If the first day of Amazon India Fashion Week autumn/winter 2017 was about celebrating Indian heritage, the second day was about celebrating the modernity that fresh talent represents.
Vogue India Fashion Fund 2017 winner Huemn presented its latest collection that spoke about the right of choice and the liberation that comes from it. Safe to say Huemn as a label has grown stronger with every passing season, which was evident from its energy-packed runway presentation. For autumn winter 2017 the brand highlighted some of the strongest elements it has come to include in its vocabulary—gorillas, athleisure detailing, and recently, florals. The brand launched its line of denim and rainwear with the show.
Designers Hemant Lalwani and Nandita Raipurani of label Hemant & Nandita have always succeeded in keeping up with the season’s trends. For their autumn/winter 2017 collection, the designers brought in details such as asymmetric ruffled hemlines, corset belts and dresses worn over trousers. While the brand may fall short on adding a story to the collection, it makes up in creating clothes relevant in the present context with a healthy balance of commercially and editorially appealing garments.
Patine is a label you associate with elegant Indian ethnic wear. However in a spirit of disruption, the brand showcased modern western separates that were targeted at a younger clientele. The collection titled ‘Eclectic Folklore’ drew from the idea of a travelling gypsy. Embroidered biker jackets were paired with track pants and longline jackets with ripped jeans—not unlike what you see in street style.
Pankaj & Nidhi’s ‘Telefunk’ was an ode to monochrome. The label showed its prowess in surface manipulation with this collection highlighting it with details like leather applique, paillettes and fringes. The designers drew from static screen television patterns to play on the contrast of visual proportions for the evening wear collection.
Péro’s autumn/winter 2017 collection was inspired by designer Aneeth Arora’s travelogues. Without restricting herself to one particular region, she chose elements of how people dressed in some parts of China and Latin America and translated the same for a collection to dress what she calls the ‘Péro tribe’. Models skipped and jumped in dreads to the live sounds of the djembe, saxophone and beat boxing at the Kulu hut in the National Crafts Museum.