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Photos: Top fashion trends straight from the runway

Last updated on: October 22, 2013 16:07 IST

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Asmita Agarwal

The five most notable trends from the just-concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.

Prints

From vivacious, sea-inspired florals to simple gulabi, prints were everyone's best buddy at the show.

Anupamaa Dayal's big flowers on ochre skirts, AM: PM's strategically placed geometric prints on beautifully finished dresses in powdery blue, and Rajdeep Ranawat's vivid tones of sunshine yellow inspired by the exotic locales of the Nubra Valley, Ladakh, made sure that prints haven't lost their hold.


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Sportswear

The young boys from Haryana, Josh Goraya and Yogesh Choudhary, took the lead with two separate labels. Choudhary's Surendri played with zippers, ribbed shirts, fleece and track-inspired pants with sportswear-lined detailing on the sides.

Goraya, who won the Let's Design contest by Cotton Council International, effectively used the utilitarian razor as the motif for prints in his hooded shirts and linen bomber jackets.

Namrata Joshipura tied up with Adidas for the Jeremy Scott winged wonders, which went perfectly with her slim shorts and lounge pants. And interestingly, Sanchita Ajjampur's ode to the dominatrix, via androgyny, played with the sweatshirt silhouette.

Star daughter Masaba's sheer sweatshirts with gold and silver Banarasi embroidery and ribbed necklines was a fresh take on being athletic.


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Cutouts

Debutant Shweta Kapur elevated her nifty dresses with deft cutouts at the hems, while the super sexy Malini Ramani did what she does best, swimsuits, with cutout details teamed up with sheer, floor-kissing kaftans.

Yogesh Choudhary's swimsuits with geometric prints were enlivened with curve-baring cutouts. "Cutouts add instant glam, they are fun and I believe it's a luscious technique," explains Kapur.


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Weaves

There is nobody who can do this better than the reticent Aneeth Arora, who revved up her 'Labour of Love' line with Jamdanis, ikat, block and screen printing and, of course, applique. "Weaves are pure, beautiful and the only thing I know how to manipulate into silhouettes for modern women," says Arora.

Weaves found favour with Rahul Mishra's splendid line crafted out of Jamdanis, and Gaurav Jai Gupta of Akaaro's inspired by Missionaries of Charity and crafted in silk, engineered into shirt tops and kimonos.

Kolkata's wonder girl Paromita Banerjee's malkha, mangalgiris and khadis spelt understated elegance. Krishna Mehta's shiboris and bandhinis were endearing, but the lacklustre styling marred the final result.


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Monochromes

Joy Mitra paid a tribute to filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh with his floor-gazing beauties with pearl and threadwork in the hope of creating the magic of Choker Bali in black and white. "It was ideal as it kind of took you back in time. Plus, monochromes have this subtle, unsurpassable beauty that it is hard to resist," says Mitra. 

But the man who outdid himself was none other than Ashish Soni, whose grand finale line, inspired by 1950s Hollywood glamour, consisted of polka dots, tuxedos, tulle ball gowns and natty dinner jackets. "I think you can tell a beautiful story in black and white as it is impactful," he smiles.

Ritesh Kumar's dexterous ombre dyeing on asymmetrical organza was done in these two hues, which emerged as the favourite colours for spring-summer 2014.


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