Alpana & Neeraj took the audience by surprise at the Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015, with their quirky take on Japanese culture. Their collection brought forth a rather unusual amalgamation of eccentric cuts and asymmetrical silhouettes. What stood out the most was the atypical yet bold usage of the bow motif.
The designer duo seemed to be obsessed with everything cute or Kawaii (in the context of Japanese tradition). Their chosen colour palette was bold and vibrant—electric blue, scarlet, black with hints of beige, golden and whites. The subtle interplay of fabrics made the outfits stand out. Sheer, raw silk and satin interplayed well to surface patterns, and multiple layers of frills with undertones of minimalism and clean lines.
Sharp linear structures are softened with bows and scallops. Harajuku-styled aprons skirts are worn over sharply-cut pants, large floral patches are sewn on to long linear dresses, and black gets special attention with obe add-ons and structured tie ups. Roundness of compositions, childlike proportions and interesting choice of colours make the collection look like little dolls’ clothes.