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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.”