The INIFD Gen-Next show presented six talented designers’ collections that enthralled the audience during the opening show at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. Mentored by top designer Anita Dongre, the INIFD Gen-Next show offered the fashion industry bright new talent to look forward to and was a veritable feast for the eyes.
CHANDNI MOHAN – MINIMAL ELEGANCE
A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, UK in 2010, Chandni Mohan’s label “Selvage” was a high end luxury line that created waves at the opening Gen Next show at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. Combining effortlessly the concepts of simplicity and power dressing, Chandni based her collection, which was inspired by Preston Scott’s architecture; on crisp tailoring with hints of androgynous touches.
Working around a colour palette of black, white and red; the sharply cut angular boxy dresses, tunics, skirts and covers had asymmetric construction that spelt minimal elegance with maximum impact. Overlapping folds and geometric silhouettes added to the drama of the creations. The accompanying gold jewellery was a perfect match as cuffs, necklaces and earrings added to the look of the very stark but striking collection. The fabrics were Tencel, Satin Crepe polyester, crepe spandex with polyester, sand wash hammer satin and satin chiffons.
For an innovative style statement that makes an eye-catching entry, Chandni Mohan, offered a variety of options to the modern woman.
DIVYA SHETH – AN INDO-INTERNATIONAL OFFERING
With a course in styling from Central Saint Martins London, Divya Sheth created a mélange of the East and West for her collection. Presenting a mix of Far East motifs and silhouettes with Indian textiles; the stylish line inspired by Mary Cassatt’s “Lady at the Tea Table” was a delightful blend of traditional ikat, khadi and Jamdani weaves with ample doses of intricate embroidery. Borrowing motifs from Japanese, Moroccan and English tableware and tiles, Divya went in for totally unconventional silhouettes that were inspired by the very geometric tea bags and saucers.
Elegantly styled one-shoulder dress had cascading saucer like motifs down the front. With white as the base, the pottery blue designs were delicately splashed on the slim trousers, asymmetric summer dress, as well as sultry cocktail creations and draped gowns. The beautiful thread embroidery was the cynosure of all eyes featuring the Chinese temples and cherry blossoms while the Ajrakh prints with the unusual clamp dyeing was another interesting part of the collection.
For a perfect English Tea Party appearance Divya Sheth’s diversely inspired line will have great international appeal.
PARUL BHARGAVA – RETRO REDEFINED
With multiple degrees from the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins UK, Parul Bhargava’s Label “Mirage” presented a collection that was inspired by serenity. Combining a mix of colours, textures and lines; Parul’s sleek women’s wear had a marked old world charm of the 1950’s.
Slim skirts were topped with boxy jackets, dresses caressed the curves of the models and flowing palazzos added casual chic to the relaxed tops. Colours were muted beige, brown, and blue with deeper hues of brown splashed with abstract prints adding discreet touches.
Giving the overall collection a timeless feel, Parul ensured that the silhouettes were the focal point of the garments. The soft shimmer of the garments along with tonal embellishments was a soothing effect on the ramp. The softly constructed silhouettes with drop shoulders or dolman sleeves at times layered, worked remarkably for the outfits.
When it comes to opting for well-crafted western wear, Parul Bhargava offered a redefined look at retro style.
SREEJITH JEEVAN – FASHION FORECAST
From the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Ecole Nationale Superieuere Des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, Sreejith Jeevan’s label “Rouka” had a strong creative base that moved from weaver to wearer. Putting an emphasis on the work of handloom weavers, women embroiderers and differently-abled painters who created the artistic button, Sreejith’s collection called “Weather Forecast” for Summer/Resort 2014 was inspired by the romantic rain of picturesque Kerala.
Quaintly styled in cloudy grey, dull brown and white with motifs of umbrellas, raindrops, paper boats, engines and cars; the outfits had a perky young appeal. Hip length Tees, preppy dresses, pleated pants, rustic skirts, comfy cropped jackets and casual tunics looked ideal for the young-at-heart dresser.
Asymmetric closures were the focal point while the long tube with a black bolero with the right amount of embellishments gave a unique touch to the collection.
When it comes to laid back styles, Sreejith Jeevan made the choice easy with this “Weather Forecast” collection.
UJJAWAL DUBEY –RUGGED FASHION STATEMENTS
A graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Ujjawal Dubey’s label “Antar Agni” offered the stylish male sartorial options that were an interesting mix of the Middle and Far East along with touches of the West. The collection called “No Longer the Hunted” presented by Ujjawal revealed the rugged look that moved from woven to knits. Allowing his fabrics to speak eloquently, Ujjawal’s garments had that raw natural appeal where the silhouettes and colours were inspired by the famed cold deserts of the world.
The trousers were wide and roomy with a marked Afghan feel. The tunics were comfortably constructed, while the jackets and coats some with asymmetric closures and patched pockets, had a rugged masculine appearance. Colours remained muted as grey, black, beige and deep electric added excitement to the garments.
Men’s wear took a stylish turn on the ramp with Ujjawal Dubey’s Antar Agni line titled “No longer the Hunted” offering ultra-fashion directions for men who want to be tracked down at any event.
VILVIN SABU – SUMMER/RESORT CHIC
A graduate from the School of Fashion Technology, Pune and the London College of Fashion UK, Vilvin Sabu’s label “Vilvin”, catered to the stylish woman who effortlessly wants to make a fashion statement.
Using traditional crafts for modern chic creations, Vilvin’s collection aptly called “Tropical Chic” was inspired by heritage and art. The sporty summer/resort collection of shorts, rompers, body suits, easy blouses with splashes of abstract prints, sensuous ombré dyed minis, cigarette pants and cleverly constructed jackets was a refreshing offering. Colours were vibrant with green, ochre, rust, fuchsia, navy and maroon as the base for the cutwork and rich embroidery.
The cleverly woven mat-like fabric effects on the garments were the highlight of the collection along with the dual coloured shading which blended perfectly with the embroidery that almost textured the garments onto a different level of creativity.
Vilvin Sabu’s stylish collection called “Tropical Chic” from her “Vilvin” label will help the fastidious dresser when it comes to choosing a wardrobe for those steamy summer days.