Over the past few years, The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has been doing an amazing job promoting Indian textiles, handlooms and techniques. Their efforts have slowly but surely started to pay off with the biggest names in the industry creating heritage lines, and brides favouring the traditional over trendy.
So while there were other trousseau-worthy lines showcased on the last day of the Amazon India Fashion Week, I have chosen to share my favourite looks from the curated multi-designer finale where it all boiled down to one thing : the essence of modern India.
Sure, I’ll be the first to admit that several of this pieces have limited wearability across body types, ages and occasions. But to view this show from that point of view would be narrow minded. Instead, look at it as the different kind of heirlooms that should belong in the modern bride’s trousseau.
1. Rajesh Pratap Singh : Inspired by the Picchwai art of Rajasthan, especially famous as the art depicted in the Nathdwara temple // 2. Rahul Mishra : Inspired by the potters and artisans of India, where Khadi gowns took centre stage // 3. péro by Aneeth Arora : Incorporated Benarasi and Chanderi fabrics in western silhouettes // 4. Anju Modi : Extensive use of Zardozi embroidery and block prints // 5. Samant Chauhan : Beautiful, intricate hand embroidery that his clothes have become so synonymous with // 6. Pankaj and Nidhi : An ikat-based collection in pink so different from their A/W military collection // 7. Amit Aggarwal : Married different fabrics in the most unusual combinations // 8. Abraham and Thakore : Played with the kediya kurta of Gujarat // 9. Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna : Recreated the jharokhas of Jaipur on their futuristic jackets
My hands-down favourite were Rahul Mishra’s looks which I have been coveting right from Paris Fashion Week. Oh, well. Here’s to one more on the ever-growing wish list!
Can you tell me which one you’ve liked best in the comments below? I also would really like to know whether you’ve liked this series, would like to see more, etc etc.
Here’s to a fabulous season gone by, and many more to come!
Love you too ♥
(Image Courtesy: Gulshan Sachdeva for Elle India // References: elle.in )