See all the highlights from day 1 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring/Summer 2014 kicked off on Wednesday with cool resort wear and a range for women who love to travel. Designers Anupama Dayal and Masaba Gupta opened the show with their youth-centric collections.
Anupama revisited the old-world charm with her 'Gulabi' collection and beautifully presented the forgotten hand printing and needle craft techniques of India.
She presented a subtle spring-summer collection which had chanderi sarees, palazzo trousers, long and short dresses and skirts.
"My collection was the story of a young girl with her unending dreams of travelling the world. But, she realizes at the end that her world in inside her and she is celebrating that moment of happiness," Anupama said.
Her collection adhered to its name by bringing in floral headgears that matched apparels in blush pink, baby pink and magenta pink on the ramp.
"The colours and flowers bring sheer joy. I wanted to capture that," she said.
Actress Alia Bhatt, standing on hot pink towering heels, opened the show for designer friend Masaba Gupta. With her hair neatly tied in a ponytail, Alia looked stunning in a muslin dress with black and grey horizontal striped sleeves.
Alia said she and Masaba have a long association and she feels her collection is very vibrant.
"It was very emotional and special for me to be here. I have been wearing Masaba since I was a child. I call her Mass. We have grown up doing all the craziest things and today walking for her was kind of a big deal. As she said the collection is fun, quirky and edgy and that is what I like," she said.
The young designer, who is known for her quirky motifs, used three prints predominantly this time-- Chandragupt, machine and checkered dots.
"Honestly, nothing inspired me for this collection. People keep asking me about the inspiration but I feel certain weightlessness in this collection. I have just embraced my younger side and had fun with the collection. It's everything that the brand stands for colour, print and everything," Masaba said about her collection.
"It's mix and match of different sensibilities. It's about being sporty and sensuous at the same time," she added.
While Alia walked for Masaba, Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan occupied a seat in the front row and enjoyed the show.
The second show of Day one saw a variety of strong colours in silk and natural dyes.
Fashion designer Kanika Saluja, who has a label named Annaikka, presented creations in various colours like red, green, purple and blue. The chest area had heavy gold and copper work.
"Every colour has a meaning. For instance, red is female energy. I've only used silk to create the line," Kanika told reporters after her show.
Models were seen in fitted pants with capes. There were short and long dresses too. The whole collection looked apt for evening time.
The strong colours and heavy work were soon replaced by eye-cooling organic creations of designer Urvashi Kaur.
Natural dyes like indigo, red and grey were used. Indigenous hand-woven organic textiles from Andhra and Kutch gave a summery feel.
Mulmul, chanderi and linen further made the collection wearable during hot season. Long and voluminous tops and dresses, jumpsuits, pleated "shararas" definitely make the range a must have in summer.
The third show of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 displayed a technique rich collection and a range dedicated to 100 years of cinema.
Designer Nachiket Barve presented his collection Fossil for spring-summer season in which immaculate appliqué of fabric, intricate beadwork were used for the range.
Tones of oatmeal, ivory, beige and old rose made silk, chiffon, georgette and cotton garments looked summer friendly.
"My collection is refreshing for me. It is rich in technique but extremely light to wear," Nachiket said.
A holiday-inspired collection rocked the fourth show of Day One of WIFW Spring Summer 2014 edition.
Designer duo Paras and Shalini, who have a label titled Geisha Designs, presented their new range "Lagoon", inspired by holidays.
Sport cuts, shift dresses and dhoti-inspired drapes dominated their new line in pastels like sky blue, blush pink and more.
The bold earrings with high heels in bright colours like green, pink and blue complemented the garments.
"It's ready to wear sun-kissed collection. Our inspirations were holidays, animals and blue lagoon. It has lacey pattern and shadow work," said Paras.
Model-turned actress Mughda Godse, who was the showstopper, found the collection fantastic. She was dressed in red and beige gown which accentuated her curves.
"It was sporty yet feminine. I can wear some of their pieces to parties," said Godse.
Designer duo Gauri & Nainika presented what they are best known for- gowns. But there were also flared pants with backless halter top, jumpsuit, slit dress and pencil dress. A wide range of colours like red, green, mustard and black were used.
Matching scarves were tied on models' heads too.
"We wanted to do something fresh. It's resort collection so it's very breezy and has a holiday feel to it," Nainika said.
Fashion designer Malini Ramani's spring-summer collection had a lot of appliqué work. She made use of metallic belts with some of the free flowing dresses. There were also shorts, one-piece swimwear and long skirts in mostly shades of brown and black.
"My collection is about woman who likes to travel and discover herself and look glamorous at the same time," Malini told reporters here.
'Rock On!!' actress Koel Purie, who attended Malini's show, constantly cheered for her collection.
With motifs of actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Amjad Khan and Zeenat Aman on the garments and the ramp music having famous dialogues, fashion designer Nida Mahmood today paid a tribute to Indian cinema on its centenary year through her collection.
Titled as 'Bombay Bioscope', her collection on the day one of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring/Summer 2014 brought the timelessness of Indian cinema.
"My collection is an ode to the glorious 100 years of Indian cinema. The collection is for somebody who is intrigued by cinema and it would have been a sacrilege for not having worked on a concept at this point of time when India completes 100 years of cinema," Nida, herself a cinema buff, said.
"I felt that the timelessness of moving pictures is completely in comparison with the stars in the constellation. So, the film stars we have today epitomise character which live forever," she said.
Her collection comprised Bengal tant sarees, 3D metallic dresses, and dresses. Model dazzled on the ramp wearing face masks. The colour palette predominantly consisted on blue, white and yellow.
"Through my collection, I was in a space which is larger than life and it is not complete with something which takes you off to the unimaginative space of cinema," she said.
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