The mantra on day three of fashion week was all about “The Big Easy”. Sporty chic is one of the biggest trends for spring/summer and each interpreted this trend in their own way.
Ruchika Sacheva‘s young label “Bodice” showed a lot of maturity. A nearly all cotton collection, she showed us this often ignored fabric can be very chic. Shift dresses, vests, boxy jackets and long shorts were completed with clutch bags and Japanese block heel shoes.
A muted colour palette gave her favoured motif checks a very soothing feel. Kolkata based duo Dev R Nil mixed ikats, linens and mesh textures. Again, there were lots of shift dresses and boxy jackets. Structure was mixed with fluidity, giving everything a classic look. These are pieces to keep and have a real sense of being “seasonless”.
Payal Pratap is another designer who likes to juxtapose fluidity with structure for a feel of relaxed elegance. Known for jackets, she used gathering to give them a softer feel. The salwar pant was her favoured companion to these. Her fabrics of choice were khadi and chandheri, that gave an organic feel to the collection. Chintz inspired embroidery and a bright blue and red colour palette added the drama. The sporty element came out through zipper details.
Sporty chic is a constant for Sanchita, so her collection was SO on trend. Embellished tee shirts, baseball caps and sweatshirts, the fitted tracksuit, proved you can wear sportswear in the evening. Patent was her thing, be it her shoes (which were superb), dresses or trousers. Everything was injected with some androgyny which added a quirk factor.
Namrata Joshipura‘s “The Wanderer” told us why she is the queen of glam chic. Prints inspired by ice lakes, mountains and snow were all given that Namrata’s easy yet glitzy touch. Golds and silver were precious but never intimidating. Shorts, tunics, jumpsuits, lounge pants and overlay dresses ensured that it all looked effortless. Ensuring you don’t forget that next season is all about being sporty, was the footwear. Adidas’ Jeremy Scott trainers completed most of the looks.
Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna ensured the day ended on a heightened note of glamour. Sequins and metallic embroidery added the shine. Soft shapes and ingenious layered cuts kept it soft. This was enhanced by a quietly elegant colour palette that included salmons, greys and nudes. Everything though, was sexed up with cut outs and clever use of mesh. Innovative, it still felt so easy. This collection was aptly named “Quiet Vanity”.
Not to mention any names but some models need to learn some fashion show etiquette. For many Rohit and Rahul’s show became quite unbearable because of certain members of the industry shouting and jeering all the way through. I know sporty is a trend at this fashion week but this is not a football match, it’s an event about style!
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