The 20th batch of seven Gen Next designers showcased their collections at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015. Mentored by top fashion expert Sabina Chopra, the designers dazzled the audience with their creativity and unique flair. Check it out!
AJAY KUMAR – HIGH ON KALEIDOSCOPIC PRINTS
Ajay Kumar the NIFT Delhi graduate showed his version of men’s wear for the 21st century male. A perfectionist who believes in details, Ajay’s collection called “Consonance and Dissonance” was a colorful line of kitschy garments, which fell into place perfectly. With black and white and loads of kaleidoscopic patterns, which were unbelievably intricate and geometric with florals, birds and beasts, Ajay unleashed a color story of lotus pink, cranberry, parrot green with hints of bright red. Khaki and dark tones of chestnut added to the wild color story.
CHARCHIT BAFNA – FASHION NEUTRALITY
For Delhi based designer Charchit Bafna it was a zesty fun playful men’s and women’s wear line that bordered on androgynous touches. It moved effortlessly between both genders with silhouettes and styles ideal for casual wear. Called “Elakka Ice”, Charchit moved away from conventional winter hues and onto blue, green and gold with distinct banana leaf prints and floral hand embroidery. Playing with fabrics like men’s suiting material, poplin, cotton mesh, organza and leatherite, Charchit brought in silhouettes that were easy on the eye and body.
KRITI TULA – UPSCALING FASHION
For her label ‘Doodlage’ Delhi based designer Kriti Tula unveiled a remarkable collection of garments that projected how industry waste can be upscaled to create stylish women’s wear. Her collection was inspired by evolution of basics and called “Purge” so she recreated the white shirt and draped scarves for the fashion conscious. Adding patch work, knitting back fabric strips from production waste and block printing; Kriti displayed slouchy silhouettes with discreet detailing. The shapes bordered almost on the androgynous level with the kurtis aimed at the versatile dresser in the age group 14-65 years with easy silhouettes that can fit any shape or size.
JEBIN JOHNY – ORIENTAL FASHION FUSION
Cochin based designer Jebin Johny’s women’s wear label ‘Jebsispar’ derived from JEBin-SISter-PARents – which is his family name, presented the collection called “KathaKubuki”. It was a dramatic amalgamation of two dance forms – Kathakali from India and Japan’s Kabuki dance.
The eight very feminine and quirky pieces had fusion prints in bold colors of red, blue, black on a white backdrop in 90 per cent cotton and 10 percent Lycra. Sexy and stretchable, the very striking prints and form fitting silhouettes made an impact on the ramp.
ISHITA MANGAL– INTRIGUING FASHION
Bringing in intrigue and suspense into her collection, Ishita Mangal presented “Misprison of Treason” under her label ‘Quo’. The Delhi based designer offered a new stylish unconventional twist for women’s wear with dramatic prints, slogans and accessories; for the modern adventurous woman. With the crime scene as the theme, Ishita was inspired by the people involved around the happening, like detectives, victims etc. Using solid rich woody hues, the silhouettes moved from stiff collars to pleated silk backs, cut-outs, crêpe skirts teamed with pleated leather trousers and long trench coats. Making a style statement, Ishita added bold prints, catchy slogans and basic shapes with rigid belts. Highlights were the slain body outline motif on black tunic, “blood stained” scarf for a brown slender dress, police ticker tape as an accessory and police slogans on a long tube.
SHIVANGI SAHNI – DECONSTRUCTED ELEGANCE
The NIFT Delhi graduate showcased deconstructed elegance with a boho-luxe feel. With easy silhouettes as the centre of attraction Shivangi Mangal brought in luxurious fabrics with thread embroidery and suede detailing to highlight the creations. The prime colors were navy blue and mustard with hints of burnt orange and earthy tones to complete the effect. Tassels and fringes were the focal point of the layered palazzo, black sleeveless jacket and woollen tasselled coat. The black and white checked flared skirt and matching coat was a great fashion statement. From stylish coat dresses to languid palazzos and relaxed tops; the range was replete with sharp tailoring that offered clothes for the free spirited woman.
SIDDHARTHA BANSAL – RUSTIC FASHION IMPACT
Delhi designer Siddhartha Bansal’s collection called “Story Teller” revealed an elegant feminine fashionable tale on the ramp. Revolving around the story of the mythological divine bovine goddess, Kamadhenu, described as mother of all cows, Siddhartha was inspired by the gates and doors of Indian vintage Havelis. But while the inspiration was historic, Siddhartha’s shapes were ultra-modern and ideal for the fashion forward 21st century woman. The quirky cow and milk bottle prints were matched with embroidery in vibrant colours. With sporty bomber jackets, tank tops, track pants, sweat shirts, minis, cropped jackets, full circle skirts, oversized jackets and figure hugging peplum dresses, Siddhartha added a profusion of prints-on-prints, layering and quirky accessories like sneakers, back packs, clutches, and contrasted them with Indian traditional jewellery. Here was a mixture of cultures, crafts, colours and traditions that came seamlessly together in one great collection.