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Season of Spunk

Oversized boyfriend shirts,beetle prints and luxe sportswear — Day Three at Wills India Fashion Week offered an assortment of styles,report Jagmeeta Thind Joy and Somya Lakhani

Classic Ikkat

Ikkat,the classic patterned weave,made a delightful appearance in the Spring-Summer ’14 collection by Dev r Nil. Known for their play of print-on-print,the duo brought in ikkat weaves inspired by the colours of the emperor butterfly. Charcoal black,burnt yellow and blue came together as did a mix of silhouettes — long ikkat jackets worn over crop tops and ikkat palazzos. The designers also combined floral elements for a winning look.

The Print Bug

Jenjum Gadi attended a late-night garden party and found himself in the company of a new crowd — crickets,ants,dragonflies and beetles. These stick insects have found place in his latest Spring-Summer creations. Gadi goes the print way with digital prints of giant,red dragonflies; fat,marching ants; and even magnified red flowers. There are clusters of ants in one pant suit and a dress,and magnified dragonflies on a shift dress. Known for his fascination with gota,the young designer has used these prints on organza and satin shift dresses,pant suits,jackets,tunics,and crop tops with pallazo pants. He adds a spunky party element to these prints by surface ornamentation and sticks to black-and-white,mostly.

Chaotic Colours

The Payal Pratap woman this spring is a greedy one,who wears all colours on her sleeve. While Pratap sticks to her fusion signature,she goes all out with colour and indulges in colour blocking too. Titled “A Walk in the Park”,the designer introduces bright hues such as cobalt blue,red,ecru,beige and cream in this range. The colour aspect is also evident in the patchwork in the ensembles — from camisoles,short jackets and maxi dresses to dhoti pants,salwars and saris. The chaos reflects a sense of harmony as she uses fabrics such as chanderi,voile,khadi,matka and monga silk. Pratap’s entry into accessories too deserves a mention and the gold ear cuffs and leather bags with the ensembles were the perfect accompaniments.

The Boyfriend Wardrobe

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Androgyny in fashion is a trend that’s still going strong. But proving well that unisex styling doesn’t have to be mannish but fun was the collection by designer Sanchita Ajjampur. Dressed-up black baseball caps featured colourful and chunky crystal motifs while oversized gentleman’s shirts with a splash of sequins were paired with nude legs and patent brogues. The idea,it seems,is to challenge masculine severity with feminine romanticism. The sweatshirt too went luxe in Sanchita’s hands with her bejewelled detailing around the necklines. It’s time to raid the boyfriend’s closet to prepare for summer.

Sporty Chic

Fitness is in fashion and there’s a way to wear them on the high street. Think sequinned hot pants in golden colour,paired with a fitted shirt,and worn with stark white sneakers with a hint of bling. Presenting this style spin on sportswear was designer Namrata Joshipura on Day Three. An athlete and avid trekker herself,Joshipura’s collection put forth easy,sporty and definitely sexy ensembles. Noticeable in the line-up were the shorts,one-colour jumpsuits and short dresses. Infusing sensuality in the sportswear was the colour palette which drew inspiration from Joshipura’s travels to the mountains with the likes of ice blue,asphalt grey and snow white. A jacket dress worn with winged sneakers is perfect for an evening out after a game of tennis,perhaps.

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