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.
This Dev r Nil spotty print interspersed with mirror work made it to our top prints given its ingenuity and use.

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

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

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

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.
With Sahil Kochhar’s army of Indian apparel clad stunning women, this number in white with the yellow chain stitch embroidery won our hearts.

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

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.

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.

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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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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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.
A midi jumpsuit with a slouchy fit and metallic graphic print. Sanchita brought with her the reign of the sporty silhouette.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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Top five ready-to-wear garments: Day 2 WIFW

The Spring-Summer edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week shows a lot of promise as far as ready-to-wear lines or pret go. Designers put their best foot forward in order to not only create garments fit for the runway but also keeping in mind the viability of the same in the market. The second day at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week saw many a designers showcase their ingenious designs for their pret lines on the ramp. Here are our top five picks from the same.
This dress by Payal Pratap cinched at the waist with the beautiful folk patterns made for a complete delight

This bohemian spirited shift by Payal Pratap in a royal blue with its folk and mosaic print is a perfect fit for the summer ahead.

Be it the pastel colours, scalloped edges, cool layering or the organic fabric, this dress by Eka is a great pick.

The easy breezy bohemian vibe of this maxi dress with side slits by Malini Ramani makes it a favourite with us. Who said black is for winters?

The dusty rose colour of the dress, coupled with the complete set of vintage objects from Pankaj and Nidhi’s closet make this little number one of our favourite ready-to-wear pieces this season.

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Pankaj & Nidhi: Vintage Closet

With music that took us back to an era gone by, ‘The Vintage Closet’ by Pankaj & Nidhi opened with a skirt and top duo with beautiful vintage objects printed across. The delicate beadwork on the crop tops and skirts was one of its kind and gave the illusion of cross stitch. The lace cape and dress combinations in a variety of pastel hues were beautiful and as per a very spring-summer palette. The models sported an exaggerated top bun with bangs across their forehead which added to the vintage old world charm of the collection. Some pieces were reminiscent of their best done multi-pastel appliqués and you definitely will not hear us complain. A show worthy of the day’s finale, truly.




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Top five gowns: Day 2 WIFW

Gowns are the new go-to evening wear choice of apparel and quite a few Indian designers are making valiant efforts at taking it to the next level. Our top five gown and full length gown anarkali picks of the day are as follows along with the reasons for the same.
This larger than life white gown with origami hand appliquéd was a walking bouquet down the Samanth Chauhan runway

This beige and gold emblazoned number by Kavita Bhartia is perfect for the upcoming wedding season.

In a show that carried the message of dispelling myths about AIDS, this stunning burnt orange-red layered anarkali by Virtues: Viral, Ashish and Vikrant, with interesting cuts stood apart.

This tiered gown by Gauri & Nainika with hints of folded green created just the right drama.

The white high-low hemmed gown in neoprene with the red appliquéd detail on the side spells elegance.

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Gauri & Nainika: Save the Planet

After a short clip on the crisis that befall planet Earth at different times, the Gauri & Nainika show began with body con silhouettes in gowns and dresses depicting an ode to our planet. From splotch prints that looked like melting glaciers to digital prints of saplings emerging out of the Earth, the Gauri & Nainika gowns with all their grandeur made our hearts skip a beat. One of the most beautiful and impactful shows of the day, the designer duo best known for their red carpet worthy gowns outdid themselves yet again. The technique of floral appliqué and pattern making made each piece in the colours of the Earth stand out.




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