Day 2 Highlights From AIFW 2016
There was a lot of drama – and some fun – seen on the ramps on AIFW Day 2. The day started with shows by Pratima Pandey, Rasa Jaipur and Tanvi Kedia, who gave us easy, relaxed looks in neutral, earthy hues. Funky box bags at Hemant & Nandita’s retro-inspired show made it to our #HauteList. While models strutted the ramp in a visor-sporting avatar at Anand Bhushan, some took to skaters as denim fever took over Ashish N Soni’s show. Other designers who showcased on Day 2 included Pallavi Mohan, Dev R Nil and Payal Pratap. ICYMI…here’s all the action.
PRAMA BY PRATIMA PANDEY
Titled The Melody Affair, this was a pretty collection with delicate pastel colours from white to peach, inspired by Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing. Working on chanderi, Pandey used embroidery works like dabka and aari that looked elegant, relaxed and summery. Maxi dresses, cut-out tops with skirts, rolled-up sleeve on kurtis, lehengas with jackets made up this collection.
Using fabrics ranging from crepe to silk, Rasa Jaipur showcased an easy-on-the-eye collection. We noticed sleek geometric prints on the skirts, saris and trousers, which were teamed with jackets or accessorised with scarves.
Hauterfly Pick: The trench coat-collared Sufijan dress in yellow is a perfect summer dress. Team it with a pair of sneakers and you’re ready to go.
Titled Wandertribe, Kedia showcased garments with a bohemian feel: flowy dresses with buttoned-up necklines, structured knee breeches teamed with tunics, shorts and trousers with wide-sleeved tops, hem-embroidered culottes and more, most of it in digital prints and multi-hued embroidery in pop colours.
HEMANT & NANDITA
You Can’t Catch A Wild Flower was a tribute to the summer of 1969. Shorter hemlines, swirly lace embroidery, loose plackets, floral motifs, shoelace necklines, and cut-out sleeves were the highlights of this show.
Hauterfly Pick: We love the funky box bags the models carried on the ramp with floral motifs on it. So cute!
NOT SO SERIOUS BY PALLAVI MOHAN
Summer Kaleidoscope was a collection with a burst of hues; pop pink, powder blue, peach, hints of yellow and shades of emerald. The designer used hand-appliqué, laser-cut patchwork and sparkles, embroidered beads on denim, and sheer fabrics like organza.
Hauterfly Pick: We loved the shirt dress with draped extensions and an embellished collar. Another great pick was the 3D metallic stars cut-out on a white denim dress.
Sports luxe got a much-needed lift with Bhushan’s collection. Aptly titled Deuce, the presentation was tennis-inspired with plenty of summery fabrics like organza, cotton, silk and jersey knit. Hints of leather accented the clothes. We saw shades of gamboge, ivory and sap green in midi dresses, cut-out dresses, pleated skirts, and gowns with slits.
DEV R NIL
A monochrome collection with tinges of mango and tangerine, Dev R Nil worked with lacework and appliqué embroidery on their garments. Some geometric prints were noticed as well. Maxi dresses, fluffy skirts, high-waist pants with highly-embroidered tops were part of the collection.
Hauterfly Pick: A lettered-print boxy shift dress.
Personally, Kinnaur Queen was my favourite show of the day. The collection was inspired by the Indo-Greek cultural exchange. Using fabrics such as cotton silk, organza and net, the designer showcased zari work and silk thread embroidery on kaftans, A-line gowns with detachable capes, jumpsuits with jackets, dresses and more.
Hauterfly Pick: A fish-cut dress was a fave. A special mention for those metallic masks donned by some of the models; it fit so perfectly with the theme.
Glamour fused with romance at Vintage Rose. A perfect collection for the modern woman, designer Payal Pratap exhibited pleated skirts, jumpsuits, structured and halter neck dresses, and saris. Fabrics ranged from chanderis, crepes, georgettes and dupions. Rose motifs in cross-stitch embroideries, graphic thread embroidery that had a 3D effect on the garments, were some of the details in this show.
ASHISH N SONI
Happy, giggly models skated across the ramps at Soni’s show, befitting the theme The Inner Child. Denim fever was spot on in this collection: there were lots of bleach-treated flare dresses and trench coats, bandhgalas, off-shoulder dresses in chambray-dotted denim, hot pants, and tank tops. Pleated tops and skirts, peplums, and flared trousers were also part of the collection.
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