fall/Winter season. Plus the regal touch of Tarun made it a dreamy collection. IFP is sure to see this collection on the red carpet.

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Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive – Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 19, 2011

Here is your glimpse at Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011. IFP will only be showcasing the designs which caught our attention and were worth discussing.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre presented yet another colourful bridal collection in which she had captured the prints and fabrics from the vibrant states of our country. Anita seems to draw a lot of inspiration from the beautiful Rajasthan…………….the rich work reflects in her ‘Timeless’ collection…………Bandhej, gotta & patti work, ikat, brocades………… had all the elements to wow the audience. The equally liked the one shoulder dresses and blouses paired with lehenga skirts. But the only thing that distracted me from this beautiful collection were the bags strapped around the waist like ‘kamarbandh’………….seen this in JJ Valaya’s earlier works………..honestly not a big fan and never would understand why would a women wear such a hideous accessory over a heavy embellished saree. Nonetheless the outfits were signature ‘Anita Dongre’ style……………..wearable, affordable, elegant and very contemporary. My Verdict : All for the flowy skirts but definitely not a fan of the outfits wherein velvet was incorporated. Felt it was too over-whelming when combined with prints.

Narendra Kumar

‘Fly me to the Moon’ Frank Sinatra sang this wonderful song………….and Narendra Kumar took inspiration from it to create this classic collection. Of course Narendra Kumar focused on menswear this time around with jackets, blazers, tuxedo and suits for the handsome one. It was a pleasant surprise to see the ever so graceful Kabir Bedi walk the runway as the show stopper for Narendra Kumar………such poise, such grace………..only few men age well & Kabir is definitely a handsome face rarely found at this age. The rich fabric, the royal colours, the subtle detail work were commendable……though not a fan of cropped pants in bright shades of red, pink & peach. Call me old-fashioned but full length fitted pants are ‘Couture’……………..I think the show stopper proved my point. The colour palette was inspired by F.Scott Fitzgerald’s literary work – The Great Gatsby. The lush emerald-green, deep sapphire and midnight blues, wine, light pink, neutrals and ubiquitous “black tie”. Authentic luxury and decadence of the golden era is displayed through the predominant use of variety of silks and other fine fibres; Dupion silk, opulent silk velvet, textures and patterned silk, smooth and lustrous Ari silk. Textured hand-loom silk and brocade adds richness to the collection, whilst combining with traditional Indian handicraft with a contemporary clean-line silhouette. My Verdict : Fabulous jackets & tuxedos………they were absolutely unique………..loved the fit and the rich vintage look.



Nachiket Barve

‘The Golden Hour’ by Nachiket Barve had a pretty impressive line of outfits in vibrant hues…………sponsored by DHL, Nachiket successfully incorporated the colours of DHL in his designs. Yet the ensemble looked stylish and very fashion forward. The blending of colours, the layering effect, minimal detail work actually caught my eye for its freshness. Absolutely loved the way hot pinks turned into sunshine yellows………the saree draped in a contemporary form underneath a corset was definitely one of its kind.  The flowy Georgette looked equally stunning on the runway. My Verdict : Perfect synchronization of colours, cut & fit. So far I like this collection for its vibrant colours. I guess one might get to see a lot of Nachiket’s designs on the red carpet in future.

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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 20, 2010

Since the past 2 days I am quite satisfied that this time around I do get to see a lot of new designs and wearable clothes. Let’s have a look at what Day 3 has in store for us.

Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta presented a very colourful collection which reminded me of the beauty of handloom fabrics from Rajasthan and central India. I am all for colours which Masaba used for her collection………..the bright yellows, tangy orange, aquamarine blues, fucshia, greys………..this was the desired pop of colour which I was looking out in this fashion week. The layered sarees with detail work at the border was very, very unique. The fusion of Indian outfits with western clothes worked out well here…………..though some pieces will look better if worn separately.  The creations were very unconventional but very, very fashion forward. My Verdict : Better than her previous collection but I am still looking forward to see her design more western attire which I feel she can do justice very well.

Purvi Doshi

Purvi Doshi’s Collection titled aptly as ‘Bheed Bhaad’ which means crowd and in this case means hotchpotch [god I have started using that word like anything]. Why do I say so???? Because I feel there are too many designs clashing against one another in every outfit. Leheriya designs mixed with prints and brocades, chikankari, polka dots………..though I am more for Purvi’s western wear which had beautiful chikankari tops combined with colourful shorts and pants. But the Indian wear somehow left me high and dry……………needed emphasis on particular pattern or design since the sarees honestly looked like a mess. My verdict :  Clean up and remember that Indian fabrics are rich in colour as well as texture so blend well. The trick is to keep focus on one piece and work around it.

Satya Paul

Satya Paul’s new collection which had many Bridal wear outfits, was presented in Lakme Fashion Week with alot of panache…………Shruti Hasan walked the ramp with designer Puneet Nanda as show stopper wearing an alluring blue and green tone saree with sequin work at the border and sheer net blouse.  The collection was pleasantly different from the usual Satya Paul sarees…………….I am digging the bridal wear and the detail work is a must for the upcoming festive season. The western wear though needed better work since there was nothing new in it. My verdict : The Indian wear will do well, the western attire needs to be more contemporary.

Vijay Balhara

VJB is back and this time he presents ‘Bridal Renaissance’ collection which has a range of Indian ethnic wear, I also happen to discover that embroidery and detail work might just be the strong point of Vijay’s designs. This very wearable bridal wear had loads of juicy colours which are fit for a bridal trousseau and the silks were ‘oh so fabulous’. I am all for his new collection which is better than his previous Resort 2010 collection. Though I am not a fan of the sarees that Vijay had created but the Anarkalis make up for it. My verdict :  Very wearable yet fashionable. I am sure there will be many takers for this collection.











Nachiket Barve

flower prints are ‘ in’ or so it looks after seeing Nachiket Barve’s new collection which had floral motifs……………but what left me a bit disappointed was the fit of the garments……….long gone are the days when women wanted to hide their curves, not anymore. Nachiket’s collection had an array of bright colours which is a positive aspect but the loose fits was a downer. I liked the short dresses but the Indian infused with western was not upto the mark. My verdict : Shorts dresses will sell, I am doubtful about the other stuff.











Arpan Vohra

Arpan Vohra’s glittery new collection was a dedication to old Bollywood Glamour………collection of flared pants, lehengas, fitted skirts, sarees, evening gowns, cocktail dresses……….the outfits had loads of crystal & sequin work. I liked the shimmer on the nude colours but some  outfits in red and pinks were too much over the top for my taste. few outfits lacked the element of wearability due to the fit and shimmer level. a little subtle shimmer looks great but too much will make the wearer look like a Christmas tree. My verdict : The nudes will do well so will the darker shades with minimal detail work.


Anupama Dayal

Anupama Dayal whose collection is already making waves in the international fashion scene, presented her very ethnic bridal wear this season. I am happy to see the colourful Indian Bridal couture which was classic and smart. The collection titled as ‘Bronze Begum’ had sarees, lehengas, sharara gharara, skirts, singlet top all made in rich fabrics like brocade, velvet, crepe, net, silks and georgettes in luscious colours complete with zardosi and gotta work……………….I am in love with her collection. The sarees & lehegas were fabulous and can be worn with separate pieces as well. My Verdict: Anupama has a ‘Hit’ collection in her hands. Kudos to her for this vibrant creation.

Debarun Mukherjee

Debarun Mukherjee latest collection ‘Dear Imagination’ reminded me of the 1970s era due to the styling and the flower power but I prefer his earlier collection which he had presented in LFW Resort 2010 & Wills Lifestyle 2010 both held in march this year. The reason is simple, there is nothing unique in this collection and I find some pieces a bit incomplete. I wish a talented designer like Debarun would have got something new for us which I was lookng forward to. The flower on flower designs are not working for me…………the butterfly sleeves, the evening gowns, the sarees, the bandghgala for men……………..the collection had a lot to choose from. My verdict : All outfits needed to be glamed up a bit since the retro look is too plain, wearability of all outfits is still maintained by the designer I am sure Debarun will not disappoint me next time around and give us an impressive collection.

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 7, 2010

Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 started off with new designers showcasing their designs in the Gen Next section where they are given an opportunity to showcase their creation. However all designers are not displayed here since the photos of their entire collection was not available. Will keep you all post once I get more content.

Gen Next Designer Showcasing

Pooja Kapoor

Pooja Kapoor’s creation ‘Nip and Tuck’ had the emphasis on layering of fabrics. The collection is young but could have been made more colourful since the theme of the show is summer. Nonetheless I liked few pieces and know that young women would dig it. The dhoti looks given to the skirts was new but my only wish that this collection should had more hues in it coz since day 1 I have been seeing a lot of pastels. Personally loved those gladiator shoes and as a new designer Pooja has done well accessorizing her clothes.

Sabah Khan

Sabah has a wacky sense of style since in her collection there was abundance of colour but the fusion of colours made it difficult to pay attention on one piece of creation only. Skirts, dresses and pants were made of check prints and colourful fabric was stitched together. Actual photos which were printed on fabric gave a very ‘Manish Arora’ type of look. My advice to Sabah will be to concentrate on creating one eye-catching piece only rather than a mish-mash of hues and prints.

Sandeep Sarkar

I liked the sheer transparent sleeves and the blending of hues in his collection though the cut and fit required a lot of work to be done. The dresses were cool and had that summery feel to them. Something ‘new’ was a miss here as there were only dresses and to some extent all looked alike. I wish Sandeep would have put in some pants or shorts along with the sheer transparent sleeved tops. Still the feel of summer and proper layering of fabric was done well by Sandeep.

Siddhartha Upadhyaya

I was looking out for something new and I guess I have fou nd it on Day 2 of Fashion week just that the problem is I am not much into Siddhartha’s ‘As you like it’ collection. It is fun but why is it there are a lot of angular designs. I do not find the clothes very wearable since there is too much of satin used for a casual wear line. Satin as you know is better off in formal wear or evening gowns. Another thing I wished was the styling of these clothes with stilettos instead of flat open toed shoes which would have helped to add that glamour element.

Sougat Paul

First look at Sougat’s collection and I am floored. Love the rich colours like plums, ink blue, peach, burgundy and lavender on the runway. For a first time designer to showcase his work in LFW, I think Sougat has done a very good job here. There is geometric pattern in the prints yet this wearable line has the summer quotient to it. The clothes were fitted very well to give emphasis on very curve. The wedge heels perfectly match the silhouette both in style and colour. I would love to see more of Sougat Paul’s creation in future fashion weeks and definitely feel he has a lot of new designs to offer to this fashion hungry world.

Surbhi Chawla

Surbhi’s collection had alot of pleats which worked well in some outfits but not in all. Georgette and chiffon were the dominating fabrics which are also fit for summer wear. Hues of pink, peach, tan, white and grey ruled the colour scene. Surbhi tried to add pop of colour on the earthy tones by adding shocking pink flower motifs. The idea of having a pop of colour on a matt background was a brilliant one but the flower motifs could have been stitched well into the fabric instead of hanging out since it did not blend in that manner. But I did find her pattern on pants as displayed here very creative and new. hope to see similar designs from her in future.

Vipin Batra

Vipin reminded me so much of old-time ‘Versace’ creations with those asymmetrical colourful abstract patterns. The collection was named ‘Swirls of Light’ had the mix up of hues like blue, grey and reds. The clothes were young yet not at all flashy. Wearable yet very fashion forward, the only thing I would have done is not added the stoles since the patterns are good enough to be worn alone. I do look forward to see more of Vipin’s new creations since I find them refreshingly new.



Abdul Halder

The Essence of Victorian look to the bridal wear was well captured and Mr. Halder did not disappoint us……….thankfully. I liked the colours. the blending of fabrics and the classic embroidery work. It had  a traditional look with a twist of modernity. The line is very wearable for both the bride and the groom. The collection was displayed very gracefully, styling was elegant reminding people of the 50s ear and the jewelery was vintage which completed the look. Silks, Brocade, satin, Georgette dominated the fabric part with every garment looking unique on the runway. This was one of the good collection seen on Day 2.

Digvijay Singh

Digvijay Singh’s Collection ‘Anekantvada’ which means the dictates of Jain theory of absolute relativity has posed a big confusion for me since I am not able to make out if the collection is for ‘Men’s only’ or was it Uni-sex. If the collection is for guys then how will modern men carry off these clothes in daily life or as a matter of fact for functions/events. If it is made for both sexes…………………………..I am surely never gonna wear and end up on the streets looking like that.  Even for the heck of fashion, I don’t think women would want to wear such creations. Vivek Oberoi looked like a cute desi babu dressed in all cream banjara inspired kurta and dhoti. But on the positive side the clothes were eco-friendly and herbal dyes were used.  The idea of environment friendly fashion does get points from me but the clothes could have been much, much better designed since I do not find them customer-friendly.

Lecoanet Hemant

The Indo-french designer duo Didier Lecoanet and Hemant Sagar presented their collection titled ‘Green’ which is made of organic fabrics. The colour palette ranges has reds, rust, cream, beige, green and black. The clothes displayed on the ramp were more of casual. I loved the guys collection which had a lot of colour. Honestly it is high time that guys start adding bright hues to their wardrobe. The women’s collection was not as creative as the men’s collection since the cuts and silhouette were kept rather very plain. Lecoanet and Hemant have done a good job and how to see them expand and get more creative with their men’s wear.

Nachiket Barve

Geometrical designs in this collection was the highlight of this collection which consisted of evening wear and day wear for women. What struck me the most is the fusion of colours in the asymmetrical patterns of print that came across very unique. His collection was very fashion forward with simple silhouettes yet had a touch of sexiness to it. I am allured and am sure women would love to try Nachiket’s colourful creation. The clothes were fitted well and for a young lady looking demure has never been so easy. My take on Nachiket’s creation is you have arrived and put that much desired pop of colour in western wear from India.

Manish Malhotra

In my opinion I feel Manish should design more for women and only on demand for men. Secondly he is a pioneer in Women’s Indian couture but can do better in western wear. I could not understand the fusion of colours in men’s wear which seemed to be made out of women’s wear fabric. I do understand that these days guy are confident enough to carry any colour but ladylike hues is not what looks good on a guy that too in blazers, vests and coats. A hint of such colours is acceptable but the entire thing is not desirable at all. The women’s wear was nothing creative either since I have seen better designs from Manish on and off the ramp. By the looks of it I had expected a lot more exciting stuff from Manish but sadly seeing this creation I was disappointed. Hope to see the Manish Malhotra element again on the ramp next season.

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