New Delhi Oct 8 : Besides the usual plethora of design greats showcasing their collections, the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week spring-summer 2013 edition is going a step ahead this time with a Indo-Dutch collaboration as well as a focus on talent from the North East.
Curtains on the five-day extravaganza - which involves 132 designers, 48 models and more than 200 buyers - will be raised tomorrow with a show by designers Payal Pratap and Anand Kabra, followed by designer Atsu Sekhose from Nagaland.
Sekhose's show is a presentation by the Ministry of Textiles, to showcase an eclectic line that captures the flavor of the North east, its vast wealth of textiles and intricate designs but with a modern twist.
Besides the show, there will be stalls set up to showcase crafts from various designers from the region, including Manipur, Shillong, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, curated by Mala Baruah.
The first day will end with a presentation by Indian and Dutch designers, who have come together to create a joint show displaying the best talents from the two countries.
Leading designer Suneet Verma has joined hands with Dutch couturier Jan Taminiau, whose ingenious constructions, use of materials and luxurious embellishments have dazzled the catwalks at both Paris and Amsterdam Fashion Weeks.
"I have been to India before and the rich heritage of Indian culture has always amazed me. I am happy that I have collaborated with Suneet because our working style is quite similar. Both of us like embellishments," said Taminiau.
"We did most of the designing over Skype. Our collection is denim infused couture. We have designed eight pieces individually and eight jointly," said Suneet.
Designer duo Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna have teamed up with Dutch label Died comprising designers Diederik Verbakel and Marieke Holthuis.
The Dutch pair are famous for their avant-garde illustrations, accessories and hand-dyed and printed silks.
"We saw beautiful clothes in stores back home and always wondered who they were. We found that they were mostly by Rohit and Rahul. So when we got the opportunity to collaborate with an Indian designer, it had to be them. Their clothes are full of embellishments and are so modern," Diederik said.
This edition of WIFW promises to be high on the Bollywood quotient as well with actress Deepika Padukone walking the ramp for Ranna Gill and Manoj Bajpayee being the showstopper for Samant Chauhan. Model-turned-actress Sarah Jane Dias is all set to walk for designer Surily Goel.
Fashion bigwigs like Manish Malhotra, Wendell Rodricks and Rajesh Pratap Singh are also participating in the event which will come to an end with veteran Ritu Kumar doing the grand finale on October 10.