While Day 1 & Day 2 of the Wills India Lifestyle Fashion Week SS’ 15 had more of whites and pastels, Day 3 presented a world of strong colours.
If you have missed out on our posts of the designers and designs of present on Day 1. Do read them.
Banaras has been the inspiration for many but Chhaya Mehrotra chose to follow a storyline and presented a modern and twisty take on the outfits worn by people in the city. She experimented with textiles and block printing on the fabrics of silk, cotton and noil. Her choice of colours for the collection was of red (Sindoor), yellow (Chandan), blue (Shiva) and white (Moksha). It was a fun collection!
She chose creative art of West Bengal and Assam and amalgamated woven towel, sholapith and tangail in her collection. From the colour palette of ivory, red, gold and silver, signifying the colour of ‘Shakti’ i.e. her theme, a hint of metallic hues added a different touch. The cuts, silhouettes, drapes and patterns aptly symbolized the culture of West Bengal and Assam.
The collection titled ‘Frosting’, had the hues of water blue and white as the dominant colours on the evening gowns and sheer dresses. Surface texturing added to the frosting theme on structured and flowy silhouettes.
Her collection was all about whites and peaches with floral embroideries done on the long skirts, achkans, anarkalis with trouser pants, dhoti skirts and kedia tops. Indian tennis star Sania Mirza walked down as the showstopper for the designer.
Saaj by Ankita Chaudhary
Designer Ankita Chaudhary played with the string art using new age metallic string on the basic and simplest silhouettes. Natural fabrics like jute, cotton, linen and flax have been moulded and embellished to create a symbiosis between the natural feminine shape and the sophistication of natural geometry. Traditional gota added an appeal of luxury to the collection.
Her collection titled ‘Firdaus’ is an ode to Gulamrg valley in Kashmir. The reason why the colour palette had mainly of stone colour and black with the prints of pine tree and small floral dots. The silhouettes were chosen to be palazzo with kurta, long pants with choli using silk, chanderi, organza and tulle fabrics, although we loved the yoke detailing. Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari walked as the showstopper for the designer.
She also foretold a twisty floral story for the spring summer 2015 season. Prints included coke bottle with a floral stick, bulbs with plants and trees with falling petals on the dresses like solid linen blazers, cotton printed dresses, airy silk dresses, linen and organza shirts. The designer chose to play with the colours like creams, dirty pinks, mints, yellows and forest greens.
Designer Tanvi Kedia’s collection mainly consisted of silhouettes like blouses, kaftans, dresses, skirts, shorts, pants and jackets in pop coloured accents with mosaic embellishments and prints. Geometric and floral patterns appeared on the shades of blue, red, orange, yellow and grey.
Mynah’s Reynu Tandon
Designer Reynu Tandon titled her collection ‘Secret Floral Garden’ in which she brought the silhouettes like tunics, cut trousers, short dresses and ball room gowns in rich fabrics like silk, georgettes, tulles, net and chiffons. Her collection’s palette of colours ranged from ivory, beige, gold and mustard.
He took his inspiration from South Africa’s deserts and imbibed a palette of sand, sky and sun in his ‘Kalahari’ collection. From presenting a range of front slit skirts, mid-calf length, palazzo, zippers, cut outs, safari shirts in transparency and draping to incorporating raffia woven ‘Shoowa’ and ‘Kuba’ textiles of the people of Congo in the form of embroidery and beading, Nachiket Brave truly lived a South African dream on the runway. He played with a range of fabrics like tussar, silk, kota, tulle, silk, chiffon, crepe, georgette, organza, chanderi, raw silk, spun silk, washed dupion and satin. Models wore shoes specially created with wood and jute, acrylic cuffs created with Tuareg motifs. Silver jewellery of Tuareg people was re-interpretated in the form of beading.
Shivan and Narresh
Popularly known for their beachwear, the designer duo Shivan and Narresh brought a swimdress in their collection, for the first time. Swim dress is a mix of swimwear and resort wear. Their spring summer’15 collection has a range of bikinis and trikins besides fringed dress having handcut fringes, for a new beach to bar look. Resort suit included a fine Italian jersey palazzo and a silk cape. The collection had two signature prints for the season i.e. the hued influx and the Calder’s eye print on a colour palette of vermillion, blue, chrome and moss. The model look was styled in pulled black hair with sleek ends, blue eye make-up on nude make up.
Designer Anupama Dayal’s spring summer’15 collection was a traveller woman’s delight. Her each piece of creation is always dyed in organic colours and flowy silhouettes flaunts wearers’ femininity. The use of chiffon, georgette, silk, chanderi, silk voile and crepe silk had added charm to the silhouettes she chose to experiment with such as Kaftan dress with pants, long tiered shirt dress with scarf, panelled dress, kimono with dhoti pants and saree worn with cropped shirt, all in their printed versions!
The designer for the first time collaborated with Swarovski for the footwear collection she designed, which she presented alongside her garment collection. Her spring summer 2015 collection was more about structured and layered shapes, shift dresses, fit and flare dresses, shirt dresses, tunic shirts, sweatshirts with different embellishments and hand painted print story. Colours like black, white, raspberry, green and cherry ruled on the fabrics like satin, cotton, tulle, chiffon, muslin, poly georgette, viscose jerseys and classic shirting (jacquard, stripes, dots and checks).
Rajesh Pratap Singh
The designer is known for working with Indian textiles and reviving them in the modern ways. This time around, he chose hand-woven khadi denim in pure Indigo. He also did fabric innovations by blending stainless steel with denim and khadi linen weaves with ikkat weaves. He consciously chose to keep the core essence of denim intact for the fabric rawness. Pure natural indigo and raw denim are non-toxic and hence he kept the fashion environment friendly. He also recreated bundi on denim in the bottoms and shirting. For men, he worked around engineered shirt without an armhole and bias tunic shirt. The collection also had major glimpses of quirky hand and machine embroidery, chikan embroidery with brands signature pintucks, patchwork jackets and polka appliques. Arvind Mills provided the khadi denims to the designer for his collection.
Ashish n Soni
Designer Ashish n Soni painted feathery inspiration on his spring summer collection for the next season. Titled ‘Plumage’, his outfits’ silhouettes ranging from multi-panel front open shirt dress, ankle length trousers, jackets, trenches, jumpsuits, pants, mid-thigh skirts, pleated collars, kurtas and sarees had digitally juxtaposed prints of various feathers, superimposed on one another. There were images of long feathers, winged feathers and downy feathers. The white, teal, blue and grey boosted on the colour palette.
Finally, the queen of quirky prints! This time around, designer Masaba Gupta painted gemstones inspired by zodiac signs in prints. Her collection called ‘Patakha’ had the prints and embellishment of patakhas and gemstones inspired by sun signs. Such as patakha prints symbolized the Leo’ feistiness while Capricons laid back yet serious attitude. The outfits ranged from evening gowns, dresses, pants, capes, dhoti pants on the signature fabrics like georgettes. First collection was on monochrome shades with patakha prints and embellishment and soon it transitioned into mustard yellow, green pastels with floral prints as the show proceeded!