Day 2 of IRFW had a busy line-up of designers. One of the better collections of the day was by Aarti Vijay Gupta. As the collection name implies, her collection titled "I love My Doodle Book" (the collection shown at LFW in August) was all about quirky prints.
Black and white was the perfect choice for the designer’s colours with hints of multi hues for the very interestingly constructed jackets, flowing pants, two piece ensembles, panelled godet coats; and stylish jumpsuits.
The fabrics used were pure Dupion silk, tabby and crepe silk. Interesting detailing came in the form of high necks, structured jackets and sharply cut and finished silhouettes.
The colour wheel print was used creatively by Aartivijay for two empire line long sleeve dresses while breezy loose summer kaftans had the doodles in different forms. For slightly more formal holiday wear, Aartivijay brought in a smart coat dress and a colour card jacket, elegant long sleeve maxis with giant Peter Pan collars, a trapeze cotton jacket and a long shirt dress with curved hemline. Not to forget the ethnic dresser, Aartivijay had saris with a combination of the black and white as well as colour prints worn with knotted or straight Tees; but for the finale the designer chose a sexy swimsuit and colourful sarong.
Men’s wear had sharply cut jackets worn with printed or plain pleated trousers, shorts and Bermudas and waistcoats with or without lapels to allow the stronger sex to make great fashion statements.
The other designers who caught our eye were Pria Kataria Puri and Neeta Lulla.
Inspired by the works of Picasso, Pria Kataria Puri’s collection called “Picasso” was a riot of colour and style. Playing with a wide spectrum of colours like white and black with shades of brick, blue and soft pink; the prints on Pria’s creations were inspired by Picasso’s early work while in Spain.
The 30 plus garments were formal resort wear with a wide selection of dresses, kaftans, swimwear, skirts, tops, jumpsuits and maxis, while the hair and makeup added that extra glam quotient to the show. Kaftans, a favourite of Pria’s, came with batwing sleeves, were short or long and at times with high sexy slits to display tanned legs. The lean long tubes with colourful prints, the colour blocked jersey shifts, the contrast bikinis with sensuous pareos, jumpsuits with slit legs and the saris with printed pallaves gave options to the western and ethnic dressers.
Pria’s colour blocking with print and solids came with multi-hued stripes for hipster mini skirt and cropped top, a will-power playsuit and a tasselled beach cover over a rust bikini. For midnight glamour there was the black sari with a printed pallav teamed with a fully encrusted metallic sequin bikini choli.
Keeping the Spanish mood in mind the striking headgear comprising tasselled bandanas created the perfect mood for the show.
Detailing for Pria revolved only around tassels and loads of black metallic sequins which not only edged the garments or hemlines but at times filled the entire bodice or the sari borders.
For the show stopper, Pria reserved the best for the last, as the gorgeous Nicole Huber, Miss Paraguay 2011, glided down the ramp in a stunning black sequin bikini with a tantalising fringed long cover.
When it comes to designing striking, sensuous, sexy, beach and resort wear Pria Kataria Puri crowned the Queen of Kaftans and holiday wear is one of the few who excels in the fashion genre.
Day 2 was closed by Neeta Lulla who created a resort bridal line. The collection focused on long kurtas, sexy corsets and trumpet skirts to asymmetric flowing tops and fitted skirts to pre-stitched draped contemporary saris and gowns. The materials were a rich selection of lace, woven fabrics, nets, Lycra, chiffon and georgette, to suit the mood of the holiday locations. Neeta chose fruity lemon, peach, aqua, pink and coral and teamed them with ivory, beige, gold and silver for the dreamlike visions of beauty.
The showstopper was the very effervescent Genelia Deshmukh who floated down the ramp in a peach net lehenga, shimmering long sleeved kurta with crochet back.