Posts tagged ‘Wills Lifestyle’

April 1, 2014

Grand Finale WIFW: Namrata Joshipura

grand finale namrata joshipura2Namrata Joshipura Grand Finale WIFW AW 2014

Oh the pressure! The opening and closing shows for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week are usually the most anticipated and highest profile.  This year, the grand finale honour was granted to designer Namrata Joshipura whose signature silhouettes include red carpet gowns as well as barely there bodysuits.

grand finale namrata joshipura3

Namrata Joshipura Grand Finale WIFW AW 2014

read more »

Advertisements
April 1, 2014

WIFW Photo Diary AW 2014

Mandira Wirk5

Mandira Wirk WIFW AW 2014

Mandira Wirk4

Mandira Wirk WIFW AW 2014

read more »

April 1, 2014

Austria Is Trending

pero4

Pero by Aneeth Arora WIFW AW 2014

‘You’re in next season’ I told my friend. ‘Whaaattt?’ Was my confused friend’s reply as she’s never in or on trend or bothered.

My friend is an Austrian chef living in Delhi.  We were out looking for check fabric a couple of weeks ago for her company branding so I was pleasantly surprised to see checks were in two shows at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week AW14.  And that too in both the prints we selected, blue checks and red checks.

read more »

April 1, 2014

Pankaj & Nidhi Play Cards

pankaj and nidhi1

Pankaj & Nidhi WIFW AW 2014

Pankaj & Nidhi’s show was sponsored by Fiama Di Wills so it was a rather slick production, albeit with a fashionably late start.  Pankaj & Nidhi’s signature looks is placement embroideries and graphics in bold combinations.

pankaj and nidhi2

Pankaj & Nidhi WIFW AW 2014

The collection notes referenced the history of playing cards linking their origin from ancient China to their appearance in Spain and Portugal.  So far so good, especially in the graphics department.  Then the designers also took inspiration from matadors in a bullring.  I think this was too much for me. 

read more »

March 31, 2014

WIFW: Cool Kashmir

Zubair1

Zubair Kirmani WIFW AW 2014

Two designers were inspired by Kashmir for AW 2014/15: Zubair Kirmani and Mrilnalini. It was great to see how the same inspiration can produce such different results. Zubair’s collection was feminine indulgence and prettiness whereas Mrilnalini had a utilitarian approach.

read more »

March 31, 2014

Bohemian Travellers Spin The Fashion World Around

anita dongre1

Anita Dongre WIFW AW 2014

A few designers at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week were inspired by the concept of a free spirited bohemian, vintage loving traveller.

anita dongre2

Anita Dongre WIFW AW 2014

Anita Dongre’s Jaipur bride muse made Europe her playground for AW 2014.  Gorgeous tousled hair, peacock eyes and tassels were the continuing thread in an altogether beautiful collection.  The European reference didn’t come across as strong as the designer may have wanted as the prints and overall styling as very Indian ethnic.  Perhaps the Jaipur bride decided to park herself in Andalucia? 

read more »

March 31, 2014

Soltee: Dark Gives Balance

soltee9

Soltee by Sulakshana Monga WIFW AW 2014

‘Dark Gives Balance’ was the title of Soltee by Sulakshana Monga’s show for AW 2014.  A collection that was dominated by nudes, browns and golden tones, the looks that were presented were glamorous and bold.  Including floor sweeping gowns, menswear and flatteringly draped separates, the collection had only good times in mind.

Soltee6

Soltee by Sulakshana Monga WIFW AW 2014

read more »

March 31, 2014

In A New York State Of Mind

HemantNandita1

Hemant & Nandita WIFW AW 2014

HemantNandita2

Hemant & Nandita WIFW AW 2014

‘Plush decoded’ was the title of designers Hemant & Nandita’s show but it could also easily have been New York decoded.  Luxurious sportswear inspired separates ensued down the catwalk with mesh park fences as the backdrop.

read more »

March 30, 2014

Streets Are Cooler Than Runways

josh1

Josh Goraya WIFW AW 2014

Upcoming and talented designer, Josh Goraya showcased his latest collection in a segment called Hi5 where five new designers pick ten looks each for a joint fashion show.

Designing for both men and women, it is the menswear that I was more drawn to simply because the looks were so cosmopolitan and had interesting design elements without losing any masculinity. This is important for lots of men when looking for new designs.

read more »

March 30, 2014

Rajputana Traveller by Samant Chauhan

samant1

Samant Chauhan WIFW AW 2014

‘Some travels take you so far that even when you return you are gone forever…probably it’s then they call it a journey’…the Rajputana Traveller.

samant5

Samant Chauhan WIFW AW 2014

Designer, Samant Chauhan grows in confidence each season with new chapters from his Rajputana fashion series.  Continually drawing on inspiration from his native Indian state he keeps the collection looking bold and structured yet incredibly feminine.

read more »

March 29, 2014

Satya Paul, Icarus

satya paul 1

Satya Paul WIFW AW 2014

The latest Satya Paul collection designed by Masaba Gupta was a lighthearted take on print and was entitled ‘Icarus’. The show notes say that ‘Icarus’ is an effort to revel in the cheerful, suggest the alternative and slightly alter the envelope. When I googled it I found reference to Greek mythology so let’s stick with the Satya Paul meaning.

satya paul 2

Satya Paul WIFW AW 2014

Masaba is experimental and contemporary with her perspective on print and she is widely copied in the Indian export market. Her lipstick print last season and the water tap this season are fun and a welcome departure from flora and fauna inspired prints.

read more »

March 29, 2014

Urban Shikar

AT3

Abraham & Thakore WIFW AW 2014

Design duet, Abraham & Thakore’s collection was sponsored by Twinings, my favourite tea brand and a part of every morning of my life.

AT1

Abraham & Thakore WIFW AW 2014

The collection was aimed at sleek uniform dressing for the city, touching on safari. Who is the hunter or the hunted? Up to you! I loved the wild silks left in their natural golden shade and I particularly loved the leopard print twosie with the trench coat, it is so sophisticated yet wild.

read more »

March 29, 2014

Bibi, Lady of Leisure

nikasha1

 

Nikasha WIFW AW 2014

Regular Chatterboxes know I am a real sucker for Sufi poetry and I was delighted to find that designer, Nikasha had a Rumi poem in her show notes:

In your light I learn how to love…
In your beauty how to make poems
You dance inside my chest where no one else sees you,
but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.

Wah wah, masha’allah! Ok, back to the collection.

read more »

March 28, 2014

Blue Blood on the Red Carpet

charu1

Charu Prashar WIFW AW 2014

Designer Charu Prashar’s collection was full of dramatic geometric patterns and body contouring silhouettes for confident women. Cobalt blue was the predominant shade paired with black for maximum drama.

read more »

March 28, 2014

For The Bond Girl In You

amit2

Amit GT WIFW AW 2014

Designer Amit GT showed a glamorous red carpet collection for slender leading ladies in their element in front of flashing lights.  Although not directly acknowledged the collection was heavily inspired by the last Bond movie, Skyfall.  Oriental baroque is the official inspiration, nevertheless, the instrumental of Adele’s theme tune kicked the show off.

read more »

March 28, 2014

Rahul Mishra: Woolmark Prize Winner 2014

 

rahul mishra1

Rahul Mishra WIFW AW 2014

The 2014 winner of the prize that launched 1,000 designers (okay well not quite) …the internationally coveted Woolmark prize was awarded this year to Indian designer, Rahul Mishra. The prize has been credited with turning previous winners such as Giorgio Armani into household names.

rahul mishra2

Rahul Mishra WIFW AW 2014

The Woolmark body and awarding panel said of Rahul’s collection that one of the reasons his stood out amongst the other entrants were his innovative approach to wool as a Summer fibre was refreshing. They also admired his use of merino wool as a yarn for exquisitely detailed embroideries.

read more »

March 28, 2014

The Silk Route’s Enduring Inspiration

ashima leena

Ashima-Leena WIFW AW 2014

Ashima-Leena’s collection inspiration is the tried and tested journey down the old silk route. I say this not to criticise but to emphasise that it remains fertile ground and has provided centuries of ideas to creatives.

read more »

March 28, 2014

Day 2 WIFW: Souk Souk, La Vie En Rose & Changing Perceptions

myoho4

Myoho WIFW AW 2014

The latest Myoho by Kiran & Meghna collection entitled ‘Souk Souk’ is inspired by Morocco but with yogic aesthetics and a rustic colour palette of Persian blue, slate black and sindoor red (this is the red powder Hindu brides traditionlly wear in their hair parting).

read more »

March 28, 2014

Shantanu & Nikhil: The Shadows Within

SN2

Shantanu & Nikhil WIFW AW 2014

Shantanu & Nikhil are incredibly talented designers with impeccable attention to detail.  Their latest collection was inspired by timeless vintage travel.  The powder, blush and antique rose and apricot hues reminisced British colonial times.  Lace was the dominant detail and it was especially striking on the fingerless gloves worn by all the models.

read more »

March 28, 2014

Day 1 WIFW Photo Diary: Rock On, Structured Metallics & Selfies with Nokia

Raakesh Agarvwal showed a collection unlike any other (this was apparent even though it was still only day 1).  Leather,  audacious glamour and lots of skin meant this was a collection for younger women unaffected by silly things such as Winter.

RA7 RA7

Raakesh Agarvwal WIFW AW 2014

read more »

March 20, 2013

Grand Finale: Manish Arora

Manish Arora1

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

read more »

March 20, 2013

Photo Diary: Catching the Winter Sun

Rehane2

Design by Rehane

read more »

March 20, 2013

Be Young with Payal Pratap and Rahul Mishra

Payal Pratap1

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.

Payal Pratap2

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

read more »

March 20, 2013

Roll Up for Day 4!

Pero Aneeth Arora

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.

read more »

March 20, 2013

Manish Malhotra: Trend Maker

Manish Malhotra1

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,

read more »

March 19, 2013

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

Preeti S Kapoor Preeti S Kapoor2

Designs by Preeti S Kapoor

read more »

March 19, 2013

A Kaleidoscope of Colour

Rajdeep Ranawat1

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.

read more »

March 18, 2013

Photo Diary Day 2: Silk, Lace & Leather

samant chauhan1

Design by Samant Chauhan

read more »

March 18, 2013

Loving A Lady’s Wild Side

Siddartha Tytler4

Siddartha Tytler2

read more »

March 17, 2013

A Winter Garden

sonam dubal 1

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.

sonam dubal 2

read more »

March 17, 2013

Heavenly Heritage Fashion

rajesh pratap singh1

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.

rajesh pratap singh3

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

read more »

March 17, 2013

Hypercraft and Colonial Orient

kavita bhartia1

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

kavita bhartia2

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

read more »

March 16, 2013

Anju Modi: The Steel Magnolia

anju modi 2

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. 

read more »

March 16, 2013

Dunes of Luxury

Shantanu Nikhil1

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.

read more »

March 16, 2013

Kumbh Mela Comes to Fashion Week

TT1 finale

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.

TT4 

read more »

March 15, 2013

Photo Diary: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

nikasha1

Designer: Nikasha

read more »

March 15, 2013

Gothic Beauty and Sleek Silhouettes

alpana neeraj1

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.

read more »

March 14, 2013

Inspiring Courtesans and Monochrome

vineet bahl 1

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

read more »

March 14, 2013

Day 1: WIFW Satya Paul and Annaika

satya paul by masaba gupta 1_2

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

read more »

February 28, 2013

Look Who’s Showing

Tarun-Tahiliani-Wills-Lifestyle-India-Fashion-Week-WIFW-2012

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

read more »