Posts tagged ‘Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week’

October 21, 2014

Rohit Bal’s Spectacular Grand Finale at WI Fashion Week

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Rohit Bal @ WIFW SS15

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Rohit Bal @ WIFW SS15

Wow!

So much beauty, luxury, indulgence, fashion and history all in the most stunning historic Mughal ruins in one of Delhi’s top tourist sites, Rohit Bal raised the bar to tremendous heights for Indian fashion. Even the moon and the weather obeyed the designer’s ode to beauty. The moon shone brightly to the right of one of the tombs at Qutab Minar and the outdoor temperature dropped from Sweaty to Serene.

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October 9, 2014

A Dream and an Ode to Master Artisans: Day 2 at WIFW

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Samant Chauhan @ WIFW SS15

Continuing his Rajputana theme this season designer, Samant Chauhan was inspired by romance and illusion and thus ‘dream’.  Samant has a loyal band of followers and stockists sprawled across India and the Middle East and I’m sure they loved the intricate antique-look thread embroidery which is turning into a bit of a trend for next season.

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Samant Chauhan @ WIFW SS15

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October 9, 2014

Day 1 WIFW SS15: Tarun Tahiliani & The Singh Twins

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Tarun Tahiliani @ WIFW SS15

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Tarun Tahiliani @ WIFW SS15

One of India’s most coveted coutouriers, Tarun Tahiliani, collaborated with the Singh Twins for his ready to wear collection.  Tarun is known for his grand

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October 9, 2014

Countryside Chic: Day 1 Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS15

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Pero @ WIFW SS15

Aneeth Arora had the honour of the opening show for her still young fashion brand, pero, at WIFW SS15 igniting the buzz for the week ahead.

The catwalk was covered in faux grass and planted with real flowers that looked adorable. The gift for us in the media side included cute little herbs planted in teeny pots, I pinched a tulsi – thanks, Aneeth I’d been meaning to get one for ages!

Pero is a brand quite known for its cottons

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March 14, 2014

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week AW 2014

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Design by Taurn Tahiliani

5 days, 31 shows and 119 designers… later this month I will bring you extensive coverage from Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014.  The dates for your diaries or mobile phone reminders are 26-30 March so be sure to check the blog for all the latest shows and reviews.

The week will be opened by celebrated designer, Tarun Tahiliani. 

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November 24, 2013

La Dolce Vita With Ashish N Soni

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Ashish N Soni SS14 Collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Grand Finale

With a live jazz band and a gigantic and glamorous tiered red carpet stage set for the grand finale show, designer Ashish N Soni‘s collection oozed old glamour with all the entrails.

Inspired by ‘La Dolce Vita’ the collection was characterised by understated simplicity, flawless lines, immaculate cuts

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October 30, 2013

Ornamental Adornments

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WIFW Pankaj & Nidhi SS14

Intricate adornments from Pompeii all the way to Medieval church facades…Indian designer duo, Panjak & Nidhi seemed to thoroughly enjoy researching the inspiration behind their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.  Hand cut fabrics appliqued to give a 3D effect and transparency were key looks.

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October 21, 2013

WIFW SS14 Day 2: Photo Diary

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WIFW SS14: Gaurav Jai Gupta

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WIFW SS14: Gaurav Jai Gupta

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October 17, 2013

Hall of Fame: Samant Chauhan

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WIFW: Samant Chauhan SS14

Young Indian fashion designer, Samant Chauhan designs beautiful clothing for both women and men.  He exhibits internationally and is on an upward trajectory after many years of dedication to his art.

Samant was born in Rajasthan and is passionate about working with master weavers from his area.  The NIFT graduate embarked upon fashion after first completing a physics degree at Bhagalpur University.  Samant consistently selects neutral and softer tones to counter the colourful spectrum typically offered by other designers in India.

So Samant, please tell me about your latest collection.

This is the series of Rajputana and this is the fourth season we are doing the same concept.

What is Rajputana?

Rajputana is about reviving the Rajputana name.  Rajasthan’s ancient name is Rajputana and I belong to that place which is one of the reasons I wanted to work on it.

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WIFW: Samant Chauhan SS14
The first season we did a collection, the story was based on how the Britishers influenced the entire Rajputana region … so we were inspired by a lot of Victorian motifs and shapes and volume. 

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October 15, 2013

Fossils, Bolly-Punk & Lagoons…Must Be Fashion Week

Fashion Becomes Fossilised

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WIFW Designer: Nachiket Barve

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WIFW Designer: Nachiket Barve

Old is the new New but not upcycled vintage … Indian designer Nachiket Barve was inspired by fossils and the balance between the preservation of fragile and strong forms.  The soft colour palette included oat and dusty rose: all shades that suit most skin tones. Dyeing techniques were experimented with

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October 14, 2013

Day 1: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS14

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WIFW Designer: Anupamaa

International Urban Nomads

Internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Anupama Dayaal kicked off Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer14 with an explosion of colour and bold prints.  Some collections could be viewed as transcending seasons, however, Anupamaa’s screamed SUNSHINE.  Bright pinks, orange and yellow tones worn with tousled hair and beach foot accessories completed the looks.

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WIFW Designer: Anupamaa

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March 20, 2013

Grand Finale: Manish Arora

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The hottest ticket in town was the Manish Arora’s closing show for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013. “Squeeze up some more!” were the cries from the pretty PR organisers to the press pack as we shuffled this way and that to make room for late arrivals.

Manish Arora already presented his collection inspired by his trip to the Burning Man art festival in Nevada in Paris

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March 20, 2013

Photo Diary: Catching the Winter Sun

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Design by Rehane

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March 20, 2013

Be Young with Payal Pratap and Rahul Mishra

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Design by Payal Pratap

Payal Pratap and Rahul Mishara’s presentations were sponsored by Fiama Di Wills, the Indian beauty product giant.  Under the theme ‘Be Young’ both collections pined for yesteryear.

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Payal Pratap’s collection was subtitled ‘Opening my Grandmother’s Trunk’

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March 20, 2013

Roll Up for Day 4!

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Styled and visualised in the theme of a circus, the circus was not actually cited in the show notes.  Pero by Aneeth Arora is the winner of Vogue India’s first Fashion Fund and this was her first presentation since winning the award, for which she received the cash prize after the show.

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March 20, 2013

Manish Malhotra: Trend Maker

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Indian Celebrity, Esha Gupta featured in Manish Malhotra’s show

There are few designers in the Indian fashion industry that can start a trend like Manish Malhotra.  His influence in Indian cinema is so great and the trickling effect on to TV sets beamed around a billion homes is no small accomplishment.  In this way,

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March 19, 2013

Photo Diary: Tribal, Cinematic, Ethereal and an Urban Goddess

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Designs by Preeti S Kapoor

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March 19, 2013

A Kaleidoscope of Colour

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Designer Rajdeep Ranawat’s collection was inspired by a hypothetical world with a hint of exotic Medieval.  The collection featured intricate embroideries and lovely accessories.  The Elton John embellished glasses were my favourite.

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March 18, 2013

Photo Diary Day 2: Silk, Lace & Leather

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Design by Samant Chauhan

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March 18, 2013

Loving A Lady’s Wild Side

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March 17, 2013

A Winter Garden

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Internationally regarded designer Sonam Dubal’s Autums Winter collection was in essence bohemian, loose and flowing.  Chintz embroideries and the hand painted sarees and silk kaftans were beautiful.

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March 17, 2013

Heavenly Heritage Fashion

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Over at Rajesh Pratap Singh’s show the catwalk had been transformed into an Autumnal woodland.  Rajesh Pratap Singh is the current brand ambassador for Woolmark and the show was sponsored by them.

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The ground lay strewn with rust coloured foliage and bleak trees glowed with pod lights.  The effect was magical.  

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March 17, 2013

Hypercraft and Colonial Orient

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Kavita Bhartia is the owner of the Ogaan chain of boutiques with stores in Delhi and Mumbai.  Kavita started her own label in 2001.

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The collection she presented this season was entitled ‘Hypercraft’ to reflect her combining technology and craft for her designs. 

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March 16, 2013

Anju Modi: The Steel Magnolia

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Anju Modi really pushed the boat out with her collection entitled Steel Magnolia.  Strong women was the message she wanted to get across and to emphasise the point her designs had a strong military reference. 

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March 16, 2013

Dunes of Luxury

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One of my favourite collections so far at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 is Shantanu & Nikhil‘s ode to the luxury traveller with reference to The Thar, India’s largest desert.

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March 16, 2013

Kumbh Mela Comes to Fashion Week

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Designer Tarun Tahiliani is a formidable force in the Indian fashion industry and this season he took inspiration from the Kumbh, a religious festival, and Sadhus – the saffron draped wandering spiritual men.

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March 15, 2013

Photo Diary: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

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Designer: Nikasha

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March 15, 2013

Gothic Beauty and Sleek Silhouettes

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Alpana Neeraj presented a heavy metal futuristic collection inspired by gothic glamour.  This girl is from the future and like all sci-fi babes she has the perfect figure to carry the look.

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March 14, 2013

Inspiring Courtesans and Monochrome

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Designer Vineet Bahl was inspired by a famous Mughal courtesan for his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection.  The collection was beautiful

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March 14, 2013

Day 1: WIFW Satya Paul and Annaika

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Day 1 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 began yesterday and as promised the reviews and photos start here!

Masaba Gupta’s debut collection as fashion director for Satya Paul fell flat for me I’m afraid.  It’s her first attempt

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February 28, 2013

Look Who’s Showing

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The tension in the lead up to fashion weeks is tangible in studios where designers will be fussing over the finishes to garments that have taken months to come to fruition.  Paris fashion week is currently in full swing, however, I’m in Delhi and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2013 is under two weeks away.

The five day event in Delhi

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February 13, 2013

Beauty and Fashion Bonds

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Fiama Di Wills, the beauty product giant and sponsor of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2013, announced the designers they will sponsor this season: Rahul Mishra and Payal Pratap Singh, wife of esteemed Indian fashion designer, Rajesh Pratap Singh.

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February 7, 2013

Fashion’s Merry-go-round

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New York Fashion Week today kicked off the fashion feast that lies ahead and engulfs the world.  Displaying next Autumn/Winter’s collections while it’s still freezing outside will only make you want to buy everything now, however, wait we will.

Red Valentino was by far the most striking collection on the first day.  Aimed at a younger audience than the premium and couture Valentino collections

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October 22, 2012

Grand Finale: Ritu Kumar

Once upon a time, if you were a Miss India contestant, Ritu Kumar is the designer you would probably turn up in for your final bimbo blurb.  No one would pay attention to what you were saying as you would look simply dazzling and most probably take the crown.

Ritu Kumar is an established Indian designer who championed the Indian

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October 12, 2012

Day 4: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

A designer adept at resort wear, Malini Ramani, asks us to envisage the end of the world as we know it.  The animals are all but gone but a new tribe of people come unto the world called Warriors of the Rainbow that like colour and print; despite the bleak situation!

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October 9, 2012

Hemlines and Necklines

Day 3: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week saw one designer, Namrata Joshipura, ramping up the sexiness quotient with risqué necklines scarcely seen in Indian fashion.

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October 9, 2012

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

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October 9, 2012

Day 1: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

Fashion designers Anand Kabra and Payal Pratap opened Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week with their joint show on Day 1.  Anand Kabra studied at the London College of Fashion but designs both Indian and Western silhouettes.

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