India Runway Week has always been a most awaited event and Season 7 Winter/Festive Edition was a mesmerising extravaganza that displayed the talent of some great experienced and budding fashion designers. It commenced on 16th September at Thyagraj Stadium and continued to build the excitement throughout the weekend. I was lucky enough to attend the event and gather the entire details for you all
Day 1 of the India Runway Week was high on creativity, where experienced designers ruled the ramp, the newbies were also not far behind.The show opened with the designs of International Designer Bibi Russell under the name of “Rajasthali”. The Daniel Syiem from North East also shared the ramp with Bibi Russell in the opening show. Shreeya Somaiya, introduced her debut collection encapsulating the spirit of feminine power with a touch of elegance inspired by the classic Shakespearean ballet “A Midsummer Night Dream.” Beautiful actress Soha Ali Khan was spotted for designer from Hyderabad Shweta Sharda, who presented the glory of womanhood through her designs on the ramp. Deepika Reddy from Ishithaa Design House launched her debut Winter / Festive collection ‘Vadhuvu’ inspired from the South Indian Brides at India Runway Week. Designer Isha Gupta Tayal‘s collection was an amalgamation of British Empire and royal India redefining the Regal. Actor Mugdha Godse walked the ramp for Satomi By Rakam as they showcased the collection under the name ‘Myrah’ that goes back to the ancient times of 17 th century symbolising the women of exquisite charm. Aditya Khandelwal showcased some of the most intricate and extravagant pieces in a fusion style statement marrying the silhouettes from the British Raj to India’s own traditional Mughal embroidery and richness.Day 1 came to an end with the show of Studio AV by Gaurav and Nitesh presenting their beautiful collection ‘Dhaage’ where actor Mandana Karimi sizzled the ramp as a showstopper for them.
Day 2 started with college students doing the ramp walk in the designs of the students from Appejay Design Institute. The second show of the day started with “Euphoria” by Disha Doshi Gandhi that showcased captivating Ikat patterns whose colors reflect local heritage and are bright and contrasting, as per the theme of the collection. VIDA DE FRIDA by Designer Payal & Zinal was based on the theme- age of UNGENDER with an idea stating that its the person that matters and not their Gender. Stuti Shan presented a collection inspired from Kantha which is an primordial craft, made by the women of Rural West Bengal. Rachat by Shruti and Rohan‘s collection was beautiful as it revolved around the personal emotions of an army girl. THE FLUTE ENCHANTER by Manika Surekha was inspired from the magnificent life of lord Krishna. Use of hand painted motifs with a fusion of fabrics formed the center of her collection. Mithi Kalra showcased here beautiful collection of dresses, gowns suited for a princess , based on the traditional art of Madhubani under the name of ” THE INDIAN DISNEY STORY”. The collection wonderfully and imaginatively combined the grace of a bygone era, with the modern day fashion. “PERSIAN STORY” by designer Ravneet Toor was inspired from the tales of Persia. Indian bridal wear inspired by the beauty of the majestic empire will be seen on the ramp. Foram Rambha’s concept was gowns which are flowy & combined with Indian and Western culture. His inspiration was floral designs, which had variations of different floral designs in embroidery patterns which were both Indian and Western. ‘SAHIRA’ BY Yasmin Mehra presented the New Winter/ Festive collection ‘ERUBESCENT’, The Blooming Flower. The show depicted the evolution of a bright girl child to a shining woman of today. “Three Musketeers of Nature”, an winter festive collection by emerging designer Radhika Jindal showcased an amalgam of the floral and faunal motif and a direct contrast to the somber colors of fall with its exuberant hues of Deep Electric Blue, Turquoise Blue, Watermelon Pink and Sunflower Yellow. Actress Esha Gupta turned showstopper for designer Yoshita Yadav at the Indian runway week 2016. The designer showcased her collection inspired by the city of Lucknow which remains the fashion capital of Northern India. Magiska by Shalini was a reflection of Indian heritage of rich textiles and centuries old craftsmanship interpreting Indian classical silhouettes coupled with an evergreen shelf life that makes each product extremely unique – a classic that can be passed on from one generation to the next.
Day 3 started with the 5 designer show Shilpa Chourasia, Sana Khan, Var-Shi by Varun and Vidushi, Preatz by Preethi Fazel, Abitie by Megha Mahendru. BRIDALSUTRA by designer Shilpa Chourasia crafts designs in Lehenga, which wraps and unwraps into two distinct styles. Sana Khan’s “Conserving Mother Nature” was the collection for which she draws inspiration from the nature along with the beauty and elegance of floral architecture beautifully translated into a fresh outlook and stunning range on garments. Varun Loht and Vidushi Gulati presented their latest collection,”The neo femme”, celebrating the modern women in all her poise and majesty. The collection features mysterious dark and bold hues with basic silhouettes and embroidered, edgy lapels. Preethi Fazel presented ‘The Florals’ , which showcased a wide variety of soft, elegant, flowing fabrics, florals of bridal wear that combines to form a stunning silhouette for a modern woman. The Collection “SILVAT” by Megha Mahendru was inspired from woman who is different and attempts to seek perfection in every role she plays in her daily life. The collection by this young Woman Entrepreneur was dedicated to Women Empowerment. The second show started with the collection of Gouri Gosain “THE CRAFT”, there are syncretic styles of Flora, Art and Architecture that evolved during the Mughal Period. THEME-Talk of the blocks presented by KanchanKuntala Das was made of blocks of fabric with balanced yet discontinued use of embroidery. Amru by Chhandak Jana presented Padm’e The enchanting, elaborate and mystical Lotus motifs used in the wall paintings of Ajanta caves serve as the central theme for this collection. MAFIA, collection revisits the era of the Mafia by Vinay Rana was an exploration of the classic look, with modern silhouettes. Vinay Rana is known for his ability to make heads turn with his sense of styling. The outfits have been distinctively accented with glitzy accessories. The Muse Room by Akassh K Aggarwal was a celebration of Being a Queen Beyond her Peers. Collection of Jewellery Designer Akassh K Aggarwal came with a message of celebrating women of all ages- from their teens to their 90’s- who not only have a stellar sense of Living and a knack for making their way in the world but also possess that uncanny ability to know when to act their age and also when to throw the supposed limits of that number. Bollywood diva Zeenat Aman walked the ramp for Akassh. “Riwayat -ethereal rendition of Phulkari” collection by “Gauri couture” was an attempt to revive traditional art of handmade Phulkari by creating avenues of employment and social empowerment for rural women of Punjab. The collection was an ode to phulkari artisans. Bringing the models in vibrant colors of phulkari and bling of gotta work Gauri couture designers Nikheil, Rivendra and Twinkle shows ensembles that move in perfect harmony in style, silhouette and form. Designer Jeevitha Perumal proudly presents her Ladylike collection under the label D.Sign.D by Jeevitha Perumal . Deblina and Atul premiered their collection –ARABESQUE which was entirely made up of Eco and skin- friendly Bamboo yarns knitted together to create magic spelling interesting ensembles. Designer Anshu Khathuria, made her debut at the fashion gala with her collection titled “WINGS OF FIRE” – an ode to delicacy and strength of a WOMAN. Veteran Actress Sharmila Tagore walked ramp for Rohini Gugnani. Actress dazzled the show with the grace and dignity showcasing the splendid and grand Avadh era in her designs.
The Grand finale of India Runway Week was by Designer Riddhi and Siddhi with their collection “English Country Gardens”. Models walked the ramp with sports car by Big Boy Toyz. The show was the amalgamation of glamour and cars. The collection conjured up contemplative thoughts of romance and lazy summer days.
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That’s all for today. See you soon