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Related. Batman is in serious trouble. One of the female inhabitants of Gotham City is playing a shrewd game of hide-and-seek with him she is smarter,more stylish,sophisticated and walks with a swagger that he hasnt seen before. The last show on Day 3 at Wills India Lifestyle Fashion Week (WIFW) saw the Namrata Joshipura woman,fighting it out in the city of trouble,albeit in style. Its obvious that the designer is a fan of the Batman series the models,who were completely in character,walked under a wire mesh with flickering white light,while the racy music added to the theme titled Gotham. So there was a Batmobile dress,a Gotham trouser and Arkham skirts that added to the flavour of the collection. Dressed in T-shirts,jumpsuits,dreses,shorts,skinny trousers,wrap dresses,jackets and tops in fabrics such as georgette,organza and tulle this Gotham girl was bold and sexy. Joshipura chose an urban legend that she knew will find many takers. This,however,is not the only reason she deserves a raving review. The finishing of garments,the experimental cuts,use of laser cut technique and the small glimpses of pop colours were the reasons her show got the well-deserved applause. The wave effect she used on shirts looked like black roses. She also used digital flower prints and peplum cuts in this collection. The colour palette comprised black,ivory,grey,guava green and clementine orange,with pretty pop ups of trippy pink and green. The Joshipura woman ruled Gotham City on Day 3. Poor Batman. The First Days of Spring. Breathe in,breathe out this is designer Rahul Mishras philosophy,in fashion and life. His Spring-Summer 2013 collection,Weave,Sew,Yield & Bloom,whispered just this. Mishra doesnt believe in fast fashion. He likes his pretty affair with organic and handwoven textiles. Kerala mundus,organic khadi,naturally-dyed colours,Japanese hand embroidery and neon shades of orange,green and pink made appearances this time in his favourite colours black and ivory. Models sashayed down the ramp in overlap jackets,tunics,one-shoulder dresses,jacket dresses with pants,palazzos,peplum tops and saris to the tunes of Somebody that I used to know by Goyte and Blue Jeans and Video Games by Lana Del Ray. Apart from khadi,he used silk chiffon,organza,lycra and silk. We batted our eyelids when we saw a handwoven jacket dress on the ramp with blue pottery-inspired embroidery on it. Attend a garden party this Spring,wear a Rahul Mishra creation,put some flowers in your hair and get tipsy on some white wine its such a feminine collection that itll even mend a broken heart. Rock n Rococo. In the middle of Gaurav Guptas show,we found ourselves humming Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by The Beatles. Yes,this would be a perfect collection if the Summer of Love was anywhere round the corner. Psychedelic colours and hassle-free silhouettes ruled the ramp in this show. They are for the free-spirited oddball who walks around with a guitar and sports a tiara made with flowers. Short and long dresses with Grecian drapes,jumpsuits,Guptas trademark pants,kaftan dresses and saris glided on the ramp. The beauty lay in the detailing pleated necklines,zipper on the ankles of the jumpsuits,digital prints and the neon shoes. Guptas inspiration this year has been Rococo,the 18th century art movement that took place in Europe. We saw similar shades in his couture range that he showcased in August in Delhi. Japanese twirls on the digital prints made an appearance then as well. Pop pink,giddy green,baby pink,lime,orange,white and blues lit up the ramp,as did the pink eye make-up that the models wore. The best bit about the collection was the use of fluid fabrics. Overall,the show left us feeling all minty and fresh. A Queer Stitch. Though author Jeet Thayil wasnt present at Arjun Saluja’s show,a character from his debut novel Narcopolis,Dimple,the eunuch,was the headlining act. She walked the ramp as the designer tackled questions on gender and sexuality in his clothes. One design was of trousers covered by a knee-length skirt the combination screaming androgyny. The pick from the range was a white sari with a trouser-like waist complete with belt holders. Salujas strength lies in his structuring and,though we have seen these cuts on the ramp before,his fits were still impressive. Think Small. Designers know that God is in the details yet not many follow it faithfully. Gen-Next designer Divyam Mehtas collection,Spring Creek,however,attended to the small stuff. His garments were a harmony of fabric,form and tailoring. Mainly in white,beige and rosewood,Mehta kept his silhouettes clean and relied on the fits to make a point. His collection comprised shirt dresses,hakama pants and draped pants in linen voile and French chiffon,with crochet flowers as the only embellishment.
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