Simplicity is the key trend of the upcoming season, backed by interesting styling and embroidery. The approach was reflected keenly in Abraham & Thakore’s collection on Day 1 and Samant Chauhan’s show on Day 2 of the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week autumn/winter 2017 that is taking place in the Capital.
To begin with, veteran designers David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore presented their ‘see now, buy now’ range, in keeping with the international shift in fashion presentation. Tailored separates in black, ivory, indigo and madder were showcased for men and women with handmade Indian textiles.
Meanwhile, simple make-up with sleek, pulled back ponytails were seen on the women, and gelled back sideparted hair was seen on the men. A similar look was seen at Samant Chauhan’s show at the National Rail Museum, Chanakyapuri where the audience was transported to a scenic fashion journey, seated on wooden benches near vintage coaches from days gone by.
As catchy jazz songs rang through a part of the museum, models walked around the trains in regal gowns that are the trademark of the designer. This time around, he took inspiration from his childhood and the Indian Railways. Speaking with LIFESTYLE, Chauhan explained, “I was born and brought up in a place called Jamalpur, which is a Railway colony. The core motif of the embroidery is the wheat stalks, maize and flowers, which is what I would see from the train window on my journeys when I would travel in that region of Bihar.
The Victorian/English vibe that has long been his trademark was evident yet again, harking to the many small towns one passes on a train ride through the area – Albert Road, Victoria Road, Church Town and Queen’s Road. Ivory white and gold cape gowns in muga silk, dresses with boat necks, bandhgala anarkalis with a contemporary twist and capes were a delight to witness. The men were fitted in uniform-like suits in khaki-brown and shoes from Alberto Torresi.
Coincidentally, many years ago when the designer was interviewed for NIFT he stated that he would want to design uniforms for the railway staff. The dream seemed to have somewhat come true.