The Italian artist Lucio Fontana would never have really thought that his famed slashes and stabs on canvas would look so appealing on swimwear. Borrowing from Fontana,the countrys leading luxury swimwear designers Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja,better known as Shivan & Narresh,put forth a line-up of resortwear at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014 that emphasised the subtle seduction of the skin. Lacerated signature maillots (one-piece swimsuits with a plunging V-neck and open back),colour-blocked bikinis and trikinis were the highlight of the collection called Fontana. We liked how this art of slashing was used in an aesthetic way in the resortwear line as well. With beach weddings in vogue,the Shivan and Narresh Spring-Summer 2014 line kept the bride in mind too.
The collection saw the debut of a micro light-weight,high-waisted Neoprene Lehenga,thats water friendly with just a hint of bling with small crystal motifs. The one in coral was our pick. The resortwear line,in their signature style,comprised tailored saris in monochromes as well as cruise gowns,which were also slashed stylishly. The finale line-up of evening wear in black was sensual.
Continuing the easy-breezy theme of the day was designer Pia Pauro with her collection,Zanzibar. Inspired by her travels to Tanzania,Pauro spun a tale that was high on wanderlust. The wild landscapes and the colourful clothing of the African people reflected in the collection that had an earthy colour palette. Mustard yellow mingled happily with muddy brown,olive green,rust red and some whites too. The designer also sought inspiration from the khanga,a traditional piece of cloth with geometric borders worn by East African women. Pauro translated that into short handkerchief dresses paired with feather accessories. The hemlines in Pauros resortwear collection rode high and also brought in a selection of swimsuits. Cut-outs it seems will be popular in swimsuits next summer as well. There was an extensive use of colourful geometric prints and thread embroideries. As the show progressed,the prints became bolder and also saw metallic and stone embellishments.