India Fashion Week stuns with Tytler-Khosla creations

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) Designers Manoviraj Khosla and Siddartha Tytler scorched the ramp on the opening day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week here today with turquoise and orange dominating both their Spring-Summer 2009 collections.

Manoviraj, who excels in menswear, presented his 'Then and Now' collection comprising blue denim biker jackets, chudi pants, long shorts (Jodhpur style). The colours were sea green, turquoise and orange.

His footwear as usual were the real stunners. Picture this Orange sleeveless jacket worn with orange shoes. When this combination was worn by top model Inder Bajwa on the ramp, you can well imagine women going 'ooh' and 'aah'. The other highlights of the show were tall collared shirts and floral embroidery on off-white jackets, white linen hooded jacket with orange linen with purple knit pleated 3/4th pants and above all, green shoes.

Post-show, Khosla told UNI, ''Turquoise and orange are really going to be the colours of the next season. Mark my words! That's why you see lots of these colours in my new collection. Moreover, I think the better things you present to the men , the better they take to them. I have had men coming to me for black jackets and finally settling for something in yellow.'' Well, Siddartha Tytler's collection also had doses of menswear but was dominated by womenswear. The piece de resistance of his work was the glitzy, flamboyant and brazen flowing dresses inspired by the Japanese Manga comics. Tytler agreed when asked about his inspiration. ''I saw the work of an artist friend whose sketches were in black and white manga and I just fell in love with them. I just filled in the colours. Acually what you see in them is the Japanese warrior princesses with big swords. It was basically a very aggressive motif for my work,'' he said.

''The fabrics I've used are more liquid, coppery fabrics, plain silks with sequin hand-embroidered sheeting.'' But before the Japanese onslaught and glamour, Tytler's collection also showcased gold tunics, mauve skirts, turquoise gowns for women and silk linen trousers, turquoise T-shirts for men. The differentiating qualities of his works were that it was all wearable and yet, groovy.

Tytler's gowns for women in off white and skirts worn well above thighs called tent tops - were truly sexy and truly western, meant for the urban females with toned bodies who are ready for the kill by nightfall.

A total of 79 designers, including 18 first timers, are participating in the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week which began today and will go on till October 19. Manoviraj Khosla is the only designer showcasing menswear among all the participating designers.

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