The last day of the short four-day long Amazon India Fashion Week had the strongest lineup of all days. These are the standout shows from the day you need to know about.
Kanika Goyal’s collaboration with Adidas Originals saw a fast-paced, modern collection catered to the sneaker collecting, phone-obsessed millennials of today. Goyal went with asymmetric skirts, jackets with removable sleeves, skirt-trouser hybrids and fitted dresses with unusual panels slashing through the print this season. The design was inspired by abstract art and the Japanese technique of Kintsugi when imagining the colour palette.
Where Goyal makes up for in creating structured formals for evening wear, she loses in the use of outlandish fabrics. Perhaps it’s time to let go of leather, fur and plastic to add an element of ‘edge’ to each look. One holographic dress in the lineup, however, stood out in as a winner for the maximalist who likes drawing attention in any room she is in.
Siddhartha Tytler made a renewed comeback this season with his collection ‘F.U.S.S.’. Tytler’s lineup of bomber jackets with oversized sleeves, slick pencil skirts, pantsuits was interesting one which drew from the decades of the ’80s and ’90s. Inarguably, the menswear was stronger in comparison than the womenswear with pieces that were more relevant to kind of men that like to look after their bodies. What Tytler could do away with is the hot fix rhinestone embellishments that remind one of the past in a not-so-nostalgic way. Former Miss India, model and actor, Neha Kapur, a friend of the designer, walked out a white pantsuit bringing the show to a close.
To talk about a Péro show is never to talk about one aspect of it—Aneeth Arora makes sure your senses are assaulted on all counts even while you’re staring at the runway. What’s usually a blacked out show area was swathed in pink. Rows of neatly tied up favours sat on them. Backstage, models were glad to be in warm sweaters and flats for once. Arora, whose pre-show jitters usually have her stressed out to the maximum was also in a lighter, easier frame of mind. “People came to associate us with greys and navy blues for winter, and I just wanted to change that perception and go with a bold pink,” she explained.
The collection comprised of standard Péro jackets in Scottish tartans in hues of pinks and sudden citrus bursts of orange. There were winter flowers embroidered, 3D applique-d, prints of flowers sewn onto the checks and more. Arora is a perfectionist who sees things through till she can no longer visit a concept with differentiating perspective. The designer also introduced large tote bags this season that many have already set their eyes on. While candy makers from Pappabubble made live hard candy on one side of the ramp, an a capella group provided live soundtrack on the other.
Namrata Joshipura’s collection ‘Now’ was the designer’s perspective on the influence of technology in our lives. With artificial intelligence looking more human every day and us increasingly dependent on machines, Joshipura’s lineup was about drawing those parallels. The designer’s take on the matter was more aesthetic than functional. Party-ready sequinned pantsuits in Tumblr pink, plenty of close-cut pile fabrics in metallic accents cut into trousers, electric blue, gowns made for a futuristic collection. The designer made use of crystal chain that was sewn on tulle to resemble rows of blinking lights. Joshipura’s show brought the season to a close.