By Puja Gupta
October 17, 2020 (IANSlife) The digital edition of the Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2021 opened on Day 4 with designer Nikhita Tandon of Mynah Designs launching her collection 'Enchanted' through a film presentation.
The clip was streamed on various social media handles of the Fashion Design Council of India showcased a line-up of 12 ensembles inspired by wild flowers, trees, leaves and other flora and fauna. Nature seems to be a strong element and inspiration common to most designers this season.
The collection included body hugging gowns with deep plunging necklines in skin tones of brown and beige with multi-colour hand work; gowns in earthy colours featured metallic work with hand embroideries and sequins.
Taandon said: "Nature is a perfect way to recharge one's soul. I wanted to explore the planet's habitats. Taking inspiration from nature has given me a fresh perspective on design. Observing nature enabled me to incorporate new elements into my designs."
Designer Shivani Jain of label Tisharth presented her collection 'Connected' which she said is inspired women by who have emerged strong through these testing times. The collection includes dresses, gowns, tops with interesting neckline, cuts and slits. Jain has used metallic and pop colours like neon green, pink, blue and orange to give the line-up a 'feel good' vibe.
"People feel good about themselves even in these tough times. It can be uplifting, it can improve self-confidence and infuse a positive attitude towards life. 'Connected' is about celebrating ourselves as winners in these unprecedented times. We have taken fashion to an edge using pop and metallic colours. So we can feel good and positive," Jain said.
Nidhi Yasha's label 'Take me to the water' included silhouettes inspired by the fluidity of water. The collection comprised of free-flowing, printed multi-colour maxi dresses with ruffles and frills, glittery tasseled gowns, skirts and off-shoulder tops with balloon sleeves in colours like silver, pink, black and gold.
Nikita Mhaisalkar paid an ode to Turkey through her collection 'Guzel'. The collection included vintage corsets, tailored evening suits, kaftans, jackets and balloon hemmed maxis, all inspired by the designer's journeys through the Aegean olive groves to magical minarets, hidden Ottoman Hans, tea gardens and labyrinth souk bazaars of Turkey. Turkish art and traditional baroque embroidery has been used in the collection in a gold and bronze, along with precious colour stones.
She has crafted the pieces with traditional handloom techniques to maintain the texture and story of the prints of the carpets. Swathes of bespoke corduroy and sustainable bamboo jersey remain the essence of the line.
Designer Samant Chauhan's collection is an ode to colours. He has redefined old structure and silhouette using low necklines and silk fabric to make dresses and gowns in colours like white, blue, silver and neutral tones. The detailing has been done with silver and metal embroidery.
Fashion label Virtues 'Indian High' focuses on monochromes and gypsy vibes. There has been use of ancient handloom technique of Mashru from Patan in black and white ensembles.
Robes, jackets and Anarkalis in Chanderi are coordinated with skirts, jump suits and comfort trousers. Mirror work from Kutch, digital prints inspired by Raja Ravi Verma Prints find place in the collection. The outfits are embellished with bead detailing, mirror and thread work on the edges.
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