The Spring/Summer ’21 season was a momentous one for the Indian industry as it was the first time Lakmé Fashion Week and Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) came together for a joint edition. While it continued to be a phygital season, the on-ground showcases were in a drive-in format—what the runway saw was hope via colours, silhouettes and vibe; to combat the trying year we’ve all had. Aashni + Co rounds up our favourite collections!
Anamika Khanna opened the phygital week with her collection ‘Timeless The World’, where she tapped into the ever-changing nature of the world. Her experimental silhouettes reigned supreme in both monochromatic tones and a vibrant palette. To present the modern take on age-honed Indian craftsmanship and heritage, Khanna presented a fictional tale of a 24-year-old, discovering textiles that are treasures in an attic. From open-cut sherwanis to asymmetric kurtas and structured shirts, the collection displayed the age of grandeur we’re looking forward to after the pandemic-forced downtime.
House of Masaba
Masaba‘s nostalgic collection was all about new revelries into the season with her distinct lingo of cheery hues, quirky print and ultra-chic silhouettes. The comfort-driven luxe loungewear comprised of indo-western silhouettes and trackees made in breathable butter-soft crepe featuring her signature prints.
Payal Singhal‘s collection of Indian athleisure was dedicated to making festive frolicking free of fuss. Laidback and boho-chic, the collection featured kurta-joggers, bomber sets, draped dhoti saris and joggers with sari drapes. The vibrant PS prints made the line refreshing; while the 3D ornamentation of pitta kora work, cutdana, thread and wool embroidery, and colourful tassels honoured her signature style.
Manish Malhotra painted a picture of old-school glamour with his Indian wedding couture collection. The classic nostalgia-evoking silhouettes of lehengas, kurtas and gowns were enriched by a metallic colour palette with dollops of sequins that spelt joyful celebrations.
Ritu Kumar presented her collection on the Sustainable Fashion Day to introduce her organic soya fabric saris. The ethical collection tapped into bohemian vibes with minimalistic elements like floral prints, laced patchwork and geometric patterns in luxurious natural fabrics.
Siddartha Tytler paid an ode to the iconic Studio 54′ with his 80’s-themed party-ready collection including sequin-clad dresses, co-ord sets, polka detailing, ruffles and animal prints. Setting the tone for post-pandemic life, it created a fantastical world we’d rather be living in right now.
Samant Chauhan imagined exquisite summer florals with a dash of shimmer. From flowy silhouettes and statement sleeves to OTT fringes and Victorian gowns, the dramatic collection was offset by a muted colour palette.
Payal PratapPayal Pratap travelled north for inspiration. Her ingeniously crafted layered ensembles featured smocking, handwoven trims and clashing prints. From well-tailored jackets and maxi dresses to wrap dresses and sari dresses, the collection was all about a free-flowing style statement.Raffughar by Wajahat Rather
The Gen-Next presentation is always a show to look out for, to spot new talent and rising stars. Raffughar by Wajahat Rather, an NID graduate, made a noteworthy presentation of globally appealing renditions of Kashmiri art and craft.
Rahul Das Gupta
Menswear designer Rahul Das Gupta championed slow fashion with an interplay of tie-and dye cords and textured selvedge on sherwanis, bandis, scarves and jackets. The contemporary surface ornamentation techniques were all about modern minimalism with a bolder perspective.
Gazal Mishra borrowed inspiration from the luxurious foliage of Uzbekistan with vibrant floral motifs on layered sheer fabrics to create a feminine appeal. The classic festive silhouettes have wedding-ready written all over them.
Bloni made a strong case for gender fluid and sustainable fashion with clean silhouettes made in shiny marine plastic waste textile. From anti-fit jackets and bralettes to electroplated shoulder accessories, faux leather pantsuits and sequin hoodie dresses, Bloni looked into the future of fashion in an ethical and edgy manner.
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