‘Richard’s Diary’ by Nitin Chawla – A visually stunning and highly imaginative story of a man who worked at a railroad union in Pennsylvania in the 1800’s came to life with Nitin Chawla’s collection ‘Richard’s Diary’ at the Jabong Stage during the fashion week. The collection for his label ‘Theorem’ comprised of silhouettes for both men and women, focusing on the style and cuts from that era along with practicality and personal style of the 21st century.
Dresses, coats, trousers, jackets, blazers, jumpsuits, shirts and separates took to the ramp in elegant, durable and heavy fabrics like tweed and leather. To add a hint of modern edge, the designer used digitally printed and brushed fabrics with stud detailing along with checks and pockets for a balanced appeal. Patchwork and layers further worked their magic on each piece in shades of dark blue, chocolate and red.
‘Changvei’ by Asa Kazingmei– Known for his raw and edgy take on fashion, Asa revealed a new collection inspired by the shield used by Naga warriors when at war. The silhouettes were almost armour-like, form fitting at the top so as to ‘protect’ one’s body. Exaggerated necklines and shoulders structured to mirror ‘self-expression through restriction’, was a concept derived from the boundaries and strife witnessed by the Naga warriors.
To balance out the range, feminine, free-flowing skirts, corsets and gowns, reflected the beauty and elegance even in tragedy while the outfits tailored for men included jackets, pants and shirts with controlled forms. The designer used embellishments and layers along with pleats, metallic studs, chains, rivets, leather piping and zippers to further strengthen the outfits for an ‘appliqués for weapons’ train of thought.
‘The Otherside’ by Ujjawal Dubey’s – His collection ‘The Otherside’ from his label ‘Antar-Agni’ showcased a wide spectrum of emotions – raw and unaltered by using silhouettes for a canvas. Using fabrics such as linens, heavy and hand-woven cottons, cotton jacquards and chambrays, the designer made sure his ‘body art’ was deliciously decadent and functionally fashionable.
Kurtas, dresses, trousers, coats, crop tops, tunics, jackets, blazers and kaftans made their way onto the runway in easy-to-wear shades of smoky grey, tin, brown, burnt beige, night blue and charcoal black. An outfit which stood out within the collection was an elegant cloud grey suit with double pockets paired with dhoti pants that gave an Indo-chic vibe. The collection, which was aimed at both men and women incorporated leather, piping, gathers and textured detailing that added to the allure of the collection, giving it an edgy and intriguing Indo-traditional appeal.