How does he spin magic with champagne coloured Chantilly lace on couture gowns one month and play with pret to fashion trendy tops and trousers with white stretch cotton in another? Gaurav Gupta himself probably doesn’t have that answer.
Day Three of WIFW saw the Delhi’s fash frat glued to the seats as neon shoes shone in the dark show area. Some laser lights came on to reveal white clothes with neon detailing. Together the effect was dramatic. Whites gave way to neons. Form met flow. There were many a moulded pleat — his strong signature element. The colour story got more crazy as the catwalk began to resemble a candy store. Amidst all the yummy-ness came a two-toned one-shoulder maxi. And then came the stars of the evenings — the saris (Day Three turned out to be a really special day for the sari and Gaurav Gupta’s show just reiterated it). These babies were gorgeous; slip one on and Greek-goddess your way to the next cocktail do. Oh, and those shoes. Those lovely neon shoes. Sigh.
Bermudas #youremember! Lots of them were spotted in Nachiket Barve’s spring-summer 2013 line. The ramp literally saw a colour burst, more colourful than Nachiket normally is — if that’s even possible. His embroidery story had a DIY feel — fun starfish motifs, full of glitter and colour. The show covered all silhouettes — some sheaths, many flowing drapes, all glammed up by lots of ombre and peephole-backs. Supported by envelope clutches and skinny belts, these clothes will rock any resort wedding. A special mention for his trouser sari — it comprises a one-shoulder top, pants and pallu — and his pop saris, again made-to-order to fun up any beach mehndi or sangeet!
Women were in overalls. Men wore kajal. And skirts. And Arjun Saluja once again showed on Monday just how many ways he can cut a trouser in — too many! Yet again, the designer explored androgyny — “call it Yin-Yang or ardhanarishwar”. The pants were far from skinny — supersized flares, an occasional sarong, one or two wrap skirts worn over trousers, of course, teamed with collared white shirts. There was much matchy-matchy in terms of print and colour. A happy spark of electric blue popped in an otherwise muted colour palette — black, nude, more black and some browns. Arjun’s androgyny might be his trump card but on Monday, the two winning looks were his saris. One sarong-shirt-hood combo and one all-white stark sari (picture above). To describe in three letters — OMG.
Kerala mundus and khadis took centre stage at Rahul Mishra’s SS 2013 line. Titled Weave, Sew, Yield and Bloom, the designer once again used traditional Indian textiles and fashioned them into modern everyday silhouettes. Totally within the comfort zone of women who want to experiment with western silhouettes and are taking slow, steady steps. These asymmetrical wrap dresses, tunics, dresses and pants in pristine whites funned up with neon mundu borders are totally up the Calcutta woman’s sleeve.
The khadi collection was more vibrant and the silhouettes got sexier. Finally, the hand embroidered line arrived. Short and sexy, these babies will be lapped up by the non-lycra ladies club sooner than later!
Alpana & Neeraj
Alpana and Neeraj sent out a shower of editorial pieces on Day Three of WIFW. They aimed to “capture the drama of frozen ends of the earth”. Beginning with whites, the colours went on to a palette of icy blues and blacks. Their garments (mostly dresses) were detailed to resemble “frozen twigs and ice particles”. They began with sharp angular geometrical pieces and drifted to softer flowing silhouettes before ending with fit-and-flare mermaid maxis.