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Romanticism, royalty on a high at WIFW

Posted on Oct 10, 11:23AM | IANS

The fourth day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Tuesday witnessed a mix of royalty and romanticism with designer Aneeth Arora and Vineet Bahl showcasing a collection that had memories of the past and present.

"This season, the woman on our mind is bit romantic and who makes herself noticed with dresses. She is a modern day traveller who embraces the contemporary yet keeps her history intact and lives her memory in the present," said Arora.

The designer showcased a collection that was a mix of a vintage denim jackets, dresses and smart casual clothes, including long white kurtas teamed with striking blue-checkered lungis.

The fabric used was chikankari as the designer felt that "it was natural to let the garment speak for itself".

"We believe in the organic evolution of design through experimenting with traditional techniques and locally available skills. Hence patterns and colours are inspired by rich and varied handcraft and textile techniques," she added.

Techniques such as smocking, quilting, and hand crafted trims like crochette and lace, enhanced the collection. The music of the show was kept soothing and light on mood and this made the collection more presentable.

Next came designer Vineet Bahl, whose collection was Inspired by his stay at The Royal Mansour luxury hotel in Marrakech.

"This season's showing has drawn inspiration from Moroccon lace and embroidery technique called Counching," Bahl said.

The collection was an amalgamation of lot of luxury and chic clothes starting from western daywear and gradually progressing to Indian occasion wear.

There were lot of vintage lace and gold metal thread embroideries used on the collection. The designer has also played wonderfully music to set the mood. From Western classical, sufi chants to Indian thumari, the background score set the mood of the all the patrons who were present to watch the show.