And here we are.. at the final day of the AIFW A/W ’16! The last four days have been a smorgasbord of runway fashion, street style, celebrity showstoppers, models everywhere and unbelievable sartorial moments. And here we are.. at the end of it all! And what an end it proved to be!
Day 5 of AIFW was everything we anticipated and more. The final day kicked off with a show by designer duo Gauri & Nainika. They showcased a line of stunning floral dresses and gowns, created in collaboration with artist Travis Bruce Black. Set mainly against a canvas of white, the floral line also showcased a rainbow of colors – the outdoor setting under a sunny March sky only added to the sartorial spectacle!
Following this was a show by Dolly J, Kartikeya and Jaya Rathore. Dolly J’s line showcased dresses and gowns in purple and mauve hues with butterfly prints, making for a pretty winter picture. Jaya Rathore on the other hand was more edgy with fringes and thigh high slits and solid color palette taking centre-stage. Kartikeya was all about the threadwork and embroidery, with capes being a focal point.
The show that followed and served as the precursor to the grand finale was by Joy Mitra and Soltee. Joy Mitra showcased a stunning line of gowns, jackets skirts, stoles and tops with beautiful floral motifs and embroideries in a melange of colors. Soltee on the other hand was all about princess, fairy-tale charm with a line of ethereal gown.
And then we had the grand finale of the AIFW A/W ’16 – the IndiaModern show. The theme was chosen to reflect the changing ethos of the Indian landscape and mindset across industries and especially in fashion. Nine well known and prolific designers were chosen to bring alive the theme and bring alive they did!
Rajesh Pratap Singh, Pero and Rahul Mishra were all about flowy silhouettes and indigo hues. Rajesh Pratap Singh’s collared indigo dresses with asymmetrical hemlines were made all the more dramatic with a bold gold jewelry and chunky metallic brogues. Rahul Mishra was all about floral fantasy with a stunning indigo and white floral skirt and high neck, detailed white top. Pero married indigo with hues of gold and rust for a breathaking metallic effect line of dresses and jackets.
Abraham and Thakore recreated the desert vibe with sand and rust hues and kediyas vis-a-vis flouncy skirt and peasant-y blouses. Anju Modi married bright red and scarlet hues with a more sober grey palette in a line of jackets, dresses and skirts with delicate floral embroideries. These were accessorized with chunky scarves to give a modern twist to her traditional design aesthetic. Pankaj & Nidhi played with fringes, collars, asymmetric hemlines and tulip hems in a bright vibrant line of dresses, skirts and tops. Samant Chauhan’s line was very reflective of his signature style – a line of flamboyant flared dresses with asymmetric hems in an play of red and white.
Amit Agarwals line of fairy tale dresses with a modern twist was nothing short of spectacular. Bright, pop colors married with embroidery, frills and girly chintzy fabric made for a stunning show. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna’s collection was full of fringe and fiery hues. Bright pinks and purples dominated the line of pants, tops and jackets and of course, they incorporated some of their signature bling. The surprise element was the one menswear design they included.
Overall, the grand finale was truly a spectacle and a visual treat for fashion fans. The designers take on ‘India Modern’ was not just interesting to see but also insightful on where Indian fashion is heading. And in our opinion, it’s heading in the right direction and how!
All in all AIFW A/W ’16 was a blast for us and we hope you enjoyed it vicariously through our round-ups!
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