If you thought the first day of the Amazon India Fashion Week was amazing, wait till we tell you all about the spectacular second A lot of layering (well duh! It’s autumn-winter), quite a bit of boho, 70’s styling, boxy silhouettes, embellishments, interesting shoes, monochromes, and so much more. Let’s begin.
Rohit Gandhi+Rahul Khanna
Called “An Early Frost”, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna’s collection is inspired by the colours of a cold forest, illustrated by ash grey, dark oak, and whitish mist colours. Of course, the designs leaned heavily towards monochromes. We saw some lovely layering, exaggerated sleeves, cropped trousers, high waisted skirts, and fur-inspired textures.
Hemant & Nandita
Hemant and Nandita’s “Boho Caravan” channels the spirit of a gypsy woman, through its capes, cover alls, fringing, tassels, ponchos, maxi skirts, with carpet-inspired and ethnic prints, floral motifs, embroidery, in colours like brown, mustard, olive green. We loved the layering, and the dreamy, floaty, relaxed silhouettes of the apparels. Chiffon and silk dresses were paired with tweed jackets: perfect as resort wear; enter the resort with the jacket on, and take it off after.
Pallavi Mohan’s “Nostalgia” also has a relaxed 70’s-inspired silhouette. The collection comprises voluminous skirts, cutout and applique detailing, fringing, pussybow blouses, boots, velvet patchwork, and pleats. She has used heavy fabrics like wool and silk, in shades of green, blue, grey, to give you enough warmth in the winters, along with organza dresses and satin blouses, for a luxurious feel.
Samant Chauhan’s collection is bathed in white. “Rajputana Kumari” lets us imagine how beautiful white can look even during autumn/winter. The asymmetrical lines of his dresses and skirts, hand embroidered flora and fauna (birds, in this case), honeycomb patterns, tassels, intricate dabka and zari work, heavy silk and cotton silk fabrics, resonate with a royal energy. No princess would ever say no these clothes!
Amit Aggarwal’s collection looks like it has landed on earth in a spaceship. It is futuristic, eclectic, edgy, and yes, crazy. The line is made of recycled materials, like bindi residue, used stockings, and other organic materials. He talks about the juxtaposition of traditions with modern technology. The clothing is loose, with boxy silhouettes, lots of gold and silver metallics, hand painted funky gum boots, edgy prints, asymmetrical hemlines, flared skirts, and roomy sleeves.
With a strong tribal inspiration, Malini Ramani’s collection shows glimpses of bohemian and gypsy styles. The clothing is loose and flowy, with a strong feminine vibe. We saw a lot of long sleeves, and quite a bit of bead-work and other embellishments. Muted shades of navy and olive, along with the evergreen blacks, ruled the roost.
Rina Dhaka’s offering is ideal for the club-hopping girl. With opulent lace, crochet, metallics, beads, mesh, geometrical and abstract prints, fur, appliques, patchwork, handwork, beads, sequins, cutwork, embossing, we saw a multitude of dresses in monohrome, mustard, plum, and fuchsia. The show had a “contrast of shadow and light”.
Abraham & Thakore
If you like clean lines and sustainable fashion, Abraham & Thakore’s collection will wow you. The sequins on their clothing are made of discarded X-ray reports, functional and seemingly boring snaps and hooks are used as ornaments, and some garments are made of recycled cotton, wool, nylon, and polyester. They’ve put a fresh spin on ethnic wear; models walked the ramp in tunic tops with straight leg pants and nylon petals dupattas. Monochrome was strong here too, as were boxy silhouettes and layering. Kantha work featured prominently, on clothes in shades of white, coffee, grape, coconut, plum etc.
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