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Exclusive preview: Amazon India Fashion Week dreams and expectations

From a big focus on menswear and a celebration of autumn/winter hues to a nine-designer group finale - here’s all that you can expect at the upcoming Amazon India Fashion Week in the Capital, that kicks off at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 16, 2016 08:13 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
Snigdha Ahuja
Hindustan Times
Fashion,Amazon India Fashion Week,AIFW
The fashion week kicks off in the Capital on Wednesday. Here’s a look by designer Anupama Dayal

Fashion is officially back in business in the Capital. Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2016 kickstarts in the city on Wednesday.

Apart from the new collections, there’s a new venue to look forward to . The 27th edition of the fashion week, helmed by Fashion Design Council of India, will see a total of 101 designers showcasing through the runway and the stall area at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

A striking feature this time around is the focus on menswear. There are two group shows dedicated to fashion for men, both scheduled to take place on Friday.

The five day event concludes on Sunday (March 20), and in keeping with the tradition of the last two seasons, this time, nine designers will showcase on the last day in a group finale. For those itching to know what all to expect, here’s a glimpse.

Day one

Varun Bahl,
Gaurav Jai Gupta
Hemant and Nandita
Pallavi Mohan,
Kiran Uttam Ghosh
Rina Dhaka,
Gaurav Gupta

A glimpse of Shantanu and Nikhil’s fall/winter collection.

The fashion week opens with designer Varun Bahl, and we expect to see his favourite floral motifs and signature monochromes in the collection. The day goes on with designer duo Hemant and Nandita, who are doing daring slits even for autumn/winter, with their 70s touch intact. Expect to see all womenswear at Shantanu-Nikhil, who return to FDCI’s fashion week after a gap of two years. The opening day ends with Gaurav Gupta’s collection, Melt, which takes up the need for ethical fashion and sustainability through his creations on the ramp.

Preview sketches for designer duo Hemant-Nandita’s collection

Day 2

Virtues by Viral, Ashish & Vikrant
Rimzim Dadu
Dhruv Kapoor
Samant Chauhan
Malini Ramani
Anita Dongre Grassroot
Rajesh Pratap Singh

A creation by Anita Dongre.

A dose of Bollywood opens the day, with label Anaikka by Kanika Saluja getting actor Shriya Saran onto the ramp. A champion of Bhagalpur silk, designer Samant Chauhan will bring in a bit of oriental influence into his creations. “The collection takes you back to middle ages where travellers along silk roads were attracted not only by the trade but also by art and cultural exchange,” he says.

Rajesh Pratap Singh will close day two, and we can’t wait to see his signature minimalist take on autumn/winter wear. From his moodboard, it seems like gold is going to be a recurring theme. Known for her bridalwear, Anita Dongre will also showcase her collection, that will feature separates high on Kantha work, Shibori block prints and more .

The mood board of Rajesh Pratap Singh’s collection.

Day 3

Sahai Ambar Pariddi, Valliyan by Nitya and Vasundhara
Chandrani Siingh Fllora,
Pinnacle Shruti Sancheti
Antar- Agni, Divyam Mehta and Rohit Kamra
Reynu Taandon
Pankaj & Nidhi
Special menswear show: Ashish N Soni, Abhishek Gupta, JJ Valaya, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rohit Bal, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Troy Costa and Varun Bahl

A creation by Divyam Mehta.

It will be a dream day of sorts for dapper men. The third day of the event includes two shows dedicated to a sector which is believed to be often ignored in Indian fashion, that is menswear. Apart for fashion for men, accessories too take centerstage,with the opening showcase of the day featuring jewelled designs. The third day ends with the second show for menswear which comprises eight designers who will showcase a custom palette of black, white, ivory, and beige.

Creations by designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi.

Day 4

Ikai by Ragini Ahuja
Love Birds
Ashima – Leena
Mandira Wirk
Niki Mahajan
Péro by Aneeth Arora
Namrata Joshipura

A creation from Ashima-Leena’s autumn/winter collection.

The penultimate day of the fashion week will see an interesting mix of inspirations. In her first solo show at the event, Anavila will showcase her collection, Folk - Once upon a time: “The collection influenced by folk textiles and techniques introduces the beautiful rustic fabrics of linen and kala cotton,” she says. On the other hand, Namrata Joshipura, who loves to bring about a sporty luxe feel to her creations, will close the day with her collection called Concrete Garden. “We will be showcasing our signature silhouettes that will include jumpsuits, dresses, shorts and jackets,” Joshipura says.

A glimpse of Aneeth Arora’s creation.

Day 5

Gauri & Nainika
Dolly J
Jaya Rathore
Joy Mitra
Soltee by Sulakshana Monga

India Modern:The Grand Finale: Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rahul Mishra, Aneeth Arora, Abraham & Thakore, Anju Modi, Samant Chauhan, Rohit & Rahul, Amit Aggarwal, Pankaj & Nidhi

Preview sketches by designer Rahul Mishra, who is a part of the Grand Finale, India Modern.

Read: The big finale: Why are fashion shows ending with multiple designers?

Designer duo Gauri & Nainika start the day with the only off-site fashion show this season. A quick peek at their Instagram reveals pretty Pansies becoming a print motif for their collection. Undoubtedly, the most anticipated showcase of the day is going to be the grand finale, that will bring together nine designers to put up a show under the umbrella theme of ‘India Modern’. The showcase will have each designer present roughly five designs that will include not only a minimal colour palette, but will focus on indigenous textiles, Indian craftsmanship and more.

First Published: Mar 16, 2016 08:11 IST