The recently concluded Amazon India Fashion Week 2016 set the pace for some great action in Indian fashion this year.
The autumn-winter collection from India’s top designers had a whole range of outfits from casual summer dresses to Indian bridal wear that made us sit up and take notice.
Of course, as with all Indian fashion weeks, the Amazon India Fashion Week has also set defining trends which will soon be seen on the streets.
We’ve done all the hard work and put together the best of fashion from the five day extravaganza so that you stay on top of all the latest trends!
Amazon India Fashion Week’s opening designer, Varun Bahl showcased his line called ‘Nocturne’ which was designed for the urban woman who is fashion conscious but wants to also exude a bohemian vibe. True to its name, the collection saw jackets, tunics and bombers paired with A-line skirts and trousers, all in blacks, metallics and dark florals. Simple lines meant that the outfits could be styled and layered easily, creating ensembles that take everyday dressing to the next level.
Shantanu and Nikhil’s show on Day 1 was an eye-opener with drapes, ruffled gowns, tulles layered elegantly to be reminiscent of the Victorian Era. The capes and the sheer fabrics added to the romantic appeal and we are sure to see more of these silhouettes becoming mainstream soon.
The day wound up with Gaurav Gupta’s eco-friendly collection titled ‘Melt’ which brought focus to global warming. The show was held in open-air in keeping with the climate change theme. We saw models sashay down the ramp in zero-waste cocktail garments in cascading designs to throw light on the increasing temperature and melting snowcaps.
Day two of the Amazon India Fashion Week began with Aniakka by Kanika Saluja who showcased dramatic drapes and vintage drapes with lace and leather detailing. It was followed by the ‘Mashru’ collection by the label Virtues by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant where we saw delightfully bright ensembles in gorgeous Indian drapes with abundant use of Ikat prints.
The day also saw Dhruv Kapoor showcasing his signature line with modern androgynous outfits for women that comprised of sharp lines, button down silhouettes and extensive use of fur and leather. Malini Ramani stood out amongst the designers of the day with her take on the saree with shimmering drapes and sexy silhouettes which were perfect for a soiree.
What we loved about day two of the Amazon India Fashion Week was Anita Dongre’s Grassroots collection. The sheer wear-ability of the separates in earthy prints and rustic colours had us furiously taking notes about putting together separates to make a mind blowing ensemble.
The day ended with Rajesh Pratap Singh’s collection titled ‘Gold Rush’ that had strong metallic accents on shirts, dresses and skirts. It was an interesting juxtaposition of glamour and understated elegance that did not fail to impress.
On day three of the Amazon India Fashion Week, we saw collections by Shruti Sancheti, Chandrani Siingh Fllora, Anupama Dayal and Sanchita. But what took the cake was Pankaj and Nidhi’s glittering collection that was an ode to the European cavalries of the yore, with badges, braids and cords used as embellishments.
Ujjwal Dubey’s Antar Agni also deserves special mention for its minimalistic lines which miraculously brought together edginess and the current trend of slouchy-chic. Pleated trousers, dhoti pants, jackets and asymmetric kurtas were a part of his collection aimed at both men and women.
The accessory show of the Amazon India Fashion Week 2016 was also held on day three, showcasing works of Mine by Design by Ambar Pariddi Sahai, Valliyan by Vasundhara and Nitya. The drool worthy baubles at the show simply left us wanting for more edgy pieces which we are sure will rule the trend charts for some time now.
On day four of the Amazon India Fashion Week, designer Aneeth Arora threw a pajama party with her new line of lounge and comfort wear. The surprise element of the collection was the use of traditional khadi and brocade in these fun clothes with some 50s inspired makeup which left us all wanting for more.
Anavila Misra’s show was one of the most eagerly awaited shows of the Amazon India Fashion Week, given the popularity of designer’s previous collections. She lived up to the high expectations with her take on ‘norm-core’ where she paired the traditional Indian saree with shirts, pants and sweaters that made for a refreshing change from the norm.
This was followed by Mandira Wirk’s spellbinding collection of regal outfits in beautiful silhouettes and lush colours. Malaika Arora Khan walked the ramp for Wirk in a stunning black outfit with metallic accents that looked perfect for a pre-wedding ceremony.
The day ended with Namrata Joshipura’s show that showcased evening wear with street-inspired elements. Models walked down the ramp in gowns paired with headphones and suits with rapper caps. Athiya Shetty created quite a buzz when she walked in a sizzling black sequinned black jumpsuit with bell sleeves.
Day five marked the grand finale of the fashion extravaganza held in the country’s capital city. The day was all about reviving the old and toasting the new with the theme - India Modern. We saw designers use indigenous textiles and crafts in edgy, contemporary designs that simply seemed like they were made for each other.
Rajesh Pratap Singh, Aneeth Arora, Anju Modi, Abraham and Thakore,Amit Agarwal, Pankaj and Nidhi, Samant Chauhan and Rahul Mishra were the chosen designers for the finale. Each of them showcased a capsule collection fusing Indian and modern design sensibilities in earthy hues and gorgeous silhouettes.
The show opened with Rajesh Pratap Singh’s origami inspired collection that featured dresses with origami-like folds in the front, paired with translucent trousers and vintage shoes. Rahul Mishra then astounded us with his chic pieces that comprised of gowns and skirts in khadi with floral motifs on white. Aneeth Arora, who is known for her anti-fit garments surprised us with her collection of sophisticated ensembles in handwoven fabrics with golden motifs on them. Anju Modi’s regal collection with crinkled anarkalis and lehengas with intricate threadwork was a treat for our eyes. The highlight of the day was Amit Agarwal’s quirky collection in vibrant hues that made for a fitting end to the finale. He presented organza skirts and neoprene dresses with frills and ruffles that were striking, yet feminine.
We are confident that the Amazon India Fashion Week 2016 will definitely go on to influence many of the ready-to-wear lines for the upcoming season. We hope you were able to pick up some cues from the post that will help you stay on trend. Also, just letting all of you fashion lovers know that the Lakme Fashion Week 2016 will be kicking off very soon. So stay tuned to us for all the updates.
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