Day 2: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

Showcasing some real Indian fashion heavyweights, Day 2 was a true extravaganza for the fashion connoisseur and the return of designer, Rajesh Pratap Singh who did not show last season.

Rajesh Pratap Singh is a successful designer of royal descent and he takes his experimentation with textiles seriously, this time concentrating on man-made metallic fibres in particular.  His dark collection was a little unusual for a Spring/Summer presentation but why not if you’re one of those oddities that hates the sunshine!


The head accessories and Mohawk look is quite different for an Indian presentation but it was a strong and interesting feature.

James Ferreira’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection was inspired by Indian kitsch and the Italian renaissance.  Beautiful hand painted textiles were complimented by soft canary yellow tones.  His own exposed torso for the finale perhaps went a little too far.

Manish Malhotra also showcased his latest collection on Day 2.   Three years ago young enterprising Namrata Goyal and renowned celebrated actor and social activist Shabana Azmi approached Manish to help them to promote the Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO that was founded by noted film lyricist Kaifi Azmi (Shabana’s father) to empower the female children. Manish was introduced to the chikankari work done by the Mijwan girls.

The embroidery & craftsmanship showcased by them stands up to the highest standards anywhere in the world and this collection was a dedication of sorts to this NGO.

Manish has been designing for 12 years now and he continues to create spectacular collections under his label and is one of the most coveted designers for Brides and Bridegrooms all over the world.

Bollywood veteran and babe-with-a-brain Shabana Azmi introduced the show and young starlet Parineeti Chopra helped out too.

With an interesting collection inspired by Romanian peasants, designer Kavita Bhartia needs to sack her stylist.  The awful hair pieces detracted from a rather nice collection.


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