Exclusively at AIFW SS ’16: Day 2

After an extremely successful opening day with fabulous shows from the likes of Sanjay Garg, Anavila and Shivan and Narresh to name a few, Day 2 drew a much larger crowd. The fashionistas were out and boy, were they in form! We loved the street style we caught on Day 2 and as expected, the who’s who of fashion was well in attendance.

Day 2 kicked off with shows by Pratima Pandey (Prama), Tanvi Kedia and Rasa Jaipur. Pratima’s collection called ‘The Melody Affair’ was clearly inspired by Rococo art and architecture movement with a play on shadow work. Pulling colours from the art work ‘The Swing’ by Fragonard, the collection showcased a masterful use of Dabka, Ari and Parsi embroidery as well as several other material techniques. Chanderi was the fabric of the hour and the silhouettes were clean, simple and elegant – the perfect ensemble for any occasion. Tanvi Kedia’s collection was a delightful display of colour and prints. She’s become quite well known for her artistic usage of digital prints and vibrant colours in her work and this was quite evident in this collection as well. The surprise element in this collection was the beautiful usage of crochet – evident in bits throughout the collection in a delightful palettes of pinks, blues, yellows and cream hues. Rasa’s collection was a sartorial spectacle of hand block prints and relaxed, breezy silhouettes. Sarees, trousers, jackets and dresses in interesting prints and vibrant colours stole the show!

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Next on the roster were Hemant & Nandita and Pallavi Mohan. Mohan’s label Not So Serious showcased a collection aptly called ‘Summer Kaleidoscope’ featuring bright, sunny colours and breezy silhouettes. Featuring a lot of the very hot ‘sheer’ trend, the collection showcased fun playful high waisted skirts, in both midi and maxi lengths, culottes, tunics and jackets in charcoals, baby pinks and mint greens. Bead work, sequins, shimmer and studded collars were aplenty with geometric prints, cut work and some fringe detailing. Hemant and Nandita’s collection called ‘Summer of 69’ showcased shirts and suiting fabrics intermingled with lace and tulle, bringing alive the fashion of the 60’s. Psychedelic flowers, lace shoulder patches and loose silhouettes coupled with short hemlines and free flowing trousers really took us back to the good old days of free love!

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Anand Bhushan and Dev R Nil’s shows were packed houses – no surprises there! Dev R Nil’s collection ‘The Journey’ is meant to be about celebrating life as it is. The collection draws inspiration from nature and features floral prints with broken check patterns – meant to symbolize the fragmented stories of life. The collection is reminiscent of the hippies of the ’60’s and has the label’s signature free-spirited aesthetic. For the first time in their 11 year design journey, the designers have brought the very first piece of the collection onto the ramp – a turning point for sure! Bringing a bit of luxe into this collection, they have tried to marry prêt and couture, with Chanderi fabrics featuring prints merged with embroidery. The collection comprised of bomber jackets, dresses, trousers, t-shirts and palazzos in Organza, French Chiffon, Crêpe and Net fabrics. The colour palette ranged from nude and off-white to bright tangerines and cobalt blues to the ever timeless black. Anand Bhushan’s show had the surprise element of a tennis court runway – not only did you get a front row rest to fabulous fashion but with the models all wearing visors, it seemed like you were also watching a tennis match! Jokes apart, we loved the collection – bright summery colours, fluid statement silhouettes and exquisite embellishments had our complete attention! Skirts, crop tops and jackets were the stars of the collection and all in all, we’ve got to say that was one fun show!

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Samant Chauhan’s collection called ‘Kinnaur Queen’ drew inspiration from the first Rajput family katoch dynasty,and kangra fort with origins traced back to ancient Trigarta kingdom. His concept for SS ’16 was to bring alive the Indo-Greek aesthetic through beautiful drapes with heavy emphasis on bead and Zardosi work. Primarily featuring a muted colour palette, there were hints of drama a la the contrast red piping. Metal trims and leather accessories also featured heavily in the collection. The instrumental version of Royals by Lorde, was just the cherry on the top!

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When you think Payal Pratap, you think timeless elegance and that’s exactly what her show delivered. ‘Vintage Rose’ is a collection that romanticizes the 50’s era with feminine florals juxtaposed by sharp stripes and playful polka dots. Celebrating the modern woman, the runway was rampant with fun pleated skirts and structured dressed, jumpsuits and halter necks in strong prints and dramatic silhouettes, all the while bringing alive an element of classic glamour. Cross stitch embroideries, now a signature from the brand were interwoven with digital and graphic thread embroideries on Dupions, Chanderis, Crêpes and Georgettes in a pastel palette making for a pretty picture (see below!)

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Day 2 ended with a spectacular show from Ashish N Soni. The collection called ‘The Inner Child’ celebrated the innocent essence of childhood that many of us tend to forget. Denim is the hero of the collection, and in a range of true-blue washes is combined with other fabrics and textures to produce a line that is effortlessly chic while the specially woven black satin lends a luxe element to the collection. The silhouettes are a mix of structures and fluid flares and there is a heavy focus on peplum across jackets, dresses and blouses. The techniques showcased in this collection are myriad ranging from concept cuts, embroidery, beading, embellishments, patchwork panels, and side seams. The palette is an inky indigo infused with blurred streaks of white.

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Day 2 has left us quite inspired and waiting with bated breath to see what the rest of fashion week holds for us. Moreover, Spring/Summer ’16 suddenly looks a whole lot more interesting!

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