India's premier luxury lifestyle women's magazine
August 26, 2016


Compiled by Sadaf Shaikh and Tanisha Choudhury. Photographs by Prateek Patel, Sparsh Batra and Tushar Bhardwaj

Catch the best looks and hautest trends straight off the runway

Rajesh Pratap Singh
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  • Rajesh Pratap Singh
Known for his minimalistic styling and intense construction, the designer revealed an interesting and innovative look for the coming festive season. Turning to his Indian roots for inspiration, Rajesh called his collection ‘The Punjabi Suit’ and gave it the high tech futuristic treatment.
We liked the striped double-breasted jacket with salwars, capri pants, denim-waistcoats and striped dhoti pants. Showstopper Jacqueline Fernandez’s outfit with its shimmering jacket and crushed skirt fell slightly short of our expectations after the amazing pieces showcased by the models before her.
Rimzim Dadu
In his collection, titled ‘The Maze’, Rimzim explored the symbiotic relationship between fashion, textiles, performing art and installation design to create a unique interactive experience. The clothes played with his signature metal wire and leather cord hand-weaving techniques.
We liked the futuristic metallic look that the garments exuded due to the designer’s technique of individually sewing hair-thin wires to create a metallic surface. The polished brogues also added to the look, making it seem all the more wonderfully whimsical.

Arjun Saluja

Deconstruction played a major role in the designer’s collection called ‘Dissonance’. Taking the audience on a roller coaster journey, Arjun took classic silhouettes like the sherwani, sharara and aligarh pants, broke them down into contemporary fluid drapes and turned them into occasion wear.
We liked the sharp details of the entire range, especially the pant-sari which was one of our top picks from this season.

Suhani Pittie
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  • Suhani Pittie

The designer’s accessories-only collection titled ‘Nowhere People’ was fashioned after emotions like stifling pain to disillusion and destruction that is experienced by the displaced during tough times. She expressed her angst at all that’s wrong with the world in her own way.

We liked how Suhani used unusual accessories like bandage cuffs, elliptical chokers, medallion armbands and shackle cuffs to convey the feeling of restraint that was the theme of her collection. All in all, it was a very powerful showcase and left us overwhelmed.


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In signature style, Gaurang had a vibrant collection of traditional Indian wear that showcased many stunning weaves and textiles of India, including Benarasis and bandhini.
We liked the vivid colour palette and the knife-pleat lehengas. The metallic accents lent a regal air to the collection making it perfect for the festive season.

Chirag Nainani

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A distressed colour palette was the running theme through the collection. The militarised shades were muted down with tan accessories.
The high waisted belt, worn here with saris, jackets and Indianised gowns, is a must-try.


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  • Chola

Chola played it cool with an androgynous collection. Oversized shirts and overcoats were teamed with fluid cowls and baggy palazzos.
Although we miss design innovation, the wardrobe is game for fuss-free additions.

Priyadarshini Rao

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Priyadarshini Rao’s line titled ‘Sashiko’, which means functional embroidery in Japanese, was replete with indigo dyes and patchwork featuring the decorative stitching technique. Her layered, versatile separates will make for lovely workwear and casual daywear.
We liked the quaint monotone embroidery as well as the pattern-blocked shirts.

Payal Singhal

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  • Payal Singhal

Payal Singhal showed a collection of dreamy, romantic bridal wear in pastel hues as well in black and white. Fitted kurtas with shoulder cut-outs, dhoti pants, crushed and full lehengas with sleek and flattering blouses — all featuring her signature embroidery.
We especially like the new cropped lehenga skirts she introduced. All in all, a fitting collection for the modern bride.

Whimsical, Eshaa Amin and Zoraya

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  • Eshaa Amin
  • Zoraya

Eshaa Amiin’s collection was inspired by the dark elements of secrecy, mysticism and and fantasy. Although we liked billowing silhouettes, we feel that the all-black palette got a little repetitive. Zoraya’s relaxed style with fish-scale midis and angarakhas over voluminous pants is perfect for fuss-free festive wear. In keeping with the spirit of sustainable fashion, Whimsical had floral prints and blazers pared with soft pleated skirts on organic materials. We weren’t big fans of the colour palette and felt like the looks were a bit too busy.


‘Char Chinar’ from Vrisa by Rahul and Shikha showcased garments with intricate Kashmiri hand embroidery on beautiful Persian and ikat fabrics. Staying true to their USP of revisiting and reviving ancient arts, crafts and traditions, the collection redefined ethnic opulence.
We liked the scalloped jackets over colourful lehenga skirts that reflected the grandeur of the Mughal era.

Divya Sheth

Divya Sheth’s ‘Nijmandir’ infused a magical touch to the age old art form of the pichwai paintings of Nathdwara which essentially depict the different moods, postures and attires of Lord Krishna.
We liked that Divya imagined the models as different avatars of Krishna and crafted a beautiful colour palette, which comprised shades of neel (blue), syahi (grey black) and gulaabi (lotus pink), with hints of gold.

Aartivijay Gupta

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The designer’s collection titled ‘Winter Garden’ was all about vintage florals and garden prints against organic fabrics.
We liked the colour palette that moved from bright hues to rustic tones and finally earthy shades, as an ode to the passage of seasons.
Rara Avis

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  • Sonal Verma, Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016, Fashion, Runway

Fuss-free blazers paired with relaxed jumpsuits, loose silhouettes, reverse layering and metallics dominated Sonal Verma’s collection.
We liked the earthy palette, hints of metallic and the sheer bell sleeves that seem to be making a grand comeback.


Doodlage stayed true to their frayed patchworks. The mood for the season was set with elaborate fringes coupled with heavy layering.
We liked the modern hippie vibe that this collection exuded with its gypsy-like colour blocking.

Kanika Goyal

Kanika Goyal presented athleisure at its best with her chic vinyl jackets and asymmetrical silhouettes. The strong structured lines that she swears by were also present in her collection.
We liked the edgy yet luxe aesthetic that was bought out through deep shades of green, blue and maroon.

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