WLIFW Day One: Win-Win

Everyone thinks Fashion Month is over.

That depends on what side of the world you live on.

The Spring/Summer 2012 collections continue on the Indian subcontinent, with Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi, running until October 12th.

Here’s a preview of what Spring looks like in the Motherland. (Keep in mind that the other India Fashion Week – Lakme – has already taken place in Mumbai earlier this season.)

Like Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris – there was a little something for everyone.

There are a plethora of designers new and old each season, but the stars are becoming easier to spot. I’ll have a detailed analysis of my favourites in the coming months, but thought I would give you a taste of each collection shown today.

White is a summer collection fave, no matter where you live. I loved this draped, day dress, from Nandita Das.

Nandita Basu SS12 White Dress and Bracelets on Exshoesme.com
Nandita Das did drapery and drama, delivered in bracelets - to there. The skirt drapes echo the multiple rings of the bangles.

Rahul Reddy showed a collection of whites and creams, with Pantone-coloured accessories, that every fashion-forward femme from Haus Khas Village to Village by the Grange will want. Schooled and back we are, on school-girl chic.

Rahul Reddy SS12 White Dress on Exshoesme.com
Reddy for my close-up.

I know that when many think of Indian fashion, they think of “ethnic” prints and “exotic” designs – words I abhor, truly. Surely, there is fashion for the masses and the bedazzled classes. However, the voice in which Indian fashion design speaks to me is a brave new one. Individual voices like Rahul Reddy’s and Rimzim Dadu’s are becoming part of a cohesive crowd – one that includes Kallol Dutta, Anamika Khanna, Sabya and a handful of others. There are imitators of these, too, but the originals stand apart. They may not be as influential as the Antwerp Six, but they are dressing the New India – and filling international closets at the same time.

How I’d love a closet filled with Anamika and Sabya, mixed with Dutta and Dries and Demeulemeester – and Dubuc! But….I digress…the state of my mind is in a mode-ified mess.

Rimzim Dadu SS12 Perforated Skirt on Exshoesme.com
Fraying for reign at Rimzim Dadu.

One collection that really caught my eye this season is Pero by Aneeth Arora. I loved her playful styling and the infinitely wearable pieces.

Pero by Aneeth Arora on Exshoesme.com
Retro fun at Pero by Aneeth Arora.

If I summered in India, the only thing I would want to wear during the day is white. But in the cooler evenings, I would opt for luscious jewel tones.

Malini Ramani SS12 Harem Jodhpurs on Exshoesme.com
Jodhpur harems at Malini Ramani! Lu-uv.
Pero by Aneeth Arora SS12 Colour on Exshoesme.com
Colour, Creativity. Classic twist. All at Pero.
Nachiket Barve SS12 Sheer Pastels on Exshoesme.com
Nachiket Barve did a softer take on colour.
Gauri & Nainika SS12 Swish and Sway on Exshoesme.com
Gauri & Nainika's collection had colour, black and white - and lots of swish and sway.

After looking at photos from Day One, one thing is clear. It’s hard to remain neutral on Indian fashion.

Rina Dhaka SS12 Draped Dress on Exshoesme.com
...with one exception at Rina Dhaka, who showed a lovely series of neutral numbers.

The only one missing  from the first day’s shows is Rajesh Pratap Singh – I’ll post those pics, soon. [Update Oct 9: See Singh’s menswear looks for SS12 in Distinguished.]

WLIFW by the numbers looks like this: 131 designers from across India; 63 designers presenting runway collections during 34 shows; 183 designer stalls in the trade show, covering 100,000 square feet.

It may not be part of Fashion Month as yet, but numbers – well, they count.

Images courtesy of WLIFW.

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