If one goes by the first day of Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Spring-Summer 2016, being held at the NSCI Grounds, Okhla, in the Capital, then the trendsetter next summer is definitely the sari. Be it the linen goodness draped over loose crop top-like blouses by Anavila Misra or the khadi ones by Vaishali Shadangule, or even the jeweled bikini versions by resortwear specialists Shivan & Narresh — the sari is a style statement now, one that is dominating the front row as well.
After Sanjay Garg opened this edition of AIFW with his mashru saris in greens and reds, Misra turned it down more than a notch with her subtle colour palette, comprising dull browns, charcoal, white, with a burst of mint green with silver and gold peeping out from nooks and crannies. Linen rules her collections but, this time, it was woven with zari, thereby adding that extra sparkle to the otherwise forlorn fabric. Misra also showed loose linen dresses and kaftan-like kurtas with pyjamas.
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Misra had a joint show with Mumbai’s Shadangule, and she too brought a few statement saris, in handspun and handwoven khadi. The colours moved from blacks and whites to indigo blues and purples for her range titled “Yajna”. Both designers displayed various styles of draping, with Shadangule also introducing knots on the shoulder.
With this interest in textiles, the Fashion Design Council of India, too, is making quite the statement, and it’s only fair to say that more than just the venue has changed.
An outdoor show in Delhi at this time of the year can never be a good idea. With a bathroom fitting brand as sponsor on board, designer duo Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja told their Spring-Summer story at the lawns of Imperial Hotel on Wednesday night, with a stylish front row comprising well-known faces and an army of mosquitoes. Kudos to the models, who braved the flying monsters as they walked in bikinis, trikinis, silk robes, slit gowns, maillots and the bikini sari, of course. This time the designers found inspiration in Mexican painter Diego Rivera, also known for his chaotic love life with wife Frida Kahlo. His pastel colours form the palette of their collection, with glimpses of leather and Swarovski here and there. The two also showed a range of flip flops and bags.