India Runway Week- Season 12 started with an ode to handlooms

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By Rituparna Sengupta Basu

Picture courtesy: Mohit Behl

IFFD’s India Runway Week, Season 12 kickstarted with the Jaivik Naari’s handmade collection which was all about made in India and it paying tribute to Gandhiji. The collection named was “Gulbadan” which means delicate, graceful but yet fierce as Babur’s daughter Gulbadan. To justify the theme the brand had real women walking on the ramp instead of models in hand made sarees. Some women achievers like Dr Chinna Dua, Mamta Gupta, Pooja walked in tussar and linen sarees. Whereas, the veteran actress Neelima Azeem performed a classical dance as the opening act.

Picture Courtesy: Mohit Behl

The next show was of Newgen designers like Rasleen Kohli, Jasleen Kaur, Kaveh by Vinay Saurabh, Aastha Kaushik, Priyanka Choudhary and House of Archana. Designer Rasleen Kohli’s the A/W collection 2019 – “Eternal Nature” expresses the emotion of love for nature, which has been beautifully expressed in the garments through hand embroideries, silhouettes, and draping. PRIYANKA CHOUDHARY ‘s collection themed “OLD IS GOLD” was about how to old fashion with their best designs.

The brand’s motto is to be fashionable. She used different types of fabric were cotton, jute, silk, fur, net etc for this show. House of Archana’s Collection ‘Maktub’ was inspired by the influence of planets on our lives & the way they govern our destiny. Each outfit has planetary symbols of each planet & is embroidered with Semi-precious gemstones associated with it.

Designer Vinay Saurabh showcased collection themed “Blooming Bud”. He shares his extreme brilliance in India wear infused with western wear. The collection captured a surreal balance of curves and geometrical lines handcrafted through kirandori and aari work. Jasleen Kaur’s collection was an ode to Indian streets. Using ethically sourced linen, working with underrepresented crafts groups, silhouettes that are traditionally associated with streetwear, the show was a commentary on the commodification of both mass culture and street identity.

IRRAVIKKAI” by Devimuthukumar

The collection uses linen, kalamkari, and fetish. Aastha Kaushik’s Bold & Boisterous Take On Autumn/Winter StyleMakes A Statement At IRW ’19. Bold Style, Clean Cuts and Strong Colors was the biggest giveaway from the Delhi-based designer Aastha Kaushik’s show at India Runway Week 2019. The outfits embodied the prime message behind the designs: Women Empowerment. With her latest collection, Aastha Kaushik showcased a line inspired by feisty and indomitable sides of a woman. The extensive use of velvet gave a deep rich appearance to the line, and the tactile nature of the fabric gave it the perfect sex appeal. To add drama to the clean cuts and basic silhouettes, gigot sleeves and colossal collars were placed on the ensemble in addition to the fresh pairing of sharply outlined silk inners with smooth and classy velvet layering.

The upcoming designers Devi Muthukumar, Mona Vora and showcased next. Devi Muthukumar’s collection “ Chromic Bliss” was an inspiration from the traditional Mughal arts- bringing in the opulence & luxury elements. The radiance of the bold and soft hues highlights the richness of the embellishments. The collection was sure to be pre-bridal and occasional wear this season.

Picture courtesy: Mohit Behl

Picture courtesy: Mohit Behl

Mona Vora. A London based designer showcased her sensuous collection. Mona Vora’s elegant and feminine designs are beautifully blended with contemporary silhouettes and subtle chic embroidery details. Made with the latest fashion fabrics and innovative workmanship, these designs would be ideal for someone who aims to achieve an effective fusion look. This versatile look stylishly blends the fashion-forward style with a touch of regal traditionalism – sure to get a second glance from every onlooker.

The Collection ‘Gold & Silver’ are Designs that are timeless and luxurious which stands out from the rest due to the uniqueness of colours and detailing. It is a perfect mix of ethnicity and contemporary touch for stylish modern brides. The radiance of the luxurious fabrics sets its creations apart to make you sizzle like an absolute diva. Tanushavy’s collection was about very delicate & intricate work, handcrafting processes products from those regional craftsmen, bringing their ancestors today. Fabrics are also, regional manufactured sourced fabrics, like eri silk, velvet,tussar silk, organza fabric. We have also used net fabrics. Embroidery style zardozi, with katakana, dabka, salli, cheed moti, tikli etc. As Tanushavy is highly inspired by natures, therefore, the designs and motifs come from flora and fauna.

The evening show at 7 pm, showcased a collection of designer Nikhita Tandon which was all about y gowns with modern cuts and floral headbands, the collection was accessorized by Ted Baker Watches and actress Vanni Kapoor walked the ramp as a showstopper.

peelikothi by Ambika

The day ended with an ode to handloom again by Peeli Kothi. Peeli Kothi showcased richly textured sarees. The colours were vibrant and yet very classy. Whereas, Saaj by Ankita closed day 1 with her collection “Twilight Sparkle”.

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