Rohit Bal: The grande finale WIFW

What do you get when you put together a Qutab Minar adorned with lamps, chandeliers and red carpet, live music by the powerhouse Shubha Mudgal and a line that is an ode to Nishat Bagh in Kashmir?
A whooping grande finale by Rohit Bal. 102 models cascaded down a runway lined with ornate lamps on either sides with the crowd watching in absolute state of awe. The line covered everything a dreamy bride or groom could ask for. Larger-than-life lehengas in full circle skirts, peplum cut blouses, achkans, sarees with ornate jackets, full length anarkalis, jodhpuris and jackets for men and an entire bouquet of Indian wear deemed fit for a prince and a princess. The colour palette went from white with red, red with gold, black with red and gold and deep wines. The highlights of the grandeur relied on kashmiri thread embroidery, hints of brocade, gold embroidery on velvet and the works. The accessories to accompany these mesmerising clothes were rose flower maang tikkas and rose adornments in the hair. Arjun Rampal walked the ramp for Rohit Bal in a black velvet number and Louboutin shoes. It was interesting to see Christian Louboutin sitting front row for Rohit Bal. This show was the epitome of grandeur and magnificence like never seen before. Kudos to a brilliant end to a wonderful season of fashion.
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Authored by Shreya Kalra of www.ftlofaot.com (For the Love of fashion and Other Things)

Top 5 orange garments: Day 5 of WIFW

Lets face it, all shades of orange are trending this spring summer season. At the final day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, we saw five defining moments of shades of orange becoming the highlights of the day. These ranged from peaches to corals to candied fiery oranges. If you have not already, get yourself something in the shade of the season.
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Joy Mitra’s sensibility of light ‘jaal work’ keeps the mood festive and delicate in this beautiful apricot and cream number.

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Good Luck Irani Cafe by Nida Mahmood brought to life Parsi fun, kitsch sensibilities and this cool semi drape saree with a bright orange border is definitely one to acquire.

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Niharika Pandey’s mood was fun and quirky and this LOVE cropped top with the water paint effect maxi skirt was a fun orange ensemble.

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Rahul Singh played with sequins and this gown with interesting slits and cutwork lined with sequins was a cool fiery orange number.

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Harem pants and a cropped blouse, this bohemian gypsy ensemble in a coral shady by Kanika Saluja for Annaika with its beautiful mirror work definitely worked wonders.

Authored by Shreya Kalra of www.ftlofaot.com (For the Love of Fashion and Other Things)

Annaika by Kanika Saluja: Day 5 of WLIFW

Kanika Saluja of Annaika presented a collection which highlighted the use of glass beads and mirror work along with a thread embroidery holding it together. The silhouettes were bohemian and warrior like and the cut-out detailing in the garments gave it a very risqué feel. Annaika’s fixation with the metallic and the jewel tones shone through this season too and the collection had a very cohesive feel to it. From shades of aubergine to peaches and moss greens, the palette covered it all. Our favourite has to be the peplum style blouse saree combination. Monica Dogra of Shaair n Func closed the show for Kanika.
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Authored by Shreya Kalra of www.ftlofaot.com (For The Love of Fashion and Other Things)

Top five prints spotted: Day 4 of WLIFW

On a day four of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, a variety of head turning prints were showcased on the runway. When we had to pick our top five, it seemed like an unsurmountable task but the best were undefeated. Here are our top five print picks of the day.
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This Dev r Nil spotty print interspersed with mirror work made it to our top prints given its ingenuity and use.

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Tie and dye offset with striped linen dress by Urvashi Kaur. The tie and dye prints never really go out of style.

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Josh Goraya’s futuristic aesthetics make the graphic print on the dress one of our favourites.

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Vivek Karunkaran wowed us with his symmetric cool prints on edgy cut garments.

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Another one of our favourite symmetric prints from Vivek Karunkaran’s collection showcased today.

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Top five Indian wear moments: Day 4 of WLIFW

Day four of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week began with three designers back-to-back showcasing their interesting and youthful pret lines but as the day progressed, we saw a bevy of Indian wear designers take centre stage. Amongst all the wonderful collections showcased today, these five Indian wear moments sealed the day for us. Tell us if you agree.
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With Sahil Kochhar’s army of Indian apparel clad stunning women, this number in white with the yellow chain stitch embroidery won our hearts.

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Print against print never looked cooler. Dev r Nil does geometric against abstract prints in this saree.

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This tie and dye saree in blue with the ruched blouse could just as well be dressed up as made to look casual. We loved this one by Urvashi Kaur.

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Rabani and Rakha showed a collection with a fairytale like quality and this salmon pink saree lehenga in tulle with its beautifully encrusted border makes it to our top five.

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Tradition embroideries, pearl work on white and a classic Indian kurti sharara pants duo make this Vineet Bahl attire one of our favourites.

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Sahil Kochhar: Day 4 of WLIFW

With everyone in the crowd waving out paper cut out lamps in the dark as the ramp began to lit up, Sahil Kochhar delivers a dramatic yet substantial show yet again. It is true that when a designer finds his calling in terms of his forte and sticks to it, even while picking a theme he does best. This holds true for Kochhar as the metal flower appliqué work which they call the ‘3D hand cut petal embroidery’ was the star of the show. The inspiration from the stencil work called ‘saanjhi’ showed through in the designs through the use of different embroideries and bright colours. From floor sweeping gowns to lehengas, the collection spanned through various Indian silhouettes. With the show ending to a foot tapping ‘badan pe sitare’ with Sahil breaking into a dance on the runway, you could tell that he had a flair for drama, not just in his designs. :)
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Authored by Shreya Kalra of www.ftlofaot.com (For The Love of Fashion and Other Things)

Wendell Rodricks: Day 4 of WLIFW

The finale for day four of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week was very aptly decided on Wendell Rodricks. Also, very appropriately, this show was in association with Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Wendell Rodricks has a way of tapping into the handlooms and this show was no different. Inspired by the power and energy of ‘Yoga’ and its myriad benefits, this show began with a surya namaskar performance on the runway by a group of Yogiis. Amidst the smoke emitted for effects, the female and male models paraded in the surreal colour of pristine white. We witnessed interesting cuts and relaxed silhouettes very clearly inspired by the Yoga energy. The fabrics used included Kerala cotton, gauze linen, satin, lycra etc.
All in all, a delightful and a mature collection.
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Authored by Shreya Kalra of www.ftlofaot.com (For The Love of Fashion And Other Things)

Five interesting trends: Day 3 WLIFW

Day three of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week packed a punch with designers upping their game with each season. While some trends continued to rule the ramp from the last season, some new trends emerged on this day. Here are our top five trends spotted in the day. Would you dare to sport these trends? Share with us.
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A midi jumpsuit with a slouchy fit and metallic graphic print. Sanchita brought with her the reign of the sporty silhouette.

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Shivan and Narresh have long established themselves as the best Indian designers for resort wear and this ‘Calder’ inspired collection included a lot of fringed swimsuits.

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Another masterpiece by Shivan & Narresh, this different version of the ‘Kenzo’ eye print is going to be the rage this coming season.

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Sneha Arora creates this stunning wrap skirt in matka silk with a blouse embodying fossilised flowers. We see this silk midi skirt trend creating waves this summer.

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Nachiket Barve brings to the Indian fashion, the Kalahari desert this summer. Native fabrics of the Republic of Congo played up with hand embroidered patches.

Authored by Shreya Kalra (www.ftlofaot.com) For the Love of Fashion and Other Things

Rajesh Pratap Singh: Weaving magic on Day 3 WLIFW

Some designers possess the power to give the indigenous design and weave techniques an international make over. If there is someone who has managed to bring denim and khadi together in the perfect unison, it is Rajesh Pratap Singh. A show that began with his artisans and weavers, seated on the runway in a choir like fashion, this show entailed showcasing techniques of engineering fabric, khadi denim, steel blended denim all derived from selvedge denim. The ‘Blue blood’, as the collection was called only showed garments that had been dyed with actual indigo. The denim jackets, pant suits, dungarees, khadi suspender sets, skirts all came together for a flawless collection by the maestro. Spring Summer definitely looks blue-da-ba-doo.
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Authored by Shreya Kalra (www.ftlofaot.com) For The Love of Fashion and Other Things

Top four saree moments: WIFW Day 3

This nine yards of absolute elegance saw quite a few headlining moments at Day 3 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. Spring-Summer predictions include the eternal silk, hints of glamour and beautiful surface texturing and prints. Here are our top five saree moments of Day Two:
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The queen of graphic prints brings to us a ‘patakha’ print saree for the upcoming season. Quirk it up.

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Anupama Dayal with her large floral psychedelic prints does a saree number with a jacket blouse. Colour blocked summer ahead.

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Classy and elegant, this ivory with black saree by Payal Singhal with its interesting pine cone print and the embroidered blouse belong in our closet.

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Designer Poonam Dubey displayed this red saree with multicoloured Indian artefact print and an embroidered blouse utilising the sholapith technique. This one is a winner.

Authored by Shreya Kalra (www.ftlofaot.com) For The Love Of Fashion and Other Things