We have just witnessed the fashion exhilaration from Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 and Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016.
The sought after Indian fashion weeks have brought forth some iconic trends that we would love to get in our wardrobe ASAP (before the next season of fashion begins)!
Three dimensional effects stood out on the runways of Indian fashion weeks that culminated during the first week of April. Interesting fans, pleats, ruffles and ruches with high and low silhouettes had eye catching results. Amit Aggarwal’s form based outfits used quilting, pleating and various texture treatments for a glamorous look, while Gaurav Gupta’s white bodycon gown had a classic sculptural effect around the neckline. In addition, Shantanu and Nikhil’s collection enthralled the audience with its creative texture play. So this season embrace the drama of textured outfits and toss out the plain look.
Saree, the versatile Indian garb made its statement like always during this season’s Indian fashion weeks. Rimzim Dadu’s wire saree managed to stun everyone. Gaurang Shah presented striking sarees paired with puffed up and ruffled blouses that demonstrated the Spanish influence. Nikasha’s fusion sarees paired with unique blouses totally transformed the saree look. Ilk’s handloom saree paired with a full sleeve T-shirt is a great fusion trend for the cooler months. Gossamer jamdanis and handspun cotton sarees made a statement in Swati and Sunaina’s exclusive saree collection. Innovative drapes are revamping the traditional saree and transforming them into high fashion choices for any event, casual or formal.
Reds have the ability to rule the Indian fashion weeks perennially owing to the colour’s strong overshadowing power. The colour dominated Shantanu and Nikhil’s outstanding collection with interesting draping effects. Garo’s floral embroidery rendition in gold and red offered a stunning look. The statement colour made many outfits memorable in collections from Nikasha, Namrata Joshipura, Niki Mahajan, Lovebirds, Virtues and Gaurav Gupta.
Indian fashion weeks would not be complete without a collection of globally influenced Indian evening wear. Anita Dongre’s lehengas with slit tops and jackets will definitely woo the contemporary bride this year too. Virtues by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant presented amazing lehengas and sherwanis using mashru fabric in unique ways. Debutante Jayanti Reddy’s designs were to watch out for as they displayed exciting modern treatments applied to traditional silhouettes. Anand Kabra unfurled glamour using white and gold. His attractive uneven tunic paired with a striped gold modern lehenga will not go unnoticed.
Stripes, chevrons, triangles and blocks on fabric seem to be the trends for this season as they were featured again and again. Anupama Bose used geometry to recreate sarees and lehengas with a modern touch, while Amrich designs incorporated block prints along with other earthy prints for a casual look. Nor Black Nor White presented a fun show playing with various geometrical shapes, especially stripes and blocks. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna brought lace and stripes together to create a wonderful blend of contrasts.
Gauri and Nainika’s pansy prints and appliqués created a stir at Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016. The designer duo has set a trend for some summery flower power in your cocktail outfits. Hemant & Nandita also broke perception and brought flowers into winter appropriate wear like jackets and coats. Payal Singhal’s floral print contemporary outfits and delicate floral embroidery and jali work by Sahil Kochhar made a glorious impact. So it looks like flower power is a winner this year!
Layers found its place in almost every silhouette on display at this season’s Indian fashion weeks. Jackets and long coats gave an instant upgrade to most of the outfits including the pant sets, casuals and even sarees. Pallavi Mohan’s collection used the charm of jackets to enhance the look too. Huemn adopted the casual jacket look while Anand Kabra glammed it up with golden jackets on sarees. Antar- Agni played with various layers in solids and the separates by Payal also celebrated the layered look with tunics and trousers.
The Indian fashion weeks have a soft spot for earthy handloom styles. Outfits that harp on an ethical journey are always celebrated at the Indian fashion weeks. Many designers working with organic fabrics and muted minimalistic looks have grown into well known labels through the shows. Anavila’s understated cotton sarees with a sporty look offered chic ways to style the six yard fabric. Pero offered an angelic creation in indigenous fabrics and Grassroot by Anita Dongre set a trend for cotton outfits layered with prints on prints.
Indian fashion weeks have witnessed the comeback of the pinafore dresses this season. Nishka Lulla’s soft pastel separates gave out a feminine charm. The Meraki Project’s red pinafore dress paired with gladiators has set a great trend for fashion trend followers. Rajesh Pratap Singh’s metallic collection also incorporated the pinafore look in bling, where as Ilk used the pinafore to portray its subtle designs and Pero’s gingham pinafores affirmed the comeback of the school girl silhouette.
The Gujarati Kedia top is a man’s folkdance outfit. The Indian fashion weeks borrowed inspirations from the kedia for feminine results. Jayanti Reddy’s collection looked ready for a modern bride and it also incorporated the kedia top with decorated lehengas. Vrisa by Rahul and Shikha paired the kedia top with cotton pants for a casual look. Nikasha’s striking fusion outfits married trousers, kedia tops and long coats, dhotis, tunics and even sarees.
The Indian fashion weeks are moving from heavier embellishments to edgier treatments. The traditional Indian oufits like the sarees and salwar kurtas are getting juxtaposed with western silhouettes to give rise to creative results that are globally wearable. The trend set by Indian fashion weeks for the coming year hovers around wearability.
The Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 sent out a strong message through its show for AJIO, the e-commerce portal for Reliance Retail. The veteran actress Helen walked for the category Age No Bar, comedian Bharti Singh graced the walk for Size No Bar and well known Sunny Leone proclaimed Choice No Bar. The Gender No Bar showstopper was transgender activist and Bharatnatyam dancer Laxmi Narayan Tripathi. Also making a strong statement was Suman Sharma, the first woman to fly the mighty Russian MIG-35 aircraft, who walked for the category Career No Bar.
The Indian fashion weeks are setting a trend to do away with the superficial and embrace the real. They have offered a style for every individual in different shapes and sizes because fashion is and should be for everyone!
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