One of the reasons I love summer is because I look forward to wearing lightweight and easy-breezy silhouettes in varied colour palettes. A lot of Indian designers have come out with beautiful summer collections. And, just when I wanted to visit some stores, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation and I’ve been maintaining social distancing ever since then. And yes, I know online shopping exists but I’m a person who has to go and try her clothes before purchasing. Now that getting out isn’t an option, all I can do is search for the new Spring/Summer collections and bookmark them for future reference. You can do the same, in case you too are looking for new trends to sport this season, or even getting bored sitting at home. From Indianwear to western wear, here are my personal fave SS20 designer collections that I’m keen on getting my hands on.
Eka’s new collection includes hand-painted florals in soft, pastel tones. Giving a handy style tip, designer Rina Singh says,
“In spring you can experiment with light organza, cotton silk lining underneath kurtas with lace or crochet trims that add flair to the look. Alternatively, you can wear simple capes and printed trousers to add dimension to the kurta set.”
Ritu Kumar‘s collection pays tribute to the craftsmanship to the Rabaari women from North-West India who spent their lives honing the craft that has a bohemian aesthetic. Seen in this clothing line are reinvented kurta dresses, tops and everyday wardrobe essentials, such as solid kurtas, printed pants and classic suit sets. It also includes belted sarees and jumpsuits. I am in love with the prints on these modern silhouettes!
Payal Khandwala’s fierce, yet feminine collection features striking solid colours and prints on breathable fabrics like handwoven cotton khadi, chanderi, linen and poplin—perfect for summer wear, right? I love the pleated effect and choice of colours, all reminiscent of a wildflower. I would totally wear these bold outfits to make a statement at a formal occasion.
Abhinav’s new collection is not just for the bride but for the bridesmaids too. It comprises of vibrant colours, dramatic prints and signature mirror-work pieces that give boho feels. Isn’t it perfect for a summer wedding?
Limerick by Abirr n’ Nanki’s collection, The Odyssey comprises bold motifs inspired by Kalamkari prints with a contemporary twist. The clothes have a mix of trendy pieces with puff sleeves, pantsuits and fluid silhouettes in a bright colour story and sheer fabrics, making them must-have outfits for the summer.
If you love sarees, you will certainly love Anavila’s SS20 collection. It consists of Jamdani sarees in shades of orange, yellow and green. It not only has a vintage feel but also a sense of playfulness to the clothes. I wouldn’t mind wearing a saree that looks and feels so soothing.
Nishiki explores beautiful silk embroidered, vintage wear for weddings. The collection includes intricate three-dimensional patterns woven on lehengas, sarees and suits in the form of aari-tari and zari knotwork. The colours include a mix of pastel and bright shades. Don’t forget to check out some of their gorgeous pieces if you’re a bride-to-be.
If you plan to attend a sundowner in the future, you can keep Rhea’s collection in mind. Her strappy ensembles with ruffle detailing and fluid jumpsuits with great cuts on the neckline, shoulders and waist are to die for. I would totally wear them for my next party.
Do you know which collection is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.
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