All eyes on New Delhi style as industry veterans showcase their spring/summer catwalk collections at Indian Fashion Week
13:00 GMT, 9 October 2012
London, Paris, New York and Milan. The big four fashion weeks have finished and now it is time for India to take the style stage.
And today on day two of the New Delhi catwalk event four Indian fashion industry veterans paraded their latest lavish designs.
Expectations were high as big industry names James Ferreira, Manish Malhotra, Kavita Bhartia and
Rajesh Pratap Singh showcased their spring/summer 2013 collections.
A model poses for photographs backstage during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi
And the talented quartet stuck to what they do best, presenting strong signature styles and trademark silhouettes perfect for their well-heeled customers (even if some of the local fashion press did brand the collections a little 'unexciting').
Manish Malhotra is one of India's most successful fashion designers and a favourite of Bollywood actresses. His packed show closed the day and the highlight for many was the beautiful needlework throughout the collection hand sewn by girls from the villlage of Mijawn, and NGO the handsome designer supports.
The line-up boasted of elegant anarkali suits, long, pleated lehenga skirts and churidar trousers in shades of ivory, olive, pale pink
and muted red.
Parineeti Chopra poses in Manish Malhotra
A model dons Kavita Bhartia's seasonal offering
Model walks wearing Rajesh Pratap Singh creation
Red and olive colour ways were a popular choice, and abtsract patterns inspired by Western designers made an appearance. The fashion week is an annual event organized and promoted by the Fashion Design Council of India and sponsored by Wills Lifestyle
Rajesh Pratap Singh's collection, entitled 'A Trilogy of Broken Spine, Wolfpack and
Catharsis' followed a stronger, darker and more aggressive theme.
Exposed backs featuring metallic spine detailing were the highlight of
the collection with additional elements of texture such as
honeycomb patterns, tassels and fringes.
Exaggerated shoulders featured heavily with a strong use of shimmer and embellishment.
James Ferreira and Kavita Bhartia's collections were the most obvious of the day with the two designers both sticking to their characteristic style: customary
silhouettes for Bhartia's 'Folklore Saga' show, and a focus on draping for Ferreir.
Details: Pretty hair pieces were a big trend of the second day including pastel roses at Manish Gupta and metallic headbands for Anupama Dayal
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Dutch designer Jan Taminiau's presented a very modern take on the prom dress (left) while it was all about the glitz for Indian designer Suneet Varmas (right)
It was one huge colour clash at Nachiket Barve's show yesterday
There was a wacky eye-wear creation by Gaurav & Ritika during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week
Purple and orange were the key vibrant colours in Payal Pratap's show on Saturday
There was an elaborate piece from Dutch designer Jan Taminiau's collection