The final day of India Fashion Week London saw a great display of Western-South Asian fusion designs.
First on the ramp, designer Anushree Reddy whose designs donned subtle prints and surprising embellishments, a blend of Vintage Flamboyant Floral fused with age old Hyderabadi zardozi. Standing out for their bursts of colours, drama, glamour, easy to wear prêt and uber glam couture.
Next on the walk, Kaya Rajan’s designs draped off the models with pride, her two-piece pleated lehenga skirts with colour contrasting bold braces and her daring use of embroidery and jewel-work over net tops left heads turning. In Rajan’s designs it is clear to see her creativity is inspired by the Indian Sub-continent artisans with influences of her British identity.
The concluding designer for our first show – NEWGEN designer from the JD Institute of Fashion and Technology in India, Saloni Ruia, delighted the audience with her rich, deep floral prints elegantly draped with lace stone embellished capes. Saloni Ruia designs are inspired by the idyllic modern day women, who is spirited yet very elegant. The brand combines rich detail and varied fabric, overlapped in an amalgam of colours, resulting in different cuts and atypical silhouettes.
India Fashion Week London was also graced with Bambi Bains running the catwalk in the second show, wearing this season’s Satya Paul, a collection which consisted of a spectrum of unique blends of crepe and georgette combined with luxe organza and Bansari silk. Bambi Bains effortlessly glided in the vibrant amber and burnt orange sunset sari.
Overall there was a great display of amber on the last day of India Fashion Week London with Neeta Lulla, one of India’s most successful and award winning designers, presenting her collection of motifs which adorned Deer’s stitched in an explosion of yellow, green, amber and red colours – exquisite and intricate. Neeta Lulla’s designs are available in the UK through BiBi London, founder Marni Kaur represented Lulla at India Fashion Week London.
The JD Institute of Fashion and Technology in India once again delivered the UK creativity, strong design and aesthetic beauty in the form of NEWGEN designer Ridhi Mehra. Salwars with bite, soft pastels and poncho cape tops – elegantly designed and low maintenance when draped off the shoulders. Ridhi Mehra is a high fashion designer who brings out the history and culture of Indian ethnic garments in a very contemporary way.
The closing show of India Fashion Week London brought us Spanish-South Asian fusion with Edwardian highlights. A designer representing Britain in the Asian Fashion market globally, Raishma Islam, pioneering British Asian haute-couture, the designer has since developed a high profile repertoire of royal and celebrity clients. Her latest collection, the Flamenco theme, is a range of fusion designs for the mainstream UK market, the show-stopping outfit for the evening was modelled by Arshina Trivedi, a Vintage Rose Bridal emblazoned with gold stitch work and red roses on a cream gown. We expect big things for this UK designer who has already been invited to showcase at Doha FW, International FW in Paris and Punjab FW in Lahore.
Our final designer to draw India Fashion Week London to a close, Anjali & Arjun Kapoor, who launched their brand in June in the UK market. The designers showcased a range of designs from different collections, when asked about her latest collection specifically Anjali answered “The 2016 has a lot of floral ornamentation” which could be seen in a few pieces on the ramp. Anjali Kapoor is the first Indian resident designer in London, when asked about her experience at India Fashion Week London, Anjali answered “It was an absolutely brilliant decision, glad I’m here and I’m here to stay!”
Final show words from Arshina Trivedi who assisted in choreographing India Fashion Week London “It’s the first time Indian designers have come to London on this scale and the outcome has been incredible, all the girls love the outfits, I couldn’t pinpoint a favourite. I would 100% do it all over again, it takes me back to my work in India with major fashion designers and it’s even more amazing that I’m in my hometown and Country to showcase their garments.”
The inaugural India Fashion Week London has concluded for the year but following the success of the launch, the 2016 show will continue to build on this fantastic platform.