'Victorian' girls walk through birdcage in Gauri-Nainika's WIFW show-openeri

At first, the oversized white birdcage was closed. Then, models dressed in designer duo Gauri & Nainika's Victorian-style gowns and dresses dramatically threw open its doors to signify the freedom of summer and sashayed down the ramp at the inaugural show of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) on Wednesday.

'The birdcage represented the freedom the summer season gives a woman to dress up in beautiful dresses and gowns that flow well,' said Nainika. The duo's spring/summer collection was aimed at reprising fashion of the 1930s with effortless drapes and softly constructed dresses.

The silhouettes were tall and slim and had a free flowing look. Inspired by Isadora Duncan, the 19th century pioneer of American modern dance who was known for her inventive method of draping, the line also had robes and high-waist pencil dresses in lush prints splashed with vivid colours.

The line was divided into three different looks - understated grey, making its way to shocking greens and oranges, and eventually leading to beautiful gowns in chiffon and tulle with heavy use of nets. The colour palette ranged from sand, grey, cream, olive, black and white to flaming orange, electric aqua, burnt orange, shaded jade and coral leaf green, pink and yellow.

The designers' outfits were sans any embroidery or embellishments to depict casualness, a free spirit and comfort - which is their signature style.

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