Designer collection casts desi spell

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make In India’ campaign gains momentum, couturier Tarun Tahiliani, at the last show of Day 1 on Wednesday of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015, gave a taste of the splendour that Indian designs can cast.

Amid rumours of a no show due to a storm, the off-site show that was hosted at Emporio Mall ensured that fashion enthusiasts were given a fashion treat worth the wait. The outdoor setting and a cool breeze across the specially created catwalk featured 25-feet long cloth panels with gorgeously printed miniature works by celebrated artists ‘The Singh Twins’. The Mughal era-inspired modern paintings that follow the style of Shah Jahan’s chronicles, the Padshahnama, were the muse of Tarun Tahiliani’s collection.

Sexy and cool His colourful collection celebrated dressing suited to a desert princess, with models sashaying down the runway in cool chiffon ensembles, with their hair sleeked back into glamourous turbans. Orange, pink, red, yellow and blue formed the primary palette of a variety of assymetrical dresses, sleeveless jackets, peplum tops, kalidar kurtas, saris, dhoti skirts, lungis, kaftans and harem pants. Sexy summer was the vibe as round shaped mercury sunglasses, Rajasthani beaded earrings, anklets and flat shoes completed the looks. For men, fiery tones like orange, mustard and pink were the mainstay against beige, and all garments featured prints of the artists sisters’ wonderful works.

Day 2 at Pragati Maidan on Thursday continued with the desi spirit, with Eka presenting kurtas, loose dresses, skirts and tops in organic and breathable fabrics. Virtues by Viral, Ashish & Vikrant added an interesting take to the conventional anarkali with cutout panels around the neck, pleated details and straight pants. Other designs included pleated Rajasthani shirts, bandhgala kameez, sleeveless kurtas with side pleats, and dresses in earthy hues. For men, a smart white bandhgala jacket and red dhoti pants were presented.

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With the afternoon sun setting over the Capital, the shows reflected gentler warmth with lighter tones and sustainable fabrics. Manish Gupta took a Florentine holiday with his collection that featured soft and feminine dresses in pastel hues. Shift dresses, long gowns and chiffonpleated flowy ones added a pretty flair to the show.

Crop tops with diaphanous lace peplums and By Radhika Bhalla in New Delhi white embroidery added to the calm temperament of the designs. Pepping up the mood, designer Samant Chauhan proved his artistic skills as a designer once again with a striking show of cotton silk, dabka embroidery, hand applique, organza and thread embroidered ensembles. Beautiful capes with floral embroidery and scarlet lining framed the figure with style.

Corset blouses, saris, lehengas and dresses with sexy front panels made the best of ethnic and western wear. The finale look of a textured origami hand appliqued work gown with sprigs of flowers decorated in the neck added the punch to the show, and was well received.

Mili Thakur