The Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter took off in style with some link to the previous season. While the gala show at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium had almost the same outdoor decor as the earlier season, even the color schemes appeared identical for many designers with gold, red, silver, grey, black and brown visible in the autumn-winter 2016 collection creations.
Having said that, the 5-day fashion extravaganza was opened by the celebrated designer Varun Bahl as anticipated, with his collection “Nocturne”. Known for his penchant towards intermingling traditional hand embroidery with modern silhouettes, the Delhi based designer kept his essence alive with flora and fauna prints with that added bling on flattering riffles and pleated cover-ups. Oh! We noticed those lovely glossy loafers too!
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Gaurav Gupta uncovered his offbeat concept of “zero waste” with his dark and deep creation “Melt”. While we loved the idea of draping the entire stretch of the apparel in one fabric forming glamorous gowns and drapes, we were also smitten with his idea of blending Merino wool with steel and silks on his trademark handcrafted and engineered fabrics. The silks from the collection “Mumuksha” were gorgeous (tussar silk and silk zari) that formed the oh! so lovey sheers, steel jackets and what not.
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Kiran Uttam Ghosh
Coming from the expert designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh, her collection “Silver” was an enchanting watch with metallic shaded garments, and soft silhouettes with fine embroidery. Taking inspiration from the jewelry patterns that transformed into metallic shaded fabrics draped over the shoulder, spoke maximalism.
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Shantanu and Nikhil
Ruffled gown with classy drapes formed that majestic aura with a polished and powerful note for Shantanu and Nikhil. Royal and the yet glamorous collection of the designer duo spoke volumes about the grand history and the power of time.
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Designer Pallavi Mohan of the “Note So Serious” brand exhibited a breezy appeal with her wintery wardrobe for those chilly nights. We loved the charcoal shades from her collection “Synthesis” on laser styled leather pieces with lattice work.
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Hemant and Nandita
Hemant and Nandita weaved the gothic charm based on contemporary philosophy that reflected the perfect blend of vintage ideas and modern silhouettes. While they maintained their heavy fall of the fabric with the right balance of metallic shades, we also gaped at the breathtaking fur lined coats, lace up boots, from their luxurious boho range “A Dark Enchantress” in vibrant colors like, gold copper, midnight blues and brown.
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Rajesh Pratap Singh
Gold splashed all over with Rajesh Pratap Singh’s new collection “Gold Rush” that added that shine to the structured fabrics. He stylishly blended the shine with white or printed apparels and left us awestruck as usual with his artistic take on the metallic hue.
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Silk was at its best with Samant Chauhan’s creations and we must modestly admit that his collection silk route was among the best in the evening. We witnessed some beautiful show of Bhagalpuri and cotton silk in his trademark A line silhouettes in neutral shades elegantly depicting the Rajputana art and culture.
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Malini Ramani stayed loyal to her tribal costumes and neutral tones. We simply loved her idea of embellished shirts paired with flared pants, and the intriguing silk and chiffon Sarees with high-low hemlines from her Supernova collection.
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Taking hints from the Victorian epoch, the Annaika collection by Kanika Saluja was a visual extravaganza that featured leather detailing with lock and stitch and presented by her showstopper Shriya Saran. We quite loved Saluja’s menswear line as well.
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Anita Dongre continued to carry the torch for the earthy palettes on contemporary separates like, shirt dresses, bomber jackets and shifts with her collection Grassroot. The runway was alight with her nature inspired prints blended with some ingenious layering.
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Viral, Ashish and Vikrant
Inspired from the Mughal elegance and carrying the idiosyncrasies of Gujarat, the Mashru collection by Virtues by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant was a clear colorful tribute to the native state. We could not help but simply admire the exquisite lehengas and sherwanis balanced with royal accessories.
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