The hottest trends spotted at AIFW SS 18 

Think curtain florals and jackets on saris

Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo Published :  20th October 2017 02:44 PM   |   Published :   |  20th October 2017 02:44 PM

For those of us who are bored by florals, designers such as Payal Pratap breathed new life into the overused print by taking cues from their Western contemporaries, who pulled romantic petunias and roses right off the couch and onto camisoles, jumpsuits and shift dresses. Also making their presence felt were criss-cross necklines, thanks to Hemant and Nandita, fringes (Rimzim Dadu) and jackets worn over saris (JJ Valaya). We look at the biggest trends spotted at the Amazon Indian Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018, which concluded in Delhi last week. 

Curtain florals
The love for vintage floral prints, traditionally reserved for home furnishing doesn’t seem to be dying down. Payal Pratap’s aptly named collection Here Comes The Sun, comprises jackets, blazers, dresses and separates in handloom cotton and linen, printed with botanical motifs. Charu Sharma’s bandhgalas and skirts in a palette of midnight blue and soft pink too turned heads for their unusual use of vintage florals.

Pleat perfect
Schulen Fernandes who took over as the creative head of the Wendell Rodricks label last year, presented a selection of crop tops, skirts, dresses and jackets with hand-sewn pleats mimicking origami art. The pleated effects were mostly on collars and skirts, but enough to create a lasting impression.

Jacket love
Saris teamed with jackets seemed to be all the rage on the runways. JJ Valaya’s line included a pale lavender sari which was worn under a floor length jacket embellished with mirror work and antique embroidery in a contrasting shade of rust. While Valaya’s was a more traditional approach, Abraham and Thakore’s black and white ensemble was distinctly contemporary and minimal, with a crisp striped sari paired with a black knee-length belted jacket.

Fringe worthy
Rimzim Dadu’s love for surface development and innovative fabrics found expression in her collection for Spring Summer 2018. This time around, Rimzim used metal yarn, resham and silk thread for a fringe-effect. Also making a strong case for fringes were Nikhita Tandon, with a stunning chevron-patterned-skirt-and-cropped-jacket-combination, and Rina Dhaka with a sheer white column skirt.

Outlandish dreams
Designer Aarti Vijay Gupta who stepped onto the scene with a debut show in Dubai, back in 2009, took a whimsical and quirky approach to the fashion week with prints inspired by children’s art class drawings. The result was stick figures on saris and sketches of hands on dresses. 

Feeling X-tatic
Necklines that show off your shoulders and collar bones continued to be hot on the runways. Hemant and Nandita, working with a powder blue palette, dressed models in schiffli and crepe ensembles with criss-cross necklines. Rina Dhaka too created a stunning calf-length black and white dress with romantic ruffles.