WLIFW: Suneet Varma


Suneet Varma’s collection was called the ‘Lure of the Orient’ and in its interpretive form there were dresses of many lengths, embellished, appliquéd and in vivid bursts of color! Owing to the title perhaps, but there was that one mandarin collar dress and the mandatory red and blacks as far as colors go. Couldn’t help but notice the really funky knee high socks! Actually, those socks were the only things that stayed true to the ‘Lure of the Orient’ for me, can quite see school girls and young women in Ginza strutting in them!


WLIFW: Kavita Bhartia


Who would have thought this was a Fall collection looking at the explosion of color? A departure from the usual somber hues of Fall were indeed a welcome sight at Kavita Bhartia’s collection!

She married the eastern aesthetic and western design with elan and the collection comprised of many separates, some of which were just plain delightful! The silhouettes were fluid and the embellishments not too overdone.

There were those empire line tunics (which we love), scarves, layering and those really fun/funky tights. While I saw Proenza do neon tights for Fall, these take it a step further!

Definitely a collection with heavy gypsy-desi-bohemian influences, and not a collection for the shrinking violets among us for sure.


WLIFW: Gauri And Nainika


Gauri & Nainika did what they do best, evening and cocktail dresses! There were wide shawl/boat necklines, dramatic draping, and silhouettes that were reminiscent of old world charm with ethereal textures.

The fabrics were layered and teased and there was an unexpected train on a dress here and there. And the color palette swayed between bold with red and fuschia, and classic with black and beige!

A very feminine collection, some of those pieces though, did remind me of Elie Saab.


WLIFW: Mandira Wirk


Metallic was the keyword at Mandira Wirk’s show! Greys, silver, gold and copper, most with a brushed sheen and metallic shimmer to them made up the color palette! A couple of pieces in ‘houndstooth’ made their way into the collection which I did like. The collection was very retro glamorous, a nod and a wink to playful eighties but thankfully without the padded-shoulder power suits!


WLIFW: Vikram Phadnis


The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2008 opened with Vikram Phadnis’ collection. Blues, olives, peaches and pastels made up the color palette and ‘metallic’ continued to make its presence felt even into Fall.

The skirts and dresses were ruched and the volume came from tule! You couldn’t miss the opaque tights, a Fall staple as far as I am concerned and there was a lot of layering! Embellished garments go from Spring to Fall and like metallics, seem to be a trend thats going to stick for a while!