Shruti Sancheti: Day 5 of WIFW

Shruti Sancheti’s East India Company was entirely true to its name. British, effervescent and so inspiring. The silhouettes were Indian but the look was quite contemporary. The floral motifs that bloomed on her clothing were definitely taking after Victorian floral prints and the colour palette was reminiscent of that era too. Deep blues, burgundies and reds lent an extremely royal, blue-blood feel to her collection. The lehenga combinations and the floor length anarkali cut kurtis are definitely pieces I have my heart set on. The intricate hand embroidery on the raw silk fabric made ‘Pinnacle’ a hit with almost everyone. A job well done.

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Authored by Shreya Kalra of For The Love of Fashion and Other Things

Best of Day 5: WIFW

Day five of WIFW, 2014 had far and few shows as opposed to the last four days. The shows might have been far and few but they definitely had their moments. Striking designs, path breaking explorations and a cyberpunk themed finale: the last day saw it all. We share with you our top five design finds and moments of the day. Which ones were yours?

Jenjum Gadi’s Turkish delight sheath dress

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Anita Dongre’s ikat printed Pret line

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Shruti Sancheti’s East Indian Company galore

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Mrinalini’s Kashmir inspired khaki delight

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Sahil Kochhar’s bouquet of flowers

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Authored by Shreya Kalra of For The Love of Fashion and Other Things

For a designer who has trained under the legendary Indian designer Rohit Bal himself, the expectations were insurmountably high. Sahil Kochhar’s show was in a slot where Jenjum Gadi and Mrinalini had already upped the awesome quotient of Day 5 to a very high level. When it finally did happen, it left me awestruck for the lack of a better word. For a debut collection, Sahil’s play with surface texturing was clearly of a very advanced level. The ‘shola pith’ embroidery on the whites with the very contemporary silhouettes, left me gasping. The collection exuded feminine glamour and the jackets that complemented all the garments were cut in the most impeccable fashion. The show ended with the models throwing flower bouquets to the crowd and a final walk in a floral shower. An utmost charming debut by Sahil Kochhar.

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Mandira Wirk: Day 4 of WIFW

A collection that was as much a visual treat to the spectators as to winter lovers, Mandira Wirk showed at Day 4 of WIFW. The collection was inspired by the English winter and that truly showed in the sleek trench coats, dresses and pants with a delicate feminine silhouette. The jackets, coats, gowns almost all of them showcased beautiful craftsmanship by the interesting cut out backs. The wool dresses in wintery hues of plum and matching stockings definitely made for an interesting piece. The addition of fascinators just about completed the whole look. Gauhar Khan sizzled the ramp as the show stopper for Mandira Wirk and that definitely sent everyone into a star tizzy.

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Pankaj & Nidhi: Day 4 at WIFW

Replete with the drama of Spanish flamenco dancers on the stage for the show, Pankaj & Nidhi’s Day 4 finale was every bit the grand show it was touted to be. The designer duo that takes pride in intricate embroidery and lattice work, this time around found inspiration in a pack of cards. The models walked on a shiny polished ramp with a backdrop of large life size cards. The collection consisted of classic Pankaj & Nidhi body con dresses, spanish bolero jackets, well cut capes, and fitted pants. The prints and intricate embroidery came together to create the four motifs from the pack of cards and the colour pallete remained truly Pankaj & Nidhi: sea greens and blues, reds, dark blues and black and whites. For the day 4, this turned out to be an absolutely awe-inspiring collection in a day and age where designers are running out of ideas to create a difference.

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Tanvi Kedia: Day 4 of WIFW

Vogue India Fashion Fund Second Runners Up, 2013 Tanvi Kedia showed at Day 4 of Wills India Fashion Week (Autum Winter). The show began with some folk Indian music and set the mood for what was to be a beautiful collection by Tanvi. The aesthetics behind using beautiful Indian prints, mirror work, tribal sandwiched lines and geometric print for most pieces of the apparel, gave the entire collection a very bohemian gypsy feel. From flowy midi skirts to boho cotton jackets and palazzos, the collection is entirely wearable. The complementing oxidised statement jewellery seen at the show definitely added a distinct flavour to the Rajasthani folklore vibe of her collection.

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Top five saree & lehenga moments Day 3: WIFW

In the Indian subcontinent, an autumn winter collection will also necessarily consist of sarees and lehengas since our ethnicity demands that. A designer who progressively designs Indian apparel is mostly likely to do sarees for autumn and winter. We saw a quite a few of those on Day 3 of WIFW and decided to pick our five favourite saree and lehenga moments from all of those. Here is who all made it.

Pia Pauro’s scottish glam rock lehenga

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Dev r Nil’s large harsh pattern printed saree

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Payal Pratap’s Japanese inspired kimono saree

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Satya Paul’s eccentric printed saree

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Abraham&Thakore’s urban uniform dressing saree in wild silk

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Abraham & Thakore: Day 3 of WIFW

Abraham & Thakore’s work with silk weaves is stuff legends are made of. It came as no surprise then that they were to be show as Finale for Day 2. The excitement mounted till the last slot when they finally showed. And what a collection it was. The collection was centered around the theme of creating sleek ‘uniform dressing for the city’. The concept of ‘wild silk’ was unknown to me till this collection and it was enlightening to know that muga, tussar and eri are woven from wild silk. These varieties of wild silk have been played with by the legendary designer duo by working with dexterous weavers across the county to create the designs that we saw. The classic geometric pattern and an interesting addition of animal print made for a cool unexpected twist.  Autumn winter creates the ideal platform to wear silk trenches over sarees and belted jackets in this ethereal fabric.ImageImageImage

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Masaba for Satya Paul: Day 3 of WIFW

Masaba for Satya Paul has been creating magic ever since she stepped into those shoes. The question today arose whether she would be able to recreate the magic she did with her suitcase and lipstick print. How many times is too many times for quirky prints. She answered it in the affirmative. Magic yet again. The prints were complete genius. From hands coming together and performing the action of zipping to crazy surreal water movement from the bottle to a glass, her imagination flowed much like the prints. Liquid yet magical. The cuts and silhouettes were sporty. Capes and shorts along with maxi dresses, empire line tunics and slouchy skirts made for a relaxed wearable collection. Hints of metallic colours made for an interesting twist. Silks and wool came together to create the perfect Autumn Winter tone. Trend alert: Those metallic retro hairbands and platform sandals.

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Top five sarees at Day 2: WIFW

The second day at WIFW, 2014 (Autumn-Winter) was a mish mash of the traditional with the contemporary. I witnessed many classical outfits acquiring a modern twist as every designer tried to step out of their comfort zone to create a masterpiece. The top five saree moments on Day 2, according to my picks are as follows. This is purely on the basis of brilliant technique and interesting designs.

White woven silk saree by Vaishali S

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The Kallol Datta face printed saree

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Ashima Leena’s kashmiri embroidered saree

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Nikasha’s ombre shaded orange red saree

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Charu Parashar’s jacket and saree combination in red and black

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Authored by Shreya Kalra of For The Love of Fashion And Other Things