New Delhi: Fashion designer Neeru Kumar, known as the textile expert, opened the first day of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) by showcasing a fusion of Indian and western influences in her ramp debut.
Kumar, whose client list includes names like Congress cheif Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Mira Nair and Shabana Azmi, is participating in a fashion show for the first time in past three decades.
True to her style, Kumar’s collection was a tribute to Indian textiles and showed overlay jackets in variable sizes, sarees astutely teamed with short jackets, tucked in blouses, and thin linear leather belts alongwith flowy umbrella skirts with asymmetric hemlines.
“We are very textile driven, we weave our own fabrics. This collection was a balance between Indian and western with breezy silhouettes,” Kumar told PTI.
She was followed by Gaurav Jai Gupta, who took the weavers tale forwards with his use of fabrics like cotton and silk with emphasise on box-pleating going all the way down to the hemlines.
Next came Kallol Dutta to break all conventions with his collection which dealt with deconstruction and non-comprehensible shapes.
Designer Urvashi Kaur also focused on Indian textiles and fabrics, using them in a contemporary style. Hand-loomed fabric and weaves like chanderi, tussar, woven silk, self patterned linen and wool jersey gave life to the silhouettes.
Talking about her show, which began wkith a spiritual dance, Urvashi said, “My collection indicates the journey of life towards death and so the colour palate goes from brighter colours towards black, signifying nothingness.”
Paras and Shalini brought in the Western touch with their collection of chiffon evening gowns and dresses in muted colours, while veteran duo Mona Pali held their own with Kurtas, churidars and sarees using nets, tussar and satin.
With a mixture of old and new talents, the autum-winter edition of WIFW has about 141 designers participating, with 11 displaying their creations on the ramp.