The Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer’16 starts in Delhi from October 7 with a new venue this season at the NSIC Grounds, Okhla. With fresh market players and a mixed bag of veteran and budding talent, this year’s AIFW promises a double dose of fashion from the ‘City of Joy’ with Dev r Nil and Debarun Mukherjee making a comeback.
The Balancing Act: Anavila Sindhu Misra It’s travel through day and night, yin and yang — where energy flows seamlessly — balancing the universe. Drawing inspiration from this balance, Anavila Misra’s SS’16 collection will showcase ensembles that create zen on handwoven linen, in mystical monochrome with hints of gold and silver. You can spot her signature minimalism and subtle design style on the handwoven 100% knitted linen. The collection will have a soft touch of metal in form of khatwa and scattered sujni work from Bihar, teamed with nature-inspired, easy and comfortable silhouettes. There will be a focus on layering, as new patterns for blouses and garments emerge on the runway.
Woven Universe: Vaishali Shadangule Known for fusing Western wear with traditional handcrafted textiles, designer Vaishali Shadangule’s YAJNA will see an innovative play that showcases how thread “merges to give birth to textile”. “YAJNA, is the transformation of one form of energy into another. The primary motive of this collection goes back to my love for textiles,” recalls designer. The 22-garments collection will weave a story out of royal blue, deep black, pale white, milk white and smoke grey and the designer has used a lot of layering between unfinished and finished sections that form a complete garment.
Wild Variety: Nida Mahmood Nida Mahmood’s collection titled ‘Junglee Billee’ is a dedication to and a celebration of Mumbai, and its rare women and their untamable free spirit. Poetically translated unto art, architecture and apparel, with a purr and a meow, the collection will show the maximum city in the 1960s, where delicate art nouveau meets industrial revolution and Bollywood bloom. Transparency and opacity are the strong design language of the collection which will see printing and patchwork as the main techniques.
The Journey: Dev r Nil ‘The Journey’ of designer duo Dev r Nil will be all about being on the path to self-discovery and celebrating life as it is meant to be in nature — under a shining sun, in the meadows amid the blooming flowers, in-step with one’s one tune. High on the hippie spirit, the ’60s revolution and liberation also play an important role as inspiration for the line. Prints dominated by floral, foliage and textures inspired by nature will go hand-in-hand, giving the collection a more sophisticated look. The collection’s colours will have simple monochromes with a burst of tangerine and mango.
Luxe Light: Debarun Mukherjee Synonymous with the classical nuances of style that reinvents eternal style statement, Debarun as a label creatively brings together two seemingly diverse worlds of contemporary and classic. With sun as the true source for color palette, the SS’16 luxury Pret collection of Debarun Mukherjee titled ‘One Fine Day’ will sachet dominating geometric patterns representing the structure of the day with ombre shades symbolizing the fluidity of time. The crux of the collection will lie in the contemporary silhouettes which are both classical and relaxed.