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Thursday , February 23 , 2012
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Two city designers on the WIFW catwalk

Pallavi Singhee
Verb, the label by a young designer from Calcutta, Pallavi Singhee, took the catwalk as part of the Hi 5 show on the final day of Wills India Fashion Week. Her collection mixed Indian and Western silhouettes, with dresses taking draping cues from saris and lehngas, and pieces that could work as either kurtas or dresses.

The flashes of black and white plaid on sari borders continued the fusion feel. Pallavi’s palette was bright with pinks, gold and tawny tones, and rich with textures courtesy of bold borders, embroidery and weaves.

Kallol Datta

Fresh off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Kallol Datta showed XOXO, his autumn-winter 2012-13 line, on Day 3 of WIFW. The models dragged their feet on the ramp, literally. That’s Kallol for you, never doing things the normal way, anyway.

The show was peppered with surprising and often shocking elements. Unusual... off-beat... avant garde.... You get the drift. Some models wore outfits that had ‘This is not a garment’ printed on them. Some models had a sleeve dislocated at the shoulder seam. Some had reverse plackets. Some looked inside out.

There was a cigarette print and a human heart with monitor lines running randomly. At many places, the designer used a distressed foil-y fabric to give the bin bag effect (because love is “a whole lot of garbage”).

There was some skin show too, in the way of a knee pit or an elbow or the waistline. Our favourite piece was Kallol’s version of the sherara a long top worn with a divided bottom, 3D folds cleverly giving the kali effect. But the quirkiest detail was the black eye many models sported on their spectacles!

Four trends from the fashion week

The fall of the showstopper

WIFW may have started with Sameera Reddy and Dia Mirza walking for Shantanu & Nikhil and Kangana Ranaut (picture left) may have brought the curtains down for JJ Valaya, but the Bolly showstopper was far and few in between. We liked watching a Chitrangada Singh or a Bipasha Basu, but we loved the dwindling number of celebs on the catwalk.



This onesie appeared on the runway almost daily during the five-day fashion fest. From easy-breezy prints (Dev R Nil) to sexy evening ones (James Ferreira) and dramatic drapes (Gaurav Gupta and Tarun Tahiliani), WIFW saw it all. Close on the heels of the jumpsuit was the free-flowing maxi.



It’s romantic. It’s flattering. It’s fashionable. And it’s fabulous. While Tarun Tahiliani retained the drape master crown, young guns like Gaurav Gupta and Anand Kabra showed some pretty good drapes too. A special mention for the sari-inspired drapes. They were everywhere.

Armour & heavy metal

It was heavy-duty metal chic at WIFW this season, from Kanika Saluja Chaudhary’s studded silhouettes to Rimzim Dadu and Anand Bhushan’s metallics. Though the stores will see a toned-down version of the ramps, we can’t wait to see the high-street pop picks.