Day 1 saw the likes of Anand Kabru, Atsu Sekhose, Payal Pratap, Surily, and a host of other designers show off their wares! I liked Anand Kabra’s vivid colors and Jaali Work pieces and Surily’s funky, fringed  dresses with a whole lotf of color. Here are some photos of what went down at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2013 Spring Summer Day 1.

Anand Kabra : WLIFW 2013 Spring Summer

Anand Kabra showcased a collection inspired by Hyderabad and the Deccan- incorporating mughal architecture like the ‘Jaali’ into his collection. It was a collection dominated by red, yellow, blacks and whites.

Press Note:

Like the legend , the collecton pieces together taramatis stories partially from the imaginaltion and partially from physical attributes of the baradai itself . The Inlay pattern unborders the tiles, fragmented  mosaics , ‘Jali’ patterned windows and the arches of the doorways , form the base for color bloavking , print and embellishment. Taramati , herseld , is brought toi life through art and cultural references from Deccan and Hyderabad .

Fabric Compostiton:

Malkha , cotton, light wright si, , Georgette, cheiffon and crape de chine

Payal Pratap: WLIFW 2013 Day 1

Payal Prataps collection had a bit of a gypsy spirit to it, with lightweight fabrics like Chanderi, color blocking and some interesting fabrics in loose, relaxed silhouettes


Press Note: A Bohemain collection drawing from the costumes of The kutch desert. Nomadic in spirit, urban in appeal . Light weight fabrics used to create layer and volume. Extensive use of minute geometric embroidery, cross stitch and hand detailing. Modern village silhouettes. Structured yokes, layered chevrons and geometric formation. Gathered skirts are teamed with corset tops derived from the choli, and uppers that are versions of the kedia. Looks that are a fusion between the choli and the maxi dress.

Coloured blocked saris with cross stitch detailing, sheer net transperancies and bangle sleeves and tonal embroidery detailing.Gypsy gilets  with deep angarkha scooped necklines and wide leg ghagra pants. Fabrics used are light weight tussars and mongas, chanderis, cotton silks, net and cotton voiles.A rustic folk collection with nomadic influences in a burst of colour from beiges to burnt orange, purples and muted pinks to indigo.

Accessories from the show comprise handmade footwear in leather and myriad antique gold metal chains. These draw inspiration from the village ornaments that form the everyday rural wardrobe.Village ornaments contemporized into toe ring ankle slippers with clusters of antique chains. Slave bands in cut work leather. Jalli bangles with colour blocking and contrast leather uppers.  An explosion of digital patterns.

Surily- WLIFW 2013 Spring Summer

Surily showcased a fun, playful collection using aztec print, and bright fluoroscent colors!The fringes and the metallic accent gave it a boho-rock chic vibe!

Press Note:Fever, the latest collection by Surily, marks the label’s return to the trademark style of fringes and flirty movement, but with an electric twist. Fever embraces metallic accents along with a palette ranging from pop colors like fluorescent yellows, tangerine and pinks on nudes and blues.

Silhouettes ranging from playsuits, asymmetrical dresses, and drapes to the leggy mini-dresses and skirts, feature in the collection. Interesting use of Aztec prints, especially created for the collection and merged with geometric designs, add a modern touch.

All these elements come together in the collection, through the recurrent theme of Strong, Sexy, and Edgy.

Geisha Designs: WLIFW 2013 Spring Summer 2013

Geisha Designs showcased 3 miniature collection- all of them showcasing gowns as their prominent piece. They garments were fluid and flowy in a range of soft , feminine colors and took inpiration from the Edwardian Era

Press Note:You know her. She is passionate, beautiful and lives in the moment. She is a globetrotter, an explorer and a nomad. The whole world is her village and her heart her home. She loves mythology, stories of old times and their handicrafts, but is resolutely modern in her ethos. Her wardrobe has elements of nomads and an old world charm of the Edwardian era. She is impregnated with all the world‘s culture and takes inspiration from its purity, to create her own unique “style of the time”.

Today she is invited to a garden party with all her friends.

And a party it is…

Her friends are people of all moods: modern, traditional, spiffy dames, mad hatters and more. They have got gifts and glitter, cherries and champagne. They are a riot.

This is the mood of the SS’13 line by Shalini and Paras of Geisha Designs. Set in an Edwardian Era with influences of other cultures to create a fresh look. The collection is all about contemporary silhouettes coupled with traditional techniques on luxurious rich fabrics and encapsulates the quaint theatricals of the art, heritage and mystique of Victorian life. Come join us as we create, inspire and invite you into the romantic world of Geisha Designs.

Collection 1: It takes its inspiration from nomadic weaving and beading techniques combined with the fluid drapes of soft silk tuille, Chantilly laces and thin luxurious chiffons. The palette plays with the contrast of earthy oak and tea stain. Patent leather accessories add a modern charm to this look.

Collection 2: It adds elements from Tea gowns, generally loose-fitting and elaborately trimmed. This look gives full vent to the taste for theatricality with long duster coats, pin stripe suit sets, and capes. The colours are of corals set in pearls and gold. Fabrics are modern foiled jerseys, soft nets, micros, silk tuilles, and soft georgettes. The embroideries have an old world charm while the silhouettes are modern and practical.

Collection 3: This collection takes its influence from the Edwardian period. Art Nouveau, with its flowing, organic forms and rich gold embroidery on nets, tuilles and lace, stands for everything that is feminine, mature, sophisticated and well bred. These are made in gauzy tea stained fabrics and decorated with gold delicate lace like embroidery. The fabric under the lace is cut away, sometimes revealing the wearer’s skin to create lingerie dresses. Circular skirts, mermaid skirts, capes, and sumptuous lace stoles complete the look.

Apart from the above, Atsu Sekhose showcased a collection inspired by the North East- he was supported by the Ministry of Textiles. Kiran Uttam Ghosh showcased a collection with an andrgynous theme and garments that blurred the line between women and mens wear.

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