Sportswear with a swagger met earthy fusion chic,shimmery resortwear and red carpet razzmatazz on day one of the Spring-Summer 2014 edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) at Pragati Maidan,New Delhi. The fashion firmaments favourite glamour girls Masaba Gupta,Anupama Dayal,Malini Ramani and Gauri & Nainika saved the day with collections that offered a study in contrasts. On display were bold stripes,sheer hemlines,plunging backs,tone-on-tone embroidery,neon accents and the (now mandatory) sari variants. The girls stuck to their core strengths and rolled out collections that were embodiments of their personal style as well as their brand statement.
Travel tales unfolded on the Gauri & Nainika ramp with the French Riviera playing muse to Indias Olsen sisters. The Amalfi Coast with its stunning landscapes and blue waters was transferred on to four azure-washed print variations developed by the duo christened Sorrento,Amalfi,Postiano and Capri. Ensembles were punctuated by their signature exaggerated ruffles on solid-coloured gowns and jumpsuits and bold stripes on dressed and floor-sweeping maxis. Silhouettes ranged from tiny shorts and flared pants to jumpsuits,playsuits and umbrella and trapeze gowns.
Masaba Gupta calls black and white her forever heroes and these hues were the stars of her collection. Sporty silhouettes were coupled with Banarasi zari,and Masabas signature contemporary prints this time a neon-tinged Chandragupta typography print and a monochromatic ice candy (chuski) print. Black and white met pale pink and ice blue with occasional bursts of neon. Quicksilver hemlines shifted from short tennis skirts to mid-calf lengths and sheer sweatshirts connived to cover all yet leaving nothing to the imagination. The designers fascination with the sari resulted in an interpretation over lycra bodysuits with braided pallus. We loved the all-white and printed canvas shoes that the models wore.
The perennial party-girl reappeared on Malini Ramanis ramp,celebrating travel and glamour in a collection titled Wanderlust Wonderland. The resortwear siren donned block prints,stripes and metallics in earthy tones where lehengas were paired with racer back cholis,and geometric-adorned maxis and kaftans were teamed with skyscraper heels. Sparkling sequined dresses,playsuits and gowns with daringly high slits played a game of hide-n-seek with strategically placed sheer panels. Ramanis jersey draped sari silhouettes were stark black with neon accents and her sexy swimwear wore cut-outs and stud detailing with hooded sheer cover-ups.
Anupama Dayals collection Gulabi wore her quintessential gaon ki gori meets world traveller vibe. A Central Asia-inspired folk floral print was hand-printed on handloom skirts,placement printed on chiffon pallazo trousers,Chanderi dresses and chiffon sarees. The designer sent out a collection in washed pastels with pink dominating a palette of golden yellows,papayas and forest greens with burgundies and bright sunset orange. Barefoot belles walked the ramp in thong slippers,floral headdresses and Dayals self-designed bags and vintage medallion jewellery.