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With a multitude of fashion shows happening during any given month in India, it’s great that a governing body such as the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) exists to give designers one platform to showcase their collections to buyers, media and other relevant parties in the industry. Since 2000, when the first fashion show was organized in India, Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) has emerged as the definitive business of fashion event, helping designers expand their reach to international buyers and grow their brands into profitable businesses. This season, a strong contingent of over 180 designers showed their collections both on and off the runway. Designers not showing on the ramp had the option of setting up a stall allowing them to focus on the trade aspect of the event and work directly with buyers and other retailers.
Day one set the tone for the Spring/Summer 2012 season with a sea of soft pastels and creamy neutrals. Color made an appearance as well, mostly in shades of pink and orange. While there were some beautiful pieces from designers like Nachiket Barve, Rimzim Dadu and Nandita Basu, my absolute favorite collection was from Rajesh Pratap Singh. His designs are always elegant and understated and it’s that refinement that makes him the formidable talent that he is. Take a look at pieces from his collection below:
Images courtesy of: WIFW