Day 2 at AIFW explored the many facets and moods of modern Indian fashion – from Pallavi Mohan’s ‘Not So Serious’ kaleidoscopic kitsch, Hemant & Nandita’s modern ‘Summer of 69’ and Anand Bhushan’s tennis pret to Samant Chauhan’s Rajput couture, Payal Pratap’s 50s inspired romanticism and Ashish Soni’s playful menswear inspired womenswear, it was all about celebrating the uniqueness of the Indian sartorialists (read full review here).
Day 3, in turn, was a style revelation for the attendees with a diverse mix of SS’16 collections reflecting coming of age of Indian design sensibilities – moving away from the more is more trend to more and less reinterpreted in novel ways for individualistic style statements.
The day started with a Spring-Summer 2016 Global Trends Talk by WGSN – world’s leading fashion trend forecasting service, specifically focusing on seasonal forecast themes relevant for Indian consumers. Catriona Macnab (WGSN Chief Creative Officer), spoke about the macro and micro trends for SS16-17 seasons, from deep sea inspired color palettes, return of the pastels and florals in a new avatar to dominance of sheer accents and artisanal handlooms. We for one, were certainly inspired to go shopping right away for our summer wardrobes, never mind the approaching winters! Stay tuned as we break down SS16-17 trends for you here.
Coming to the shows, here is our take on what we witnessed on the runways – the front row, runway theme, trends, inspirations, designs, silhouettes, embellishments, accessories et al:
Hi 5 Show by Abhi Singh, Aditya Dugar, Chhaya Mehrotra, Poonam Dubey, Shalini James
Celebrating Budding Indian Fashion – At Abhi Singh, easy chic was the call of the fashion hour with in a monochrome palette. At Aditya Duggar, dhoti pants made a major appearance as the star highlight with myriad styling options. Shalini James was all ‘Indian By Choice’ with saris in earthy palettes layered with lightweight skirts. Poonam Dubey gave hand-blocked prints a summery spin with easy, laidback ensembles. At Chhaya Mehrotra, pretty in pastels was the overriding theme with flowy separates in floral printed organzas.
Once Upon A Town – Sheers, florals and polka dots came together in a beautiful amalgamation of appliqué and mesh in soft hues with sharp tailoring for the modern work dressing.
You Can Walk With Us – Part futuristic, part sensational and wholly wearable structured whites made an appearance in dreamy textures of mesh and organza laced with blocks of blue.
You can shop this collection very soon here!
431-88 by Shweta Kapur
The Sari Art – The 6 yards of ever sensuous drape presented in all it’s glory with Mughal jail motifs, laser cut detail and stripes of patent leather on georgettes and crepes pleated, wrapped and tied in different ways for a modern Indian statement.
Junglee Billi x Adidas – Colourful bomber jackets, shift dresses and saris paired with denims accentuated with funky headgears and platform sneakers for the unconventional Indian woman.
Want this fiercely eclectic style? Head over here as we launch the collection very soon Off The Runway just for you!
Virtues by Viral, Ashish & Vikrant
Understated Indian – Hints of glitter on ethereal ethnic designs and standout golden accessories were the highlights at Virtues show
AM-IT by Amit Aggarwal
Upcycled Fashion – Turning old into new, this was organic fashion at it’s kitsch best with reconstructed gamchas, pollybag glimmer and elaborate print detailing.
Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal
Modern Manjula – A bohemian fashion story told with wispy silks, psychedelic stripes and eclectic colors in flowing silhouettes for that sensuous yet relaxed beach style
Be the bohemian goddess with these designs here for you to shop right away!
Vacation Mode – Picasso-esque prints, colour bursts and easy silhouettes capturing the essence of the global traveler on a quest for rare and natural beauty
Patchwork Summer – Tunics, asymmetric ponchos, high low summer dresses, sculpted bathing suits and flea market inspired accessories in flaming hot hues, eclectic prints and patchwork detailing for an eclectic summer wardrobe
Spaces presents AnaMika
Indian Athleisure – The queen of luxe celebrates intricacy of artisanal Indian fashion with timeless designs juxtaposed with an eclectic easy wear separates contemporary closets.
Watch this space as we bring you a daily blow by blow update of new trends, lust worthy designs and celebrity action from the ongoing India Fashion Week SS’16.