Mumbai: The Gen Next shows started by Lakme Fashion Week in 2006 have been the launch pad for top designer brands in the country. The 22nd batch of six stunning talents at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 Gen Next Show presented by INIFD dazzled the audience with their high octane creativity and fashion statements.
ABHISHEK PAATNI - BLACK/WHITE GEOMETRIC IMPACT
Giving men's wear a stylish twist, Delhi's Abhishek Paatni presented a premium wear line of pret and bespoke clothing under the 'Nought One' label. The collection called 'WarfareXStreetfare' had a considerable action packed look on the ramp. Bringing a perfect blend of street wear with luxury, Abhishek offered the New Age male a fashion option that was experimental yet timeless. Detailing played an important role as stark black tight pants were teamed with white striped black tunics and cool jackets made style sense. Bomber jackets were balanced with rider's leather ones with military inspirations fitting in perfectly with street wear. Drop crotch Bermudas, loads of zippered detailing on front and back of garments, quilting, fitted pants with side guards and even a skirt with a long line blouson created a fashionable 'war fare'. The final white suit with padded detailing was a great formal wear look.
ANUPREET SIDHU - FASHION FORWARD EXPERIMENTS
Chandigarh's Anupreet Sidhu's label 'Sidhu Ji' started in 2014 was aimed at the modern 21st century woman who wants to make a definite style statement. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's painting 'Starry Night over Rhone' Anupreet brought forth the celestial bodies like The Great Bear into the colour scheme. Stainless steel embellishments made strong style statements. Created in fabulous linen, pure sheep's skin leather and then topped with net; the garments were a fascinating mix of interchangeable outfits that could be easily mixed to create a variety of looks. Pleating played an important role for flared pants, dresses and appeared in clusters or single form for fluid trousers. Simple in silhouettes, the line used laser cutting as well as metal and wood to further enhance the visual appeal of the garments. Sharply cut leather jackets and fluid flouncy skirts in indigo with hints of metallic attachments gave the collection an unconventional appeal.
DIMING RUBU - BEAUTY IN ASYMMETRY
From the Capital, designer Diming Rubu gave women's wear a great feminine twist. Her collection 'The Missing Piece' for her label 'Dming' was a great semi-formal offering when classic silhouettes came alive on the ramp for the fashion conscious women in the age group 25-40 years. Using organza, cotton twill, net and polyester; Diming worked well with tones of nude and lavender. Showcasing a strong sense of construction, Diming who has worked with ace designer duo Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty revealed some Avant Garde geometric silhouettes. Hints of contrast piping and extended floppy bell sleeves that were a mix of sheer and solid were the highlight of the creations. A sheer tiered skirt was teamed with a kimono style cape, while a beige pleated flowing maxi had random contrast stripes. The obe style waist for the pleated skirt and the wrap bell sleeve midi with pyjamas completed the total relaxed line of semi-formal wear with a marked oriental touch.
GAURAV KHANIJO - AVANT GARDE MALE ORDER
Giving men something vibrant and fun to wear, Gaurav Khanijo's collection 'Morpheus' was a fantasy of Indian handlooms with a vintage touch. Inspired by the dragon fly, the bright hues of sun yellow, red and royal blue for double breasted jackets, fitted trousers, button less coats and tunics presented stylish male attire. Aimed at the Indian dandy, turtle neck kurtas, quilted jackets with dragonfly wings texture and hand cut dragon fly appliques created the USP of the brand. Round lapel jackets were textured with thread work, while the button less royal purple jacket was ornate with embroidery. Long coats, double breast waistcoat and a deep rust kurta with side flares, gave a great Indo-west look. Using luxurious Bhagalpur, Ghicha, Matka, Muga and Tussar silks, Gaurav embellished these with crafts like hand chain stitching, quilting, origami and topped them with 3D embroidery. The result was a show stopping line that the trend setting men will love.
PARIDHI JAIPURIA - HANDCRAFTED AESTHETICS
From Jaipur, Paridhi Jaipuria who is the Head Designer at Jaipuria Vastra Udyog presented a sleek women's wear Winter/Festive 2016 line called 'Bunai'. The collection created a melange of garments with a high level of craftsmanship that projected great urban work wear. Using specially hand woven fabrics along with crisp Egyptian cottons, Paridhi added some innovative gold beading for pinafore, waistcoat and tunic as well as a clever mix of the East and West in silhouettes. The highlight of the show was the angular sleeve armholes and the asymmetric attached bolero, the grey wool asymmetric tabard tunic all sharply cut. The patch work document portfolios were the perfect accessory that enhanced the look of the muted hued poncho capes, striped pinafore dress and wide trousers.
VAIBHAV SINGH - MASCULINE FASHION DETAILING
From Gurgaon, Vaibhav Singh's men's wear called 'Hybrid' was a line of sharply cut and tailored garments, which revealed minute detailing. Woollen and leather was evident for the military inspired slashed sleeves seen on trench coats that were teamed with asymmetric tunic shirts. Trousers were kept at ankle length, while layering was achieved with waistcoats over long sleeved shirts that ended dramatically at the knees. Cuffed capris, double layered asymmetric shirts, low slung pockets for kurtas and drop crotch pants with leather patches gave a stark but stylish appeal to the clothes. The colour story was dark and sombre with lead, black, dark rose and tin fills that matched the mood of the coming season.