Since we are going backwards this year documenting my AIFW ’17 experience, this is the last of the series where I bring to you the best of what I saw on Day1 and Day2 at the AIFW AW’17. While day1 was high on the Handloom prowess of our craftsmen and designers, day 2 was more whimsical and silhouetted.
The day started with Handloom collection by some veterans and some young designers bringing out the essence of the loom with comfort wear in myriad colors. We saw some great work by Akaaro, Good Earth by Neeru Kumar, Pero, Antar-Agni, Eka, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Nicobar, Rohit Bal, Sanjay Garg, Suket Dhir, Urvashi Kaur, and 11:11
JHARCRAFT was easily my favorite show on day 1 where a handful of designers brought out the best of crafts from the state of Jharkhand, interpreting them in their own fancy ways and creating some magic on the runway. Abraham and Thakore showcased a very dainty take on workwear with cotton and khadi used tastefully in modern styles and structures. Work wear this good can truly lift up all your spirits even on a Monday. Madhu Jain’s sarees and Krishna Mehta’s beautiful ethnic wear gave major trousseau goals.
Day 2 had an interesting line up with two off site shows- one by Pero and another by Samant Chauhan. While Pero set the mood for their signature whimsical world yet again, this time it was tribal and Latin American influences resonating loud and clear in the clothes and the styling. Samant Chauhan showcased at the Railway Museum taking is back in the memory lane and interpreting his journey in fashion through the tracks literally.
Pankaj and Nidhi showed us a graphic collection and Vineet Bahl put up a show of rather daring set separates with fur and leather that made for an interesting watch. Huemn came up with another powerful show with Burqas , cloaks, hoodies and jackets that were quite impactful.
My favorites from Day2 and perhaps the entire fashion week were however HEMANT AND NANDITA who made an effort to come up with some very gorgeous designs in lots of prints, flowy structures, jackets, trenches and what not that will ensure a winter wardrobe to die for. I know where I am headed next for my Winter shopping this year.
Have you made your choice?
Images: Verve, AIFW ’17