LFW WF2016 ~ Gen Next
With each passing edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), I eagerly wait for the Gen Next show. For me, it is one of the most awaited shows as each season you get to see a fresh perspective on Indian fashion.
Day 1 of LFW opened with the 22nd batch of six talents at the Gen Next Show presented by INIFD.
ABHISHEK PAATNI - Delhi based Abhishek Paatni presented his collection called ‘WarfareXStreetfare’ under the label, 'Nought One.' A predominantly black and white collection for men that was an exciting blend of the casual with the classic. Think "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’."
ANUPREET SIDHU - This Chandigarh based designer piqued my interest with the usual name of her label ‘Sidhu Ji.’ With a tongue and cheek name like that you'd never expect the creations to be inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night over Rhone.’ From the influence reference to the usage of stainless steel and sheep's skin leather, the collection was full of surprises. Shop 'Sidhu Ji,' for sharp separates to expand your wardrobe.
DIMING RUBU - The designer's use of fabrics such as organza, cotton twill, net and polyester, is what stood out to me in her collection ‘The Missing Piece’ for the label ‘Dming.’ Muted shades of nudes and lavender with elements of sheer formed this relaxed line of clothing for women.
GAURAV KHANIJO - A complete contrast from his other Gen Next batch-mates, Gaurav Khanijo's collection 'Morpheus' delved into a fantastical approach to fashion. Taking inspiration from the dragon fly, this collection for men was drenched in bright yellow, red and blue. The designer also experimented with Bhagalpur, Ghicha, Matka, Muga and Tussar silks. These textiles were then embellished "with crafts like hand chain stitching, quilting, origami and topped them with 3D embroidery."
PARIDHI JAIPURIA - Head Designer at Jaipuria Vastra Udyog, Paridhi Jaipuria presented a women’s wear Winter/Festive 2016 line called ‘Bunai.’ The collection featured what I would describe as "smart buys" for work that have been crafted using hand woven fabrics along with crisp Egyptian cottons. You must checkout Paridhi's patch work document portfolios.
VAIBHAV SINGH - Vaibhav Singh’s menswear line called ‘Hybrid’ is clearly military inspired. It has a utilitarian feel with a degree of drama added by the cuffed capris, double layered shirts, slashed sleeves, drop-crotch pants and leather patches. The collection has a muted colour palette which would appeal to most men and is well suited for the coming season.