March 16:Day 2 of the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week autumn/winter 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was led by veteran designers, who proved their creative spirit in praiseworthy collections.
Delhi-based designer Rajesh Pratap Singh presented a glimmer of a show, as he lent his Midas touch to a collection reflecting the warmth of molten gold. The garments were perfectly constructed, as seen in the collared cotton dresses with gold blotches, metallic surfaced de-constructed frocks and pant-suits, maxi skirts and statement coats. While the collection could have turned out to be garish, Singh steered it by the helm towards softer elegance. Models sashayed down the ramp to remixed tunes of David Bowie hits, and the shimmery eyeshadow and overdrawn eyebrows added to the futuristic feel.
Mumbai-based designer Anita Dongre presented ‘Earth Song’ – a collection devoted to sustainable fashion with her brand, Grassroot. Set against a runway covered with foliage, the show blended traditional techniques like block printing, kantha, dabbu and shibori with modern silhouettes. Bomber jackets, crop tops, skirts with slits, jumpsuits and flowy jackets kept the style contemporary and fresh.
The make-up echoed this feel, as Elton J Fernandez, official makeup artist, Maybelline New York explained, “The skin was very simple with highlighter on the face, contoured cheekbones, and a dark kajal. The eyebrows were filled in with a pencil like the Fashion Brow Duo by Maybelline New York, and we constructed little bows into the hair and sprayed it with blue, as the colour of the show was Indigo.”
Meanwhile, Rimzim Dadu took an artistic approach to handling fabric, as electric blue shirts and sari pallus resembled moulded abstract forms, sleeveless tops came with rips and a white-to-black ombre maxi skirt showcased the fluidity of movement. Malini Ramani continued with her sexy-meets-tribal style of fitted maxi dresses, shirts, trousers and even saris in shades like olive green, gold and cream. Meanwhile, designer Nikasha also played with some bohemian flair in a smartly crafted collection of saris with off-shoulder blouses, dhoti pants with angrakha style shirts, and bright red trousers, kurtis and skirts.
Shriya Saran walked for Kanika Saluja’s label’ Anaikka in a black and gold sari, with a shimmery gold plunging blouse and a metallic cast headgear. In contrast to the gothic elements of Saluja’s show, Samant Chauhan celebrated the soft and feminine influences of a mÃ©lange of influences.