Wills India Fashion Week Spring 2014- Day 2
Wills India Fashion Week Spring 2014- Day 2
Review- Amit Aggarwal, am:pm, Pankaj and Nidhi, Rahul Mishra, Shivan & Narresh
Flowing gowns met structured bodices, at Amit Aggarwal’s enthralling display of craftsmanship, inducing couture in our daily lives through his RTW line- aptly seems to be his mission statement. This spring, his collection took on a futuristic stride, models sashaying down in evening dresses wearing visors, sculpted cups for tops and clogs. Incorporating sheer with industrial materials like faux metal to give structure, the garments looked red carpet worthy with an edge. High waist, slits, flare, pleats, wrap; the show possessed all elements feminine, and showcased the designer’s capabilities in full light. Innovation is the key in this industry, and innovate he did.
Ankur and Priyanka Modi rolled out a sharp hard hitting collection, with a clear inspiration. Models with slicked back hair in ponytails, lip piercings and art inspired jewellery, wore garments simple in construction with tribal motifs. Geometric lines were incorporated in silk, satin and organza in bold colours of midnight blue and bone red. Tunic dresses, pleated wide legged pants, shoulder cut outs, slitted midi-lengths and printed blazers galore, the collection definitely struck a chord with the audience and the designer pair stepped on a territory they were well-versed with.
Pankaj and Nidhi
A few seasons back, Pankaj and Nidhi hit gold with their three dimensional appliqué work; fast forward to spring 2014, the designer duo has, yet again, managed to innovate on their signature formula, creatively whirled with cultural and sporty influences. A weighty part of the collection celebrated craftsmanship with mosaic artworks enlivened in intricate prints, delicate embroideries and hand cut fabrics. The duo’s penchant for fitted waists was apparent in their short and long cinched dresses and contoured prints. Classic daywear separates- blazers, wrap dresses and pleated pants- aside, the designers gave in to the sportswear vibe of the season with silk bombers and sheer jacket dresses. Adding a hint of vigor to the otherwise understated collection were the metallic belts and peeking control briefs alongside a bright palette of yellows. The duo has a method to their design sensibility and their broadened spring offering resurrects this very fact.
Rahul Mishra, for spring 2014, looked at blurring lines between two extremes of a kind- traditional Indian and sports wear. After a string of 39 looks- one of the highest till now- the viewers had something substantial on their hands. Mishra’s collection struck for its innate blending- the opening biker-esque dress did not feel harsh, the jaamdani embroidery spread beautifully on jersey dresses, the zipped blouses and tunics were instantly registered. The spring belongs to transparent clothing and the designer made good note of that; fluid skirts and dresses constructed in rustic shades of organza strutted down the runway layered with loose tops and, in some cases, worn under PVC jackets. The recurring pallazo pants, together with breezy asymmetrical dresses-mostly printed or embroidered- directed to a fuss-free summer. Mishra’s presentation has promise to it-owing its versatile and refined appeal- and tactically places hand woven textiles with technical fabrics.
Shivan & Narresh
They have christened their sari ‘The destination Wedding Sari’, constructed bridal lehengas in neoprene and slashed one slice too many on their colour-blocked ensembles; Spring 2014 had Shivan and Narresh daring more than ever for their stimulating collection. The designers, ramming the possibilities of resort wear, fed on provocative cutouts for their recognizable maillots and bikinis. Their tattered sari, held together by delicate loop knots, might have thrown a few in a tizzy over its construction but then the duo has hardly ever stood by the conventional. For instance, a look at their high waisted (and sparsely bejeweled) bottoms paired with bralets and one knows that Shivan & Narresh’s bride is not your regular bride; she leaps and dances and probably gets married by the beach, not once lacking in style and sensuality. Much like the dangerously low slices on their finale garment which was worth every gasp it drew.