The recent Amazon India Fashion Week showcased a host of exciting trends, some spearheaded by the more established designers and some by the fresh young talent. As always, the shows were flooded with inspired ideas and creativity.
The various collections were inspired by a variety of ideas and themes. Pero was inspired by military uniforms and alter egos, whereas Amit Aggarwal offered futuristic styles developed with the use of recycled and hand-painted materials. Bodice and Rajesh Pratap Singh did androgynous garments with loose, oversized and easy-to-wear silhouettes that would be suitable for all body types. Urvashi Kaur, Hemant and Nandita, and Anupama Dayal had a boho-chic theme in their collections. Anju Modi's collection was inspired by dreams and fairytales and JJ Vallaya's by "Bolshoi Bazaar".
Here are some new trends spotted this season.
Focus on separates: Stylish separates were a mainstay of the runway to encourage clients to get more wear out of their designer outfits by experimenting with styles and putting various components together to create different looks. You can team up Tarun Tahiliani's gilets with a kurta or sari, or wear it with a tank top and dhoti pants or palazzos from the collection, thus making it a versatile ensemble.
Jewel tones: Coming to colour palettes, jewel tones popped the most -right from Tarun Tahiliani to JJ Vallaya it was deep shades of red, green and blues that stood out.
Classic colours and combos: Black continued to be incorporated in most collections - being the staple for this season. Rajesh Pratap Singh's line of dresses and shirts in monochromatic hues of black and white was uber-chic - he stuck to his Indian roots, while blending modernity with traditional techniques, making his ensembles ideal for a discerning global woman.
Two-tone ombre dye: This is a simple technique that adds more character to a garment and has been seen heavily on the catwalk this season. Varun Bahl was among many designers who used this technique in his saris and kurta sets. Tarun's ombre-dyed saris have been a hot favourite for many years. Malini Ramani, who is also known for her ombre-dyed gowns and dresses, presented a beautiful collection this season with separates such as pants, dresses, kaftans and tops.
Anti-fit silhouettes: This season, contemporary designers were partial to androgynous and anti-fit silhouettes, teaming up almost every look with kicks and platforms to add to the edgy look.
Concept saris: I personally love the sari because of its versatility and ability to be draped in so many different ways. This season, again, I was pleasantly surprised at the new additions to the concept sari. Tarun Tahiliani introduced a beautiful and chic version -- the jumpsuit concept sari. It is an easy-to-wear silhouette, influenced by both Indian and western elements coming together to create something unique for the modern Indian woman.