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IPL catches fashion fever

IT IS IPL time again, and we know what that means – a month and half of cricket fever taking over every topic of discussion, an extra tab on your internet browser for live updates and cable bills being paid on time.

creative-2_celebsSome of us will go to the stadium to feel the excitement, while others will stay home to cheer for their favourite teams. Whichever way you choose to watch the matches, it is always more fun when you dress for the occasion.


Even the hottest Bollywood celebs wear their team colours, so get inspired and get your own IPL gear in place. While you can always wear your team jersey, you can also pick up a sporty polo tee in the colour of the team you are rooting for. Your trusted, much-worn jeans, a pair of comfy sneakers and a cool watch are all you need to go with it.

Girls, you can balance the boyish shape of the polo tee with a cute pair of shorts in a contrasting colour. A pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from the glare of the sun and the arch lights while adding a touch of style to your casual outfit.


So grab the popcorn and yell out loud, for we’ve caught the IPL fever!


Top silhouettes you will be wearing this coming season

fashion Week is all about pushing the boundaries when it comes to style stereotypes. And the slew of designers at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week did just that and more. Their signature styles not just extended to the kinds of prints, fabrics and techniques they employed but also the types of silhouettes they played with, a perfect backdrop to their artistic vision.

Kimono jackets: An ode to the Orient, Payal Pratap’s collection showed plenty of kimono cuts, lending themselves to jackets, trenches and dresses. Paired with bun pins and geta (Geisha footwear), every garment was like a slice out of old world Japan.

Peplum blouses: This perhaps was one of the most popular silhouettes oft spotted on the runway. A trend that found its place of pride a few seasons ago seems to be a favourite with our designers. While Rimzim Dadu paired her peplums with fit-defying pants, Rahul Mishra incorporated the silhouette into his waist-length saree blouses.

Matador jackets: A bold as well as sophisticated signature style statement from the designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi where they combined structured jackets with flowy silhouettes as a single garment. A reference to Spanish bullfighters!

Capes: A tough trend to pull off, the runway saw plenty of those. Designers like Masaba for Satya Paul, Aneeth Arora, Rina Dhaka and Mandira Wirk showed exactly how to pair a cape for the wintry evenings.


Victorian gowns: Shantanu and Nikhil brought back eternal lady-like gowns that channeled timeless elegance and sophisticated allure.

Pencil skirts: An eternal favourite with fashionistas, Nachiket Barve’s pencil skirts were complemented by boxy tops while Sanchita’s striped creation was paired with a floral blouse.

Handkerchief hem: The blue-eyed boy of the Indian fashion fraternity Rahul Mishra added some structure to his intricately embroidered ensemble with fitted sleeves and pants while Pia Pauro belted hers and ut them together with opaque tights to balance the look.


Shift dress: Shifts were plenty on the ramp but mastered best perhaps by Pankaj and Nidhi. With clean structure and intricate detailing, the designers’ clothes were versatile enough to wear for a cocktail event or a formal family get-together. Mandira Wirk combined hers with feathered fascinators and faux fur stoles. Samant Chauhan jazzed up his shifts with nate embroidery and osurface embellishments.

Sarees: Fashion veterans like Abraham and Thakore and Tarun Tahiliani treated sarees with their signature style. While the designer duo kept their ahimsa silk woven drapes clean with only temple borders and miniature prints punctuated to break the monotone, Tarun Tahiliani added colour and shine to his sarees, made perfect for festive occasions.


Cowl: Pushing the envelope on traditional silhouettes, designers for menswear experimented with the hemlines, often resorting to the cowl at the bottom half of the garment instead of at the regular neckline. Shantanu and Nikhil used the classic combination of black and white for his cowl hems while Malini Ramani incorporated cowl hems into women’s garments as well.  An interesting tweak to the regular affair.


Funk it up with Namrata Joshipura


‘Xtravagant, experimental and electron-ic’ These are the terms that Namrata Joshipura uses to describe her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. It was refreshing to see textures replacing sequence embellishments. The designer used quilting and twisting to create the circuit-like patterns on the ensembles paying judicious attention to detail. The use of future-inspired materials like leather and neoprene on signature silhouettes like column dresses, playsuits, shorts and jackets were mind-boggling.

Showstopper: Who else but Kangana Ranaut walked the LED lit ramp in an off-shoulder dress. She looked glamorous to the core.


Colours: A wider colour palette was seen at Namrata’s show. From extensively used black, pastel shades like powder blue, warm red to metallic shades like antique gold and bronze, the designers had a colour for every mood and personality.

Accessories: There were barely any accessories except huge warrior-like hats and headbands with pointy motifs. The bling on the outfits was enough to make them statement-making.


Music: Namrata’s notion of futuristic and powerful eveningwear matched equal parts with live electronic tunes as with high-octane blinking lights.We even spotted a few people head-banging with the beats.

Hero piece: A sheer slip dress with circuit-like texture was highly glamorous. It catered to the slip-dress trend in Namrata Joshipura’s style.


Hair and makeup: Strong side part with hair tied in a sleek ponytail went well with the high-shine look of the collection. Eyes and lips too were kept simple.

Final words: Texture has always played a significant role in Namrata’s work but this time the never-seen-before electronic influence was urbane as well as futuristic. As the models paraded on the LED lit floor, the music, ambience and design amalgamated into an evening truly avant-garde. This is how a grand finale should be.

The stage is set

o(1)n the rich canvas of a designer’s imagination, his garments fashioned out of his deft brushstrokes, lies a domain often left unexplored on Indian ramps. The runway throws up endless possibilities for the artist in the designer to let his creativity loose, moulding the often white platform for it to become the prelude to his perfect story telling.

Perhaps one of the most distinct features that separate the international runway scene from its Indian cousin is the manner in which the stage evolves itself to tell a bigger story. While Karl Lagerfeld made the ramp his playground, turning the runway into a massive supermarket stocked with the best of Chanel pieces for his latest collection for Autumn Winter, Hunter Original made a stunning debut with models walking a very wet runway, splashing water at those who leaned in to get a closer look.

Though such drama on a massive scale is yet to catch up in the Indian circuits, some of the seasoned designers have begun to look at runways being something more than just a white strip.


Tarun Tahiliani

Veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani kicked off the latest season of the WIFW with a larger than life set to complement his collection, an ode to Delhi. As models dressed in some of his most exquisite designs took to the stage, the backdrop served well to denote the passage of time and the ever-changing geographical and social landscape of Delhi from the artist’s eye.


Aneeth Arora

It was a winter wonderland come alive at Aneeth Arora’s show as models walked down the ramp ploughed clear of the snow (fake, obviously!). The vibe was wintry, the mood and the setting straight out of a Parisian street corner.


Shantanu Nikhil

Taking a leaf out of old-world Kolkata, the designer duo turned back time with their set as wood panelled windows and doorways gave a glimpse of what life used to be in the capital city of British India.


Pankaj and Nidhi

The designers worked with the classic combination of black and white, borrowing from the colour palette of a deck of cards. Naturally the duo let their imagination run amok, dressing up the set fit to be the abode of the Queen of Hearts!


Namrata Joshipura

The look as well as the feel of finale designer Namrata Joshipura’s set was akin to a technicolour dream. It was a mélange of sparkly LED lights that added a surreal effect to the designer’s vision.

East meets West

p(1)aris, Milan and London just finished their Autumn Winter fashion weeks recently and now the spotlight is on India. While our fashion scene has its own unique language that caters to what the local market desires, designers are also in sync with many of the global trends seen around the world. We take a look at the top trends that saw their parallels at Wills India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014.



Leather surprisingly became a hit last summer, and come winter, it has found itself in the limelight, as a number of designers used it in a variety of ways. From Gucci and Balenciaga, to Sanchita, Rishta by Arjun Saluja, Rimzim Dadu and Hemant and Nandita among many others back home. This winter, stay warm in leather, whether real or faux.



Sheer in winter? That’s right, designers don’t seem to have had enough of this trend, whether there are snowstorms in Europe, or mild sunshine in India. Michael Kors and Fendi sent sheer skirts on their runways, while at the fashion week here, we saw sheers in the form of laces and embroidered nets, and combined with contrasting winter fabrics. We especially loved Rahul Mishra’s innovative wool sheers that are season-less and very elegant.



Whether 1920’s inspired, as seen at Roberto Cavalli or with a tribal touch at Altuzarra, fringe has been used for embellishing winterwear by designers worldwide. The tribal vibe was channeled by Nachiket Barve and Malini Ramani in their collections back home and we are looking forward to seeing more of this typically summer trend in wintery interpretations.



Another summer style, usually seen on lightweight fabrics, ruled the runways as designers sent models in skirts and dresses, all with micro pleats. While Salvatore Ferragamo and Lanvin created pleats on leather, Indian designers stuck to thinner fabrics that work in our milder weather. Out of the plethora of thin, knife pleats, Vaishali S’s intricate pleating on jackets particularly stood out.



Comfort is taking priority over fashion, with ’90s flatforms a must have for even the stiletto-wearing divas. Thick, rubber soled shoes were seen at Coach and Stella McCartney and back home, we saw them being paired with everything from skirts to sarees. The ones at Masaba and Rimzim Dadu were our instant favourites.


When global trends meet local and fashion blurs boundaries, it is a great time to be inspired and experiment with new styles. Whatever trend you may wear, you can be sure you are in sync with the latest in international fashion.