See all the highlights from day 4 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
Designer Masaba Gupta turned the showstopper for mentor Wendell Rodricks' show at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week that showcased a collection titled "Source of Youth" which depicted the bold, free-spirited and individualistic women of today.
Masaba's entry in a black-red flowy dress was a clear surprise for the audience, who cheered and clapped as she sashayed down the ramp for the first time as a showstopper.
"I was very nervous but the models backstage cheered me up and asked me to just have fun. This was the first time I walked the ramp as a showstopper and I wouldn't have done it for anyone else than Wendell sir. I had a lot of fun," Masaba told PTI.
Wendell was Masaba's teacher at the fashion school she studied in and the designer said he was honoured to have his student walk the ramp for him.
"I am so proud of Masaba and am honoured to have her as the show stopper. She was my student at the fashion school and I remember how everyone hated her at the school because of her wacky designs and colours. But I always knew she would make it big," he said.
Another highlight of the show was the aerial acrobatics performed by a group of performers especially flown in from Tanzania, which left the audience gasping for more.
The collection consisted of hot pant suit, trousers, dresses and tunics in shades of white, black, yellow and red.
Wendell's clothing also saw men's wear like trousers, shirts, kurta-pajamas and jackets. The fabrics used was cotton, linen, satin, silk and crepe.
Designer Charu Parashar displayed her Persian inspired chic-sporty collection.
The collection showcased intricate embroideries and woven patterns inspired by Persian culture and comprised of prints and patterns picked from Persian art.
The silhouettes showed free flowing shifts, flared pants with draped bodices, shirts and short frill dresses in shades of salmon pink to reds and whites. The fabrics used were chiffon, chanderi, cotton, silk and georgettes.
"I am really excited about this season. The new reinvented look is inspiring. I have experimented with print and embroidery. This time I tried to create a very classic look. The print is basically inspired by Persian carpets and culture. We have done a lot of resham work," Charu said.
The designer added that through her collection she is trying to create an identity for today's woman with clothes which don't just make style statements but are also classic in appeal.
Parashar also used ecru on the garments to lend a dreamy feel. She also used a lot of Banarasi chanderi for her white collection. It has sheer bodices in net, embroidered with resham work. The translucent feel to the apparels adds sensuousness.
Accessorising also played a huge role in the collection.
"I've accessorised the collection with beautiful clutches, handbands, bandanas with latkan (tassel) at the top,” she said.
After successfully featuring the textile and craft of Gujarat and Manipur, designer Krishna Mehta showcased the weaving community of Varanasi or Benaras for her latest collection at WIFW.
Mehta's "The Magic Woven...by Krishna Mehta", saw tasteful designs and vibrant colour combinations on garments. Traditional buttis, bellas and phoolpatti, with prints, applique embellishments and embroidery techniques in the design celebrated the weaving legacy of Benaras, one of India's oldest textile centres.
"Being a textile weaver, I love textile collections. Last time my collection was on Manipur weaving, and I have also done collections of Pochampally in Andhra Pradesh. This time I decided to do a collection with Benaras because the city is very famous for its handlooms. You can get the best cotton and silk in Benaras. Moreover after weaving, the textile is very versatile so I chose Benaras for my spring summer collection," the designer told IANS.
Mehta used printing and dyeing techniques from crafts and traditions across the world, juxtaposing them with vibrant handloom textiles.
"I have used Jaikart with extra yarn as a weaving technique and for texture I have used Shibori and Tie & Dye. I have constructed comfortable silhouettes and have used a whole spectrum of colours from pastel to bright, for instance, fresh mint and peach to bright reds and fuchsias," she said.
The collection line-up had elegant garments and accessories, in hand-woven fine cotton and silk Jamdanis, Kinkhabs, Tanchoi, and cutwork fabrics, created by using multiple innovative weaving techniques that complement the materials.
Mehta entered into an association with the government for this collection, and thanked the development commissioner for handlooms of the ministry of textiles of the government of India for support.
"I got a lot of help and support from the government of different states. They usually help me visit the best places and choose the right yarn, etc. The government also helps weavers to produce the textile of my choice, providing them yarn which is not easily available. I must say that the government has always made an immense contribution to putting my collection together," she said.
She added that Indian designers could do much more to promote traditional textile and handlooms.
Designer Pallavi Mohan's spring-summer 2014 collection was a wonderful amalgamation of a wide array of fabrics including cotton and chiffon in colours like yellow and indigo which looked perfect for those looking to beat the summer heat in style.
Her line was titled Board Walk Grit.
From muscle back tops, short skirts, vintage lace halter tops, body suits to poplin pants, dresses, palazzos with high slits, the collection weaved a story with the use of fabrics like jersey, cotton mesh, georgette, chiffon and lace.
The designer also used the tie-and-dye technique with an interesting mix of colours like acid yellow, indigo, beige, powder blue and metallic tints mixed with red.
The high points were the implementation of ombre dying, embroidery, beaded embellishments, patchwork, raw edges, tape work and deityhand-threaded work with cable knits on the designs.
For Mohan, the collection is apt for anyone seeking to add a hint of seduction to the summer wardrobe.
"Fashioned in natural silk and cottons, they are easy to wear shapes perfect for beating the summer," she said.
The spring-summer collection by Rabani & Rakha expressed the diverse spirits of women - seductive feminine fatal in sexy lace, flirtatious with flounces of chiffon and tulle and intoxicated by intricate floral and other embroidered patterns.
The collection featured floor-length kurtas, dresses. new concept sarees and red carpet gowns.
The colour palette was soft and feminine consisting skin, blush pink and sage.
Designer Gautam Gupta's collection, called ''Tic Tok...Anytime...Anywhere' was inspired by the silhouettes from the 70s & 80s, merged with the fashion of today.
The collection featured A-line tops with shorts, pants, mid-thigh dresses and maxi dresses with flare. The fabrics used were georgette, linen and chiffon.
Colours in print were vivid, enhanced by using white and beige to make it wearable anytime and anywhere.
Designer duo Hemant and Nandita's collection this season was quite different from the previous one.
From fitted dresses it moved on to Go-Easy collection, which had elements like white laces, polka and heart print on red and denims, organza/net fabrics with a lot of thread embroidery.
The silhouettes were quite feminine and young. The laces played a very important part and embroidery was done with multi-coloured tonal thread, applique on denim and nets.
Designer Yogesh Chaudhary's spring-summer collection, titled 'The Two Tee Shirts', featured swimsuits with ribbed details, dresses cut in pique and thin fleece with chest panelling, heathers fabrics for evening details and India outfits with scuba suit detailing.
The colour palette ranged from fuchsia to mint green, all the way through canary yellow.
The silhouettes ranged from seperates like skirts, trousers, jackets, blouses, swimsuits to sarees.
For designer Poonam Dubey desert was an inspiration, where thousands survive struggling in extreme conditions.
Her collection, named 'Desert Rose' incorporated techniques like Tie & Dye and mirror work in fabrics like chanderi, khadi, silk, mulmul and cheese cotton.
The colour palette included ivories, mustards, indigos and browns to bring out the rustic nature of the collection.
The inspiration for Nikarika Pandey's SS14 collection started with ‘back to school’ from a fresh mind with those old day memories.
It made us reminisce the memories of pencils, bags, school buses, school bells, to chemistry and math classes.
The silhouettes in designer Ritesh Kumar's collection were long and linear, often layered with light weight jackets, shrugs and wraps cropped at waist or ankle.
The colour palette was neutral with lot of greys, stark black and white.
Designer Abdul Halder presented strong prints, lavish embellishments and rich colours, with statement dresses and separates through his 'Femme Fatale' collection at WIFW SS14.
Designer Rinku Sobti's collection had an Indian feel, with an international appeal. The combination of mature silhouettes and colours was the highlight of her creations.
Designer Shantanu Singh's collection was vibrant one, in pop-up colours like florescent pink, green, blue, orange, yellow against the white and some pastel shades.
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