East meets West at Wills Lifestyle S/S 2014
Standout designers and looks that caught our fancy.
The recently concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 buzzed with activity, both on and off the ramp. With 113 designs and 57 labels strutting their stuff to over 100 international buyers, it was an explosion of experimental, funky yet immensely wearable designer wear. Fashion stalwarts such as Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar and Suneet Varma chose to stay away, paving the way for bright and bold young talent.
The opening show was shared by avant garde designers Anupamaa Dayal and Masaba, well known for their fresh, eye-catching collections. They paved the way for Rahul Mishra, Samant Chauhan, Masaba Gupta, Nachiket Barve and Aneeth Arora who presented collections that were an inspiring mix of beautiful textiles, great cuts and skillful embroidery techniques; the ultimate East meets West fashion statement.
Young designers set new trends
Anupama Dayal brought old world charm with her Gulabi collection that showcased beautiful hand printing and needlecraft techniques. Rahul Mishra’s collection was all about showcasing lavish Indian textile in stylish global cuts. Aptly titled Kiss (Keep it Simple and Sport), it was an eclectic collection of handlooms like khadi, jamdani and bandini styled into dresses, saris, palazzos and tops. Meanwhile Masaba Gupta stayed true to her quirky and eye-catching design sensibilities, with Chandragupta, machine prints and checkered dots ruling her line.
There were some other standout designers as well. Nykaa particularly loved Urvashi Kaur’s soft patchwork effect sack dresses. The ‘Queen of Kitsch’ Nida Mahmood created covet-worthy paintings inspired digital prints. Creative duo Gauri & Nainika created a vivid palette of the Amalfi coast blending it with the glamour of the French Riviera. Just perfect for Sunday brunches or lounging by the pool. Pankaj & Nidhi’s drool worthy collection merged 3D appliqué techniques and silks embroidered to resemble frescoes. Rajasthan ruled for Samant Chauhan whose dramatic Rājputāna collection contained tribal elements such as feathers and skulls, all blended together with expert craftsmanship. The new Dev r Nil collection paid homage to the retro ’60s and ’70s, incorporating flowers and art deco motifs on half structured-half flowing saris with boleros and bandhgala classic blazers.
Four makeup styles worth a try
Makeup looks too took center stage, sometimes innovative and doable, and occasionally outlandish. Nonetheless, there were some looks that you could try over the next few months at parties.
The Big Red Pout has made a comeback! As if it ever actually went away, you may well ask. Designer Ahish N Soni had his models strut the ramp in hot crimson lips in a wonderful matte, highly pigmented hue wearing polka dot dresses, in a throwback to the ’60s.Its’a great look to copy when you want to make a statement. Just keep the rest of the face bare, using a foundation and concealer to cover up spots and dark circles. If you’re feeling adventurous, pair with winged liner. Check out Nykaa’s tutorial on How to get a red pout.
Forget thinly squeezed eyebrows and the permanently surprised look. The modern beauty is all about unashamed thick, Power Brows. Take a look at fashion shows the world over—Wills Lifestyle S/S ’14 included—to know what we are talking about. Trim them by all means and brush them. Then run a clear mascara over to keep them in place. You can play up your pout but leave the eyes untouched for maximum effect. Eyebrows too thin from years of plucking? Fill in the gaps with a dark brown (black is too dark) eyebrow pencil like Deborah Extra Eye Pencil(Shade Brown or Copper Gold).
The Winged Eye is here to stay. It first made an appearance at the Lakme Fashion Week at countless shows and now Kanika Saluja and Urvashi Kaur chose to flaunt an exaggerated version that stretched all the way to the temples. Want to try it yourself? First use Lakme Absolute Ultimate Kohl to draw an exaggerated winged liner along the lower edge of the eyes. Pair the look with bronzed glowing skin using Lakme Absolute Sun Kissed Bronzer and glamorous glossy red lip. Remember not to highlight your eyelids but if they look too bare, smear in some nude lip gloss.
Barely there makeup with just a Bronzed Glow to highlight the cheekbones was another winning-highly doable look. Wendell Rodricks’ models sported clean silhouettes with minimal make-up and chiseled cheeks that lit up each time they smiled. Start by using a mild exfoliating face wash to reveal fresh, radiant skin. After applying a moisturizer, use a medium coverage foundation to give you a natural glowing finish. Nykaa recommends VLCC Indian Berberry Face Scrub, L’Oreal Paris White Perfect Laser Day Cream SPF 19 PA+++ and Lakme Absolute Mattreal Skin Natural Mousse 16hr. Finally, apply bronzer in the hollow of your cheek bones and blend well. Don’t apply in excess to ensure the look doesn’t get messy. Nykaa recommends NYX Tango with Bronzing Powder and Lakme Moon-lit highlighter and Bronzing Duo. Lightly dust it on the top of the forehead, cheekbones and along your jawline for a perfect sculpted cheek.
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