Imagine a fashion show runway ... with LED screens showing the story of a garment from start to finish ..... and then Shammi Kapoor ( an Indian/Bollywood film idol from the 1960's) serenading on screen with the super hit Bollywood song " Baar Baar dekho, Hazaar baar dekho, ke dekhne ki cheez hai hamara dilruba " ( Glance again and again, glance a thousand times, because my sweetheart is worth looking at ) .... there is smoke on the runway ... and Tango dancers wearing sarees doing the Cha Cha to "baar baar dekho" come out of the smoke curtain ... the mood is set for the swinging sixties .... and needless to say ... everyone in the audience with a drop of Indian blood in their veins ... are instantly singing and cheering on the models sashaying down in free flowing and elegant silhouettes !! We were spellbound by the extravaganza .... the music and the clothes seamlessly came together in the most fitting finale to Wills India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 !





Dancers doing the Cha Cha Cha in black !! 




RITU KUMAR COUTURE SS 2013

Ritu Kumar is one of India’s foremost designers. She has developed a unique style of her own, reflecting the ancient traditions of Indian craftsmanship in a contemporary vocabulary. With a background in art history and museology, which has enriched her horizons, Ritu’s understanding of ancient designs and the innovative use of traditional crafts has created a new classicism.
Ritu, who began her work with four hand-block printers and two tables in a small village near Calcutta forty years ago, was the first woman to introduce the ‘boutique’ culture in India under the brand name ‘Ritu’. Today she has outlets in 14 cities in India. Ritu’s boutiques feature a multifaceted showcase encompassing the very best of Indian design, with specially produced range of high fashion garments and accessories using silk, leather and cotton. Ritu’s range of western and Indian apparel is all about traditions and individual talent, and women across the continents can easily identify with her vision of design.  
Ritu Kumar is credited as being one of the first Indian designers who was catalytic in bringing a contemporary idiom to several ancient skills and has been a strong force in marketing them to a dynamic modern India. Over the years, Ritu Kumar’s work as a fashion designer has shown a progression, which has matured beyond textile crafts. She has a unique ability to evolve with each collection into creative styling, translating textures and embellishments into refreshingly new and unexpectedly contemporary silhouettes, making her work particularly relevant from India’s fashion point of worldview.
The COUTURE  half of the show draws inspiration from the Indian Freedom Movement and the colonial era and dips into the romance of the 1930's. Using the rich design heritage of Ritu Kumar Couture, the collection draws from the European influence on Indian royalty during the pre-partition period. This results in the use of rich tapestries, laces, brocades and embroideries. The interpretation of the theme uses expert workmanship of the atelier. It carries forward the vintage mood of the LABEL ( see here ) segment but in its Indian avatar. The geometric motifs form graceful curvilinear feminine lines of paisleys and chintzes in luxurious colours.The collection ends with a regal collection of gold, black and jeweled ensembles reminiscent of the India of the mid 20th century with its Baroque influences and distinctive style of Indo European fashion. - Press Release
If you only view the clothes without checking out the music ... you will not enjoy this post half as much ... we had a great time planning this post with a singalong on You Tube ( WIFW SS 13 runway music playlist ) ... without much ado ... enjoy the beauty of Indian Couture at its finest by the Grand Dame of Indian fashion !!
The Music
1. Baar Baar Dekho - Mohammad Rafi
2. Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh - Lata Mangeshkar
3. Babuji Dheere Chalna - Geeta Dutt
4. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si - Kishore Kumar
5. Bekarar Karke Hamein - Hemant Kumar
6. Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo - Geeta Dutt
7. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara - Hemant Kumar
8. Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra - Mohammad Rafi
The Clothes
























Esha Gupta - the showstopper 



Esha Gupta presenting Ritu Kumar  

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DS

3 comments:

  1. Nice post and images. you look gorgeous. thanks for posting it.

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