Before it becomes the trend, let’s make a quick recall of uniqueness and freshness fragranced on the runway of AIFW SS’17.
16 designers, one short film, one show stopper and one strong politician- altogether amalgamated the beginning of Spring-Summer 2017 edition of the Amazon India Fashion Week. Tilted ‘Road to Chanderi’, the show showcased the creative play of chanderi by designers in terms of jackets, lehangas, layered skirts and pants. Black became the new red after the showstopper Aditit Rao Hydari walked the ramp in black lehanga of Sanjay Garg.
Anavila’s linen sari secret continued this season with a twist. The classic hues of cream, beige and grey looked fresh with pocket petticoats. Known for comfort and flow, Anavila’s experimentation with the collection titled ‘When we look back tomorrow’ was justified as she received standing ovation and moreover even after playing with the simplicity of sari, she made a lasting impression.
Jackets, lounge pants and blazers-all painted in eternal black and white color defined the monochrome love of Rajesh Pratap Singh. The comfortable collection reflected the glimpses of international silhouettes all weaved in hand-woven wool ikat and multi layered textiles.
When frills and skirts meet leather body harnesses, waist cinching belts and body cages, the runway of AIFW felt refreshed with designer Duo Gauri and Nainika. This season when they collaborated with New-York based designer label Zana Bayne, nobody expected that leather can be used so creatively and interestingly. Known for their flowy gowns, the designer duo added drama with the collaboration that was very well received.
After dedicating one show to menswear last season, this season FDCI added an edge with another show dedicated to accessory designers. Pioneering the ramp at AIFW, Felix Bendish made the front row guests awestruck with his unique design concept and international feel. Later, the day saw Pawan Sachdeva and Sahil Aneja showcasing their menswear collection which was clean and crisp in textures, colors and silhouettes.
GLITZ AND GLAMOUR
Floor was painted shimmery and so were the clothes, as the curtains came down on the last day of AIFW when ace designer JJ Valaya and Alpana-Neeraj not only showcased their collection but gave out a message on ‘guru shishya parampara’. On an interesting note the evening also saw a breath taking Kathak performance. Based on the concept of India modern and festivals, the closing show saw three collections weaved seamlessly with maximalism at its core, where every element was used logically. The evening moved like water from royal and antique to metallic and mirror and ended on a nomadic note.