WLIFW Day III sees Fantasy warriors, wardrobe malfunction

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New Delhi, Mar 15 (UNI) It was a mix of ''heights of creativity'' and ''mismanagement'' that marked the Day III of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.

Eleven designers presented their collection --all in creator category barring Ashima-Leena's synthesis.

Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh's show was marred with late-opening, ''wardrobe malfunction'' with a model being stripped off. While for some other models it was getting almost too much to carry their dresses.

The aqua blue cowl neck short dress was worn on the catwalk by a German model when the shoulder strap slipped off just as she reached the centre of the ramp, causing an embarassing scene.

However, the model, retaining her composure, displayed considerable sang-froid in restoring the dress and continuing her ramp walk. She, however, held the strap for the remaining time she spent on the catwalk.

Some models almost tripped on the ramp as they could not handle the heavy skirts.

Rajesh Pratap Singh was not present during the show and is reportedly in Paris.

Payal Jain's show saw a pigeon flying over the head of the models walking the ramp all through the show and peeing on the head of a few people in the media and general section, thereby diverting the attention.

However, Payal very smartly termed the entry of pigeon as ''bringing her good luck''.

Industrialist and domestic buyer Sunil Sethi commented, ''This is what you call international standard.'' Payal's collection titled 'Black Earth' had voluminous capes, jersey dresses, knee length and long coats, drain pipe pants and tunic style dresses.

Manish Arora's show took creativity to new heights. He presented an army of fantasy warriors marching down the silver crusted ramp.

The collection was inspired from Japanese Samurais, European medieval knights and other military attires.

Constructed costumes were encrusted with crystal and stones, beadwork and embroideries. Motifs and prints such as lion head and eagle were used to decorate parts of the garments which were presented to the audience amid customised Jodha-Akbar music.

Model-actor Netra Raghuraman told UNI, ''Manish has made a statement with the show that he is a good designer.'' Though most of it was not wearable, she said, ''When you are that creative, you have to show it and the right way to show it is this, even if it clashes with the general trends in the fashion week.'' Designer duo Ashema-Leena fall collection was 'East meets West' kinds with Jersey sarees and jersey draped gowns, balloon dresses and kaftans. The embellishments and necklace designs gave an Indian touch to western designs in one of the most wearable lines.

Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna closed the Day III with their collection 'Cue' for Fiama Di Wills.

The line was youthful and funky with mini-dresses with sequin and hood, boat necks, abstract prints with trendy side pockets.

Others who presented their Autumn/Winter collection on Day III were: Amit, debut Rahul Reddy, Abhijeet Khanna, Raj Shroff, Gunjan and Rahul, and Surily Goel.

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