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    A sneak preview of city-based designer Vivek Karunakaran’s maiden show at the ongoing WIFW

    A BIG draw for designers, stylists and the serious buyers of the country,  the Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) 2015 Spring/Summer kicked off in Delhi on October 8. The line-up is exciting, with Rohit Bal closing the show, and our own designer Vivek Karunakaran grabbing attention with his collection that promises edgy Australian tribal inspired designs with a modern twist.
    Karunakaran, like the other designers Payal Singhal and Sneha Arora, feels that the Wills platform is different since it attracts the more serious buyer and gets more business for designers. “It is less about celebrities and show stoppers and more about designers and business,” he says. With a focus on texturing and embroidery, Karunakaran’s label, Viia, is inspired from the paintings by the Papunya Tula tribe  of Australia. “The cave paintings of this tribe reflect their way of life, customs and culture,” he says. “You’ll see crop tops with skirts, jackets, harem pants and pants with flap details,” Karunakaran adds. With colours like black, ivory, grey, coral and electric blue, he has used fabrics like linen, poplin, voile and chanderi.
    Having singer Kavita Mary Thomas crooning as models walk down the ramp “is a way of stating that we have good talent and a sense of style in Chennai,” Karunakaran says.
    From Rs.6,000 onwards. Will be available soon at the store in Rutland Gate. Details: willslifestyleindiafashionweek.com

    Payal-Singhal---WLIFW-SS-15Payal Singhal
    A celebrity favourite, Mumbai-based Payal Singhal has been showcasing at Lakme for more than 10 seasons. At her WIFW debut, expect classic silhouettes with a contemporary twist, like a fitted kurta that is backless, in colours like black and beige. “You will see traditional gota work done in leather and cord,” Singhal says. Available soon at Evoluzione. Rs.8,000 onwards. Details: 28333627

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    Sneha Arora

    Probably the youngest to debut this year, Kolkata-based Sneha Arora’s theme for WIFW is ‘disconnecting from technology’. “So you will see floral and forest-y prints in the collection, and prints of coke bottles and bulbs on colours like off white, dirty pink, dull yellow and green. Expect fabrics like organza, chanderi, tussar silk, linen and cotton,” she says. Rs.6,000 onwards. Available soon at perniaspopupshop.com

    —Sumitra Nair

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