Druv Kapur’s label ‘DRVV’ showcased stunning garments that depicted after-effects of a battleground, wherein the fighting woman emerged stronger and bolder. The garments were primal and eclectic, which depicted resurrected soldier. Untamed and unstructured in construction with textures handcrafted from silk, it was minimal.
The colours that so rightly gave essence to the collection were wolf grays and bloody reds. These hues were hinted at in the linings or on the garment as a whole, along with fur and button detailing. The bloodthirsty compilation consisted of modest yet fierce silhouettes like plain collared shirts with dramatic back floor touching drapes paired with pants that were lined with zip detailing. Another focal point of the designs was the fur like dress, stitched on blood red cape that further went on and draped around the arms.
‘HUEMN’ by Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty made another powerful statement through their clothing line at the fashion week. The fascinating duo enticed the crowd and created a line that threw light on the battles of a fearless woman. They based it on the delicacy and softness of ideal woman that subtly yearned for masculine separates. The constant change was depicted in the form of androgynous styling. This transformed into a dubious contrast with the character of the fabric, the craftsmanship and the colour that balanced it out. Importance was given to both the trouser and skirt that rendered it equivocal. Restructured evergreen silhouettes were fused with futuristic materials and embellishment detailing that gave it the perfect urbanised demeanour.
Fabrics like vinyl, cotton, silk, hosiery and classic suiting fabrics took centre stage as the chaos was merged to form serene silhouettes like the pants in suit fabrics that were designed to look sporty. A mehendi green pencil skirt with a white stripe and an oversized black jumper was another ensemble that stood out. Men’s wear had plain white shirt with a leafy appliqué in the shape of an ‘O’. Also seen was a classic grey suit sporting white striped patches and ankle grazed pants. This made the collection wearable for both the sexes.
Proud owners of ‘JADE’, Monica Shah and Karishma Swali once again showcased a collection that one could be proud of. India’s heritage and culture were revealed in their new collection, ‘In The Temples Of Hoysala’ at the fashion week. The show opened with internationally renowned contemporary dancer Astaad Deboo who also closed the presentation with his graceful dance movements. The effort put into the collection by the pair was to draw attention to work of the artisans who, at that time had no idea how magnificently it would be admired.
This dynamic duo rendered the beautiful painstaking hand carvings from around the temples of Hoysala in Karnataka, South India onto fabric to give the collection the grace and beauty that the temples emit. The exquisite ensembles were further enhanced in elegance with the moulded motifs that were discovered around the temples. The duo infused colours drawn from Kathakali dancers, which were subtle muted shades like beige and gold that matched with contrasting colours like pinks, oxblood and antique gold to highlight the contours of the temples. The silhouettes were clean cut and gave prominence to the colossal grace.
Nupur Kanoi celebrated bridal wear in an unconventional style at the fashion week. Marrying traditional with contemporary touches, the line offered loose distressed knits with cable knit patterns, slipped rows in hand knits, along with wool, herringbone and argyle patterns. ‘Close Knit’ is the unconventional title given to the collection, which was divided into three distinct colours – bronze, silver and gold, along with heavy metal revealed marked fusions touch and were ideal for the bridal season.
This interesting avant-garde blend of winter wear with bridal embellishments was used creatively for sweaters, coats, blazers, kimonos, ponchos and parkas, which were merged with lehengas, gherdaars, sherwanis, kurtas and angarkhas to form a new-age offering in silks and crushed tissues. The silver segment worked around cable knit/slipped row embroidery for the crushed tissue cropped jackets, angarkhas, trousers and the bundhgala suits. An innovative silver poncho T-shirt maxi and long poncho waistcoat gave a new look to western wear.