Wills India Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2008

Have you ever heard the saying it’s always Happy Hour somewhere?  Well it seems this adage applies to Fashion Week around the world. 

Last week while I was covering Japan Fashion Week Tokyo, New Deli India was hosting their own.

However some industry insiders felt Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) designers did not take into account global weather and questioned who Indian designers were marketing to.

Benedicte Bro, an international fashion consultant, asked, “Who is the target client for the Indian designers? The clothes they showed seem to be for a fantasy woman whose only preoccupation is to look pretty. The designers right now are definitely not catering to the working woman.” She added, “Good clothes are powerful.”

The article also goes on to say:

Chantal Rousseau, operating vice-president, Europe Bloomingdales said, “I have been coming for the autumn/winter fashion week now for some time but I am wondering if I should continue because if the week is held in March there is no way the deliveries can happen by the time the autumn/winter collections are in stores in the west.”

So what were they looking at?  Here are some highlights from WIFW.

Manish Arora

Said to be inspired by warrior fashions from around the world.

Manish Arora Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Manish Arora Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Manish Arora Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Rina Dhaka

Rina Dhaka Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Rina Dhaka Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Rina Dhaka Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Puja Arya

Puja Arya Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Puja Arya Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Puja Arya Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Charu Parashar

Charu Parashar Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Charu Parashar Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Charu Parashar Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Ekru

Ekru Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

Ekru Fall 2008 Fashion Show, New Delhi

What do you think of these pictures?  Frankly based on these pictures, I do not see how the above criticisms are warranted.  I see a lot of influences that we have seen elsewhere; i.e. Manish Arora’s first picture feels a little Galliano and the second definitely is Ballenciaga Spring 2008.  I also see the Ombre influence in  Charu Parashar’s beautiful long beige, crimson and gold skirt.  But how are these clothes and less wearable than runway shows we see in Paris, New York and Milan?  There are all sorts of  “unwearable” fashion that comes down those runways if you hold it to the average woman’s standards; especially work wear.

 Any Indian readers out there?  What’s your take?

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Sources: Business Standard; Fashion Wire Daily

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6 responses to “Wills India Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2008

  1. i think some of the design are fashionable and can wear in any occasion. It looks modern. 😛

  2. I agree – I don’t think these are any less wearable than what we see in Europe or the States, especially when you think about how these clothes demonstrate Indian taste, culture, and tradition. I do agree with the date being late, though – it would be hard to order these things and get them in to stores. Oh, and is it just me or do these models look A LOT healthier than U.S. models?? Go India.

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  4. nandini

    hi, im from india n id just like to say that indian designers, atleast those presenting in the fashion week really dont cater to the average working woman in india. these clothes are an interesing mix of traditional indian and western in their styling and detailing and are meant for social occasions. designer work wear has not yet arrived in india.

  5. Nandini, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I really appreciate your viewpoint, especially for those of us who are new to India’s fashion. 😀

  6. Shimna

    Designs are not just based on how wearable the clothes are but also the creativity. Ramp shows are meant to bring each one’s creativity . So it is not a must that it should always be wearable. Cheers 🙂

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