[KA][SHA] by Karishma Shahani Khan
Black and grey aren’t the hues in charge this winter and Karishma Shahani Khan’s collection is testament to that fact. Breaking the sartorial status quo, the designer sent out an inherently happy line-up packed with mood-elevating colours. Silhouettes ranged from trench coats to flowy dresses infused with bold patterns and vibrant tassels, which added an element of playfulness.
Blue was the colour of the season for designer Anju Modi whose collection, Neelambar, drew inspiration from the inky midnight sky. Models walked the ramp in timeless traditional separates featuring architecture-inspired detailing. Ivory, gold and deep purple were some of the other hues on the designer’s shade card. Shoes from Needledust and bold, sculpted accessories by Roma Narsinghani lent the perfect finishing touch.
Shivan & Narresh
If you have a destination wedding on the cards, your suitcase is incomplete without an ensemble (or two) from the Delhi-based duo’s eponymous label. The designers, who have always taken inspiration from the art world, turned to renowned expressionist Egon Schiele for their latest collection—The Egon Series. A strong colour story ranging from jewel to neutral tones, drew from Schiele’s early works, which presents nature in an Art Nouveau style. This season also saw the designers showcase two new elements—the flute lehenga (a new silhouette which follows the lines of a Bordeaux goblet) and Velvetrene (a fabric innovation that adds structure and volume to velvet). A lakeside Viennese celebration made for the ideal backdrop, highlighting the opulent skein work.
The Big Apple was central to Namrata Joshipura’s collection, the Get Down, presented in collaboration with Maybelline New York. In a room flanked with graffitied walls, the designer delivered a line-up which graduated from sporty separates in lush fabrics to red carpet-worthy gowns. Finishing touches came in the form of dramatic fringe and lustrous sequins. Maybelline New York’s ambassador Alia Bhatt brought the show to a close in a scene-stealing emerald jumpsuit.
Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks
Keeping in line with Wendell Rodricks’ geometric philosophy, Schulen Fernandes’ second collection for the designer was an ode to the rose in a cubist avatar. Fernandes filled the runway with structured yet voluminous silhouettes in elegant fabrics. Think layered organza, silk and lush pashmina wool. While fiery reds aptly dominated the colour palette, the designer also experimented with cooler hues like pale blue and teal green. Rose gold and silver accents were used to play up the drama.