Military and Santorini


It’s the concluding day at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week , and although it’s been five notoriously crazy days for me, with barely any sleep and a schedule that will give any busy body a serious complex, I think I am going to miss the energy and the pulse of the week. And the ceaseless show, each one trying to outdo the other that kept me scurrying in and out of the two auditoriums at Pragati Maidan.  So before I say sayonara to the fashion week, here are the updates from the finale day. Hope you have enjoyed the fashion updates from Pragati Maidan, and taken home a bag full style tips.

5 pm: The 5 pm slot on Day 5 was mostly disappointing. It opened with Charu Parashar’s collection comprising who played around with the hue of the moment – tangerine. The Delhi-based designer herself wore the colour when she took the curtain call. There were shift dresses in digital prints with a lot of sheer fabrics and laces formed an important part of her collection. Beiges and ecru also featured in this collection, which in Charu’s words, was for a ‘free spirited bohemian.’

I thought the collection lacked lustre and every single piece resembled the previous one. It didn’t work for me.

Trend alert: Lace continues to be big in the coming months. So don’t just restrict it to your lingerie. Wear lace dresses to evening parties and also make tangerine a must-have this season. It fails no one. Also, if you’re doing the palazzos this season, team it with cropped tops that are oh-so-hot right now. They complement each other beautifully.

5 15 pm. The other big disappointment of the day was Sulakshana Monga’s collection called La-Di-Da. Monga was inspired by the military style; so you had floor-kissing maxi dresses in shades of green with a few yellow gowns thrown in. Silk, chiffon and georgette maxi dresses with ornate jackets had military-inspired shoulders with gara work. The silhouettes were unflattering and the embroidery used didn’t help the cause at all.

Trend alert: Embellished maxi dresses. Wear them to a friend’s terrace party.

5 30 pm: A handful of designers at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week have been inspired by their trips to faraway lands. From Egypt to Japan and South America, several designers have translated exotic beaches, bustling cities and snowcapped mountains to breathtaking, gorgeous clothes. Rajdeep Ranawat’s collection was inspired by the Greek island called Santorini. Some of the clothes bore prints of the photographs of the churches, the oceans, the skies and the beautiful bougainvilleas of the island. The collection, which mostly featured resort pieces made in silk, silk chiffon, silk satin, tulle and silk georgette, scored on the use of colours. There were sexy, fitted shirt dresess, kaftans worn with shorts slim pants won with long jackets. The show was well styled, with models wearing glass danglers that looked great with fishtail braids. The men wore busy printed shirts with bermudas and cigarette pants. The spunky, colourful belts, sourced from Bangkok, seen on them were great for breaking the print monotone.

Trend alert: Gentlemen, wear your cigarette pats in muted colours with open-toed sandals. They look great for a casual day out in the sun. Also, remember to accessorise your look with statement belts. They always work. Silk shirts are your best bet if you’re heading to a party.

Ladies, a really sexy way of wearing your kaftans/ kurtas is to team it up with shorts.