Skin is in

Bikinis and shorts were back, and dresses held their own on day 2 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012

Jyoti Sharma
Sharma was inspired by elements that surround us in everyday life. Artworks on monuments was what got her going. Her collection was all about structures and panels.

Her creations were mostly ethnic and traditional and comprised dhoti pants, tunics, anarkalis, dresses, tunics and shift dresses. There was cutwork, embroidery, threadwork and beadwork. Sharma used organic fabrics in shades like whites, burnt oranges and greys.

Preeti S Kapoor
Prints and bold colours marked her collection which focused on necks and hems. There were jumpsuits, kaftans, pencil trousers, hot pants, shift dresses, long asymmetrical dresses in shades like purples, pinks mustards and blacks.

There was gold foil print over solid surfaces in different shapes. They collection was embellished with cutwork, prints, tassels, asymmetric hems, metal balls.

Samant Chauhan
Rajputana was where Chauhan drew inspiration from so his clothes depicted royalty.

There were flowy skirts, sherwanis, angrakhas, corset dresses, gathered dresses, angrakha-styled paneled tops, block-printed dresses, off-shoulder gowns churidars in fabrics like Bhagalpur tussar silks, handwoven golden zari warped silks, organzas. There were hand embroideries, Victorian prints and gold block printing, jewelled necklines.

Taurus by Dhruv
The designers kept festivities in mind while crafting their creations. Models worked with earthen lamps in their hands.

The silhouettes were ethnic in shades of white, blue and green. The ensembles were a mix of transparent and opaque. There were tassels, dupattas and hair accessories which added to the effect. There were multiple panels, scalloped laces, crochet work, velvets. There were maxi dresses, jumpsuits, backless dresses and more.

Manish gupta
The Valley of Flowers was Gupta's inspiration. There were knee length dresses, shift dresses, pleated dresses, shift dresses.

The silhouettes were structured in laces, silks, satins in shades like ivory with hints of yellow, orange, turquoise, lime, mauve, raspberry, coral, lilac and pink. There were capped sleeves, beadwork, diagonal stripes, floral motifs and surface ornamentation.

Urvashi Kaur
Kaur's Zikr is about self-realisation that observes the myriad moods of a woman. Draping is the mainstay of the ensembles. She has gone for a washed out colour pallette depicting the nine moods or rasas, using the technique of dip dyeing. 

Fabrics used are jerseys, linens and silk chiffons that have been given a structured effect by using corset bodices. There are goddess dresses, one shouldered gathered drape dresses, halter necks with gathered drape worn with tulle wraps, swimsuits worn with tulle sarongs, jersey drape dresses with metal detailing, one shoulder jersey tulle drape costume with a bustier, tube dresses with drape metal detailing, bias drape dresses and sexy one shouldered swimsuits.

The designer brought together Japanese structures and art deco elements in her collection that had a resorty feel and look. Swimsuits were big in her collection with Art Deco swimsuits, bikinis, boy shorts, front tie bikinis, bathing suits and resortwear like sundresses, poncho dresses, kaftan T-shirts, bloom dresses.

Toga dresses, wrap tops, bloom gowns, jumpsuits, tunic tops and sarrouel pants also formed a part of the collection. Sanchita used animal motifs, pebble prints, plumes, oceanline motifs of Miami art deco, patchworks, Japanese pottery geometrics,  patchworks, silk slices and plasticised textures using satin, georgettes, cottons, cotton jersey, papersilk in shades such as watermelon, cherry, coral, beige,  yellows among others.

Namrata Joshipura
Nature, more specifically barren landscapes, was the inspiration behind Joshipura's collection. Textures were the highlight of her ensembles.

The silhouettes were contemporary, in colours like ivory, eggshell white, nude, moraine grey, charcoal, ebony and sunny orange. There were jumpsuits, peekaboo jackets, shorts, dresses, skirts, sheer pants, bikinis, flapper tops, goddess dresses, gowns and more. These were done up using kinematic waves, sequins, in fabrics like spangles, organazas, silks. 

Kavita Bhartia
Her collection is inspired by the kaleidoscope, but surprisingly lacks the vibrant colours that a kaleidoscope offers. There were jumpsuits, short dresses, strapless dresses, tunics with zipper details, sequined tops, balloon skirts, flared kurtas, pintuck tunics, crinkled long dresses, zouave pants, lycra dresses, patchwork tunics, neon T shirts, cowl tunics, btier dresses, ponchos, sequined corsets, kalidar kurtas, strappy dresses, lehengas.

There was necklace gilet,  embroidery, cutwork, drapes, flares, dori embroidery, chapka bias, zariwork in fabrics ranging from satins, silks and lycras. The colour story revolved around walnuts, red-fucshia, grey, navy, purple, turquoise, yellows.

Amit Aggarwal
Well, it's nothing is what rather describes the collection as nothingness, symblised by air, is what the collection is all about. 

The collection comprised boleros, skirts, long dresses, high neck vests, jackets with inflated shapes, paneled skirts,iron molded boleros,  mesh skirts, tubular dresses, cutout dresses, poplin tops, ribbed skirts in colours like black, copper, yellow, silver, salmon, whites and greys. Metal yarns, elastane, translucent mesh and membrane were mixed with fabrics such as organzas, chiffons,  jerseys.

Jumpsuits, flowy dresses, slitted gowns, one-shouldered dresses and jumpsuits, babydoll dresses, shorts,
jackets, goddess gowns, maxi dresses, trousers, shift dresses - they all marked Ankur and Priyanka Modi's show.

The silhouettes were flowy and easy in fabrics like silks, chiffons and satins.  There were notched collars and gathered sleeves, Swarovski detailing, abstract prints, floral prints in colours like beige, red, electric blues.

Ritu Kumar
The new age modern woman who experiments with cutting edge fashion was Kumar's inspiration. Designed by son Amrish, the collection was essentially feminine and edgy with metal detailing. Structured dresses were the highlights of the collection crafted out of chiffons, silk crepes, dupion, poplins and cottons in shades like blacks, beiges, indigo, silver.

There were electric prints on flared skirts, jewelled embellishments, sheer fabrics, cutwork, tunics with fitted boleros, shorts, broad belts, graphic prints, jumpsuits, flared long skirts, high collared boleros. The latter half of the collection was more summery.

Pix/Rajeev Tyagi and Subhash Barolia

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