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North-East fashion in focus at Wills Fashion Week

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New Delhi: 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.

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. (PTI)

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