Having completed an associate degree from NIFT New Delhi in 1991, Ranna augmented this with a Bachelor`s degree from Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Ranna`s formative years as an intern were well spent under the tutelage of some of the leading lights of the Fashion Industry in India and abroad. Starting out with Rohit Khosla subsequently going on to do a stint with Donna Karan. Her learning curve emerged with her experience at the respected and exacting fashion house of "Polo" Ralph Lauren - the Women`s wear Division at Madison, New York. Answering the call of her roots Ranna came back to India, creating a self styled label under her name, and the fall 1996 saw a launch of this young designer.
The collection of `Ranna` by Ranna Gill was wild and dangerous. Ranna Gill presented a very chic collection inspired by the wild jungle and tribal influences. Her choice of fabrics, prints, embroideries, colours and trims were all wild and yet beautifully sexy. A collection with a lot of kurtas, camisoles, blouses, pants and sarees, it had a generous sprinkle of bold animal prints, florals, and delicate tone. The use of bone, beads, threads, raffia, suede fringes and lace ups added drama to the sheer organzas, georgettes, crepes and silks.
Ranna`s show began with punky silhouettes in somber black. The collection had Indo-Oriental feel, with some delicious China inspired brocades and Japanese Obi style corsets. Especially beautiful were three tops: the first in an ethereal off white chiffon ruched at the upper arm, then a very glam 80`s backless drape top in white georgette with bold black beading a the throat, and finally another cream dream that fell in soft fronds from the shoulder. The showstopper was a white cotton kurta belted under the bust with a slivery spangled belted long white cotton tiered skirt - the first different silhouette in LIFWL so far.
Ranna Gill`s collection was the combination of Moroccan, Egyptian and the Mediterranean cultures. Gill crafts kaftans, tunics, ponchos, kurtas with deep necklines, endless side slits and teams them with modern silhouettes in form of slim pants, tiny minis, slim skirts. Made of georgettes, crepes and satins, the fabrics are exuberantly embellished with sand blasted earthy prints, vibrant appliqués, and bold dori-work and satin stitch embroideries, lapis lazuliand sparkling metal sequins. The colour palette is equally saturated with saturated hues of cobalt blue, emerald green, aubergine, coffee brown, and sand, besides generous accents of gold dust and moonlit silver. Both men`s and women`s wear was featured in the collection, with men being as magnificently togged up as the women in crinkled pajamas, kaftans, and kurtas.
Ranna Gill`s "Gypsy" collection showcased very modern and sexy Gypsies with Indian roots. Ranna used gotta, mirrors and paisely giving her garments a total Ethnic feel. Her silhouettes were sexy with halter-tops, stretch dresses and strappy tops. Softness was added through ribbon ties and chiffon printed sashes, which added an element of girlie fun. There were trousers in the collection often worn under kaftan dresses. These trousers were rolled to the knee, showing lots of leg. There were gypsy dresses, tiered skirts and knee length gypsy skirts- giving her collection a feeling of free and easy movement. Colours were used but they never looked over the tops, as most of the colours used where on the muter side- such as ochre-orange, rose pink and grape purple.
Wills Lifestyle IFW 2006
The theme of this collection was Elizabeth. It reflected the luxurious the Victorian/Edwardian look of the 18th century. Shades of black, white, red, teal, olive and midnight blue were blended with polka dots and floral prints. Silhouettes ranged from ruffled and empire style tops to skirts and dresses detailed with lace, crochet appliqués and grosgrain. Accessories such as pearl necklaces, Victorian brooches and ballerina shoes further accentuated this look.