AIFW SS’17: ‘Road To Chanderi’ Was A Fresh Take On The Traditional Indian Fabric

by Simi Kuriakose

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Every year, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) bring together an array of design geniuses who, together, mark an important week in fashion’s calendar. Day 1 of the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 held at NSIC Grounds, Okhla, kick-started proving just that. We saw 16 of India’s finest designers work collectively to pay tribute to Chanderi — a fine and luxurious handwoven fabric from Madhya Pradesh. Titled Road To Chanderi, this show was apt as the opening act, wherein each designer ensured to give their signature contemporary take to this age-old weave.


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What was noteworthy here was every designer’s distinct style as seen through the same fabric, thus giving it so much quality and character. While Anita Dongre tapped on the versatility of the fabric, keeping to a neutral colour palette and creating everything from pants to jackets for her label Grassroot, designer Aneeth Arora of label Péro added a Parisian flair to the fabric through her crochet and lace embroidered summer dresses. Ragini Ahuja (Ikai) gave Chanderi a fresh spin with a classic pencil skirt and Ruchika Sachdeva of Bodice succumbed to the oversized, anti-fit trend through boxy silhouettes.

Karishma Shahani Khan (Ka-sha) kept to her boho appeal with the addition of appliqué and tassels along with mirror work on silhouettes that more than always were layered. The bow detailing as well as the addition of ruffles is what gave Atsu Sekhose’s collection a certain edge. Other designers who were part of this exceptional show were Payal Pratap, Gaurav Jai Gupta (Akaaro), Joy Mitra, Samant Chauhan, Divyam Mehra, Vaishali S, Paromita Banerjee, Pratima Pandey (Prama), Yogesh Chaudhary (Surendri). The show closed with Sanjay Garg (Raw Mango) whose showstopper Aditi Rao Hydari looked exceptional in a black and gold lehenga

Pic Credit: Viral Bhayani

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