Off the runway: A round-up of the hottest trends at Amazon Fashion Week

Statement ruffles, earthy hues, boxy silhouttes and more

Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo Published :  24th March 2017 01:05 PM   |   Published :   |  24th March 2017 01:05 PM
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Vaani Kapoor walks the ramp for Rina Dhaka

If the recently concluded Amazon India Fashion Week by the Fashion Design Council of India is anything to go by, stripes, androgynous fits, tassels and fringes are here to stay. While stripes took on rainbow hues, tassels, fringes and ruffles were used to turn garments into statement pieces. Here’s a closer look at some of the trends that ruled the runways. 

Formal chic 
Boxy silhouettes, androgynous styles and formal wear took centrestage in collections by Abraham and Thakore and Sahil Aneja. The former’s collection, Back To Work, used pure cotton fabrics fashioned into light jackets, breezy tops and easy trousers. Sahil’s collection included structured jackets, soft woollen trousers and long overcoats. 

Over the rainbow 
Multi-hued stripes made a promising comeback in collections by Anupama Dayal, Pero and Guapa. While Anupama’s use of stripes was a bit more understated, Guapa took the bold route with bright tangerine, magenta, flaming red and deep violet. Pero’s line takes inspiration from designer Aneeth Arora’s travels and boasts a mix of Chinese and Latin American elements on Indian textiles. 

Smooth as velvet
The opulent fabric found favour with designers Namrata Joshipura and Siddartha Tytler. Namrata’s sage green slip dress featured a fitted velvet bodice with a sheer skirt bearing contrasting sequin work in silver. Siddartha on the other hand presented a striking black mermaid gown in velvet neoprene with surface embellishments and metallic detailing. 

Ruffle play
Dabiri at the Jharcraft show, Anupama Dayal, Nikasha and Amit Agarwal, all played up the ruffle trend. The ruffles served to define the pieces they were used on. Amit drew inspiration from the topography of the Earth to create garments out of upcycled patola saris and Benarasi brocades. 

In the dark 
Hemant and Nandita, and Shivan and Narresh sought the drama afforded by dark florals. The former’s elaborate calf-length jacket in black made quite an impression with its contrasting pink and gold floral elements. The latter created a splash with a black swimsuit and matching cover up crafted from a fabric bearing green and red floral prints. Huemn too bought into the trend with a dress bearing 3D flowers.

Tassel tales
Fringes and tassels dominated not just in the saris by Anamika Khanna and Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla for Vogue, but also in the collections of Tarun Tahiliani and Pankaj and Nidhi. Anamika’s delicate off-white number featured miniature tassels on the border. Abu and Sandeep brought offwhite and beige together with long fringes at the border and on the blouse. Pankaj and Nidhi’s collection, inspired by old school television screens, had a monochromatic palette with an abundance of bold fringes.

Down to earth 
It’s not autumn without shades of brown and gold. Hemant and Nandita, Vineet Bahl, Rina Dhaka, and Malini Ramani looked to the colour for inspiration and offered us works of art in taupe, chocolate, rust and more. 

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