Ten WIFW S/S trends to fall in love with
Take your pick of bling and brocades or pastels and monochromes.
The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 extravaganza ended with a bang last month but gave us plenty of food for thought. Given the star lineup of collections at the event, it’s no wonder that there was no dearth of sartorial ideas to jazz up wardrobes for upcoming festive season. Whether you love bling and brocade or prefer soothing pastels and earthy denims, there was plenty to choose from. Presenting ten WIFW S/S 2015 trends that Nykaa adores:
Bling is in
India is a smorgasbord of festivities; marriages, festivals and more. Every stylish diva knows the importance of incorporating some blingy elements in her wardrobe, and there were plenty of designers who adopted the glitter and shine trend in a classy way without going overboard. After all, the last thing a Nykaa girl wants to look like is a bedecked Christmas tree! For instance, Aneeth Arora’s collection P’Ero paid homage to bling by adapting chikankari, aari and zardosi with neons on chanderi dresses, bead work tops, cotton waist coats, hand crochet blouse and shorts on summer friendly fabrics like cotton, khadi, linen and silk.
Say it with Denim
This rugged, no-nonsense and hard wearing fabric has taken the designer world by storm! Forget jeans, now it’s the go-to for shirts, saris, dresses and tunics. Designers Rajesh Pratap Singh and Urvashi Kaur deftly wove the fabric into everyday silhouettes with ease and panache. In fact, Singh’s love for denim is well known. What was equally charming was that instead of the usual lineup of glamor girls and Bollywood celebs, Singh chose to have his production team showcase his new collection.
The sartorial czars have spoken! You can now officially go crazy with prints, the crazier the better. There were countless day and evening wear lines in printed pastels with tailored textures and asymmetrical hemlines. Masaba’s pataka print and Nida Mahmood’s quirky prints were particularly striking.
Pop goes color
Of course monochrome was a hot trend but what stood out was the eclectic mix of soft pastels, bright hues and nature-inspired neutrals. Whatever your fave color, this is the time to flaunt it. Take your pick of every color found in nature, from blues, browns and tangerine to aquamarine, turquoise, orange and green. Nachiket Barve’s tangerine and classic blue outfits were very striking as was Atsu Sekhose’s pastel hued line. Meanwhile designer Anupama Dayal delighted with her orange hued line that captured every shade of the juicy color from tangerine and coral to crimson.
The quirkier the better
There was a delightful blend of the eccentric and the extraordinary. Think of pairing sneakers with dresses, sexy little LBDs with trench coats and jootis with saris. We especially loved Shweta Kapur’s label 431-88 display of monochromes, sheer tops, panel detailing on pockets, collars and waistlines.
Embroidery and embellishments
Weddings are never far from the runways and designer duo Rabani and Rakha presented gorgeous lehengas in sheer, brocade prints, lace and embellished patchwork in shimmering gold work. Raakesh Agarvwal’s line was in bright orange with gold detailing. Many others like Dev r Nil and Gauri and Nainika presented drool worthy collections in mirror work, sequins, applique work, resham embroidery and chintz inspired prints. Joy Mitra’s zardozi embellishments were also to die for.
Since this is the Spring/Summer collection, there were plenty of sheer lines. Samant Chauhan and Rabani & Rakha’s sexy and sheer line was stunning enough to wear even at formal dos. We loved the surfeit of chiffon saris, net lehengas and maxi dresses in multiple layers of light and soft fabrics.
White is right
Amidst all that color, there was a fair sprinkling of pristine white. It’s a timeless hue and there were plenty of natural white fabrics in woven cut-work and geometric print patterns. Samant Chauhan and Wendell Rodricks showcased all-white silhouettes with embroidery in their own distinct styles.
It’s only right that a Spring/Summer line has a flowery surfeit of blooming prints, fine and delicate motifs, floral appliqué work and flower inspired designs. Rajputana by Samant Chauhan and Neeta Bhargava injected a spray of floral magic on the runway, as did Rohit Bal’s collection.
Barely there makeup
In keeping with the theme, the makeup was minimal, set in blush and peachy tones, with a pop of color on the lips. The hair was simple, played up with accessories and headgears. Styled in low ponytails, slicked down and tucked behind ears or tied into braids with graphic waves. Aneeth Arora opted for floral hair bands, funky headgear and hair accessories, designer duo Hemant and Nandita added visor caps to enhance the overall look, while Alpana Neeraj opted for pleated paper headgears to add to their Japanese inspiration.
Aneeth Arora’s pretty floral collection (below)
Ekta and Virtues by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant
Payal Pratap showcased printed pants and silhouettes in bold colors and crafted prints
Day 3 saw collections by Chhaya Mehrotra, Poonam Dubey, Nachiket Barve, Shivan & Narresh, Anupama Dayal and Masaba (below)
Day 4 showcased gorgeous collections by Jyoti, Josh Goraya, Vivek Karunakaran, Mrinalini, Sahil Kochhar, Shweta Kapur, and Dev r Nil and Urvashi Kaur (below)
Day 5, the last day of WIFW S/S saw Rohit Bal’s over-the-top collection at the Qutub Minar featured ‘Gulbagh’, Nida Mahmood’s play with art, and Joy MItra’s ode to Satyajit Ray (below)