Reported on: April 29, 2012 14:55 PM
Reported in: Lifestyle
Apr 29 - The evening shows on Day 2 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 threw open a striking contrast of ethnic and contemporary silhouettes put together by designer Nachiket Barve in the first half and designer Raakesh Agarvwal in the second, according to a report of The Times of India.
An AV on the richness of Indian craft and heritage set the mood for a collection replete with embroidery, cutwork and applique details. As the runway flooded with red light, a group of models dressed as village belles strolled into the scene chatting with each other while sporting red sarees, long skirts and tunics. Further on, to the tune of buffalos mooing, another bunch of girls in emerald greens sauntered down clad in classic western silhouettes like short silk dresses with colourful scarves over black leggings and red stilettos.
Theme: Nachiket picked 'Caravan' as his theme to recreate the nostalgia for the centuries-old means of information exchange by way of a caravan. Says he, "Some of these trade routes like the Silk Route, Spice Route and Incense Route had been in use for centuries either by caravans and pack animals overland, or by seagoing ships and brought with it a multitude of textiles and aesthetic influences across Asia, Arabia and Sahara."
Collection and detailing: An absolute treat to the eye, the line up changed from coat dresses with cutwork embroidery, draped silk skirts, silk shibori sarees with tie and dye pleats, wrap gown in tie and dye stripes, to pleated sleeveless dress and georgette gown with embellishments. Neon belts, large multi-coloured handbags and an unkempt hair bun characterised this ethnic yet contemporary range, with Nachiket emphasising on the fact that his clothes can be worn anywhere from a remote village to a cosmopolitan city.
The embellishments worth a note were the Mashru applique and tassel details, 3D thread embroideries, patchwork inspired from quilts, lattice themed patterns, star motifs and sequins.
Fabric: Chiffon, georgette, crepe, shot silk, dyed silks, velvet, lurex, brocade, washed Dupion silk and organza have been used by the designer as a tribute to the age-old craft forms of South East Asia and India.
Colour scheme: Suffusion of red notwithstanding, the Silk Route inspiration could be seen in the use of colours like amber, olive, mace, paprika, nutmeg, chocolate, saffron, ebony, emerald, teal, bronze and gold.
Silhouettes: Juxtaposition of fluid with structured set a trend, and so did the contemporary take on the kurta, Angrakha, saree, asymmetrical details and shapes, and easy soft layering.
Full credit to the designer for creating such a beautiful and wearable line in all of four weeks.
Theme: Raakesh's was a fusion line inspired by the architecture from different era with a bit of Lady Gaga thrown in - the designer being a huge Gaga fan.
The show kicked off with singer Anushka Manchanda singing 'Fever' to her audience that prepared itself for what was coming up ahead. And soon after, emerged girls dressed in sheer black leather-type short numbers from a thick curtain of smoke.
Collection: There was a whole array of short black dresses with broad belts, big bags, high collars, sharp necklines and clutched waists, including a decent display of velvet jackets with dramatic collars, cigarette pants, sequinned golden backless short dresses, pleated long gowns, and metal bustier worn over sarees, skirts in the last leg of the show. The brass bustier in various shapes and patterns, perhaps an inspiration from Lady Gaga whose sense of fashion the designer appreciates much, did make the audience sit up and take notice.
Fabric: Heated and moulded brass for the gold bustier, liquid jersey, wool, and a lot of satin found prominence in the collection.
Colours: The colour palette progressed from charcoal black, dark blue, dark purple, gold and culminated with mahogany red.