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16 Years of Indian Fashion: Lakme Fashion Week and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week
10 th Jan 2015

It has been three months since the last event in celebration of Indian Fashion was held, and it won’t be for another three months that the next event will be held.

Nevertheless, it’s that time where everybody is already beginning to anticipate and early prep their outfits and itineraries for the world’s most prestigious fashion weeks.

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW)

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW), a bi-annual event held in New Delhi, began its run in 2000. WIFW celebrated its 24th edition in October last year, ending 2014 with its Spring/Summer 2015 show.

The Fashion Design Council of India sponsors the event’s prêt-à-porter shows for womenswear. The Tokyo Fashion Week in India show was a landmark occasion for WIFW’s Autumn/Winter 2012 show, where they teamed up with Japan Fashion Week Organization. It was WIFW’s first ever international association.

Tokyo Fashion Week | WIFW AW12

In October 2014, WIFW excitedly welcomed French fashion designer, Emanuel Ungaro, on the afternoon of its fourth day. The couturier himself is even fascinated by Indian handlooms, crafts and colour that are mesmerisingly brought together in the beauty of Indian fashion. Rajesh Pratap Singh, Siddartha Tytler and Raakesh Agarvwal, all of whose designs are available on Strand of Silk, launched their Spring/Summer 2015 collections at last October’s WIFW event.

Singh’s Blue Blood collection portrayed the designer’s love for the dying traditional Indian craft of indigo-dyeing raw selvedge denim. Tytler’s evening wear collection exuded elegance and boldness with peplum shapes against silhouetted dresses. Agarvwal proved that denim can be glamorous with unique patterns and embellishments, and made full use of vibrant colours such as orange and yellow.

Rajesh Pratap Singh | Siddartha Tytler | Raakesh Agarvwal | WIFW SS15

WIFW has yet to announce the dates for the Autumn/Winter 2015 show, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for any further development for what will no doubt be another great occasion.

Lakme Fashion Week (LFW)

Held in Mumbai, the bi-annual Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) continues stronger than ever before, with its 16th year starting in March with the Summer/Resort 2015 show. LFW’s first ever show took place in 1999 and featured only 33 designers. Over the years, many recognisable faces have graced the ramps of LFW, from British supermodel Naomi Campbell to Bollywood film star Shilpa Shetty. The event has even featured top fashion labels that include Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton.

The success of many notable Indian designers can be attributed to LFW, one of which is Sabyasachi Mukherjee. His debut runway collection, Kashgar Bazaar, at the 2002 LFW introduced many characteristics of traditional Indian fashion to the global fashion industry, namely Kolkata’s pioneering block printing and romanticised patchwork. It’s no exaggeration to say that LFW will continue to showcase innovative designs from pioneering designers that Indian fashion has to offer.

Naomi Campbell | Shilpa Shetty | Kashgar Bazaar by Sabyasachi Mukherjee | LFW

Internationally acclaimed Indian designers such as Anita Dongre and Debashri Samanta’s Summer/Resort 2015 collections are set to grace the runway at Lakme Fashion Week, held from 20th March to 24th March at The Palladium Hotel in Mumbai. These designers can be found on Strand of Silk, so make sure you stay on top when it comes to Indian fashion!

Images: Seasons, Stylista, Style Fashion Etc, Miss Malini, Gulshan Sachdeva, High Heel Confidential, A Fashionistas Diary, New York Times

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