Fashionistas get a taste of flower power, pastels

Wills Lifestyle Fashion week

The ramp for the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 was transformed into a garden on the first day when designer Aneeth Arora showcased her collection.

 From loose tees to basic shirts, from tailored masculine outwear to girly hand-embroidered dresses, from vintage school girl tops to easy trousers and skirts, it was a mix of colours and sombre white on fabrics like mulmul and chanderi. 

But the highlight of day one was Tarun Tahiliani’s collection. The miniature style paintings was translated beautifully to digitally printed clothing. Sarees with Persian motifs border had layer upon layer of colours. Even the intricate borders were distinctive on leggings and dresses. The vast canvas of flowing silk kaftans allowed the magic of the painting to come through which inspired Tahiliani for this collection.

He has used very interesting colour palettes that celebrate hues with gusto. The blue orange hue of a macaw, the reds and yellows of the rising sun dominated the entire collection. The dhoti skirt and the lungi skirt were one-of its-kind pieces. Jewel Tees with metallic tones combining hand painted gold kalis had a rich and grand look. 

DreamScape – Geisha Designs by designer Paras and Shalini – were inspired from fossilised flowers. Drapes and pleats, and maxis contrasted with 50s baby doll skirts were prominent in the collection. Adding to the mood were gothic bold earrings, black ribbons, sprayed flower wreaths, ballerina shoes, knots, lace cuffs and halo-like pieces.

Alpana and Neeraj’s collection showcased Japan’s astonishing obsession with ‘Kawaii’- which means ‘cute’. It was an attempt to capture ‘Kawaii’ ubiquity and merge it with an equally strong Japanese aesthetic of minimalism and clean lines. 

Sharp linear structures were softened with bows and scallops. Harajuku style apron skirts were teamed with sha­rply cut pants, large floral pat­ches sewn on long linear dres­ses. Roundness of comp­osit-ion, neutral and pastel colours gave the garments a distinct ‘little dolls clothes’- look. 

Designer Pallavi Mohan’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’  collection had beaded shirts, crop tops, heavy full circular skirts, crisp pants and full length dresses. Chiffon, silk organza and knitted textiles had fine details of textured embroidery. 

Atsu Sekhose’s collection was inspired by his travel to the Oriental countries. He carefully combined hand-woven Indian textiles with techno fabrics. Using soft and fresh palette of pastels with a dash of red makes his collection wearable yet modern. 

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