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Of Childhood,Travellers and Silence

On Day Four of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2013,designers draw upon nostalgia while setting the mood for parties and adventure

Written by Somya Lakhani |
March 18, 2013 2:25:13 am


The traveller obsessed with vintage compasses,maps,stars and unknown places is the protagonist of Rimzim Dadu’s autumn-winter range. She hums Sail by American electronic rock band Awolnation as she gazes at stars and weaves stories. This romanticism doesn’t take Dadu away from her obsession with metal and these are present in plenty. Models sashay down the runway in metallic shirts with map prints,long dresses with gold stars,shirts with sailor knots,leather shorts,printed arrows on pants and capes with ship prints.


Roses and ferns,trees and bamboos exude a sense of peace in the designer duo’s collection titled “In Silence”. The two have used wintery fabrics such as wool,silk,organza and crepe in colours such as icy blue,mint,teal,grey,black,white and red. Japanese beading,applique and cutwork on a range of silhouettes dot collection. There are gowns,long jackets,trousers,maxis,asymmetric skirts and shirts with sheer details form the range.


While growing up,Sanchita Ajjampur would immerse herself in the animal fables of the Panchatantra and her autumn-winter collection draws from that memory. Sheath dresses,tapered pants and waist-cinched jackets among others for women; and slim pants,millitary caps and shirts for men form the range. What set our hearts aflutter were the hand-embroidered animal motifs on dresses and the boots. Not to forget the feathers on sleeves that gave the range the “Panchatantra” punk rock feel.


Boots. This is all we chant as models walk the ramp in Pia Pauro’s nomadic autumn-winter collection titled “Mountain Chic”. Knee and ankle-length printed boots are the clear showstoppers . Pauro uses Central Asian fabrics such as silk,crepe and voile to create jumpsuits,jackets,skirts,long coats,churidars,anarkalis and doll dresses. Printed knee-length boots are paired with anarkalis instead of a salwar or a churidar and the last five gold ensembles shout “Party”. Unfortunately,the oafish,tasseled bags take some of the charm away from the range.


Building blocks have kept many a toddler occupied for hours. It’s when these no longer hold our attention that we know the age of innocence is over and we have grown up. Anand Bhushan’s collection is about this loss. The Lego blocks are everywhere — on the neckline,the belt,dresses,capes and anti-fit dresses. The colour palette is dark — charcoal,black and grey — and we are not surprised. Zippers and broderie embroidery on jackets and dresses were interesting add-ons.

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