And yet another exciting chapter of Indian fashion came to an intriguing and engaging conclusion. We are talking about the recently concluded Amazon India Fashion Week 2017 that spanned from 15th-18th March last week at the Jawaharlal Stadium in the Capital. This edition of the FDCI presented and Amazon India sponsored fashion week showcased the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection and brought to the fore, a unique and awe-inspiring union of traditional and contemporary sensibilities. A mixed bag of styles, innate creativity and effortless blending of ancient spirit was the underlying mantra and translated in the runway offerings this year. The highlight of the show was the opulent dialogue that transpired between the guru Tarun Tahiliani and shishya Amit Aggarwal as they brought the show to a distinct and powerful conclusion on the final day. Missed on these spectacular highlights? Well, fret not. We bring to you all the quirky snapshots from this year’s fashion extravaganza.
With well-known faces modelling for the established designers at the AIFW 2017, the somehow serious fashion of Delhi couldn’t escape the charms of Bollywood and some of the designers roped in celebs like Vaani Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Sakshi Tanwar as the stunning show stoppers. What’s more? Well, the fashion brigade put forth their most stylish foot and added a new dimension to the Street Style vibe.
Day 1: The Magic Of Handloom
Commencing with an association of Good Earth and The Handloom School of Women Weave, AIFW 2017 showcased designers and labels like Akaaro, Eka, Neeru Kumar, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rohit Bal, Sanjay Garg, Suket Dhir and Eleven Eleven. A panel discussion on the theme, “ The Future Of Handloom” transpired where leading designers Gaurav Gupta and Sanjay Garg in tandem with Sally Holkar, founder of WomenWeave and The Handloom School, Anita Lal of The Good Earth Company, Uzaramma of Dasktar Andhra, Sunil Sethi, president of Fashion Design Council of India stressed on the need to educate the prospective customers and buyers and sellers on the homegrown handloom and dispel the myth of its traditional rooting.
Weaving magic and casting a spell on the fashion conscious masses, Day 1 of AIF 2017 witnessed varied interpretations of the traditional Indian handloom and showcased Tussar Silk by designers like Shruti Sancheti, Divya and Ambika Jain, Shaina NC and Rina Dhaka with the noble initiative to promote the textiles from Jharkhand. The organic fabric made its way from sarees to kurtas in earthy tones like sand, onyx, ecru, charcoal and mahogany and even bright hues like purple and teal. Imbibing gota work and applique, these designers dabbled in ready-to-wear lines that boasted modern silhouettes like peplums, crop tops, dhoti trousers, cigarette pants, jumpsuit with a trail, capes and palazzos. A cross-cultural collaborative effort of FDCI with the Jakarta Fashion Week resulted in a special showcase of Indonesian textiles and techniques.
Day 2: A modern story
The theme for the second day was a take on modernity with labels and designers like Pankaj & Nidhi, Péro by Aneeth Arora, Hemant & Nandita and Patine taking centre stage. If Pankaj & Nidhi paid an ode to monochrome through their flawless collection that featured fringes and leather appliques, Péro showcased a collection inspired by her travels to China and Latin America called the Péro tribe wherein the models skipped and jumped to live sounds. The label Hemant & Nandita played with ruffles, asymmetric hemlines, dresses over trousers and a more relevant collection. Patine blended traditional ethnic wear with contemporary garments through the collection titled, Electic Folklore.
Day 3: A Colourful Affair
With designers like Anju Modi, Karishma Shahani Khan, Namrata Joshipura and Schulen Fernandes unleashing their creativity on the third day, Day 3 could well be summarised as a mixed bag of styles. Karishma Shahani Khan retained her love for the tassels from the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2017 and added playfulness with colours like blue and grey. Anju Modi also chose blue and her collection Neelambar featured traditional separates with accessories from Roma Narsinghani and shoes from Needledust featuring prominently. The highlight of Day 3 was Alia Bhatt turn muse for Namrata Joshipura in an emerald jumpsuit while the models showcased a collection that was a melange of gowns and sporty wear. Schulen Fernandes’s second collection for Wendell Rodricks paid an ode to his geometric inclination and featured fabrics like silk and organza in a rich colour palette and flowy silhouettes.
Day 4: A Gala Finale
The concluding day of AIFW 2017 saw labels like Ilk, H&M, Tarun Tahiliani and Amit Aggarwal. Designers Shikha Grover and Vinita Adhikari of Ilk brought the laid back style with an elegant vibe and showcased ensembles like sarees, dresses in deep pastel colours. H&M Conscious exclusive collection made from organic cotton and recycled materials like polyester in colours from basics to red. With a conscious effort to imbibe environment-friendly fabrics, the focus being sustainability, a theme for this year’s recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017. The grand finale was a magnificent affair as the mentor and protégé, Tarun Tahiliani and Amit Aggarwal collaborated to render an astounding dialogue. Tarun Tahiliani drew inspiration from Mughal armoury inspired art for his ready to wear line comprising modern ethnic separates and Amit Aggarwal focused on fabrics like Benarasi brocades and Patola silk through his signature line of sarees.
With another exhilarating dimension, fashion in India has assumed a growing awareness for the traditional fabrics and their versatility to blend and imbibe modern cuts, silhouettes and sensibilities. An exciting plethora of options are now available for the contemporary Indian individual and we are delighted to be a part of this evolving phase. Stay tuned for more engaging tales on the latest buzz in fashion and style!