Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2017 took place from the 15th until the 18th of March in New Delhi, India. Designers originating from all over India showcased the trends for the upcoming Autumn-Winter season. Themes like; heritage clothing (mix of vintage/heritage fashion with contemporary style), sustainability, female empowerment and diversity were ‘discussed’ through fashion. The ‘week’ ended with a grand finale by noted designers Tarun Tahiliani and Amit Aggarwal.
I’ve selected 24 of my favourite AIFW AW17 looks and split them into two parts. Today I share with you part two featuring 12 looks from day 3-4.
Amit’s collection focuses on both the metallic/concrete strength of man built structures and earth; emerald ocean waves, textured vast lands and streaked blue skies. Natural evolutions meets man’s creative achievements.
The collection includes signature Amit Aggarwal looks in vivid colours with dynamic shapes, which aren’t just stunning but also sustainable. Amit is no stranger to recycling and used pre-owned patola sarees and Benares brocades (heritage crafts) for this collection.
Tahiliani’s autumn/winter 2017 collection consists of different ranges/categories e.g. gowns in rich jewel tones like indigo, aubergine and red, a Polka range with polka patterns or The Mondrian Damask range with dramatic motifs inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s paintings. The diversity within this collection showcases Tahiliani’s mastery in different forms of workmanship and also his ability to mix and match styles; contemporary, traditional, or a fusion of both!
The collection is a homage to construction, draping and fit, inspired by the nomadic beauty of Indian tribes, mingling it with motifs from Mughal armory-inspired art.
The collection Neelambar focuses on the following keywords: timeless, vintage, handcraft and organic. It is an architecture-inspired collection and an outtake of India’s rich textile legacy – An attempt to weave the traditional knowledge and skills of our master craftsmen with threads of modernity.
The show included footwear by Needledust, handcrafted juttis (Indian/Punjabi footwear, a style similar to ballerina pumps/flats) and accessories by Roma Narsinghani.
Charukesha is a collection with different influences; architecture, blue pottery, Hinduism and Orientalism (the dialogue between the East and West). The colour palette includes blue, grey and black. Charukesha consists of skirts, pashmina blouses, tribal gilets and asymmetric kurtas and sarees. The motifs are inspired by Iznik tiles/pottery and Khiva (Uzbekistan) Muslim architecture.
Nomad is a collection that is bold, tribal, yet luxuriously comfortable. For the sophisticated yet bohemian woman who is on a constant journey of self discovery.
The collection includes suede embroidered capes, block printed dresses in colours of desert sand-dunes, gypsy style hoodies, fringes, dip-dyed skirts, kaftans and Saris. The designs are decorated with beads, sequins and/or leather.
This collection includes signature Namrata Joshipura looks; fierce and feminine styles with just the right amount of glitter and glamour. Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt walked the ramp as the showstopper of the show, wearing an emerald jumpsuit with fringe and shimmering black details.
Kyari, draws inspiration from the meadows of Uttarakhand (a state in the northern part of India, known for its natural beauty and snowy mountains. It is also referred to as Land of the Gods due to the many temples and pilgrimage centres). Kyari is a hindi word used with reference to flower beds.
The colour palette includes deep blue, military green and beige combined with mustard, sky grey, deep pink and emerald green referring to the wild flowers. The designer also used 3D flower embroidery to decorate the gowns.
Shivan & Narresh
The Egon series, is a collection inspired by modern expressionist works of Australian painter Egon Schiele. Shivan & Narresh’s collection includes the hottest beachwear pieces and resort ensembles. The colour palette includes shades used by artist Schiele in his early works: capri, flesh, ivory, amethyst, sapphire and onyx. The designer duo teamed up the looks with statement jewellery pieces with crystals and topaz, onyx resin and metallic hardware.
The designers re-introduced skein work; paillettes folded by hand into various geometric shapes able to craft different motifs like blooms or beetles.
Verb by Pallavi Singhee
Pallavi Singhee’s collection Foliage consists of bead-trimmed caftans, midi dresses, cloaks, jumpsuits and pants decorated with stripes, floral or geometric prints. Bohemian style is a trend at AIFW AW17, just like comfortable clothing. Silky, flowy, light fabrics that aren’t just comfortable but also look luxurious are very fashionable next season.