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  • Wills Lifestyle India Fashion week

    Wills Lifestyle fashion week is a key date in Indian fashion, presenting a complete fashion wardrobe that complements every facet of your life. With over 140 designers showcasing their designs and collections, it was truly a fashion extravaganza.

    Sabyasachi used his spectacular talent and showed Indian textiles

    Wills Lifestyle India Fashion week (WIFW), also known as Asia’s biggest business fashion event took place in April 2011. Wills Lifestyle presents a complete fashion wardrobe that complements every facet of your personality at work, when you are relaxed, while you party and for those special occasions. The show featured some of the biggest names in Indian fashion, showcasing the best of their latest collections adhering to the Wills Lifestyle brand.

    The show presented 141 high notch designers who brought their exhilarating and lavishing collections to the runway. Out of the tremendous number of collections presented during this lavish event, we have narrowed it down to our top seven designers whose collections we just couldn’t take our eyes off.

    The show started off on a strong note by bringing out designer Neeru Kumar. The pieces shown in this collection consisted were very textile, and incorporated shawl and wool fabrics, abstract floral designs along with geometric designs. The main colours Neeru used in her collection were many shades of red and brown. Overall, Neeru’s work was magnificent, charming and impressive.

    Ankur and Priyanka Modi, an incredible designer duo brought back wrap dresses in their collection! Vintage inspired line which consisted of symmetrical hems, well suited fabrics and as you can see, most of the collection carried out the colour, black. The collection was very well designed to suit the body type of any female and to also project a classy but feminine look.

    Not to mention, unlike previous shows, Ankur and Priyanka’s models did not walk the runway with a cold and expressionless face, instead as Priyanka said:

    “This time we’re going for a little more character and a little more seduction.”

    Overall, the fabulous duo stunned us all with their eye-catching collection.

    Manish Malhotra, oh where do we begin with this one! Without doubt, he stole our hearts away. It seems like no matter what he has to design, this talented designer always thinks of something new and unique to share with the public. In this collection, Manish stuck to his anarkalis and sarees but instead of doing his most common velvet and gota borders, he decided to give this collection a twist by incorporating thread embroidery, lace and crotchet borders.

    In his usual inspiring manner, Manish has a selection of colours in each of his collections, this year’s Autumn and Winter collection is featuring shades of nudes, yellows and peach although the embroidery was made in very bright colors which provided an amazing visual contrast. The main fabric used throughout his entire collection was net. As for the men, Manish created an exquisite collection involved of Sherwani’s, and modern Kurtas, the main colors used for the men’s collection were shades of black along with a few bright colours here and there.

    Tanvi Kedia’s show brought on an electric collection. Models walked onto the runway wearing multi coloured salwaar kameez. The collection was designed of kutch embroidery, ikat digital prints, tribal prints, geometric patterns, and folk art that was inspired Gujarat and Rajasthan.

    Brightly coloured styles of leggings, pleated tunics, sequenced kurtas and short dresses, embroidered flared hem pants and kaftans, printed shirts and dresses, quilted jackets and multi-colored scarves were all featured in Kedia’s collection. Tanvi had used Indian prints and hand craft techniques to beautifully display and create a folklore fantasy in her collection.

    Gaurav Gupta’s collection had the audience mesmerised when the models came onto the runway. The models displayed flowy fabrics such as satins and lycras. The colours used bounced back and forth from blacks to reds to oranges and to off whites and greys, later on in the show the collection’s colors mixed freely with each other which created a dark spherical atmosphere to the room.

    Gaurav exhibited asymmetric one shoulder dresses, cocktail dresses, draped dresses which consisted of a few metallic prints here and there.

    Kavita Bhartia presented a collection filled with delicate fabric, embroideries, texture and unique prints. The show began with a dance sequence which was followed by an unique collection. The theme of the collection was a Victorian and gothic feel with printed chiffon and knits, tie dyed flowy bottoms which set a dark romantic feel. The styles were mixed with shades of browns that tied were tied in with sparkling yellow, gleaming emerald green, pink and black.

    Kavita blended in bright hues with muted beiges which brought on a vintage look to the entire collection. The collection itself consisted of harem pants, cocktail dresses, sarees, salwar kameez, cotton tunics, tight skirts, and dhoti pants all made from a range of fabrics such as net, chiffon and cotton.

    The grand finale designer at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week was no other than Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Sabyasachi’s collection featured black and gold embroidery, black and white costumes with patterns such as floral and stripes that were incorporated into maxi skirts, mini’s, jumpsuits and skirts.

    Sabyasachi used his spectacular talent and showed Indian textiles and embroidery in his styles. The collection projected a bo-ho chic look, but unfortunately it lacked Sabyasachi’s forte of layering. Never the less, both the collection and model looked great. As always, Sabyasachi’s models walked the runway wearing stacks of bangles with red roses attached to their hair.

    So, there we have it, as India’s most admired fashion brand, Wills Lifestyle definitely put on a fantastic showcase of fashion, which looks forward to an exciting tomorrow of change.

    Neha Lobana is a young aspiring journalist in Canada. Besides reading and writing she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her motto is "Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

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