Traditional wear with contemporary touch

Last Updated 19 March 2013, 14:12 IST

The five-day Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week autumn/winter 2013 recently concluded at Pragati Maidan with some latest trends. The second day of the fashion week saw a host of designers presenting their collections that were chic and stylish.

Brilliant outfits in subtle hues and neon splashes dominated the ramp. The inspiration for the designs were taken from Indian culture and tradition with a contemporary touch.

Designers like Samant Chauhan, Tarun Tahiliani , Shantanu and Nikhil, and Anju Modi hogged the limelight. Urvashi Kaur too grabbed the attention for presenting Gul Panag as a show stopper. 

Tarun Tahiliani’s collection Kumbhback was inspired by his recent visit to the Kumbh Mela. The colour pallete, therefore, included orange, colour of marigold flower and black in all his outfits.

On the other hand,  Shantanu and Nikhil’s collection was inspired by sand dunes. It included off shoulder jumpsuits, skirts and jackets in the tones of beige, grey, white and blue.

The designers for the day three were Abraham and Thakore. The blend of traditional textiles and brocades with geometrical and horizontal motifs resulted in a collection of rich and glamorous traditional attires.

Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh focussed on details like satin inserts, asymmetry, zipper fasteners from motorcycle jackets and elements of classic menswear tailoring. Also, knitted wool jerseys, patterned with graphics was key feature in the collection.

On day three, the centre of attraction was designer Manish Malhotra. He brought the essence of Punjab on the ramp. Phulkahri embroidery dominated his collection featuring saris, anarkalis and angarakhas in colours like rich mustard, navy blue, deep rust, earthy olive and intense red whereas for men, there were bandghalas. As expected, he added the Bollywood glitz and glamour to his show as stars Esha Gupta, Jacqueline Fernandez and Sidharth Malhotra walked the ramp for him.

The day four was dedicated to designers like Rina Dhaka, Shivan and Naresh, Ranna Gill, Payal Pratap Singh and Rahul Mishra. Rana Gill used a lot of digital prints in drop waist silhouettes and popular empire and line dresses with black as the reigning colour. Ranna Gill showcased her collection Molten Metal with evening wears in vibrant hues of teal, blue and yellow. Tops and tunics, leather leggings and frock dresses got a fair share of attention in her collection, while jackets had a smart retro-modern look.

It was ace designer Manish Arora who concluded the fashion week. Landscape printed dresses, geometric print gowns, fur coats, sequins embroidered pencil cut dresses with beads and chains grabbed all attention. Models walked the ramp in moulded leather turbans inspired by

(Published 19 March 2013, 14:12 IST)

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