The Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale by Rohit Bal concluded the Spring Summer 2015 edition of India’s premiere fashion & trade event – Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. It was a magical evening as Quli Khan’s Tomb with Qutub Minar as its backdrop came alive with this magnificent show.
Rohit Bal’s ‘GULBAGH’, inspired by the rich and lush Mughal Gardens of Kashmir, is a tribute to the God-gifted and unparalleled beauty of the valley. Mesmerizing the audience, through a visual and musical spectacle, the event recreated the erstwhile court of the Mughals through flowers and live music. With guests entering to live sufi music, the show began with the resounding voice of the internationally acclaimed doyen of Indian classical music – Shubha Mudgal. While she sang, the models walked the ramp, adorned with flowers.
Commenting on the association, Atul Chand, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing Business said, ” We are really excited and proud to present a grand finale like never before at Quli Khan’s Tomb with a picturesque setting of the Qutub Minar. Rohit Bal, celebrated as the master of fabric and fantasy has presented a collection marked by grandeur and each ensemble was splendid with his creative brilliance. The result has been marvelous. We would also like to thank the ‘Ministry of Tourism -Incredible India’ for their support in making this happen!”
Wills Lifestyle also celebrates its successful partnership with the master craftsmen for its Signature collection with an exclusive line, which will be retailed from Wills Lifestyle stores across the country. He further added, “Wills Lifestyle has taken the unique initiative of partnering with India’s leading designers to retail the exclusive co-creations at the stores. This enables the fashion industry in reaching out to consumers across the country thus, furthering the business of fashion. The partnership with Rohit will once again extend beyond the ramp, with an exclusive collection being available at Wills Lifestyle stores.”
A delighted Rohit Bal said, “It is wonderful to be back and a great honor to be doing the grand finale at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week once again. It is a perfect platform for me to show uninhibited creativity and express myself through a collection that transcends all seasons and reflects my sense of aesthetics without any constraints. And I would like to especially thank Wills Lifestyle & FDCI in helping me present this collection at such a historic site.”
‘GULBAGH’ literally means ‘Garden of Flowers’ takes us into a land riddled with fantasy and a lingering fragrance of floral dreams. In this, the true Kingdom of Jannat, flowers have always been held sacrosanct. From the peony to the chrysanthemum, the trellis of wild roses and the ubiquitous lotus, this collection is special. This distinctly prêt-a-porter collection has been specially created for the Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale, and has the signature Rohit Bal look and the feel of being contemporary with strong Indian sensibilities.
The fabrics range from fine handlooms like chanderi, fine mulmul, matka silk and voile while velvet lends a hint of luxury. Techniques like hand-block printing have been used with vegetable dyes and gold leaf embossing, with a generous use of quilting and tilla, hand embroidery in resham. This subtle collection revels in an extravagant use of thread and metallic gold.
Ivory forms the basis of this canvas, embroidered and printed in deep jewel tones enhancing the purity of this earthy textile. The use of rich brocade from Varanasi adds the right amount of glamour and opulence to the otherwise understated and demure collection.
This collection represents the craft and heritage of India. It is pure in its thought and follows a philosophy of timeless style. It is quite, calm and enveloped in a cloak of serenity!
About Wills Lifestyle
Synonymous with fashion and elegance, ITC’s Wills Lifestyle stores offer a premium lifestyle wardrobe, incorporating the latest fashion trends for both men and women. With a fashion fresh compelling range of Wills Classic formal wear, Wills Sport casual wear, Wills Clublife evening wear and Wills Signature designer wear, Wills Lifestyle provides Indian consumers premier high street fashion and a delightful shopping experience. Currently there are 100 Wills Lifestyle stores across 40 cities. The Wills Lifestyle range is also available across all leading departments’ stores and multi brand-outlets in the country whilst also being available on all leading online fashion retailing portals.