Wednesday, September 21, 2016

India Runway Week Winter Festive - Day 3

While Day 1 of India Runway Week, Season 6 started off with a bang, day 3 hasn’t slowed down one bit. Day 3 started with the 5 designer show Shilpa Chourasia, Sana Khan, Var-Shi by Varun and Vidushi, Preatz by Preethi Fazel, Abitie by Megha Mahendru.

BRIDALSUTRA by designer Shilpa Chourasia is the cerebral modern bride splurges on her trousseau as smartly as she plans her big crazy

wedding. Taking ques from her convertible lifestyle, designer Shilpa Chaurasia have crafted a genius Lehenga, which wraps and unwraps into two distinct styles. In time of instant gratification, the bridal designs are updated with easy quirky style solution for such immediate fashion transformation. Inspired by the classic Panetar and Gharchola, Shilpa has reinvented the quintessential vermillion red and pure whites into versatile silhouettes of modern lehengas. Spectrum of decadence in form signature Bandhani fabrics is mixed with handloom from Benaras and various clusters of India. Highlighted with antique Gold embroideries inspired by Regal Jewels an ultimate style. Sana Khan’s “Conserving Mother Nature” is the collection for which she draws inspiration from the nature along with the beauty and elegance of floral architecture beautifully translated into a fresh outlook and stunning range on garments. Her pieces include intricate cuts and details on her clothes perfectly constructed with attention to details drawn from the floral beauty spinning a beautiful fairytale story through her clothes. She uses a lot of pastel embroidery and Zardozi work to reconstruct the enchanting floral palate in her clothes.

Varun Loht and Vidushi Gulati presented their latest collection,"The neo femme ", celebrating the modern women in all her poise and majesty. The collection features mysterious dark and bold hues with basic silhouettes and embroidered, edgy lapels. Combining the Indian dabka with the European baroque style, the collection exemplifies the wandering soul still tethered to her spiritual roots. Preethi Fazel presented ‘The Florals’ , which showcased a wide variety of soft, elegant, flowing fabrics, florals of bridal wear that combines to form a stunning silhouette for a modern woman. The Florals mark the designer’s first foray into bridal fashion, which symbolizes beauty, innocence and purity of women, which comes across as both chic and elegant. ‘The Florals’ is designed to honour the happiness within a bride and represents great design aesthetics with combination of luxurious materials. The materials used for the new line’s production include velvet, pure raw silk and Banarasi silk and etc.

The Collection “SILVAT” by Megha Mahendru is inspired from woman who is different and attempts to seek perfection in every role she plays in her daily life. The collection shows solitary calmness and feminine spirit. It portrays a woman who is unbound, bold and independent. The collection by this young Woman Entrepreneur is dedicated to Women Empowerment. In the collection different characters of a woman are highlighted with a sense of lightness free flowing, curves, pleats and play of lines, fluidity as well as rigidness. The collection includes asymmetric skirts, dhoti pants with inside out pockets, one piece dress and angrakhas . The embroideries include different techniques of ribbon n cords, 3D flowers in subtle colors with sequence and cut beads work to add glamour to it.

The second show started with the collection of Gouri Gosain “THE CRAFT”, there are syncretic styles of Flora, Art and Architecture that evolved during the Mughal Period. Traditional forms of threadwork in its most contemporary form inspired by the Calico. Moving on, the collection comprises of intricate embroideries inspired by traditional Zardozi work. THEME-Talk of the blocks presented by KanchanKuntala Das is made of blocks of fabric with balanced yet discontinued use of embroidery. The material used is handloom cotton and the multicolor hand embroidery shapes up the story of the collection. This collection is about the outrageous and lavish use of colors in single silhouettes. This is just to make people understand how dramatic and glamorous handloom can be if used in a different way. The collection tries to create consciousness about more usage of handcrafted fabrics and techniques so that the skilled rural artisans can develop their artistry as well as livelihood. Its depicts the versatility of the material and pulls out a new look from the stereotypical frame.

Amru by Chhandak Jana presents Padm'e The enchanting, elaborate and mystical Lotus motifs used in the wall paintings of Ajanta caves serve as the central theme for this collection. The lotus rooted in the mud blooms and blossoms into a beautiful flower, it detaches itself from the mud, grows through purifying water and reaches for sunlight- each of the garment in the collection uses lotus as a metaphor and points towards an individuals' desire and aspiration for enlightenment. The rusty red, ochre yellow, natural beige of the cave paintings constitute a soothing colour palette for Padm'e. Use of lustrous pure Tussar silk in sarees and dresses and Handcrafted wooden and metal jewelry are only befitting to depict the glory of the sacred flower.

MAFIA, collection revisits the era of the Mafia by Vinay Rana is an exploration of the classic look, with modern silhouettes. Vinay Rana is known for his ability to make heads turn with his sense of styling. The outfits have been distinctively accented with glitzy accessories. The tone of the collection embraces epicurean bright with dark & sooty colors. Luxurious textures translate to sleek and architectural profiles, building on the powerful attire inspired by the Mafia. These garments will reveal machismo in you. The entire collection with its clean, graceful silhouettes and earthy hues resonate chic, understated elegance.

The Muse Room by Akassh K Aggarwal is a celebration of Being a Queen Beyond her Peers. Collection of Jewellery Designer Akassh K Aggarwal comes with a message of celebrating women of all ages- from their teens to their 90's- who not only have a stellar sense of Living and a knack for making their way in the world but also possess that uncanny ability to know when to act their age and also when to throw the supposed limits of that number. Akassh says, " I am very much delighted that Bollywood diva Zeenat Aman has walked the ramp for me. She has been my first crush and will always be my muse. Keeping her in mind, I have created the whole collection and have kept my collection name as "The Muse Room". Zeenat Aman said, "Walking the ramp is always fun. It is a feel good factor when you get the instant reaction from the audience. I have seen the Jewellery of Akassh K Aggarwal and I am all excited to walk the ramp for his show at India Runway Week."

“Riwayat -ethereal rendition of Phulkari” collection by “Gauri couture” was an attempt to revive traditional art of handmade Phulkari by creating avenues of employment and social empowerment for rural women of Punjab. The collection was an ode to phulkari artisans. Bringing the models in vibrant colors of phulkari and bling of gotta work Gauri couture designers Nikheil, Rivendra and Twinkle shows ensembles that move in perfect harmony in style, silhouette and form. The collection offers women wear and menswear featuring silhouettes ranging from lehngas, robes, jackets, jodhpur pants, pakistani salwar, saree and kurtas. Collection is global in nature with mix of elegance, purism, exquisite craftsmanship i.e. handmade “Phulkari” with Style ranging from Avant-garde to classic.

Designer Jeevitha Perumal proudly presents her Ladylike collection under the label D.Sign.D by Jeevitha Perumal .Ladylike collection draws inspiration from the exquisite oyster mushrooms to reinvent the embellishments with the timeless ruffles. A melange of entrancingly elegant yet playful, colour palate ranging from soft pastels of rose quartz, serenity, arctic ice, lavender fog etc. This collection also exhibits fine techniques of the hand-crafted art in metal sequins work, embossed 3D surface ornamentation with vibrant metallic colours of gold and white.The collection Ladylike also come with a Social Message to put a full stop to gender discrimination and have a balance in this chaotic world which will bring peace and equality which is the main difference the world is looking for. It was a visual feast which awaited the fashionistas seeking out for something different, when the DnA premier collection titled ‘ ARABESQUE ‘ was showcased on ramp in a grand manner .

Deblina and Atul premiered their collection –ARABESQUE which is entirely made up of Eco and skin- friendly Bamboo yarns knitted together to create magic spelling interesting ensembles. ARABESQUE the theme was indeed true to the amalgamation of contemporary and classical silhouettes and motifs. The range envisaged contemporary stylised drapes and fits, twisted in interesting colours to harmonise and knitted together in bamboo to form larger than life grandeur silhouettes . Shrugs and capes with the contemplating enlarged sleeves and spiral falls in knits stylized the models. The tempered jodhpur pant which came in strategically placed pleats was a riot along with the balloon sleeves knitwear cropped top. Shrug got a new dimension with the enlarged bottom raveling created in the floral knitwear. Knitwear harem pants in floral and peekaboo motifs with boxy fit hand knitted structured top was an interesting ARABESQUE .The knitted floral jacket made in 3D was first of its kind, noticed on an Indian ramp. Show stealer was the opening larger than life ‘ELIZABETH gown’ which would be a perfect dream dress for the most ravishing of us on splurging cocktails. KNITWEAR indeed got a new dimension and with this range our notion of it being available only as sweaters for winters has been trashed out of the window. It’s a new page in Indian fashion history which has been written today at India Runway Week, where just like handlooms, hand knits encompassed the beauty of grand ensembles showcased. The feather in the hat was the intricately placed embroidery work, man folding the beauty of these contemporary stylized silhouettes.

Designer Anshu Khathuria, who is making her debut at the fashion gala, is going to showcase a collection titled “WINGS OF FIRE” – an ode to delicacy and strength of a WOMAN. Her label ‘AK’ delineate an exquisite concoction of Rich Indian Clothing Culture and Global Sophistication. The collection is featured in lucious silks, satins, organza’s undulating ruffles & drapes unconventional layering , pleating & rouching signifying textures , curves , flair, deep emotions and passion in a women’s life. Just as her life goes through a transition of many colours. The collection uses distinctive flows of colours , colour blocks & ombre. Every ‘ Piece of Art ‘ is been hand crafted in various unconventional form of feathers. From Zardosi, Badla, Resham, Zari to Swarovski, Rods & French knots, the feathers made in sophistication ornament the dresses Luxuriously. ‘Feather’ which is at the core of AK’s inspiration is an accolade to the magical combination of delicacy & strength bestowed to a woman.

Veteran Actress Sharmila Tagore walked ramp for Rohini Gugnani. Actress dazzled the show with the grace and dignity showcasing the splendid and grand Avadh era in her designs.. Designer Rohini Gugnani's latest collection was an interesting play of concepts derived from the cities of Kanpur, Lucknow, Faizabad which redefined the glory of Avadh period in present time. Ethnicity is kept unsathed, mingling it with contemporary designs to make the collection fit for modern bride and Groom. I am very humbled that Ms Sharmila Tagore have agreed to be the face of the collection and no one could else could better present the Nawabi elegance and style” says Rohini.

The Grand finale of India Runway Week was by Designer Riddhi and Siddhi with their collection "English Country Gardens". The collection conjures up contemplative thoughts of romance and lazy summer days. It is free spirited, light and easy with the use of light summer fabrics like chiffon, georgette,satin linen and pure silks. The colour story has a diverse range of hues from onion pinks, peaches,off-whites, pale blue and brown.The silhouettes are long, fluid and layered for women and sharp yet easygoing for men.

India Runway Week Winter Festive - Day 1

India Runway Week Winter festive - Day 2

ABOUT: India Runway Week

India Runway Week is Asia’s youngest fashion trade event. Each season of the much-awaited IRW introduce new talent and places young Indian designers firmly on the global fashion stage. IRW provides a platform for both established and upcoming talented designers but also introduce fresh designers to showcase their collections. This gives them excellent business opportunities from both bulk and retail buyers. In

Addition to facilitating the exchange of ideas and networking interactions between designers, buyers and affiliates, the event provides an enriching experience for everyone.

About Indian Federation for Fashion Development: IFFD provides the opportunity for fashion industry members, both new and old, to create networks that will facilitate action and inspire industry growth. IFFD provide useful & up-to-date information to keep the industry on top of what is happening locally and abroad, to make it more competitive and to encourage a thirst for quality education.

IFFD provides a marketing platform for all within the industry; from the student who want to share her talent to the household names we have come to know and love. By increasing local and international awareness of Indian brands and talent, IFFD hope to inspire increased demand and brand loyalty. With these primary directives IFFD hope to assist in creating a positive knock on effort that will facilitate job creation and growth for the industry.

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