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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Showcases Creativity of Designers

Puja Arya’s Flashback


Her collection was true to the whims of a girl from the urban jungle, chic yet playful, nostalgic, focusing on silhouettes from the 50s & 60s with bested jackets, sequined bolero, the ever favorite mini skirt and belted dresses. In Arya’s signature style, the emphasis was on the waist, puff short dresses and saris.


The ensuing ensembles were in handcrafted silk, satins, silk chiffon, silk crepe, silk chanderi and mulmul. She gave keen attention to the detailing and surface treatment with the use of pleating, Indian gota patch work and sequined flower motifs. The artistic masterful hand block prints moved from graphic geometrics to geometric flower motifs. The colour palette ranged from the stark cityscape black and white, checks, to mulled sunny yellows, effervescent greys, breezy lilacs complimented by scrumptious aubergine culminating in a lipstick pink.


Ashii by Ashima Singh


Ashima Singh’s collection at WIFW A/W 2010 drew inspiration from Madhubani and Mithla paintings of Bihar. Ashima is known for uniting various techniques from India’s rich heritage and incorporating traditional trends into modern fashion. For mounting this collection, she had worked with the artisans, built on their traditional skills and created contemporary hues and designs. Itwas a nice amalgamation of Western ensembles with the traditional art form of Madhubani.


The colour palette dealt with an ivory base hand painted with colours like green, orange, pale yellow, brown and blue. She used fabrics like raw silk, matkas and cotton. The silhouettes were very Western with detailing of ethnic, traditional Indian art form which made it very progressive. Design elements included puffed sleeves, sharp cuts, Western jackets and drapes. Even the footwear had a touch of Madhubani motifs with detailed black outlines. Handcrafted tassels had their own charm which were placed on various areas like shoulder, empire line and waistline.


Monapali’s Resort Elegance


Mona Pali showcased their WIFW NW 2010 collection where resort wear meets tribal, paying ode to the exquisite craft of filigree, the fine jaali work in the collection. Tradition was intertwined with modern sensi bility, old fashioned charm mixed with contemporary eclecticism, a rich sensuality mingled with polished and urban serenity. There was a huge variety of surface treatments. Embroidery was delicate, using mesh, bead, thread, dori with hand paint, discharge print and bold graphical patterns to bend in an easy silhouette in soft sensual fabrics that formed the backbone of the collection. There was a rawness and earthiness in it, juxtaposed with sophistication and elegance.


Fabrics were soft and elegant with rustic, matt, structured materials like chiffon blends, satin and net played around with brocade, madras silk and rich Banarasi kheem khab. The colour palette was vibrant with blue, purple, red, yellow, fuschia, green, wine and orange. Applique, dori and thread work added to the dramatic flair. The silhouettes were a mix of modern and classical cuts with fusion as the mainstay. Dresses, kaftans, tunics, skirts, tops, bustiers and saris find their way into the collection. It was soft, sensual and elegant.

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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Showcases Creativity of Designers

Asia’s biggest business of fashion event, Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 (WIFW), introduced, from 24 through 28 March 2010 an assortment of striking collections from 130 designers on the runway and the exhibition areas. With 43 shows and 130 stalls, the premier event offered five enthralling days of inspiration, ingenuity and imagination aligned with business opportunities. The event which is a fashion kaleidoscope brought a diversity of talent on the runway. The show highlighted its multicultural philosophy with ensembles that held the commercial appeal all under one roof at NSIC Exhibition Complex. WIFW is the perfect platform that allows style gurus to showcase their collection to domestic and international buyers, media, design schools and fashionistas. Most importantly, it lets the industry know what’s ‘in’ and what’s’ out’ for the season.


Though there were indeed a large number of designers, whose collections made it to our short list, but even this list had to be further pruned to only 12 designers, who could be accommodated in our present write-up.


Young Masaba’s Exuberated Festivity Creates Festival Masala


Probably the youngest of the lot, Masaba is known for her patchworks and colours. Her collection exuberated festivity and excitement as her face on the ramp. It was a festive traditional line with a lot of velvet coupled with silks. Silhouettes included dhotis and angrakhas. She, yet again, proved that she belongs to the talented new lot of the promising few, as she showcased her creations at the WIFW NW 2010. This was a collection of men’s and women’s couture, with extensive use of velvets and silks. It gave a sneak-peek into the Rajasthani culture.


The antique gold embroidery, beadwork and zari added a dramatic touch. What really caught our attention were her mul silk sarees with stripes on pleats and plane border pallus. The highlight was saris with appliqued pockets. Multi fabric churidaar sleeve blouses, patch worked angrakhas with dhoti pants were a super hit on the ramp. The patchwork, doriwork and gold embroidery on a colour palette of sindoor red, leaf green with whites gave the collection a traditional yet rustic appeal. The collection is sure to catch the attention of Indian styleconscious sari wearers and is aimed at appealing the Middle-eastern market.


Tarun Tahiliani Returns to Craft


Tarun Hahiliani’s collection is the refection of Indian craft. The surface treatments clearly show the values, richness, workmanship and the role of Indian craft in fashion. The designer has again successfully explored our traditional textiles and embroideries and applied it in Indo Western as well as Indian ethnic silhouettes. Fitted structured jackets were combined with drapery bottoms to create the elusion of IndoWestern drapes. Traditional saris were draped with both short length waist coats and long tailored coats to lend richness to the clothes and make the collection look truly global. Trademark sari drapes, embroidered belts paired with clunky platform shoes, long tailored coats with kaftans were adding a masculine chic look. The designer played smartly with various surface treatments like quilting, chikankari, and prints with natural dyes.


The colour palette varies from deep honey golds, ambers, Prussian blues, wine reds to transparent black, earthy brown, shades of green and blue. His menswear collection was based on classic silhouettes which were again reworked to create the traditional look. The coats, achkans and bundies with wide pants were very much prominent with colours like mushroom, charcoal, chocolates and blacks. The collection certainly reminds us of our traditional route and has a sense of pride for our cultural values.

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Women’s Clothing Trends for spring 2010

Fashion experts and ramp show trends are suggesting that 2010 will bring back a lot of the older styles that were once popular. Some of these trends might not seem so appealing but in later months you will see them all over the place. Womens clothing trends are always evolving and changing. Some trends in womens clothing last but just a mere second in the fashion world and other trends make monumental history. It is up to you to decipher what trends suit your body and make you look attractive.


One noticeable aspect of tshirts this year is that shoulder pads are coming back in fashion. Yes they were a big hit for Womens clothing in the 1970s and 80s. This style makes you look taller and well defined. This trend in womens clothing would look proportionate on average and tall women. Short women tend to look butch in this type of womens clothing so it is generally not recommended for them. Chain embellished tshirts are also going to be trendy in the next couple of months. Even formal wear have started appearing with long dangly punk styled chains. Some chains come attached to the tops and others can be removed and used on other womens clothing. Black chains look really cool with white colored tees and blouses. The idea is to look punk and feminine at the same time.


This spring expect to see a lot of mint green and coral combinations. This combination will be offered in makeup, womens clothing, shoes and more fashionable accessories. These colors of womens clothing look extremely attractive on olive skinned women. Peaches and pink colored clothing suit women with lighter skin tones. Nude colors are also going to be fashionable colors for womens clothing but you have to be careful or you can look washed out and drab.


Another blast from the past are fringes. Fringes are being adding to tights, tops, skirts, and other womens clothing. This was last fashionable during the 80s and it seems like it would actually be a hit with certain types of womens clothing. It is a different look and can be horrible on one person and great on the next. Its important to get a friends perspective when buying womens clothing that is so different. They should be able to tell you honestly if it suits you or not. Then based upon your own opinion and theirs you can decide whether you want to invest in this type of womens clothing for your wardrobe.


Double denim is the latest trend in France and should be a UK fashion trend by the end of this year. You need to wear a denim top and something denim below to pull off a double denim look. You could opt for denim skirts, shorts, pants or overalls to wear below. Above you could wear a tshirt with a denim jacket unbuttoned or tied in a knot across the stomach. You could experiment with this trend if you have a number of denim Womens clothing in your wardrobe. By mixing and matching you could see which combination looks best for the double denim look. Now that you have had a peek at the womens clothing trends for this year you can manage your wardrobe accordingly.

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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Showcases Creativity of Designers

Pankaj & Nidhi Draw Inspiration from Samurai Armour


Their collection draws inspiration from the 18th century samurai armour which was made with interlaced materials hand-pieced together using a complex weaving technique. The ensembles showcased strong contrasts between black and ivory, charcoal and cloud greys in addition to Kimono colours like sap green, orchid and flame orange. With their chic and dramatic use of colours and geometrics, they have created a collection springing energy and oomph.


Assertive contoured silhouettes look more to the future with geometric flaps, new concentric shoulder details and sophisticated knits. Dresses were consistently above the knee and fitted to accentuate feminine curves. Sharp tailored jackets and circular tops with quirky patterns in faux leather applique and interlacing patterns were the highlights of their collection.


Payal Jain Inspired by Mystic Allure of Solitary Monk


Payal Jain’s collection at WIFW NW 2010 was inspired by the mystic allure of the historical textiles and the bewitching lifestyle of the monks in Laos.


The peace and serenity that emanates from the monks holds the vast range of silhouettes together, be it draped dresses, flowing tunics, structured jackets, bias skirts, prayer pants, draped shells or form-fitted stirrups. The key feature of her collection was reverse construction of garments with obviously visible seams, overlocking and bandings to enhance the simplicity of the ensembles. The treatments and specially designed prints were vibrant, multidimensional, warm and inspired by old Laos textiles handed down over generations.


Fabrics ranging from linen and cotton jersey to hand woven khadi to self jacquards and soft flowing silk jerseys are draped and styled into clean, crisp and simple ensembles. The focus of her collection remains the denim washes and the worn-out effects created to give a rustic, raw and antique illusion. The unorthodox usage of colour, print, texture and fabrics was the most inspiring feature of her collection. The purity and simplicity of form, yarn, detail and surface texturisation is what makes these silhouettes unique.


Rehane’s Exotic expressions


Rehane, in her collection titled Antolio’, drew her inspiration from all things in ‘ Asia Minor ‘. Her WIFW NW 2010 line presented a vibrant and exotic collection in a bold lookher signature style.


The colour story for this collection was strongly salmon, deep aqua, turkish blue and antique gold. Rehane emphasised a lot on the cuts which were structured yet complimenting the female silhouette. A dominant influence of Turkey was seen in the collection. In keeping with the contemporary and bold look, a lot of black with red floral embroidery was also dominant in the designer’s collection. Semi circular pockets with detailing, embroidered back yokes and baby doll styled dresses flounced at the waist were a delight for the onlookers. The fabrics used varied from jacquard to satin and velvet to georgettes. A feminine, chic, playful and elegant collection!


Charu Parashar’s ‘Hidden Warrior in a Woman’


Charu Parashar showcased her collection named ‘Shooma Macq Bool Hasteen’ at the WIFW NW 2010. The show started with dim lights and four models tied from top to toe like mummies with bandages standing still on the golden ramp with only their black eyes peeping out as a sign of life.

Adhering to her signature style, prints were seen once again blended with knits. There were strong influences of bright Egyptian and Persian geometrics in these prints imparting a multi-dimensional feel. The colour palette was a range of wintry dominant black with touches of turquoise, ivory, yellow, sea green and fuschia. The fabrics had fluid drapes giving a luxurious feel by the use of silks, chiffons, satins and cotton. Fabrics were painstakingly constructed with fine quilting techniques, crinkled effects, tassels, gathers and anchor threads.

Silhouettes emphasised on drapes and construction. There was a psychedelic array of geometric prints on Iycra leggings, highlighting the ensembles. The styles were dominated by dresses in various lengths, kaftans, hooded jumpsuits and jackets, bringing out the warrior element by the use of padded and extended shoulder. The models were carrying bronze and silver oxidized metal head gears and chest armours.

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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Showcases Creativity of Designers

Nida Mahmood’s Gritty Vibrant ‘Sadak Chhaap’


Nida Mahmmood showcased her WIFW NW 2010 collection ‘Sadak Chhaap’ where the essence comes from the gritty vibrant alleys of India. The range took elements from scraps and products sold on the Indian streets. It gave a feel of the delightful amalgamation of colours, music and kitsch. The colour palette ranged from beige shades to dirty muddy camel hues, stark reds, electric blue to tangerine and indigo purple, gold, copper, acid green and some fuschias with warm yellow and shades of grey.


The collection flowed with georgettes, crepes, nets, silks for fluidity and feminity, while some thick cottons and leather lent structure to the garments. The accessories and head gears were bright and colourful, adding to flamboyance and cheerfulness of the theme. They were loud and showy, accessorised with local plastic toys, ping pong balls, plastic masks of Goddesses, chips packets, slogans from local hoardings, metallic shiny mesh, recycled masala packets to name a few.


Rahul Mishra Flies High


Rahul Mishra showcased his WIFW NW 2010 collection the ‘Butterfly Effect’, portraying the journey of the human race and the process of metamorphosis our planet had undergone in the last century. It shows global warming as our biggest concern. The collection is an outcome of engineered art works inspired by M Escher’s Work and Urban Landscape. Hand crafted Aari work created graphic surfaces in the forms of optical illusions of 2D and 3D.


The day wear look was achieved using sheer Chanderis and double weave organza with subtle selfsurface techniques. A chic, reversible, clean look is presented with rich jacquard silk jackets.


The colour palette was dominated by classic black and whites, used innovatively in various styles, including dresses. The collection contained wrap dresses with butterfly motifs, off shoulder dress with spaghetti straps, reversible jackets in jacquard, knee length dresses peeping from underneath, short reversible strap dress, reversible single layer double breasted jackets, long overcoats, dupion trousers, bustier dress, double breasted jumpsuit, off shoulder gown. These added to simple feminism with design elements like cap sleeves, pockets, layers, baby tucks, quilts and ruffles.


Grand Finale by Rajesh Pratap Singh’s Bespoke Tales


The Grand Finale show by Rajesh Pratap Singh had a lot of interesting elements to it like the widened ramp and the background created by unfinished garments … He deserves all the accolades for combining beautifully his creation, originality and simplicity. Though there was a lot of cheer in the audience but some in the audience were left fretting. “We expect a different level of grandness from the grand finale,” said a fashion critic who did not want to be named!


Rajesh Pratap Singh’s grand finale collection ‘Bespoke Tales’ for WIFW NW 2010 expressed the progression of the fine art of making clothes as seen by the ingenious tailor. Models emerged from the wide background walking through the unfinished muslin garments hanging in a surreal fashion. The detailed collection was splendid with a fabulous combination of creativity, originality and simplicity showcasing strong craftsmanship. The range all about ‘Us & Them’ was a play of contrasts with many shades, techniques and styles to it, featuring transparent and opaque, matt and copper/silver, black/red sequence. The collection displayed hard and soft stroke and structured clothing softly molded with creativity at its best. The garments were hand woven, reversible and double clothed. Fabrics were mainly satins, leather, glass nylon and woolen suiting fabrics.


Rajesh Pratap Singh’s grand finale collection ‘Bespoke Tales’ for WIFW NW 2010 expressed the progression of the fine art of making clothes as seen by the ingenious tailor. Models emerged from the wide background walking through the unfinished muslin garments hanging in a surreal fashion. The detailed collection was splendid with a fabulous combination of creativity, originality and simplicity showcasing strong craftsmanship. The range all about ‘Us & Them’ was a play of contrasts with many shades, techniques and styles to it, featuring transparent and opaque, matt and copper/silver, black/red sequence. The collection displayed hard and soft stroke and structured clothing softly molded with creativity at its best. The garments were hand woven, reversible and double clothed. Fabrics were mainly satins, leather, glass nylon and woolen suiting fabrics.

The collection exhibited a vibrant colour palette of red, cobalt blue, grey and black with a scatter of checks in black/gray/white. Patches of checks were highlighted with additions of leather here and there. The silhouettes were long/short jackets with asymmetrical hemlines fitted bodices and worn over pencil trousers, short tunic dresses, flat bed knitted cardigans, shorts and fitted dresses.

Detailing was innovative with cascading neck ties, double sided collars, innovative pockets, off shoulder neckline, leather cutwork, thin fabric waist belts, lazer polkas cut outs on fabrics. The ensembles were accentuated with exquisite jewelry made with crystallized Swarovski elements. The collection was wearable, chic and elegant at the same time.


Speaking on the occasion, Rajesh Pratap Singh said, “It is wonderful to be back as the Wills Lifestyle grand finale designer. Itis the perfect platform for me to be able to extend my aesthetic to. Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week has always played an important role in India’s creative fashion success stories and I’m delighted to close the Week once again.”

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Lingerie and Corsets

Believe it or not there are some women who don’t give their lingerie much consideration. A great collection of lingerie is a wonderful way to reawaken your feminine side and feel wonderfully sexy. There have been some trends in women’s lingerie that can make any woman feel her very best when it is worn. From sexy corsets to silky chemises, the lingerie that you choose will feel wonderful against your skin and spark some interest in your partner.


Sexy corsets enhance the female shape and are a great way to add some fun and excitement in the bedroom. Any woman who puts on one of these little numbers will find their partner unable to take their eyes off of them. In fact, if the spark has gone out of your romantic life, a sexy corset is the best way to renew interest and passion to your love life.


Lingerie should be a way of life and not a special occasion fashion item. The surest way for a woman to feel good about herself is to wear the latest lingerie trends under her clothing. Sexy lingerie under your work clothes will help you to feel great all day long as you go about your work day. Instead of sleeping in a pair of sweatpants and sweatshirt, slip into a sexy chemise to feel feminine and pretty before bed. While the lingerie will certainly please your partner, it can also do wonders for your self esteem.


There are many styles of sexy corsets that you can include in your lingerie wardrobe that you can wear for those special one of the sexiest articles in a lingerie wardrobe.


The corsets of today come paired with garters and stockings for a naughty look that men absolutely love. Some women are even able to pull off sexy corsets with a pair of jeans and a blazer for the ultimate sexy look.


Sexy corsets can be made out a variety of materials and come in various colors to range in style from innocent and sexy to naughty sexy. Pair the corset with a sexy pair of elbow length gloves and create a look that he will never forget.


Lingerie has evolved over the years to be more than just undergarments. Lingerie today is worn to feel sexy and womanly. It is also worn to add some spice and romance to a relationship. Women who discover the benefits of sexy lingerie can find quality items in specialty shops that feature the very best in name brand lingerie. These items are also available online for discreet shopping. Wherever the lingerie is purchased, women should pay careful attention to the materials that are used and select the very best for their collection. Silks and satins feel wonderful against the skin. Mesh and leather sexy corsets are guaranteed to make your partners heart race a little faster.


Even though the use of lingerie has changed over the years, it is something that will be around forever. The styles don’t change all that much as the years pass, but there are always new patterns and fabrics to try.

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Spanx Shapewear Is the Right Choice for Every Woman

When it comes to choosing the best for you in the undergarment wear and specially the body shaper then the Spanx is the name of the quality and the best designs and modern styles of the shape wear offered by them. The body shaper is the must to buy thing for women. it is not even good for the fat women but the women that have lose body curves and seeking to keep them self more attractive then they should chose the Spanx Shapewear. The body shapers are good to wear under your dress it will cover your skin slightly and enable you to look slimmer and sexy.


There are so many brands that gives you glossy and charming look of the product and claim so much about the product that this will give you such and such benefits and the buyer became double minded that what to buy or what to not. For solving this problem there are many for the companies that offer some money back guarantee program which also fails because you have to pay for the shipment cost. And sometimes you found everything so miserable that you wont be able to find the correct and right path for making the decision. The right thing for you is to buy always the right and the authentic brand like Spanx that gives you not only product specification online and through fax and email but also you would be able to see the catalogue and the design and the styles that are being offered.


It is not easy for every woman to remain in the perfect shape and size and keeping your body tone needs so many efforts to bring in the new light or charming on your self. But this has became quite easy for every women to remain in the good shape at least when you are going to any party or going for celebration. The best thing that you put to make your body properly bonded in dress in the Spanx Shapewear. I thing that there is endless list of citing the all the advantages of the Spanx Shapewear.


Most of the celebrities use the Spanx Shapewear to give a loving and sexy image on the screen. The popularity of the Spanx Shapewear makes it very much wanted garment among the common masse. And the best thing is that Spanx Shapewear has got range for women in every age. All of the Spanx products are considered to be the best designed shape wear that has captured the mind of every consumer of Shape wear. The body Shapers exciting new offers are marvelously designed and the best quality of fabric used in making of them. The bra and the full body shaper have got record highest rating among the women. If you want body shaper to be work for longer time and you will remain smart and in shape then buy the Spanx Body shape wear that is solution for all your shape requirements

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Emerging Women’s Fashion

Totes can either make or break an outfit. Gals who are into totes know this fact and are really much careful in picking up the bag that could suit their outfits. If you are somebody who’s greatly into fashion, you most likely have the feeling of lusting over gorgeous trends of totes. People, particularly women, always appear for something clean that will complete their wardrobe. It’s a constantly emerging trend each 12 months. And this is what women look forward to. As the 12 months begins, new styles of handbags and purses will definitely entice the craving eyes of fashionistas. Like other types of style, footwear and clothing, the trend of bags is another performs of background. It comes and it goes and it arrives back. What makes it fresh may be the color and outfit it perfectly goes with. To make your whole 12 months fashionably ideal, get to know the emerging trends of handbags and purses for these 12 months.
Clutch Ladies handbag

It’s the hottest shape of the year. Grab one for your own. With this vintage and retro-looking handbag, you’ll certainly sport a flair for an antique design. A cluth ladies handbag is perfect for ladies on the go. Many businesswomen like it simply because they are able to just consider it anyplace they go. This little cute point is really big enough to hold your points.


Patent Handbag


It’s a chic ladies handbag for everyday use. Whether you’d like to go on a formal meeting or spend a night out with your buddies, this patent handbag goes perfectly with any occasion; smooth or funk.


Mini Ladies handbag


You were drowned by final year’s large totes. Now may be the time to go mini. Get the basics, put them within your mini handbag and you are prepared to go!|


Metallic Handbag


With its luster, no wonder it is been coming back again the trend. Just pick some fabulous colour and have a refreshing appear about the metallic trend that’s been a part from the past.


Convertible Handbag


Hang it across your body or over your shoulder or use it inside a ladies handbag mode, it doesn’t matter. This provides the lady the usually prepared effect. Convert it, pull the strap longer and you are about the go mode. Convert it and pull the straps shorter and you’re now in the chic mode.


Pocket Ladies handbag


Ladies are fond of little points in nature; wallet, coin purse, crucial chain, mobile phone, organizer and others. But the thing is ladies are also forgetful in nature. Thus a pocket handbag is ideal for these ladies. With lots of pockets in it, all your little points have a space without providing you the hardship of looking for them within your tote.


White Handbag


With all the different colors that go along with the trend, white stands out. Practically nothing feels fresher than carrying with you a clean white handbag. It is trendy and refreshing.
Remember that a handbag is a large part of one’s outfit. It ought to fit your physique kind. Being within the trend is a plus but examine if it’s right for you. Don’t be shy to attempt on these handbags in the store. Check if it appears good on you and if it feels comfy wearing it. If not, don’t hesitate to attempt another one. Do not forget that bags can really flatter your looks as much being a pair of jeans does. Moreover, totes don’t ruin your appears. So set some sense of style and taste when picking a tote of the option. You already know the hottest handbags of the 12 months, now is the time to examine your wardrobe.


Do you’ve them? Should you do, check if the colour goes with the trend, take them out and give some refreshing look on them.