Front row view: Grand finale of WLIFW
Rajesh Pratap Singh did what he does best at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Grand Finale – show guests that if you know how to cut, the rest will come naturally along with plenty of appreciations.
The creations that he presented showed that maximum effort in producing minimalist creations will result in abundant success. And he succeeded in creating narrow tux pants that added on to the style of the models strutting the runway, a patchwork red on black coat, a crinkled grayish silver suit and dresses with the surface detailing done with buttons. I would say that the designer outdid himself this time and showed that he is now beyond his signature pin tucks.
While Rajesh made the day for those who slogged through the day braving the hot weather, I did not quite understand why a talented young designer Varun Sardana chose to delay his designs by more than 90 minutes by removing several rows of seats and made guests sit on the floor and watch his show. What I saw at the show, mostly in black, did impress me from the distance, but at the show I realized that the seating arrangements were really a farce. It made no difference to his clothes as models walked just the way they did for other shows. Such gimmicks weren’t really needed and FDCI may want to rethink permitting such unwarranted delays by designers.
Nandita Mahtani’s collection on Sunday showed that evenings in the coming days will be more chic than ever before. Her dresses, coats and white kaftan among many others had controlled sheen and plenty of elegance. It was good to see Nandita Basu showing her collection after a long time. Her creations were neat (sequin dresses with Japanese figures on the surface) and very nicely made. Anupama Dayal on the other hand came out with her offering with some surface ornamentations this time. However, basic silhouettes and prints remained her strong points and perhaps she should move away from that and come out with an unpredictable bunch of creations next time.
Siddhartha Tytler and his creations showed that he has evolved. His collection too had some interesting pieces that were stylish. Rakha and Rabani on the other hand presented some heavily embellished ones, but could have stayed away from their long dresses and gowns that didn’t quite gell in well.
Rishta by Arjun Saluja made it a point to make women look stronger than ever before with his ability to craft avant garde creations. This time he stayed close to womenswear, even as he sprinkled some menswear in his presentation. Prashant Verma had some extremely stylish and well-crafted creations in his collection this time. Though he’s young in the industry, he has made sure that his collection was nicely edited this time as well.
The rest of the collections, except probably Ecru by Ekta and Ruchira, fell below the standards for an event such as WIFW.
Perhaps it will be a good idea to choose better collections or control the number of participating designers on runway shows in the coming seasons.