New Delhi, Mar 13 : Shades of an evocative autumn and ancient artistic tradition of Ashta Dhatu (mixture of eight metals) by fashion designer Ranna Gill and Rohit Bal caught the audience's fancy at the Wills India Fashion Week.
'Autumn Garden' by Ranna Gill integrated and infused the magic and romance of autumn gardenia into her design philosophy and produced something tangible and more creatively into something wearable.
The spectacular show showcased intense winter and autumn colours in shades of wine berry, sunset purple, warm taupe, military olive, chestnut and black coffee and form the core palette of her collection. Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu walked the ramp in a blush pink 'Cinderella' dress, having an empire cut bustier and a velvet band across her left shoulder at the event for designer duo Gauri and Nainika.
"Any girl who would wear their creations would look very beautiful, just like princess. I feel Gauri and Nainika give you different moods. Sometime you look girly, sometime very feminine, sometime sexy, and sometime very classy," Bipasha said.
Fabrics like satin, velvet, tulle and lace were used in the entire Gauri-Nainika collection to design A-line dresses paired with shorts or pants.
Bals' collection was inspired by the age-old form 'Astha Dhatu', that involves eight different metals, for the purpose of creating a variety of aesthetic objects. The combination of these metals is believed to have miraculous healing properties.
"I think (Indian) fashion is not far behind. But we need to show and what we need to create is something, which has a very Indian soul and very Indian ethos. It is something which is a balance between the incredible art and craft that we have in India and making it contemporary and showing to the world a modern India," said Bal. Contemporary and international silhouettes have been used keeping in mind the global market.
Around 82 designers will showcase their autumn and winter collections at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week' 2008 for more than 150 domestic and international buyers, at the Pragati Maidan, a sprawling trade promotion complex in the heart of New Delhi.
Estimated at around 6-7 billion rupees, the Indian fashion industry is slated to grow further by leaps and bounds.
Events like the Wills India Fashion Week provide a platform for the designers to directly interact with the buyers and do good business.