Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 kicked off with a new generation of the fashion design industry. The Gen Next show consists of 6 talented designers who showcase their designs on this platform for the first time. Abhishek Paatni presented his collection called ‘WarfareXStreetfare‘ under the label ‘Nought One‘ which is premium wear line of prét and bespoke clothing. The next designer, Anupreet Sidhu’s label ‘Sidhu Ji’ was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night over Rhone’. The collection was aimed at modern women who want to make a definite style statement. Diming Rubu’s collection ‘The Missing Piece’ for her label ‘Dming’ was aimed for the fashion conscious women in the age group 25-40 years.
Gaurav Khanijo’s collection ‘Morpheus’ was inspired by the dragon fly. The collection consisted of vintage clothing and pleated herringbone wool pants which lent a contemporary twist to the otherwise traditional collection. Paridhi Jaipuria presented a sleek women’s wear line called ‘Bunai’. The collection featured Indian artisanship and the beautiful craft of hand weaving. She created a mélange of garments with a high level of craftsmanship that projected great urban work wear. Vaibhav Singh’s collection called ‘Hybrid’ was a line of sharply cut and tailored garments, which revealed minute detailing.
‘Trapezoid’ by Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks, presented a unique collection for Indian women. The line was inspired by geometric cutting and was aimed at all levels of the female buyers. Pastel colors, sheer layers, trapezoidal geometric shapes, unconventional cuts, and metallic platforms are a few details we noticed in the collection.
Karishma Shahani Khan’s label ‘Ka-Sha’ unveiled the ‘Navya’ collection inspired by aerial views of landscapes and by the geometry of organic natural objects. The collection featured her trademark layered, soft silhouettes with plenty of tassels and tie & dye patterns. The colour palette included primary and secondary shades like tangerine, indigo, mustard, berry, purple and red. The collection consisted of cropped jackets, an unusual spin on a sarees paired with blazers, and multi layered garments each topped with tasseled scarves.
‘Myoho’ by Kiran and Meghna presented ‘Sandalwood’ a collection that resonated a romantic, nostalgic journey of the 1920’s fashion. Gathered skirts, lace hand-fans, ruffled and pleated edges, along with its’ vintage vibes set the 1920’s mood.
Ujjawal Dubey’s ‘Antar-Agni’ label presented an all-black story with innovative construction techniques and simplicity. The essence of androgyny that was seen throughout the collection. The asymmetrical kurtas, draped baggy pants, deep necklines for men and geometrical separates for men and women created an understated but stylish collection.
The Quirkbox label by Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev presented the first ever mix of motion imagery, fashion and image mapping fashion show, shown in India. Quirkbox’s collection, ‘Madness’ displayed four garments along with face mapping, motion graphics and projections. It had a clash of prints, colours and metal structures with relaxed silhouettes along with a live installation where art was projected onto the garments in a very unique presentation technique.
Nimish Shah’s collection titled ‘Housewives of Alibaug’ consisted of silhouettes which included sharp, clean cut ones as well as flowy, romantic ones. The collection oozed a subtle, conservative sexuality with minimal, single coloured, bold looks and printed ones in sandy hues.
Atsu Sekhose’s collection was inspired by the Naga shawls. He converted the black and white weave of the shawls into a graphic element with contemporary silhouettes, plunging necklines, sheer panels, shimmery embroidery, fringes and tassels, and high slits.
Manish Malhotra’s collection consisted of modern silhouettes for a stylish, young bridal entourage. Also seen, were the designer’s signature resham threadwork, clustered sequins and intricate hand embroidery on dramatic trails and off-shoulder capes, alongside floral motifs. There was a contemporary twist on traditional garments; jacket-saris; lehengas paired with sheer crop blouses and draped dupattas on anarkalis.