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India Runway Week is Asia’s youngest fashion trade event. Each season of the much-awaited IRW introduce new talent and places young Indian designers firmly on the global fashion stage. IRW provides a platform for both established and upcoming talented designers but also introduce fresh designers to showcase their collections. IFFD provides the opportunity for fashion industry members, both new and old, to create networks that will facilitate action and inspire industry growth. IFFD hope to assist in creating a positive knock on effort that will facilitate job creation and growth for the industry.
Feministaa visited the India Runway Week on the second day of India Runway week Season 7. The ramp walk started with college students adorned in the designs of the students from Appejay Design Institute, the knowledge partner of India Runway Week Season 7. Each student has dexterously worked on every individual collection and extracted the best vision from their creativity.
The second show of the day started with “Euphoria” by Disha Doshi Gandhi. Captivating Ikat patterns were used, whose colors reflect local heritage. The colours were bright and contrasting, as per the theme of the collection. Geometry played a considerate part within the whole collection.
Next was “Vida De Frida” by Designers Payal & Zinal that was based on the theme- age of UNGENDER, where it’s the person that matters and not their Gender. It is because today, people have a balanced identity that includes the virtues of both the Genders. The designers believe that both the male and female personalities are coming to accept the “Other Side”.
“Kantha” by Stuti Shan is an primordial craft, made by the women of rural West Bengal. Bolpur-Shantiniketan is essentially famous for its ethnic and creative Kantha embroidery all over India. Every stitch of this embroidery is hand sewn. The collection is more like a piece of art as it tells the untold story of karigars, their hard work, the elements of mother Earth with cohesion of indo western designs.
“Rachat” by Shruti and collection by Rohan revolved around the personal emotions of an army girl. She goes through a rigorous training process for which she was not mentally ready at the time, but she does it anyway. The clothes through their silhouettes represent the loneliness, distress and confusion she is going through. The whole transformation that she goes through is documented through the silhouettes and cuts of the ensembles. The collection is ripped and tattered at certain parts to represent the immense stress she is going through.
“The Flute Enchanter” by Manika Surekha is the inspiration of the collection comes from the magnificent life of lord Krishna. Use of hand painted motifs with a fusion of fabrics forms the center of her collection. The exaggerated flow in the garments is perfect for all body types. Enchanting flowers, peacocks, cows are symbolic of her collection which is in hues of the color blue.
”The Indian Disney Story” by designer Mithi Kalra, speaks for itself. Dresses, gowns suited for a Princess, based on the traditional art of Madhubani, hand embroidered on pure silks and organza . The collection wonderfully and imaginatively combines the grace of a bygone era, with the modern day fashion. Creatively designed Gowns and dresses are certain to catch the imagination of the young generation not only in India but the world over.
“Persian Story” by designer Ravneet Toor is inspired from the tales of Persia. Indian bridal wear inspired by the beauty of the majestic empire was seen on the ramp. Every garment is made with careful planning keeping in mind the brides that want comfort without compromising the royal look of the bridal wear. The traditional wear contemporized to suit the modern bride!
Foram Rambha’s concept was gowns which are flowy & combined with Indian and Western culture. His inspiration is floral designs, which have variations of different floral designs in embroidery patterns which are both Indian and Western. The outfits can be worn in a cocktail as well as a wedding reception ceremony.
Inspired by our nation’s winning drive, “Save the girl child”, “Sahira” by Yasmeen Mehra presented the New Winter/ Festive collection ‘ERUBESCENT’. The show depicted the evolution of a bright girl child to a shining woman of today. It brought together the little girl stars and the charming women on the ramp stylishly dressed in the exclusive designs by Yasmeen Mehra. The collection symbolizes the inner beauty and innocence of a girl child evolving into an attractive woman who still has a heart of gold.
“Three Musketeers of Nature”, a winter festive collection by emerging designer Radhika Jindal showcases an amalgamation 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. The collection symbolizes the best of friendship that exists in nature when every morning the butterfly and lady bug take inspirations from their furry friends.
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. “In this collection, one can see a vivid representation of motifs taken from most famous Mughal monuments of Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, and the Rumi Darwaza,” said the designer in a statement.
“Magiska” by Shalini is a reflection of Indian heritage of rich textiles and centuries old craftsmanship. It is the modern interpretation of 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.
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