Indian ‘Spring Summer Of ’16’

Definitive Trends & Style Inspirations From AIFW SS16

After a weeklong sartorial indulgence at the Spring Summer edition of AIFW, it is now time to get down to business. And when we say business, we mean decoding the runway trends in one easy reckoner for you – a SS16 style guide way before anywhere else!

Taking cues from the international runways and adjusting it to our Indian sensibilities as witnessed at AIFW SS16, here is a look at the major fashion moods for the next spring summer along with the silhouettes you should look out for, color palettes that are bound to be eye catching, embellishments & adornments for that summer sparkle and wardrobe essentials you absolutely must buy.

Sartorial Moods

The predominating mood on the runway was that of easy glamour – be it for the day or the night. Normcore and androgyny were revisited by the likes of Lovebirds and DRVV while a playful, irreverent style came out at Pero and Ikai runways. Easy evening glamour was the keyword at the likes of Debarun and Shivan & Narresh while a maximum blast of over the top prints, colours and silhouettes took centre stage at Hemant & Nandita. Workwear was reimagined in wispier form at Ashih Soni’s runway while Prashant Verma presented a summer guide to Power Dressing with fluid yet structured silhouettes. Old word glamour came through at Payal Pratap’s show and Siddartha Tytler came out with a dreamy summer bridal collection. Sports Luxe got a pret update at Anand Bhushan‘s tennis runway. Then there was the heritage element following a major heritage revival we have been witnessing of late – the grand finale saw 16 leading designers presenting their take on how to wear the trend, from ethnic ensembles at JJ Valaya to sensuous evening wear at Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna and then an exotic reimagination at Atsu Sekhose.

Fabrics & Silhouettes 

Fluidity, movement and ease was key talking of fabrics and silhouettes, in line with the extreme Indian summer. Organic, lightweight fabrics including light cottons, linens, silk blends and breathable wools ruled the runways of Pero, Vaishali S, Lovebirds, Ikai and Anavila. Talking of silhouettes, maxi silhouettes made a major comeback at Malini Ramani and Hemant & Nandita’s runways while sheers and opaques layering was the cardinal styling rule at Lovebirds, Shalini James and Frou Frou Runways. Fringes got another turn this time around at Vaishali S runway and we were for one are not complaining (got to love fringes!). Unusual indo-western pairings also made an impression, from Shalini James‘ sari draped over shorts and Nida Mahmood’s grunge Sari look with denims and adidas kicks.

Color & Prints

The color stories ranged from minimal monochromes at Abhi Singh, earthy palettes at Anavila & Lovebrids, dreamy pastels at Payal Pratap & Indian By Manish Arora, metallic sheen at Siddartha Tytler and Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna and vibrant pop hues at Malini Ramani and Shivan & Narresh. Prints ranged from oversized florals at Hemant & Nandita, psychedelic paint swirls at Siddartha Tytler, gritty New York scape inspired abstracts at Prashant Verma, earthy tie & dye at Ashish Soni & whimsical cigarette and bull motifs at Ikai – these are a few that caught our imagination. The prints ruled the runway and how this time around. So go big with prints when you go summer shopping next!


Embellishments and adornments came by the way of subtlety and understatements this time around. Tonal appliqué ruled the runways of Frou Frou and Ikai while mesh accents made a major appearance at Nikhita Tandon’s show. 431-88 by Shweta Kapur played with laser cut detailing while metallic sculpting stole the limelight at Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna and Siddartha Tytler’s runways. Patchwork took over Anamika Khanna’s Indian sport designs and unfinished edges was the call of the hour at Lovebirds. Exotic bead and bugle glass detailing was the highlight of Vineet Bahl’s collection inspired by the Chinese culture.

Wardrobe Essentials

So while we have spoken of individual elements and styles you should definitely consider when going summer shopping next. Here is our list of absolute must haves from the AIFW runways as is for your wardrobes:

Shivan & Narresh ruched trikini and Malini Ramani maxi dresses for the beach; Hemant & Nandita’s floral jumpsuit and matching floral box bag for a retro summer style, Ashish Soni’s Structured Striped Coat and Ikai Denim Fluid Over Coat for layering up or down your look, Prashant Verma’s Slate Grey Pant Suit for an effortless work look, Eka minmalist kurta for a fuss free summer style and Siddartha Tytler’s pastel lehenga teamed with dull gold blouse for a summer day wedding. Oh and an absolute must have? A lightweight sari to be played around with and draped adventurously – think with shorts, pants, under capes and even with bikinis!

Getting a style rush already? You can get a head start on your Spring Summer fashion shopping right off the AIFW SS16 runway here! Go ahead, knock yourself out for that enviable fashion forward wardrobe.


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