AIFW 2017: Rohit Bal, Antar Agni And More Explore The Loom’s Potential
The one major trend that’s dominating the Indian fashion scenario currently is the return of the loom. With sustainable fashion and hand woven textiles taking centre stage, the Indian Handloom is being restored to its much deserved and long lost glory. And the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017 played its part in taking the initiative a step further by bringing forward the beauty of hand-woven fabrics. The fashion event kickstarted on March 15, 2017, with the opening show by The Handloom School- an initiative by Sally Holkar’s Women Weave- from Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh.
The collection presented was an amalgamation of designs by 13 prominent Indian designers including Akaaro, Antar-Agni, Eka, Good Earth, Neeru Kumar, Nicobar, Pero, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Raw Mango, Rohit Bal, Suket Dhir, Urvashi Kaur & and 11:11 Eleven Eleven. The resulting interplay of design and weave was just as interesting as the creative motley presenting it.
Showcased amidst a setup of grass-graced runway with tiny shrubs placed at regular intervals, the show lived up to the sustainable vibe it promised. Zigzagging their way through these shrubs were barefooted models who personified the dream of the modern comfort dresser.
One of the key elements of the collection was minimalism which was evident in every piece from the exorbitant collection that largely comprised of relaxed and boxy silhouettes. Apart from the minimalistic creative approach, the collection incorporated some fo the hottest trends of 2017 including stripes, gingham checks, antifits and layers for both men’s wear and women’s wear. While the latter included a range of easy-breezy one pieces, high waist trousers, skirts, unstructured as well as long jackets, jumpsuits and crop tops.
Men too had their share of fun with jumpsuits (yes, jumpsuits for men), ethnics, pyjama pants, puffer jackets and bombers among others.
As for the colour palette, it ranged from blacks, whites and greys to navys, yellows and browns, though, occasionally a pop of pink also found it’s way, again in both men’s wear and women’s wear.
Image Credit: Viral Bhayani