New Delhi: On the penultimate day of the five-day Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week on Saturday, Rina Dhaka’s collection was reminiscent of 1990s style.
Dhaka’s love for Indian textiles continued. “My autumn winter 2013 collection delved into ancestral Indian textiles mixed with digital prints on the clothes,” said Dhaka. “The designs are very upfront, edgy and modern with the ’90s vibe. The contemporary dresses with puff organza sleeves [are] truly reminiscent of the 90s,” she added.
The ensembles featured straight shifts and drop-waist silhouettes, A-line dresses with black as the reigning colour along with blends of grey, maroon and white. The fabrics varied from chiffons, georgettes, organzas with prints of monochrome paisley, red and yellow ikat, tweed and honeycomb.
The primary colours used were blends of grey, maroon, black and white.
Model-turned-actor Dino Morea supported his friend from the front row rather than walking on the ramp. The 37-year-old actor, who walked for Dhaka at the first edition of Wills in 2000 with Aditi Govitrikar, said that he relived his modelling days while watching the show on Saturday.
“It is such a great feeling to come to Rina’s show. I have always liked her clothes and I must congratulate her for putting together such amazing clothes for the show,” Morea said. Dressed in a smart blue shirt and grey trousers, Morea said that he consulted Dhaka before wearing the casual outfit for the show.
Designer Sonam Dubal celebrated the 10th year of his label ‘Sanskar’ with his latest collection, ‘Winter Garden’, on Saturday.
“My collection resonates a woman’s whole life in a single day. It also captures the innate and emotional spirit of a much travelled person who revels in the youthful spirit of wholeness,” said the designer.
It comprised a mix of dresses, tunics, embroidered jackets and wool capes on fabrics that were dominated by wool and silk.
Dubal also played with some hand-woven textures, including tie and die, embroidered patchworks and flower prints, for the collection that was a mix of modernity and tradition.
Paras and Shalini
Designer duo Paras and Shalini showcased their latest autumn-winter collection and roped in Shazahn Padamsee for the show.
Dressed in a black, sequined knee-length dress, the 25-year-old actress, who is mostly seen in soft-coloured clothes, said she was happy to experiment with a black and bold look.
“People always see me in cute and soft dresses most of the times. But this time around, I have experimented with my look and felt great in it. I love the way these two have given a very contemporary twist to tribal designs,” said Padamsee, who was last seen on the big screen in ‘Housefull 2’ last year.
The designers took inspiration from tribals and aboriginal signs from all across the world — the US, South Africa and Australia. The designs provided a perfect paradox between romance and celebrations of the aboriginal cultures.
“The inspiration stems from the impact of communication and a need to go back to the start. The designs are very contemporary and wearable. The wardrobe is formal, delicate and romantic. It explores folklore and a multi-ethnic world in a modern and socially relevant way,” said Shalini.
The colour palettes varied from surreal blue and black and faded into grey, silver and purple. Classic colours worked with romantic silhouettes. Models walked the ramp in long, sweeping gowns with geometric patterns and simple shapes.
The designers played with sheer and opaque, jackets with needle work borders, cape-like tops, wrap-around gowns, ruffled and pleated abstract forms, layered and tiered hems.
The fabric used were tulle, leatherette, chantille, velvet and wool. The tribal look was further accentuated by braided hair with tassles.