Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 started in New Delhi yesterday. And looking at the list of designers who will showcase their work simply makes me even more eager to look forward to new fashion in store for us. IFP takes you through the Day 1 at WLIFW and reviews the collections which we adored & few IFP felt failed to create an impression.
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Collections IFP loved on Day 1 were………..
Masaba Gupta for ‘Satya Paul’
I was excitingly looking forward to see Masaba’s new designs for the fashion house ‘Satya Paul’ and boy I am glad that the show was fashionably so fabulous. The colours as predicted earlier for this year by IFP were Sorbet & Neons combined with metallic grey, black & white. There was a range of prints in form of lipstick, abstract art, ink blot stain, phone booth door & even city map blueprints……imagine these on a saree. Now that was something new seen on the Indian ramp & new is what we absolutely love.
The collection had a range of sarees combined with contemporary blouse, sheath dresses, long skirts, short dresses all had been styled with a jacket or cape. The printed suitcase, vanity case as well as handbags served the purpose of accessories on the ramp. Neon suspenders with a saree…….. that had me surprised for sure. The looks of the models had dark eyes & neutral lips with hair pulled back in a pony. Overall IFP likes the new look of Satya Paul sarees this season and the contemporary designs by designer Masaba were commendable.
The show started with soft pastels making their way on the runway…….Chikankari kameez combined with wide leg Pakistani salwars which I admit had not been seen at fashion weeks for quite some time. Short Anarkalis, hemlines with black velvet & gotta, floral print dupattas, printed sarees with shimmer blouse, velvet cholis with pastel lehenga………all of these looked very beautiful and I was left admiring this collection. It reflected the pre-independence era where elegance stood out in a women’s dressing style. The embroidery details were very alluring and thankfully not over the top. Vineet Bahl has impressed me with the beauty of this collection.
Pankaj & Nidhi
Designer duo Pankaj & Nidhi’s new collection ‘The Music Box’ inspired by the musical instruments had bright colours infused with black. The collection consisted of dresses, cape style tops, jumpsuits, pencil skirts, sheath dresses, wide leg pants. Most of these I loved the sheath dresses that were so ‘red carpet’…..would love to see celebrities don these outfits. The dresses were combined with ‘Mary Jane’ shoes, a belt & slick back neat hairdo. Detailling was limited to peplum and asymmetrical trail. The designs stood out, the colours were fascinating and the look spelt ‘sophistication’. IFP gives a thumbs up to this creative collection by Pankaj & Nidhi………..I am sure we would get to see many outfits from this collection at future celebrity events.
IFP liked these collection……….
‘Indian Fashion Police’ also liked the collection of these designers. The collection were beautiful but few pieces missed the element of ‘surprise’. So these collection were just near to perfection but looked like an extension of their earlier collection.
Other designers who have not featured in this reviews is because their collection left me desiring for more in terms of new designs & patterns. I found their work very repetitive and could not find anything ‘out of the box’ in their creative works.
Nikasha’s vintage inspired ‘Raat ki Rani’ was divided in 2 sections w.r.t colours. The first one had ample of pastel hues while the second edition had loads of bright colours. Shimmer, sequin details & brocade were highlighted in this collection. Really liked the dhoti salwars which were combined with short kurtis. Overall the outfits in this collection were fabulous but the ‘fit’ in few needed a relook especially the kurtis. Also was not crazy about the velvet salwar.
Metallic and sequins were the highlight of Namrata’s collection ‘Wings of Desire’. The collection done up primarily in black had colour in form of sequin details. The look was very gothic in this collection which had a range of pants, dresses, skirts, tops and gowns. I do like this collection but few pieces were seen in Namrata’s previous collection as well.