The day 1 of Wills lifestyle India Fashion Week belonged to the newer crop of designers, who kept the spirit of feisty fashion alive by decent hints of innovation on the runway. The Spring Summer 2011, collection ranged from breezy and easy going to structured and smartly tailored. The colours too followed a whole rainbow pattern with citrus hues, whites and beiges and also glimpses of goth and party black. A splash of winter grey or brown too were seen on the designs shoecased.
The major trend on the first day remained wearability and functionality. Feminine force seemed to be back in vogue with skirts, dreses and confectionary colours and pretty patterns out in full force. So as the designers presented an interpreting spectacle where each one interpreted silhouettes for the spring in their own way, we give you a round up of trends as seen on the ramp.
Designer: Ritu Beri
Known for: Interesting silhouettes
Trend: Leather and leotards
Review: Beri's collection had embroidered flared jeans, leather skirts, thigh high leather boots, lace dresses, ruffle jackets, toga dresses and leotards. The heavy usage of winter friendly fabrics despite clever cuts seemed uninspirational for Spring summer fashion.
Designer: JJ Valaya
Known for: Indian opulence
Trend: Elegant luxe
Collection review: Valaya made his outfits look impressive minus any theatrics. Anarkali suits, georgette saris paired with tulle pleated blouses and halters were seen on the runway.
Rating: 4 (for elegant use of velvet appliqués)
Designer: Rahul Mishra
Known for: Western dresses
Collection review: Mishra blended the traditional Indian fabrics in the most contemporary manner. His collection showed Western silhouettes finished in ethnic Chanderi and Bandhini. Colours like Canary yellow, turquoise blue, fushcia, aquamarine blue announced spring in a cheery way. There were variations of dresses like long dresses with up scaled sleeves, jacket dresses, overlap dresses and trench dresses.
Rating: 3 (for the chic pairing of chanderi and dresses)
Designers: Jenjum and Jasleen
Known for: Functional
Trend: Youthful fashion
Review: The designers showcased a collection that was full of outfits that will work for upbeat, club going youngsters. An interesting palette and the colours added to the appeal.
Designer: Pallavi Mohan
Known for: Breezy styles
Trend: Flowy dresses
Review: Mohan's collection with easy flow fabrics may be a great summer trend but failed to ignite interest in terms of innovation on the cuts or structures. Little children on the ramp though made for a pretty picture. (for a repeat of summer staple trends)
Designer: Rahul Reddy
Known for: Minimalism
Trend: Pare-it-down fashion
Collection review: Reddy's collection had knee-length summery dresses in whites and candy colours. Fabrics like cotton and crumpled silk retained the toned down feel while . messy side braids gave a relaxed feeling to the show.
Rating: 31/2 (for restrained styling)
Designer: Himanshu and Smita
Known for: Western wear
Review: Extremely innovative in terms of silhouettes, designers Smita and Himanshu showed a vcollection dominated by the creams, whites and beiges. Double tie-up shirts, knotted jersey dresses and jumpsuits were interesting. Cotton and ikat silks were used liberally.
Rating: 3 (a wearable collection for style savvy young women)
Designer: Anand Kabra
Known for: Toned down luxury
Trend: Embellished details
Review: Kabra had heavy gold embellishments placed on bare surfaces. The collection was interesting as it clubbed Indian with traditional.
Rating: 3.5 (for juxtaposing luxe and sober look)
Designers: Gaurav & Ritika
Known for: Western wear
Trend: Big city fashion
Review: The designer duo had a collection suitable for young city dwellers. The cuts were Western and the collection from dresses to colours were wearable and that remains the high point.
(For functional fashion)
What we like, dislike and absolutely abhor about the going ons at the fashion week
The expansive venue. The stalls and show areas are evenly spaced.
The art installations.
If you are thirsty you better be walking till the end of the massive pavilion for water as water was available only at the media centre or the lounges.
Off the record
More gossip from the front row:
Talk about killing two birds with one stone! At Ritu Beri's show, there were copies of author Shobhaa De's new book. De also closed the show along with Beri and even carried a copy of her book on to the runway.
The Delhi metro has made inroads into the fash frat. We spotted FDCI’s Anurag Verma walking towards the nearby metro station. “It's just so much easy to take the metro ride.” He said.
Some star power?
Raima Sen came at debutant designer Roma Narsinghani’s stall on Day 1. Roma has her show today, which she is sharing with four other designers, opted to grab some headlines with the help of the starlet.
One of the designers admitted that there is less back stabbing amongst the new crop of designers as compared to the established ones. She said “The new designers are more civilized, there's harmony, unity and feeling of camaraderie. The senior ones are always busy gossiping about each other.”
Lack of work
Some of the models complained about getting lesser shoes this time. A regular model at fashion weeks said, “Each pool of models is getting just 10 shows which is barely anything. This is what happens when every city in the country has a fashion week! Quality and quantity, both suffer.”