Day 3 Highlights From Amazon India Fashion Week 2016
They say there’s always a first time. And that’s what the 27th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week 2016 was exactly about. Accessories took centre stage in a first-of-its-kind accessories show. Designers Nitya Arora, Vasundhara and Sahai Ambar Pariddi showcased eye-catching designs that varied from quirky and edgy to chunky and OTT. As far as sartorial expressions were concerned, there was a lot to take a cue from on DAY 3 of AIFW 2016. While some designers didn’t really impress, there were others who had their WOW moments. Read on as I dissect each designer’s collection keeping in mind the use of fabric, colour, cut, and style.
Mine of Design by Sahai Ambar Pariddi
Aquatic inspiration was what Sahar Ambar Pariddi showcased through her creations for her AW 16 collection titled Memoir. It was jaw-dropping, to say the least. Using hues of silver and gold, there was no ebbing throughout Sahai’s collection, which used everything from iridescent pearls, corals, shells to even vintage coins. From layered neckpieces with jhumkas hanging from them to edgy palm cuffs, fringed bracelets to shoulder dusters, Sahai worked magic through her collection.
Hauterfly Pick: This stunning gold multi-layer neckpiece with iridescent coin-like pieces. Love the giant nose stud; such an off-beat piece.
Valliyan by Nitya
Nitya Arora has never disappointed when it comes to her accessories collection. In fact, her brand Valliyan is for the fearless woman whose style is a melange of edgy and bold. Titled Modern Mughals, Nitya rewound the Mughal era and paid homage to the craftsmanship of those times. Despite the grandeur of her pieces, which included head gears, luxurious neckpieces, huge rings and opulent earrings, she maintained the intricacy in each design.
Hauterfly Pick: That three-piece headgear with a large choker that had red drops hanging from it made for a funky piece. Nonetheless, what I want to include in my bauble box ASAP is that giant floral-inspired brooch; such a timeless piece.
Everything from flora to fauna caught Vasundhara’s eye when she was working on her collection titled Au Naturel. The treasures of Mother Nature in the form of twigs and branches, filigree leaves, integrating natural rocks, even insects and bugs were an inspiration for the designer. Edgy, complex, yet understated, happened to be the memo of her collection. Wrist chains, headgears, chokers, neckpieces that reach the navel, Vasundhara’s collection was a visual treat.
Hauterfly Pick: This neckpiece inspired by a palm leaf that was teamed with butterfly-shaped danglers.
Chandrani Singh Fllora
A tribute to Shiva, Chandrani’s collection Mrityunjay was easygoing in silhouettes that were Indo-Western. Working symbolic prints like the trishul, cannabis leaves and even conch shells, Chandrani used muted shades like charcoal grey, indigo, rust and midnight blue. The outfits ranged from floor-length wraps with scarves that ended as trailing sashes, ruched full-sleeved dresses, bomber jackets slipped over draped saris, and more.
Hauterfly Pick: A tri-collared floor-length dress in shades of brown, yellow and green, with conch shell print.
Pinnacle by Shruti Sancheti
Celebrating cross-culture on the ramp was Shruti Sancheti with her collection titled Constantinople. Though she worked with modern cuts, her creations mirrored a time when the Sultans ruled; paisleys, geometric mosaics and clamp dying was the core of her display. Garments like midis and long-pleated skirts, capes, peplum shirts, maxis, culottes and even wide-legged trousers and shirt dresses were what Constantinople comprised. While some hemlines were asymmetric, other garments showed off the cold-shoulder and cut-out trends.
Hauterfly Pick: This indigo blue kurta with unconventional slits that was teamed with a printed pair of cropped pants.
Minimalist, gender-bending styles were the work of the hour at Antar-Agni. Dhoti pants, asymmetric kurtas and waistcoats made up Ujjawal Dubey’s AW16 collection. The sartorial genius worked a neutral palette of hues which ranged from black, white, grey and maroon. Talk about relaxed, easy-going and most importantly ungendered clothing at its best.
Hauterfly Pick: A pair of dhoti pants teamed up with a full-sleeved top and cropped jacket. LOVE!
Into The Woods was an eclectic collection that had quite a global influence. Frankly, it was perfect for the modern man, not to mention highly swoon-worthy. Divyam mixed shibori patterns and quilted techniques on fabrics like silk, linen knits, merino wool and khadi. There were samurai trousers, cropped pants, and even long jackets to look forward to in this display.
Hauterfly Pick: A pair of samurai trousers with a buttoned jacket over a shirt.
With the modern maharaja as his muse, Rohit Kamra’s collection was understandably regal. Also, the very dapper Randeep Hooda made an appearance on the ramp and I’ve got to say, the man makes one helluva showstopper. Bandhgalas, achkans, Nehru jackets, tailored pants and more made out of Rajasthani khadi, wool silk and linen wool blend were what this show was made out of.
Hauterfly Pick: This black achkan teamed with a neutral trouser.
Mynah by Reynu Taandon
One of the first to have a show that had a strong tribal influences (another designer was Anupama Dayal) Reynu Taandon’s Meeting Coachella was perfect east-meet-west clothing. It is inspired by the globe-trotting woman whose style makes a statement. White, red, mustard yellow and black made up the colour story of this collection which was full of suede and felt fabric. There were boxy crop tops, flared trousers, long jackets with dramatic collars, belted sheath dresses and more.
Hauterfly Pick: A cold shoulder top with puffed full sleeves that was paired with a belted trouser in mustard.
Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal
Another designer to boast a tribal-influenced show, Anupama Dayal’s Fight & Feast witnessed stunning Naga influences. Hues such as tangerine, spice green and ultramarine blue used on khaki and blends of silk made up this collection. There were motifs like drums and elephants on garments that ranged from culottes, off-shoulder tops, kaftans and crop tops to flared trousers and knee-length dresses. One captivating detail was the headgears; they added to the fierce vibe of the collection.
Hauterfly Pick: This animal motif wrap dress is such a quirky yet smart piece.
In what looked like an outlandish mix to take inspiration from, Sanchita drew influences from both the milky way and the Memphis Art Movement. The garments were a mix of boxy, A-line and voluminous as far as silhouettes were concerned. There were cropped tailored trousers with sweatshirts, net tops with asymmetrical skirts, sparkly skirts teamed with long relaxed sweatshirts, bomber jackets and more. While the semantics were artsy in approach, the styling gave off a very Sia-esque vibe, don’t you think?
Hauterfly Pick: A tailored cropped trouser with a top that was teamed with a shimmer long jacket.
Pankaj & Nidhi
The last show of the day was one everyone was waiting for, and Pankaj & Nidhi did not disappoint. Bold and edgy with the perfect military flavour (that was the inspiration for the show), the tailoring was crisp, and the garments made use of stunning embellishments and applique. Sleeves were dramatic in some while hemlines were unusual in others. There were floor-length gowns, military jackets with tailored pants, sheath dresses, shimmer gowns and more. All in all a brilliant end to Day 3.
Hauterfly Pick: This edgy shirt with shiny tasselled embellishments that made for sleeves, paired with a flared trouser that had shimmer on it as well. STUNNING!