Year after year, season after season, Pankaj & Nidhi manage to make us feel things about clothing we don’t think we’ve felt before. This year at AIFW was no different. From the collection note we were informed that the inspiration for this year was taken from military uniforms. As it turns out, Pankaj Ahuja was an army kid, who grew up surrounded by uniforms. And now, I understand that only when you take inspiration from something so close to you, it turns out so impeccably done.
The duo’s models dressed in shades of olive, ochre, khaki greens and blues and gorgeous mustard walked the runway to a peppy, marching band-esq number. Fabrics like merino wool, quilted jersey, tulle, crepe, silk and neoprene were used to create both functional and glamorous garments. The jackets came with a fringe detailing that was inspired by bullets, while another fringe top was the end result of extending the fringe you find on epaulettes.
Almost all the clothes were embellished with medals and badges, while the evening wear featured embroidery and jewels put together to form a camouflage.
With a mix of androgyny from Pankaj and girly glamorous silhouettes from Nidhi Ahuja, the collection was exceptionally styled (Gautam Kalra‘s work) had something for everyone!