Runway painted blue and white

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Day 4 at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2015 played on shades of blue, with white and cream tones doing the balancing act in easy-breezy silhouettes in Pragati Maidan on Saturday.

Denim and organic cotton added a measure of coolness, both literally and metaphorically, to Indian summers with Urvashi Kaur’s collection. Batik prints on saris, high neck tops, scarves and shirts with protruding shoulders paid homage to desi techniques of treating textiles, while other prints included shibori patterns on salwars, checked skirts, striped peplum tops and kurtas with circular stamps.

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Designer duo Dev R. Nil brought to life the works of Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, with his handwriting printed on ensembles, alongside Moroccan mosaic patterns. Handwoven ikats and silks were seen on flowey coats, layered maxi skirts, crop tops, swimwear, saris, tunics and trousers for women, and suits and bandhgalas for men.

Designer duo Vivek Karunakaran, meanwhile, mixed fitted styles with wide options in white, black, yellow and blue. Models walked the ramp in short wigs and crop tops teamed with sufi pants, palazzos, A-line skirts and jodhpur pants.

Bringing in radical modernism through discreet sexuality with masculine tailoring, Josh Goraya presented ‘Lucid Play’, a range inspired by contemporary art. Some smart prints were seen on dresses and shorts for women. Continuing with the denim trend from the previous day, both Raakesh Agarvwal and Mrinalini brought the blues on board.

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Agarvwal’s much anticipated show-his last range was a leather and gold blowout- took a Uturn with a 90’s classic denim range. Denim jackets, heavily frayed jeans, dresses and jumpsuits were a nostalgic take for fashionistas. Adding a pop of colour, yellow and orange detailing on white denims gave the range a citrus twist. Mrinalini, on the other hand, stuck to softer denim and created slouchy options in pants and jackets.

As far as dressy styles went, Siddartha Tytler packed in the punch with sequined designs on pencil skirts, gold-toned capes, sleeveless tops and full-length dresses. Adding structure to the looks, pleats added dimension. Veteran Wendell Rodricks, at the final show of the evening, gave the adage ‘simple yet stylish’ a new meaning.

Presented by the ministry of textiles, Rodricks’s collection was inspired by the calm, inner peace and healthy benefits of yoga. The garments spoke of this tranquility through pure white designs in gauze linen, Kerala cotton, georgette and satin silk which were like a clean canvas sans fuzzy cuts or detailing. Asymmetrical shirts, tunic dresses, long stitched maxis, saris and one-shoulder swimsuits for women; and overcoats, dhotis, trousers and lungis for men exuded a state of quiet confidence.

Mili Thakur