The event opened with Aneeth Arora’s ‘Pero’ collection, which took cues from nature and played with designs of mandarins, leaves, multi-coloured petals worn over cotton and khadi outfits in white and off-white colours.
Hemant and Nandita used ikat designs from Istanbul and weaved them in Indian style. The resort-wear, loose fitted ensemble comprises dresses, gowns, jumpsuits, jackets skirts and swimsuits in hues of yellow and white.
“We found ikat in Istanbul and we feel the country has a lot of tradition and culture which we could use in our collection and Indianise it. It is an easy-to-wear ensemble, can be worn at parties as well as to office,” said the designer duo, who used neoprene and crinoline fabrics for the collection.
Pallavi Mohan added sensuality and femininity with gowns and skirts taking the centre stage of her collection, which was devoid of colours.
Alpana-Neeraj’s line displayed Japan’s obsession with culture of ‘Kawaii’ or ‘Cute’. It had strong Japanese aesthetic of minimalism and clean lines.
Nagaland designer Atsu Sekhose’s collection comprised of dresses and skirts in delicate shades of grey and pink. The striking part of the otherwise bland collection was the elaborate work done around the shoulders and the sleeves.
An evening wear collection by Paras and Shina, took inspiration from the idea of fossilised flowers preserved in time. It displayed Victorian era, with voluminous silhouettes being drapes and pleats, maxi’s and separates, contrasted with romantic 50’s baby doll skirts.
“It is about re-visiting the past, the memories, into the fossils. It is in the Victorian era and aims at celebrating sadness. The gothic-bold earrings, black ribbons perfectly accessorize the look we wanted to put up. The headgears also come from looking back in past and earlier they were worn in lace but now we did them in wood with lace at the base,” said the duo.
The day was ended with designer Tarun Tahiliani, whose ‘Past Modern’ collection was inspired from works of Indo-British painters, twin sisters Amrit and Ravindra Singh.
The quirky styling of mughal prints and designs form the essence of his line, which comprises colourful dhoti sarees, kaftans, shorts, harems and jackets.