The fashion week is upon us, and it continues to ride on the haute wave of eco-conscious fashion.
The fashion week is upon us, and it continues to ride on the haute wave of eco-conscious fashion. Showcasing our country’s strength — indigenous Indian handlooms — in modern garments with a traditional edge, Amazon India Fashion Week’s Spring Summer 2017 edition’s curtain rose to 16 designers narrating their individual versions of chanderi at the NSIC Grounds, Okhla.
Titled “The Road to Chanderi”, designers like Anita Dongre, Atsu Sekhose, Divyam Mehta, Gaurav Jai Gupta, IKAI by Ragini Ahuja, Joy Mitra, Ka-Sha by Karishma Shahani, Paromita Banerjee, Payal Pratap, Pratima Pandey, Ruchika Sachdev, Samant Chauhan, Sanjay Garg, Surendri by Yogesh Chaudhary and Vaishali S, showcased their versatility in working with handloom artists and weavers. Actress Aditi Rao Hydari concluded the show in a charcoal black lehenga with matching choli and sheer dupatta with golden thread work from Sanjay Garg’s Raw Mango collection.
Congress leader and MP Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, who represents the Guna constituency in Madhya Pradesh, was spotted with his wife for the show as well. He also lent his voice to a documentary, aimed at the revival of Chanderi weaves from the state’s Chanderi town. Designer Samant Chauhan was next in line. Known for his love for presenting Bhagalpur weaves for many years, for his Spring-Summer collection, Chauhan undertook an odyssey across time and navigated through the Aryan period and extracted its influences on India, its architecture and design. The designer worked his way around interesting, colourful zari and silk thread work. Kimono-style gown with zari work embroidery on chanderi-fused fabric, embellished floor length gown layered with net and chanderi, anaraka style gown, high-low jacket in organza fabric styled with A line trouser, front open kimono style jacket, one-shoulder outfits with silk embroidery, off-shoulder long trail gown with long sleeves in chanderi fused fabric and silk embroidery were the highlights.
Next up was designer Krishna Mehta with her collection “Curious Alice”.
Fresh, colourful and a juxtaposition of easy breezy (silhouette) with crafted detailing, her collection was heavy on Maheshwari fabric, and it included attention-grabbing pieces like asymmetric skirt in fuchsia, embroidered and button-down tunics, jackets, tie-and-dye-pyjamas, large lapel jackets, flowy deep neck peplum blouses, saris and more. Interesting choices of embroidery — read Bird of Paradise, pineapples, bold roses, etc.—- in a kaleidoscopic colour palette managed to ooze the brightness of summers, which was lacking in previous shows.
Love Generation, a brand comprising Mumbai girls and celebrities Dolly Sidwani (wife of Ritesh Sidhwani), Bhavana Pandey (Chunky Pandey’s wife) and Nandita Mahtani filled up the spot for a late evening show. Primarily targeted towards young girls, the collection encompassed denim in different, especially short formats. Cold shoulder tops, mini one pieces, off shoulder dresses, etc. were seen.
The final show of the evening saw the coming together of Italy and India. FDCI provided the Assocalzaturifici (Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association) and Aimpes (Italian Leather goods Manufacturers’ Associat-ion), a platform to showcase a collection of leather goods from 41 leading Italian brands. This was followed by a ramp show comprising collections from designers like Alberto Zambelli, Bav Tailor, Davide Grillo and Leitmotiv and more.