Fashion Week (AIFW) commences in the Capital with 110 designers ready with their collections

Business of fashion has its eyes set on spring/summer 2017. Today, Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) commences in the Capital, with 110 designers ready with their collections. Organised by Fashion Design Council of India, and in its 28th edition, the fashion week returns to NSIC grounds. Here are some highlights from the event, which is on till Sunday.

Spring spells florals: While Rina Dhaka’s creations are a window to vintage florals, Ashima-Leena’s Romance of The Florals, has inspiration inherent in its name. Designer Samant Chauhan, Mandira Wirk and Payal Pratap will also have florals embody the spring spirit.

Menswear gets attention: Continuing with its aim to draw attention to menswear, fashion week will have the seasoned Ashish N Soni and Rajesh Pratap Singh close the day tomorrow. Interestingly, Malini Ramani’s collection will also feature menswear. With a group show called Men in Fashion, designers Pawan Sachdeva, Dhruv Vaish and Sahil Aneja will also aim to make their mark.

Focus on handloom: Apart from a 16-designer strong opening show dedicated to Chanderi, hand-crafted fabrics and detailing will be part of other shows too. Jamdani weaves feature in Urvashi Kaur’s collection, while Abraham-Thakore pay a tribute to hand-spun Khadi. Gaurav Jai Gupta is also expected to use indigenous weaves in his collection, Pingala, while Anavila continues with her organic love for linen.

History as reference: Kavita Bhartia finds inspiration in Turkey, drawing references from iznik pottery. Also tapping into history, Hemant-Nandita’s creations include Victorian references. Amit Aggarwal’s collection sees him translating his 80s childhood onto the ramp. Masaba Gupta’s all-gold and bell-bottomed silhouettes might also be up for some #throwback feels.

Guru-Shishya finale: The idea is to celebrate the mutual evolution of the mentor and his student. JJ Valaya and shishya Alpana (with partner Neeraj) will close the fashion week around this theme. Valaya’s collection, Ranas of Kachchh, is a blend of influences from the Ranas of Nepal and the nomads of Kachchh.16 designers to pay a tribute to chanderi

After a focus on Benarasi weave, a tribute to Chanderi will comprise the opening show today. Those who will interpret the fabric in their signature way include designers Aneeth Arora, Anita Dongre, Atsu Sekhose, Divyam Mehta, Gaurav Jai Gupta, Ragini Ahuja, Joy Mitra, Karishma Shahani, Paromita Banerjee, Payal Pratap, Pratima Pandey, Ruchika Sachdev, Samant Chauhan, Sanjay Garg, Yogesh Chaudhary and Vaishali S.