PRAGATI MAIDAN,Delhi,on Sunday night resembled a fortress with guards everywhere,passes were double checked,and one part of the venue covered in black,as if concealing a secret. It was after all the grand finale to the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2013 and it was truly worth the wait. We were awestruck for all the right reasons.
MSA 2 had a shiny (and slippery) black ramp in the centre,a side stage for a live act by the Hilight Tribe from France and a big white screen to the right. I WAS AT THE BURNING MAN, screamed the bright words on the screen. Photographs from this experimental art festival that takes place at Nevada,the US,took us through Aroras trip. The psychedelic tunes of the Hilight Tribe set the tone for the show and models sashayed down the ramp to hoots and screams in the designers autumn-winter range. Truth be told,we expected the collection may not hold much ground before the dramatic presentation but Aroras signature genius stood out. Visuals from the festival found themselves as prints on the clothes. His numerous silhouettes included peplum dresses and skirts,sweatshirts,jumpsuits,jackets,trench coats,pencil skirts,fitted pants and turbans. The colour palette included pop pink,florescent orange,mustard,neon green,black,and navy blue. He played with fabrics and juxtaposed them to create his line. So there were lurex sweaters,cotton velvet skirts,Saga fox fur on collars and other materials such as silk crepe,nappa leather and quilted neoprene. His collaboration with jewellery brand Amrapali had dresses with long chains. He also included an accessory range with printed totes,hobo bags,corset belts and scarves. Many got up to bow down to the master while some applauded and others danced to the trippy tunes of Hilight Tribe.