See all the highlights from day 2 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
From Pia Pauro's Tanzania inspired line dominated by sun dresses and skirts to Shivan and Narresh's resort wear clothes, the display of designs on the ramp at the second day of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) had a lot for holiday wardrobes.
Pauro's collection varied from shield skirts, large sun dresses, Cape Town printed safari tunic, mustard hand embroidery top to Zulu embroidered skirt, fringe dress, giraffe print sun dress and safari jumpsuit in vibrant palettes like red, yellow and green.
"The collection is inspired by my journey to Tanzania and has been named Zanzibar. The collection is a reflection of the vast African landscapes, the wildlife and the people of Africa," the designer told IANS.
"The collection can also be worn by those who are planning a holiday," added the designer who chose fabrics like cotton voile and polyester to make the range more wearable.
Embroideries and prints were the high point of the collection.
Resort wear designer Shivan and Narresh showcased their signature maillots, bikinis and trikinis in their collection titled "Fontana". Cut off dresses, high-waist bottom, wrap suit, linen crop top, loop knotted shorts and cruise gown also grabbed the limelight for their wearibility quotient.
Apart from their signature swimwear range, the designer-duo added neoprene lehenga, which can be a wardrobe staple for the summer bride. Light in weight and water friendly, they are comfortable.
Also, the destination wedding tailored sari was one of the most sought after pieces because of pockets that can be used for keeping cell phones and sun-screens.
Designer Gaurav Gupta's collection drew visual references from the religious dress of Missionaries Of Charity and the Portrait of an Old Woman, by famous German painter Hans Memling, which was also on display on the ramp.
The blue colour stripe, which is an integral part of the cotton sarees worn by the sisters of the organization, has been used along with colours from Memling's painting.
"My line is titled 'Moderate'. Besides drawing inspiration from the Missionaries Of Charity, my Spring-Summer line is also a contextualization of the state of affairs in the country right now, which is very extreme with terrorism and everything," Gupta told reporters after the show.
Models sashayed down the ramp in poncho styled tops, crop tops, maxi dresses, pallazo pants, striped skirts and sarees teamed with jackets. Gupta has also developed hand woven jacquard checks along with stripes.
Fashion designer Rahul Mishra brought together the different elements from East and West of India in his Spring-Summer 2014 collection.
The rustic khadi jamdani from West Bengal and the intricate Bandhani from Gujarat has been combined in Mishra's new fashion line titled 'Kiss' (Keep It Simple and Sport).
"This collection is a marriage between the eastern and the western part of our country. I have been influenced by ancient jamdani work of West Bengal. I have got these garments done by workers from Kalna, a small town near Kolkata.
"I chose bandhani work as it is popular and in demand all the time. Also Gujarat is the hot topic, so I thought why not show it in my clothes as well," Mishra told reporters after the show.
The subtle but stylish collection comprised of jersey dresses, jamdani long jackets, kota block printed pallazos, jamdani sarees, tie and dye silk gowns, asymmetric skirts and embroidered crop tops.
The colour palette was dominated by corals, oranges, indigo, cobalt blues and classic blacks.
The fluidness of the garments was achieved by the use of silk organzas.
"For the past eight to nine months I have been travelling back and forth to Kalna and other places and I am happy to see that all the hard work has paid off when I see this collection today," Mishra said.
When asked about the upcoming trend of next Spring-Summer season, Mishra said, "Sportswear is going to be huge next season and through my collection I have tried and redefined sports and traditional wear.
Australia-born Indian actress Pallavi Sharda turned princess on the ramp as designer Samant Chauhan displayed his Rajputana inspired collection on day 2.
The 'Besharam' actress, who made her catwalk debut, began Chauhan's show in an angelic white silk and cotton ball gown.
"I felt like a princess today on the ramp. It was a very special experience. I really love this regal collection. I find cotton to be a very comfortable fabric as I live in Mumbai and we all know about the weather there. I think the gown is also very classy and I would like to wear it to any of the horse races in Melbourne. It is indeed a Derby dress for me," Pallavi told reporters after the show.
Chauhan's collection presented the story of the Rajputana tribe. When asked why he chose Pallavi as the show stopper, he said, "I think Pallavi is one of the most stylish female in Bollywood right now. She is perfect to showcase my new line."
The collection mainly consisted of dresses, gowns and Chauhan also presented his new men's line.
The hand-woven fabrics had golden zari wrapped silk and kora cotton silk fused and textured. The designer also introduced patchwork in his collection for the first time with zardosi, hand embroideries and lot of tribe elements like beads, lion skull motifs and so on.
Next in the line was designer Manish Gupta who brought enduring visualization with his Spring Summer 2014 collection titled "Carved Desires".
"Carved Desires is a collection that has been created deriving great inspiration from baroque and Mughal artworks hence you can see a lot of characterized detailing. The hand cutwork and sheer embroideries in the collection significantly celebrates the Mughal opulence," Gupta told IANS.
The range reflected indelible craftsmanship and textures with baroque and mughal artworks woven into ensemble-like dresses and gowns. The use of sheer hand cutwork and velvet yarns lends opulence and magnificence to the collection.
The colour palette varied from myriad pastel shades emphasizing a lot on soft yellows, light greys, soft aqua, peach, sand and lime.
Ankur Modi and Priyanka Modi's wildly imaginative Spring/Summer '14 collection was inspired by isolated tribal motifs.
Geometricized and modified, the line was presented as an urbane functional work of art. The graphics were fiercely engineered and imprinted on the fluid fabrics such as silk-satin, organza in exotic colors like blue and bone red.
These were then sculpted into beautiful curvilinear silhouettes, making for a rivetingly bold selection.
Designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi's spring-summer collection was a tribute to the Renaissance period.
The collection had key new pieces such as sport-jackets, printed pants, sheer jacket dresses and separates.
The colour palette ranged from quarried whites, pearl greys, sunny yellows and ceramic blues in fabrics such as double jersey, translucent tulles and iridescent skills.
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