Friday, September 7, 2007

Day Two: WLIFW - Spring-Summer 08'

There was a lot of travel involved on Day Two of WLIFW - Spring-Summer 08'.

Tarun Tahiliani, for his Spring Summer collection, took us from Kutch to Kenya, whereas Ashima and Leena went back to history via the Silk Route - all of Far East Asia and the Middle East.

You will find unconventional saris, Zoaves (bag pants), muted colours like ecru, sandy beiges, flowy silhouettes, beautiful pastels with gorgeous embroidery and shimmer in TT's pallate. His women's wear collection was inspired by tribal designs.

I LOVED his clothes - they were gorgeous, and very becoming - with subtle colors and sultry cuts. The flow of the fabric was too enticing to resist.

The cerise sur le g√Ęteau was the final outfit, presented by Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty who gave some much needed star power to Delhi's fashion week. It was a magnificent jersey gown sprinkled with gold dust inspired from the sari. Shilpa looked gorgeous as ever.

Psst! I don't like the make-up, though. (But then, it never really makes sense to me - the makeup or the clothes on ramp :P so I try to sort out "wearable" stuff as possible and put it up).

The comeback of the dhoti? And Harem still rules!

The look of the left dress is very royal, very Egyptian.
And the right one is gorgeous though I really don't like the gold tights; or the dramatic red bag

Gorgeous dress, though not what I would, well, wear.. and those shoes are just to-die-for

ain't that sexy?

Shilpa Shetty reminds me of an Egyptian Queen... don't you agree?

A very modern twist to the sari - yet still so easily elegant;
the well-structured jacket adds loads of attitude; yet another experiment
on the right

the silhoutte of the one at extreme left is perfect; infact, it is the most wearable of all three.
the third one is very Mughalish

Very stylish, very chic!

Ashima and Leena: The designer duo's collection "Resonance" - a theme that vibrates with the power of travelling to new places, consisted of flowing silks, royal kimonos, romantic floral bouquets, and Japanese art.

Rich, vibrant prints whispered about the orient. The influence of the famed Chinese blue & white porcelain was seen vividly on a lot of pieces. One word comes to my mind... Luxurious...

Adore the one on the right. So rocking!


It's too early to say, still, looking at what all has been displayed, it seems as if gold is going to be the new black. And ofcourse, flowy silhouettes will be a part of the new look this season. Like good ol' times of Mughal Era. You know, drapes and embrioderies; fabrics like whispers; harem pants, and dull, muted gold - loads!

Images credit: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Day One: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2008

India's biggest fashion extravaganza began yesterday at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The show began with the collection of Rajesh Pratap Singh. Neon colours, shimmer and light fabrics were the high points of his collection. Rajesh PS is known for his faultlessly clean lines and obsessive attention to detail.

The collection started with simple summer dresses in light weight fabrics of pure white with a dash of vibrant colors. Graphic elements and floral motifs added pizzas to an otherwise subtle look. The silhouettes were very eighties, with off-shoulder necklines for flouncing tops which going on to meet broad tight fitted hems. The focus of the collection was on subtle shimmering fabrics in cool grays and muted shades of blues. There were loads of tunic dresses, 3/4th pants, boy shorts.

something I personally prefer...simple, elegant n chic
and I guess I am partial to white.

Perhaps they could have done without the flowers,
or put them on her hair

The collection by Shantanu & Nikhil- called "Banaras Boulevard" was noteworthy beacuse of its richly textured fabrics, shimmering materials, flowing silky weaves and glamorously crafted ornamental cutwork. I personally prefered it because of its well-structured silhouettes and attention to detailing. The colors are very summery... pale golds and muted yellow; one really can't ignore how wonderful yellow looks. It isn't exactly my favourite color, but when I look at these clothes, I feel my loyalties shifting.

This is so damn gorgeous; love the pleats

Something I can well imagine Beyonce in
or our own Kareena

Ah! Trench gone sexy

Very girly-sexy

As anyone can easily judge - even the most "fashion-unaware" person - Shantanu & Nikhil's clothes are what will be wearable - to a certain extent. I really can't say that all women in India can wear their stuff (because of the place they live, families etc.) but those in metroes definately can.

What do you think? Wearable or not?