Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna
They call it, ‘An Early Frost’, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, true to their design sensibilities, kept it strictly Black and White. The winters of 2015, for sure are going to be a lot of textured styles with asymmetrical dresses, tunics, straight pants and skirts. The Prints and textures derive inspiration from the cold and hence most garments carry a monotone. The scaling and the hand crafted appliqué remind you of intriguing animal skins. Cold metallics through riveting techniques are also a part of the collection. The music that reverberated, the collection that walked the ramp and the feel that the audience got, were all for autumn!
Hemant and Nandita
They definitely made it for the wanderer. The show was all about the gypsy traveller and the bohemian scene, full of beautiful colours, embroideries and tones that made you feel after all, winters can be enjoyed as well.
Hemant and Nandita projected their love for ethnicity through the art of storytelling. The show definitely made the audiences rock.
The garments had capes, cover ups, long-loose gowns and flowing maxi dresses, not to forget the silver jewellery that accentuated the entire look.
Even though the label says ‘Not So Serious’ the work that this designer comes out with year after year, confirms the kind of seriousness with which she takes her designing to be. The kind of work that Pallavi Mohan presented was definitely substantial and casual with a hint of elegance. She calls her collection for autumn winter 2015 ‘Nostalgia.’ the collection takes its inspiration from the pairet around 1920s which according to her had restrained energy levels.
Luxurious silks and warm wools that set the mood for cold winter chills, accessorized with suede boots and woolen caps, in garments that included satin blouses, pleated and hand-linked skirts along with organza dresses summed up the entire collection.
While the colours were a combination of dusky brown, mustard, dull reds,olive green and smoke grey yet, because they were inspired from carpet designs and floral thread embroidery, they oozed out much colourfulness thanks to their combination and presentation. Their take on the choice of material included plaids, tweeds, velvet and felt.
Rich and elegant, his collection inspired from the ‘Rajputana Kumari,’ the royal princess depicts the tradition of India, which worships the female energy. With extremely neat cuts and clean stitches, Samant has has been able to create the grandeur and the opulence fit for a queen. His choice of colour was mainly white with hints of bright hues peeping from seams and borders, and luxuriously adorned with rich and expensive embroidery in dabka-zardozi and gold thread embroidery.
Long dresses, fusion garments and evening gowns, finely crafted in the most expensive looking silk, velvet and suede, accessorized with pearls and tarnished jewels created a fine couture look for the winters.
Known for her element of fun, Malini’s collection was all about the x-factor, what makes you special and different from the crowd. With base colours of black, blue and beige artistically accentuated with fine thread embroidery in rich tones, Malini’s collection was all about celebrating the winters with a dash of colours. Set in sheer as well as crepes and other fabrics, the collection was as much bohemian as Indian. Layers, asymmetrical cuts, flowy in few pieces, the overall collection was infused with the true Malini element of mystic and fun.
Abraham & Thakore
A&T rocked the ramp and set the mood for the shiny, glitzy, wintry evenings that one would love to flaunt with the timeless Indian wardrobe including the long Kurtas, Salwar Kameez, skirts and the world famous Nehru Jacket! It’s not for nothing that the designer duo are known for their classy designs but classy designs coming out of recycled stuff is talent.
The ruling colours for the label were only browns, blacks and whites in monotone and combinations adorned in traditional kantha embroidery. But what was remarkable was the fact that they have experimented with other forms of recycling apart from Kantha. Creating elegant garments out of sequins made from discarded hospital cysts x-rays and films, is sheer brilliance. Wool, cotton, polyester and nylon, ornamented with sourced antique recycled brocade borders and ribbons with snaps, hooks and studs as decorative ornaments, the collection overall was stylishly impressive.