This is the big one, with as many big-ticket names and bigger landmarks, rolled into a capsule of five days. The Fashion Design Council of India’s (FDCI) Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Spring Summer 2018 edition, which kicks off in Delhi today, has lots to celebrate. And one is not just talking about the design and visual spectacle on offer; the latest edition is the 30th chapter of the pret extravaganza. Revered fashion label Abraham & Thakore will mark 25 years of its existence; JJ Valaya opens his 25th year celebrations; Payal Jain, too, joins the 25-year club, while designer Suneet Varma tops it off with an astounding 30 years. Here’s a sneak peak into what these designers have in store:
Over the years, the ace designer-duo of David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore have created a legacy of sustainable indigenous fashion that few other brands in India have been able to replicate. In the run-up to the show marking their 25 years in the fashion world, Abraham says, “It’s more like just the last 25 minutes that you can recall and focus on.” The duo, who started their business in a small store in London, have titled their upcoming show “#blockblackandwhite”. The cornerstone of the collection is, of course, the eponymous block of wood. “We have taken the wood block as a starting point in our designs and used it to create solid colour surfaces,” adds Abraham. There will be a lot of unstitched clothing, tailored clothes combined with saris, dupatta and lungi, in shades of black and white.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is a style icon for many, with her unibrow and plaited hair. She is the mainstay of Payal Jain’s new collection, “Forbidden Love”. “Her vibrant usage of colour, vivid interpretation of emotions, stark expression of pain, unfulfilled love, physical and emotional trauma has touched my heart. I feel like I have been drawn into the love, life and struggles of Frida, as she lived half a century ago,” says Jain. One can expect a lot of bright hues with a bohemian aesthetic from this collection.
Three to Tango
JJ Valaya and the House of Valaya are starting a new tradition from the SS18 runway show. Valaya is launching three new mainstays of his brand. “With ‘Gulistan’, inspired by flowers, I am paying a tribute to nature with lots of prints and embroidery. Then there is ‘Jamavar’, which has lot of Indian paisleys and very intricate motifs, but with a modern take. The third is ‘Punjab’, a tribute to my roots and draws inspiration from the Maharajas of Kapurthala,” says Valaya. One can expect a lot of embroidery and embellishments in the collection, which is in lush colours of blue, orange and black. The show is just one of the many celebrations Valaya has lined up for the 25-year milestone, with something big being planned for the end of this year as well.