Here’s what the designers showed on ramp on the first day of the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 (AIFW AW’16):
Spring Affair by Varun Bahl
With honeybee showpieces on the ramp and backdrop of forest, Varun Bahl’s collection, Nocturne was inspired by Slavic folk costumes. A-line skirt, bomber jackets and tunics were breezy in appeal and layered smartly. Flora and fauna were the motifs on the silhouettes.
Fabrics Used: Neoprene, handwoven silk, heavy crepe and light tulle.
Color Choices: Ivory, beige, teal, peach, mustard, olive, leaf- green, black, gold, orange and fuchsia.
Handwoven Stripes by Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta
The collection by Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta was quite paradoxical. There were series of relaxed outfits and then a model strutted down the ramp with her hands tied and sari draped with a conservative approach. The collection blended nonchalance with gleam.
Fabrics Used: Handwoven cotton, merino wool, quilted tussar silk, leather straps, and zari work.
Color Choices: Metallic grey, metallic black, blue, multicolored outfits with muted sensibilities.
Dramatic Touch by Hemant & Nandita
The collection by Hemant & Nandita was wispy and bold. Shimmering flora was the inspiration behind the collection that consisted of dresses, half pants, long overcoats, jumpsuits and skirts. The accessories used were also bold.
Fabrics Used: Neoprene, chiffon and wool.
Color Choices: Gold, silver, brown, deep red, grey etc.
Dimensional Layering by Not So Serious By Pallavi Mohan
Pallavi Mohan used some elements from her past collections in her latest collection titled, ‘Synthesis’. Using laser cut leathers and dimensional layering technique made the collection visually complex but interesting.
Fabrics Used: Woollen tweeds, velvet, silk organza and satin.
Color Choices: Amber, teal and red wine color etc.
Old World Charm by Shantanu & Nikhil
Flares, layers, ruffles and frills were the ingredients of the collection by Shantanu & Nikhil titled, ‘The Last Walk’. Pleating, draping and sartorial structured cuts heightened the drama of the gowns inspired from the Victorian era.
Fabrics Used: Silk nets, tulle, chiffons.
Color Choices: Beige, red and lots of white.
Silver Lining by Kiran Uttam Ghosh
Silver appeared to be a versatile metal used in the collection by Kiran Uttam Ghosh. Textures from silver jewelery were the inspiration for textiles and embroideries. With silver as the backdrop, the collection was a celebration of excess and maximalism.
Fabics Used: Georgette, chiffon, organza and lots of handlooms.
Color Choices: Teals, blues, indigo, blues, marsala red, opaque tones etc.
Off-shoulders by Rina Dhaka
The collection by Rina Dhaka had intricate stitch structures that were interwoven to create shapes like boat necks and off-shoulders. ‘Sweater dresses’ was the trend laid out by Rina Dhaka in her collection.
Fabrics Used: Ikat, chinar, tussar silk, chiffon.
Color Choices: Black, black and white patterns, gold, red, and blue with shimmer.
Melt by Gaurav Gupta
Futuristic and asymmetrical, Gaurav Gupta’s collection, ‘Melt’ focussed on the climate change. The interesting point about his collection was that there was no wastage of fabrics. The collection was ornate with sheers and embellishments.
Fabrics Used: Chiffon, georgette, organza.
Color Choices: Flaming orange, blazing blue, ash grey and black.