Bollywood Blast: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2013 Moments

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We have overwhelmed you with lawn collections and previews for most of this month and while it’s still not over, lets take a break and hop on over to the runway scene across the border with a look at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WLIFW) A/W 2013 that just wrapped up in New Delhi. The 5 day event showcased over 125 of India’s best and upcoming designers covering everything from wild and quirky imagery to classic Islamic and Victorian architectural influences.

Vineet Bahl romantic showcase at WLIFW 2013

Neha Dhupia wears Anju Modi at the WLIFW2013 Finale

Anand Kabra Collection at WLIFW2013

We could go on forever on several of the collections that offered a plethora of knowledge in art, history, philosophy, and culture such as Pankaj & Nidhi’s Music Box Digital prints to Annaika’s portrayal of a female’s evolutionary journey from innocence at birth to the creeping in of satanical influences. Then there was some fun with Masaba’s quirky lipstick prints and splashy abstracts for Satya Paul followed by a journey to the dark side with Manish Arora’s metallic glamour pieces and vivid prints that he showcased at Paris Fashion Week as well and Surili Goel’s vampire lipped ‘Spice Story’. Finally Anupama Dayal, Manish Malhotra, and Anand Kabra brought the classics with an ample spoonful of modernism with their anarkalis and angarkhas. We have narrowed it down to a list of these top moments that we loved the most including designs by two names that we fell in love with; Tanvi Kedia and Urvashi Kaur.

Sonam Kapoor known to be an avid Masaba fan, showed for Manish Arora in a severely striking sari that for us outshone the rest of his collection. Masaba on the other hand outdid herself for Satya Paul with impressive color toning and her signature quirky prints on a diverse range of silhouettes.

Masaba lipstick print

Anand Kabra showcased a wholesome mix of traditional and modern however we think he excels more at the former. The olive, black & gold is frankly the new black & gold for us and the way he assembled the different shades in the pleats and wraps was brilliant.

Anupama Dayal in her tribute to Mughal Day Delhi produced an incredibly fashion forward collection based on a modern day version of the historic culture and  it definitely worked.

 Urvashi Kaur used a simple age old tie dye technique and spun magic out of it with soothing colors and relaxed shapes that let the fabric take a life of its own.

Another relatively new artist, Tanvi Kedia stole our hearts with her very young take on mish mash digital prints with an air of Bohemian spirits and  hippie silhouettes in cool feminine colors.

Tarun Tahiliani’s ‘Kumbhback’ inspired spiritual collection was a vibrant showcase that could almost make one hear the mantras in the background as the models swayed down the runway in dramatic style. As far as theme based collections go this one was inspirational indeed unlike Shantanu & Nikhil who fell back on their done to death lehnga motifs.

Hemant & Nandita provided a refresher with their electrically charged lace and digital print fusion collection

A bold look by Hemant & Nandita

We adored this localized take on military

Esha Gupta for Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra as usual produced fit for the red carpet flowing ensembles that are sure to be seen on the likes of Sonali Bendre or Aishwarya Rai and Kajol in upcoming award shows. He focused on the use of traditional Phulkari technique with the use of bold colors and sheer fabrics in classic silhouettes.

Manish Malhotra

Tarun Tahiliani merges a contemporary off-shoulder sari silhoutte with traditional chunri

Pankaj & Nidhi’s ‘Music Box’ printed sheathe dress, an example of the clean lines and fresh impressions that made their collection an instant hit.

Luxurious liquid gold and black sari at Abraham & Thakore

Feature picture: Jaqueline Fernandes for Manish Malhotra, Priety Zinta for Surili Goel, and Sonam Kapoor for Manish Arora

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