6 Indian designers who upped the runway game this season
From London to New York, Milan and Paris, India sashayed all over the ramp. While RockyS showcased his stunning textile lineup, Archana Kochhar broke stereotypes with acid-attack survivor Reshma Qureshi walking the ramp for her. Even International designer brands like Ashish Gupta and Banana Republic Inc. celebrated India-inspired collections on the ramp.
Giving you a low down of these significant events, here are the top designers who celebrated India at these International fashion weeks this year.
Inspired by tales of Indian princesses and mythology, designer Rocky S showcased his spring summer 17 collections called Shringara. The lineup featured an assortment of delicate gowns, dresses in sheer tulle and lace. Coloured in peach, beige and pink, the hourglass shaped silhouettes were embellished with floral appliqué work and nature-inspired embroidery with motifs of leaves and roses.
Pune-based designer Nivedita Saboo made her debut at London fashion Week in a collaborative collection with FAD International Academy, an Indian institute for creative art and fashion. The ramp presented a combined show with her menswear and womenswear collection. With asymmetrical silhouettes, in black and white; the designer’s spring-summer ’17 range featured a futuristic approach in its mood board. The leather detailing on the men’s jackets complimented the women’s resort-like attires.
Apart from supporting ‘Bring Beauty Back’ a social initiative that roped in acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi as one of her models, designer Archana Kochhar presented a collection inspired by her visits to the Taj Mahal and the Banjara tribes. With Sunny Leone as her showstopper, Archana, rolled out an all ivory collection, embellished with colourful embroidery and mirror work. Handcrafted embroidery featured on the bust and the sleeves of the straight cut gowns and dresses.
Another Indian designer who showcased her collection at the New York Fashion Week was Vaishali Shadangule. Hailing from a small village called Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, the young designer presented her line of weaves and sustainable fashion under the label VaishaliS. Her collection stitched in jamdani, silk and khadi, featured a lineup of flowy silhouettes with oodles of drape. The earthy coloured palette featured darker and lighter shades of grey, white, beige, blue and black. What we loved the most about her collection was the translation of Indian textiles into western silhouettes.
Manish Arora presented his spring ’17 collection at the Paris Fashion Week inspired by the new trend of bronyism (fans of My Little Pony, an animated series featuring baby horses). An array of multicolored skirts and pantsuits graced the ramp with floral prints and captions, out of which one read ‘Life is beautiful’. The colorful collection featured psychedelic prints, embroidered denim, sequin and shimmer embellished dresses and jackets. Keeping true with his signature of presenting unconventional and bright coloured clothes, his upcoming spring lineup looked as if out of Alice Kingsleigh’s imaginary Wonderland.
Designer Rahul Mishra’s collection was inspired by French artist Henry Rousseau’s paintings on nature. His collection featured flowy silhouettes where he paired gingham printed jackets and layers with bold yellow and blue dresses and maxi gowns. Bright and summery colour palette featured on the crisp voile layers and cotton skirts. Silk asymmetrical skirts in yellow and blue were printed and embellished with nature-inspired embroidery in colours of white, mustard and teal. In all, the collection was just what one wishes to spot in a summer wardrobe.