Going by the abundance of colours (on and off the runway), it is more than clear that rainbow hues are going to be 'big' this season.
Niharika's AW '12 collection
Effective Colour Blocking.
Hi 5 by Mrinalini's AW '12 collection. She was inspired by kindergarten geometry, which manifested itself in the form of lines and colours in her garments.
Perfect balance of androgyny and femininity.
Confetti at the end of Pankaj & Nidhi's AW '12 show.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Season after season, Rimzim Dadu seems to steer away from the organic Indi-chic image she'd built for her brand('my village' pretty much says it all), and has started veering towards a more sexy femme-fatale-esque interpretation of an Indian woman, something that Namrata Joshiapura has come to master over the years. But i'm far from complaining. Her show was a heady mix of dull sequins, pvc bandage dresses and interesting surface embellisment(something that Dadu has come to be known for). All in all a good show, however, a certain PYT's comparison of Rimzim's bandage dresses to Amit Aggarwal's work, should be a slight bit worrying. However, Rimzim's still quite young, and has more than enough time to grow into her own(as a designer that is, this was in no way a jab at her petite little frame)!
When you think of Japan, you think of peace, serenity, a state of zen and tranquility,words that have come to become synonymous with Japan today. However the Japanese design movement that started in the 1980's, when the likes of Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe and Yohji Yamamoto decided to defy norm and deconstructed the notion of form in clothing,is anything but 'zen'. With their gender bending, androgynous-anti fashion 'garments', they started a revolution that layed the foundation for future enfant terribles such as John Galliaono and Mcqueen, to not only push the envelope, but to constantly redefine fashion. So quite naturally, Japanese fashion's influence on the global market cannot be ignored. Japan has time and again influenced pop culture. Be it the stylish Harajuku girls that played muse to Gwen Stefani during her debut solo album or the vibrant city of tokyo that more than made it's presence felt in Sofia Coppola's 'Lost in Translation'. So it's about time that our Asian neighbours made inroads into the Indian market in the form of 'Tokyo Fashion Week in India'- an initiative by The Japan Fashion Week Organization(JFWO), wherein 10 brands that represent the creative and cultural scene of Japan,will be exhibiting and showing at the ongoing Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, February 15-19, 2012.
Of the 10 participating brands, the ones that stood out for me were Giraffe, a Japanese based brand specializing in neckties, that comes out with quirky concoctions such as a bow-tie with an attached tie, and collar necklaces; and the clothing label Hirocoledge, whose designs reminded me of Zandra Rhodes' kaliedoscopic creations.
Jewellery by the brand, e.m. on display.
Along with the exhibit, there will also be a conjoint fashion show by 'ANREALAGE','mintdesigns' and 'suzuki takayuki'. The presence of a global venture, such as this one at an Indian fashion week, goes to show what a long way the Indian Fashion Scene has come, and the day when we too will have events such as the Premier Vision to promote design talent is not far away...and I for one cannot wait!