Delhi Times Fashion Week certainly hit all the right notes last week with celebrity showstoppers - Yami Gautam, Chitrangada Singh and Sonal Chauhan - and bridal collections dominating the runway. Embellishments, embroidery and print reigned unsurprisingly yet there was truly something for everyone with alternatives to festive attire including ‘Sangria’, a collection of workwear separates by Jabong, and a reimagining of athleisure by Narendra Kumar. We bring you highlights from the eclectic showcase in the country’s capital:
Ritu Beri and Khadi
‘Khadi from Pret to Couture’ by Ritu Beri opened the week long extravaganza with her tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in honour of his 150th birth anniversary. The heritage textile was brought to the runway with a contemporary twist by Beri, with asymmetrical hemlines and modern structure. Intricate thread work, floral embroidery and embellishments in gold ensured Beri made a dramatic statement.
Malini Ramani’s unique vision of minimalist patterns and a subtle palette cut through the week that was otherwise pervaded by over-the-top design sensibilities. With delicate embroidery on gently shimmering fabric, monochromatic styling and a blend of traditional and modern silhouettes, Ramani’s collection was an ode to simplicity and elegance.
Krishna Mehta paid homage to artist and legend Frida Kahlo, known for design sensibilities rooted in the landscape, textile and culture of her beloved Mexico. Featuring long skirts, peasant tops with billowy sleeves, and Kahlo’s iconic styling, Mehta acknowledged the icon, recreating Kahlo’s image unibrow, floral hairstyling et al!
Sulakshana Monga’s bride
Sulakshana Monga’s vision for the modern Indian bride revealed romantically flowing silhouettes and bejeweled numbers in a refreshing palette of peach, neon, reds and pinks. The collection according to the designer, “[...] has heritage, tradition and art in it. Keeping a big fat Indian wedding in mind, we have put together something for each function. This collection caters to the young Indian bride. We have used Assam silk, raw silk and a mix of few fabrics for this line.”