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Shalini Shah
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Ancient civilisations, old world royalty invoked on Day 2 of Fashion Week

Actor Manoj Bajpai walking the ramp for designer Samant Chauhan on Day 2 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.— Photo: R.V. Moorthy
Actor Manoj Bajpai walking the ramp for designer Samant Chauhan on Day 2 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.— Photo: R.V. Moorthy

The occasional flipside to being in tune with trends is that one might not be the only one keeping a watch.

Day 2 of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week at Pragati Maidan saw this one moment where a two-label show, for a few minutes at least, proved more seamless than one wanted.

The Spring/ Summer 2013 collection by Ankur and Priyanka Modi’s label am:pm, called “The Mayan Maze”, was quite “on-trend”.

Taking off from the Mayan civilization and its associated imagery comprising “god birds”, birds of paradise and the maze, the line ticked all the right boxes — monochrome, no embellishment, a fuss-free silhouette and maths checks.

As Priyanka explained after the show, going black-and-white was a well-considered decision. “We wanted to do a clean summer collection devoid of any colour. Plus, black and white is the trend this season. We’ve been doing colour for so long...”

Their previous showing included bursts of royal blue and reds. The silhouettes included the wrap dresses that the duo are now known for, besides some interesting new additions like double-layered waistcoats and pants with multiple flaps. Not much later, Kolkata-based label Dev r Nil, which showed alongside am:pm — in a strange coincidence — started off with a bunch of maths checks tops, dresses and jumpsuits in a collection titled “Lost & Found”. Prints, a forte of the designers, this time included hearts (which on close inspection were two fingerprints put together), honeycombs and graphic roses.

On the coincidence of the maths checks, designer Dev remarked: “Despite being in two different cities, we’re thinking alike... It’s a good thing.”

Kutch, which proved an influence at Payal Pratap’s show the first day of the Week, this time lent itself to mirror-work dresses.

Kanika Saluja Choudhry is best known for her statement accessories. Showing under her label Anaikka, the designer demonstrated they still remain her strength, even when she’s showing her clothing line. While the show started off with a line of pastels embellished on shoulders and sleeves, detachable metallic yokes and neck pieces took over soon, while the pièce de résistance was the gunmetal mohawk that came in the end.

Samant Chauhan played in familiar territory. While he continued the Rajputana theme from last season, Bhagalpur silk, his usual fabric of choice, got a Spring/ Summer treatment.

As Samant explained: “To give it a softer feel, I’ve added some cotton to the silk. Also, the collection is completely organic — no dyes used.”

Actor Manoj Bajpai, joyfully waving a sheathed dagger at the photographers, was his showstopper.

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