The WIFW shows set new benchmarks and place Indian designers firmly on the global fashion stage
The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) presented the 21st edition of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Autumn-Winter 2013, where 125 leading and young designers from across the country will congregated in New Delhi from 13th to 17th March 2013 to show-off their collections for the season.
WIFW is Asia’s biggest fashion trade event held over a five-day period. The event is one of the most celebrated in the Indian fashion calendar. The WIFW shows set new benchmarks and place Indian designers firmly on the global fashion stage.
It is the dynamic and ever growing platform for both Indian and international designers and buyers to come together in one place and define the immediate future of Indian and global fashion.
Both established and upcoming talented designers to showcase their incredible designs and collections at the WIFW event. It provides them with excellent business opportunities from both domestic and international buyers. In addition to facilitating the exchange of ideas and networking interactions between designers, buyers and affiliates, the event provides an enriching experience for everyone.
The WIFW Autumn-Winter 2013 definitely was jam-packed with exhilarating styles and fashion which oozed appeal for lovers of contemporary and traditional styles. Also, the fashion statement event was not short of Bollywood stars making appearances on the ramp.
Day one of the event saw it open with collections from Satya Paul with designer Masaba Gupta debuting as the label’s creative head. Titled as ‘Old Streets, Neon Lights,’ Masaba’s collection included lipstick, retro telephone booth and ink splatters prints. Other designers on the day included Kanika Saluja Choudhry, Anupama Dayal, Surily Goel, Siddartha Tytler/ Vineet Bahl and closed with Namrata Joshipura’s collection.
Joshipura said: “It’s all about strong silhouettes and warm colours for a bold woman. The mood this time is darker, deeper.”
The first day saw Bollywood actress Priety Zinta walk the ramp for Surily Goel showing off a stunning black sequinned one-shoulder gown.
The second day of WIFW Autumn-Winter 2013 witnessed couture master Tarun Tahiliani showcase his collection, The Kumbhback, which is inspired by sadhus. Other designers for day two were Hemant and Nandita, Pallavi Mohan who showcased ‘Not So Serious,’ Alpana and Neeraj, and Arjun wowed audiences with the ‘Rishta’ collection.
Into day three of WIFW saw designers Rajesh Pratap Singh, Kavita Bhartia and Reynu Taandon present their fashion statements, and Sulakshana Monga showing off her ‘Soltee.’ “Blue, pink and ivory come out strong in my creations along with shimmer,” said Monga.
The third day was closed by Bollywood’s favourite designer, Manish Malhotra, who showcased his creations with a gorgeous touch of Punjab. He said:
“My collection, Threads of Emotion, highlights phulkari embroidery by craftsmen from Patiala, and intense and ancestral hand embroidery called Bagh. It will be Indian evening wear.”
Bollywood actresses Jacqueline Fernandez, Esha Gupta and actor Sidharth Malhotra all walked the ramp Manish Malhotra’s Punjabi influenced designs.
Day four of WIFW Autumn-Winter 2012 welcomed the talent of designers Rina Dhaka, Sanchita, Anand Bhushan, Narresh and Shivan, Pia Pauro, Rimzim Dadu who presented ‘My Village,’ Sonam Dubal who showed off ‘Sanskar,’ and Poonam Bhagat who gave an insight into her ‘Taika’ collection.
Pia Pauro had prints and fabrics which took you to the the heart of Central Asia, featuring Suzani needlework, Kilim and Persian carpet embroideries with stylish silhouettes.
Rina Dhaka, whose creations this time is inspired by the early 90s said: “My collection in a way looks back to the style of the early 90s. I have used elastic yarns on silhouettes that are primarily rectangular.”
‘Geisha Designs’ by Paras and Shalini were eye-catching on the fourth day and the Vogue Fashion Fund presented ‘Pero’ by Aneeth Arora for the first time. The day was closed by Mumbai-based designer Rahul Mishra, known for his organic creations, who showcased his collection, ‘The Baroque Tree.’
The final day of this fashion extravaganza saw ‘Taurus’ presented by Dhruv–Pallavi, ‘Myoho’ by Kiran and Meghna, ‘Virtues’ by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant, and Nida Mahmood’s collection.
The Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale for Autumn-Winter 2013 saw internationally acclaimed designer Manish Arora showcase his stunning creations with models parading them with style on the ramp.
Courtesy of Vogue India, we present videos showing you the highlights of WIFW Autumn-Winter 2012:
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Once again the WIFW Autumn-Winter 2013 did not cease to please fashion lovers, designers and buyers alike. It gave us a wonderful insight into what the world of Indian fashion can give back to the global audience who simply adore the latest styles.