Prolonged Stay: Five Immortal Collections at WIFW AW’14
Fashion weeks in India are taking a different toll altogether. It’s not only about glamour and grandeur but serious business. This March, the Fashion Design Council of India organized Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2014, where designers showcased their talent and diligence in the form of breathtaking silhouettes and stunning patterns. We, at BM reported live to the event and brought your way everything that fascinated our eyes. But there were a few collections that would remain in our hearts for a long. We’ve tried bringing them here as the top five shows for the 23rd edition of WIFW.
Arjun Saluja: By the time Arjun Saluja’s collection ‘Rishta’ came up on the ramp, we were adapted to colorful and bright ‘not-so-wintery’ Autumn Winter collections with bright colors and flowy silhouettes. The dark and rough side of AW came live when rough leather played around with zipper detailing. The unpolished feel that wool, jacquards silks, and self-plaids gave; made ramp feel international in itself. When the dark color palette mingled with heavy feel fabrics, it definitely felt like Autumn-Winter.
Abraham and Thakore: Luxury and class; that’s what Abraham and Thakore bring to the ramp every season. And this time, their magic played interestingly in Tussar, Khadi, and Raw Silks. Where jackets saw varied lengths and pants went wider, we saw thin waist-belts as a must-have accessory. We could not imagine a winter without leopard print. Thanks to the designer-duo for bringing it in the most classic way and putting this print forward on khadi silk. After watching this show we now can say that khaki and black are the most beautiful combinations ever on the color palette.
Sahil Kochhar: Sahil Kochhar showcased a collection inspired by ‘Shola Pith’ workers of West Bengal, who decorate idols of gods and goddesses during Durga Puja. And thus, we got a divine collection with class-apart beauty and sophistication. We saw darker color palettes during the first half, but the second half took our hearts away with Ivory and Gold as a combination. The silhouettes were flowy and feminine, with Shola Pith fabric detailing stealing the show. The ramp witnessed grandeur when white paper flowers accompanied the models for the final line-up.
Raakesh Agarvwal: Raakesh Agarvwal’s collection for this season was all about the alphabet ‘S’ – sensuous, seductive, and sexy. When sheer feminine gowns played around with diamonte detailing and halter necks, it surely became an eye-treat. If we had skin-flaunting bodysuits, we even had the drapes that created mystery. Loud embellishments and feminine fabrics like mesh, crepe, and georgette praised today’s woman in the most curvaceous manner. By then, we already knew that fringes and fur complete the season. For Raakesh Agarvwal, these got a gold Midas touch. In total, the collection spoke the theme perfectly – Seductive NOT Control!
Paromita Banerjee:TANA BANA, the collection by Paromita Banerjee spoke a tale of the Indian Handloom Industry. Hand-woven cotton fabric was used in pastel palettes and created symmetry in color-blocking patterns. Wide-legged pants, trench coats, short jackets; we saw contemporary silhouettes in cotton that were woven by the women weavers of a charitable trust in Madhya Pradesh called ‘WomenWeave’. The eye-catching part of the show was hand-woven shoes that added up to the Bohemian feel of the collection. Very Indian, Very Contemporary – Paromita Banerjee clicked us with the classy yet simplistic form of fashion on the ramp.
– Rashi Gaur