"Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway."-Coco Chanel
Closely following Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai, fashion lovers' attention quickly turned to the ramps in New Delhi last week for Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015. (It was the first year for Amazon to be the title sponsor so it will be interesting to see if next year the models are replaced with drones. What? You know I had to throw in at least one lame Amazon joke.) On a more sartorial note, the fall lines are the most anticipated and well-known names like JJ Valaya and Namrata Joshipura did not disappoint. It was also a great showing for up-and-coming designers. Here are some of the best looks from the runway.
Pankaj and Nidhi's innovative collection was one of the most talked about of the week with stand-out pantsuits that brought the drama (I never thought the words drama and pant suit could be used together) courtesy of some amazing trains on the jackets and beautiful gemstone embellishing. One of my personal favorites was the colorful and free-spirited collection by Hemant and Nandita. The line was built around the idea of a nomadic gypsy and reminds us once again, that the 70s are definitely the decade du jour in fashion these days. Namrata Joshipura and Rohit+Rahul both showcased modern yet simple silhouettes.
Pictured: 1. Pankaj and Nidhi 2. Rohit+Rahul 3. Namrata Joshipura 4. Namrata Joshipura 5. Hemant and Nandita 6. Hemant and Nandita 7. Amit Aggarwal 8. Namrata Joshipura 9. Rajesh Pratap Singh
Let it go on the record that I am a little obsessed with both JJ Valaya and Payal Singhal's lines. According to Vogue India, "JJ Valaya described his line as 'Bolshoi Bazaar' as 'Indian—but with a kiss of Russia'". The colors, the fur, the glam...it is everything you want and more from a glitzy, bold Indian outfit. Payal Singhal's French inspired collection in contrast was very soft, neutral and ultra-feminine. Her line showcased very light fabrics like tulle, organza, silk and lace. Malini Ramani's line had a dark, edginess to it and Sahil Kochhar elevated neutral textiles with beautiful cutwork. Also, worth noting (although this has been showing up on Indian runways for a while) is that the belted sari is definitely a full-on trend.
Pictured: 1. JJ Valaya 2. Sahil Kochhar 3. Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal 4. Anju Modi 5. Payal Singhal 6. Malini Ramani 7. Payal Singhal 8. JJ Valaya 9. JJ Valaya 10. Grand Finale (various designers) 11. Payal Singhal 12. Samant Chauhan 13. Grand Finale (various designers) 14. Malini Ramani 15. Payal Singhal
Top collage (clockwise): JJ Valaya, Pankaj and Nidhi, Payal Singhal, Rohit+Rahul
image source: Vogue India