Had the night been recorded in black-and-white mode, it could have well been a scene from an Audrey Hepburn classic. Except the opera-like set constructed at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan on Sunday for the grand finale presentation of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2014 was bright red in colour and superbly dramatic. Considering it was the venue for designer Ashish N Soni’s show, who is known for his drama-free shows, it came as a surprise.
Soni transported the audience to the opulent days and nights of Hollywood in the ’60s through his collection titled “La Dolce Vita” and took us on a journey with him to the era of glamour and style. In a change from the norm, the ramp was set up like the stage of a musical with various platforms and a Motown mic in the middle, and with Delhi-based duo Adil (Manuel) and Vasundhra (Vidalur) belting out ditties, it got members of the audience dancing and swaying.
The designer stuck to a black, white and ivory colour story and presented both menswear and women’s wear. The silhouettes were plenty and the fabrics were rich. Models sashayed down the runway in taffeta dresses, jackets with skirts, midi-length dresses, pant-suits, trousers, ball gowns, dinner jackets with satin trousers, and tuxedos. Soni’s two favourites for summer seemed to be polka dots and big, fat bows.
The men wore them with jackets and the women sported them on dresses like tie-ups. It was bow time everywhere. Conservative hemlines, billowy skirts, ruffled collards and Peter Pan necklines added a dash of femininity to the vintage-chic line. The men strutted in double-breasted dinner jackets and single button tuxedos.
What’s a grand finale with no drama? Caught up in Vasundhra’s rendition of Ain’t no sunshine and Foxy Lady, we’d forgotten all about the possibility of a celebrity showstopper. But even as the models posed on stage, in walked actor Anil Kapoor, looking dapper in a black tux and giving every boy on the ramp a run for his money. Having kept a low-profile for the last few seasons, Soni sure made a resounding return to the WIFW ramp with this show.