Fashion LIKE NEVER BEFORE!
Meher Castelino reports from the India Beach Fashion Week and Festival 2017.
The India Beach Fashion Week and Festival 2017 Season 4 ‘Summer Surprise’ at the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa was held from March 6-8, 2017. Powered by Jeep and Associate Sponsors Crocs and Invisalign, the event had 30 designers who showcased their resort and destination wedding collections.
ANUPAMAA DAYAL – THE ENDORPHINS
Was fun, fashion and a riot of colours in stripes, checks and flowers featuring red, fuchsia and rainbow hues for the line of separates, all aimed at making beach wear stylish.
SOUNIA GOHIL - MOONLIGHT ROMANCE
Resort wear came in whites for ensembles with rose prints which were inspired by Mughal architecture in soft textiles with fringe detailing that had a Middle Eastern feel.
SANJAY HINGU – POSH
Resort men’s wear had sharply, cut, printed, white jackets, striped, shirts, drop crotch salwars, bellow patch pockets for sleeveless jackets, striped shorts and zippered trousers.
AMBROSE D’SOUZA – WANDERLUST
For her ‘Iconique’ label, men’s wear had bermudas, shirts, double-breasted, sleeveless jackets, pleated pants, embroidered jackets and a multizippered blouson.
DIGVIJAYDIG SINGH – DILDA WHITE AND THETH CONIFEROUS
Inspired by the TV serial ‘Twilight’, dark purple, grey, khaki, leaf green with barren forest prints highlighted loose kaftans, maxis, ombré gowns and bikinis with shaded covers. Men’s wear had collarless asymmetric closures, jackets and kurtas.
ASIFAS MERCHANT – ZAIB-E-TAN
An assortment of gilets, shorts, appliquéd knit tunics, printed jackets, trousers and a white tuxedo with black shawl collar for men, were followed by women’s sexy printed bikinis, net covers, ponchos/beach coats, body suits with draped gowns.
KENKE FERNS – SODA
Fun flirty and feisty women’s wear had shorts, asymmetric printed miniskirts, kaftans, jumpsuits, cropped pants, printed kurtas, bikinis, ruffled cholis with a flouncy skirt. Men’s wear was balanced with printed pants, blousons, long shirts, bermudas, robes and colourful suits.
ARJUNAR KHANNA – AN ODE TO MOTHER MARYMA
Men wear was structured with Mother Mary motifs in leather and fabrics. Dhotis, bandhgalas, zippered bikers, four-pocket jackets, double-breasted coats, lapelled waistcoats, cowl salwars, pleated wrap pants, piped knee trousers, bundies with epaulets, were eye-catching.
SAKSHI K RELAN – BLURRED LINES
The LGBT flag colours had dresses with abstract embroidered butterfly sleeves, mini pink wrap skirts, some cold-shoulder dresses, a single-button jacket teamed with pleated skirt and an eye-catching blue corset clinching the waist of a white midi skirt.
AMIN FARISTA – YOUNG KHADI
Halter dress with ‘V’ shaped hemlines, horizontal weaves one-sleeve maxi, shredded layered creations and loose weave will-power mini were aimed at the young dressers. Cropped jacket, white layered cowl mini and textured orange coat dress gave a western vibe to khadi.
RACHNA SANSAD SCHOOL OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY
Eleven designers presented a kaleidoscope of garments in pastel hues. Jumpsuits/gowns had surface texturing, hand-block prints and embroidery. The bird motif ensembles and the three finale outfits with 3D flower appliqués created a great casual/formal look.
LALIT DALMIA – LA MODA
Victorian and old world glamour on the beach front was an amalgamation of intricately cut gowns in peach, lum, burgundy, pistachio, navy, ivory, black and beige. Men’s jackets were teamed with pleated bermudas, baggy Jodhpuris, togas, shawls and jackets with chain mail lapels.
AAKRITI SUKRITI - UNICORN TRIBE
Shararas teamed with ornate kurtis, full-tiered, tulle, maxi skirts, lehengas with lavish gold work were worn with sequinned bikinis, the shocking pink lehenga with gold foil work and oneshoulder choli were striking entries.
SANGEETA SHARMA – BRAHINA
The peacock appeared as prints, embroidery or 3D appliqués on black gowns, bell sleeved coldshoulder maxis, kaftans and long kurtas. The black lehenga with gold peacock feather print and the deep pink lehenga with a luxurious trail were worn with matching cholis and dupattas.
ASHOK MAANAY – SILKEN MASQUERADE
Tussar saris and ethnic men’s wear in shades of beige, rust, ivory, green, were splashed with stunning embroidery with Pietra Dura motifs in gold and carnelian.
SHYAMAL & BHUMIKA UMIKA - DESTINATION BRIDE COLLECTION
A floral fantasy of blooms, in tulle, taffeta and satin for gowns, lehenga/ a/ choli/dupatta trios, sherwani inspired d cropped jackets, and voluminous bias as cut skirts were in green, blue, ivory, rust, red and pink. Embroidery with glass beads, sequins, crystals, pearlsrls had zardozi, marodi and pitta work.
ANUPREET SINDHU – THE TOUCH OF GRACE
‘Sindhuji’ by Anupreet Sindhu was inspired by the Pablo Picasso painting ng ‘Maternity’. Gowns and kurtas, in pink, green, gold or turquoise, pearl embellished pant, tiered orange kurta,ta, and lacy pant with net cover were idealdeal formal wear.
GEETIKA KANUMILLI – A DREAMY AFFAIR
For the resort bride, the designer showcased panelled lehengas with matching cholis and dupattas, long-sleeved gowns and will-power,, asymmetric, crepe, kurta/churidar sets. ets.
CHETANA AND SWATI – THE STORY OF A SUMMER BRIDE
The ‘Issa’ label had lehengas/cholis, yellow/ green ombré crinkle kurtas, asymmetric maxis, tulip style cholis, orange midi with pink trailing sleeves and a shimmering purple tulle sari teamed withwit a matching choli over a bustier, which gave a new angle to bridal wear.
KSHITIJ CHAUDHARY – THE NEW ELEMENT
Soft pastels and neutral hues were highlighted by hand embroidery for dusty brown, beaded kaftan, fusion wear draped saris, embellished panelled lehenga/choli, off-shoulder choli, kalidaar lehenga. Men’s wear comprised kurtas, bundis, sherwanis, jackets with fitted pants and sleeveless long waistcoats.
ANEESDEEN – THE CHARLIE’S ANGEL
Western wear came to the forefront with white tulle gown over jersey body suit, shocking pink will-power creations and an assortment of floor-kissing maxis in black, brown, gold and green, all ideal Red Carpet offerings.
KARLEOKAR – NOIR LOVE
An offering of bridal gowns, jumpsuits and halter maxis, created from opulent fabrics with imaginative sequins embroidery, beadwork and hand painting were stunning. Colours were black, grey and midnight blue ending with a pristine white wedding gown.
AAKRITI GROVER – BETWEEN THE LINES
Colour, style and great fit with stripes were the basis of the collection. Body suits, tankinis, monokinis, bikinis and one-piece swimwear was at times teamed with micro skirts, layered shorts, bell-bottoms, slit skirt maxis, jersey pants.
ASMITA MARWA – RESORT CRUISE WEAR 2017
A variety of kaftans, baggy tunics, midis, track pants, toga-saris, ponchos and maxis, were in black, white, beige, maroon, yellow, red, blue, shocking pink. Fabrics were cool cotton, chiffon, crepe and voile.
RIDDHI SIDDHI MAPXENCAR – THE MAGIC OF SAKURA
Cherry Blossoms appeared as embroidery on the men’s and women’s garments. Pleated long embroidered skirt, bell-sleeved blouse, red
plunge-neck jumpsuit with long cape sleeves, tiered, skinny pants, red cowl kurta, olive green gown, and jackets created magic on the ramp. Bandhgala jackets, satin waistcoat, kurtas, origami edged Bundis, and sherwanis were for men.
PAYAL JESWANI – SOUL OF STYLE
It was a mix of lehenga/choli/dupatta trios, gowns and saris that will thrill the destination bride. The colour story had rust, beige, green, mustard, pink, grey and black for sheaths, tunics, opulent lehengas, 2-piece suits, draped saris and asymmetric dresses.
SWAPNIL SHINDE – SIRENS OF THE 50S
The silhouettes had cinched waists, voluminous skirts, high slits, and plunging necklines. Deep hues for slinky gowns with beaded yoke, toga style maxis, halter gowns over body suits and black figure-moulding, tulle creation, sporting a never ending trail with mulitcoloured flowers was the piece-de-resistance of the show.
SUNEET VARMA – HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
The glamorous collection in taffeta, tulle, knits, chiffon and silk had amazing tonal embroidery with ribbon flowers, sequins and beads. The colour card was cobalt blue, red, lime green, light pink, ice blue, ivory and gold. Gowns, draped minis, flared tent dresses; lehengas, slinkyky skirts, empire line smocks, jackets created a perfect Grand Finale.
SUMMER FOOTWEAR CROCS – FOOTWEAR FANTASY
The 2017 collection from Crocs was a riot of colours and styles. Made from Croslite™ which is not plastic or rubber; designer Anupama Dayal‘s ensembles were blended with the Crocs’ Isabella T-strap, Huarache, Lina Embellished Dorsey. Asmita Marwa and Aakriti Grover used the Crocs colourful summer moccasins and sandals, while Ken Ferns matched his fun wear with clogs, swift water series and slip-ons. Asif Merchant and Sanjay Hingu teamed their collections with crocs, crocband clogs, citilane, roka, camo slip-ons and flips.
KOMAL PANCHAL – KALAM BY KANVAS
Reviving kalamkari on shoes was an interesting idea. The kanvas brand had summer coloured slip-ons, laceups, stylish wedges, moccasins, sandals, sneakers, and thong styles.