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From flowy garments, flat footwears to soothing colour palette, fashion designers on day two of the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WLIFW) Autumn/Winter 2014 concentrated on the comfort factor.
Designers including Kiran and Meghna, Pratima Pandey, Vaishali S, Rimzim Dadu and Kallol Dutta presented their collection which saw wearable fabrics like chanderi, silk, khadi among others predominantly in the hues of black, white and grey.
Pratima's collection titled 'Singing Sparrow' drew inspiration from France's nightingale Edith Piaf's signature song 'La Vie en rose' and saw layered, asymmetric garments. Her male collection saw chanderi jackets worn over fitted pants.
"My main focus of the collection was presenting ease. I kept it simple and easy. I used a lot of black because I feel black and grey are the two colours that symbolise autumn and winter. I also loved the idea of layering rather than fitted lines," Pratima said.
Similarly, designer duo Kiran and Meghna predicted a fall winter trend which would be more towards comfort and full of organic fabrics. Their collection titled 'Myoho' was inspired by the breathtaking beautiful aesthetics of Morocco.
The designers also teamed their collection with headgears, necklaces and bangles.
"We have used accentuated motifs and mixed with delicate drapes. We have played with embroidery and fabrics. We have used mostly the handcrafted fabrics. Our collection is for someone who prefers to wear comfortable clothes," Kiran said.
Designer Vaishali S rediscovered her previous collection in her today's presentation 'Bhinna Shadja', a famous raga in Hindustani Classical music. Her collection saw sarees, long dresses and tunics.
"I think grey and white played very well with my concept. I intentionally presented my silhouettes in an illusionary manner because I want to breakfree from the image of conventional garments. I have used woven silk and Khadi," she said about her collection.
Designer Rimzim explored the Patola weave technique of Gujarat in her collection. The designer teamed her chiffon-cord garments which saw shirts, dresses, tops and skirts teamed with vibrant flat shoes instead of hig heels.
Even Dutta's collection comprised mostly of layered jumpsuits sans any high heels.
Fashion designer Charu Parashar presented an ode to the rich Indian embroidery through her autumn/winter collection.
Delhi based Parashar, who often uses various in thread works in her collections, said she wanted to revive the age old Indian embroidery techniques and present them in a westernised way.
The various embroidery techniques which she used were - Resham work, kasab embroidery and patterns with intricate applique work.
"I do embroiderers but in different forms everytime. This time it is concentrated on the Resham work. I just wanted to do something which has Indian roots but you can were it over a Hollywood red carpet," Parashar told PTI after the show.
Her untitled collection comprised of kaftans, sarees worn over fitted jackets, tops and dresses in the hues of cobalt blue, black and red.
"The jackets are basically French knotted and I have paired them up with sarees because I know every Indian female must have gone bored with their regular blouses. This collection of mine is actually luxurious and glamorous," she added.
Hollywood's favourite designer Amit GT also showcased his collection 'Baroque Oriental', which has been inspired by baroque and oriental influences.
The Collection comprised of cocktail gowns in the shades of blue, red and black. He glamorised the look with clutches.
"I feel accessories are very important part of your get up and it should get well with your outfits," he said
Fashion designer Malini Ramani, best known for creating resort wear, chose to go the Indian way for her autumn-winter collection.
With a stylish title - Glamourette, her collection consisted of saris in abundance, though there were thigh-high slit, figure-hugging dresses too.
What added to the Indian look was the use of big and bold bindis on forehead of all the models. The winged eye make-up further reminded the audience of yesteryear Bollywood actresses like Asha Parekh and Helen.
"The theme was glamourette. It's the first time I have done Indian," Malini told reporters after the show.
True to the theme, she made use of gold on black outfits. While black remained the dominant colour of the collection, she also played with pink.
"All of us love black...I love using gold. My collection had a little bit of transparency too. I just wanted it to be sexy and Indian. I like stretch so, I used lycra. Other fabrics were chiffon and silk jersey," she said.
Fashion designer Rahul Mishra showcased 'The lotus effect' collection, at WIFW 2014 on its second day here.
Mishra's new collection is essentially made with merino wool and it was spun in superfine way, which make the clothes wearable in all seasons.
"I wanted to create wool that is trans-seasonal. It is spun in such a way that in summer it can prove to be more comfortable than cotton," Mishra told reporters here Thursday.
The collection, inspired by Lord Buddha's philosophy that lotus is found in womb of the world, attempted to portray the journey of human race and the process of metamorphosis that earth has undergone in the last century.
The stage, which had hand-cut paper installation representing trees and buildings, complemented the collection.
"You look at greenery and cities everyday. I wanted to capture what earth has gone through," he said.
Made with wool and a small percentage of silk, the range consisted of hand-woven hand embroidered jacket, sari, peplum skirt, shift dress and asymmetrical jacket dress in colours like black, white, purple and yellow.
He also made use of tie and dye technique for the range.
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