Theme: Indian textile heritage
Ambience: It was a serene presentation where garments were the real heroes. The mood lighting and flower arrangements added further to the mystique.
The summer resort offering was a magnetic mix of ideas and influences making a multi-sensory assault as Wendell's models stood tall and in a state of Zen at a stunningly styled live exposition. Thankfully, that meant no squeezing into the front row seats and no endless wait for the celebrities to arrive. This unique showcase was beautifully styled by style maven Ekta Rajani, which gave the garments a finesse they deserved.
The ensembles were gloried thanks to delectable colour blocking and pop accents. A colour palette of tangerine, teal blue and fuchsia pink was employed with a distinguished flair. Every look had a story behind it and was reconfigured and reimagined from the designer's vast wealth of inspiration.
The opening look was a ghagra skirt, which was converted into an ivory floor-length, georgette cape with armholes cut in panel seams. The Orissa tribal loin cloth was amalgamated with a Goan Mugha silk swimsuit, which had peacock blue Matka silk fringes.
A menswear kedia kutchi jacket in Mugha silk accented with pomegranate red lining stood out. The designer added cell phone pocket detailing making the pieces utilitarian. The curved trousers with pomegranate red piping added to the great finish.
In fact, there was an interesting tale behind a pleated skirt. It seems that this was ordered by a foreign client of the Raj which Wendell converted to an emerald and mustard gold, Tussar strapless top with heart applique. All in all a flawless execution of diverse aesthetics resulting into an array of looks steeped in India's history and culture.
Beauty: The serenity of the garment was complemented by classic nude make-up with greasy lids and fake freckles with centre-parted hair loosely tied at the back.
What we loved: A yellow georgette and pomegranate mugha silk lined jumpsuit with Odissi drape cascade.