Shantanu & Nikhil brings old world charm to AIFW 2016

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Using the ramp of the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn-Winter 2016 here as a canvas to paint myriad emotions of women, designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra brought forward their collection titled ‘The Last Walk’ with a splash from the past in a flared, layered and frilled manner.

The designers, known for their drapes and ability to put subtle India on contemporary fashion, on Wednesday showcased their collection at the opening day of the five-day fashion gala, being held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

High on old world charm and regal style, the designers tried to narrate story of a woman’s constant endeavour to redefine herself with the range in a more contemporary sense.

While talking to the media after the show, they explained their collection: “The only thing we did was to play around with the emotion, which led to the women rediscovering her existence, where she takes every steps of her journey in her life till the end, because she knows that she will be reborn the next day. It’s all about the women of today.”

The message was loud and clear – don’t let emotions control you.

Taking hues from pastel colour palette, the highlight of the range were drapes, ruffled gowns, tulle skirts, sheer gowns, and capes. The collection also had traces of the Victorian era in terms of the vibe, and fashion. Colours that stood out were white, plum, beige, red, grey and cream.

The designers shared: “Yes, there were a few drapes that we worked with wherein we have brought in the old school sari. The collection was transient through many colours of life.”

When it comes to silhouettes, it was all about layering, flares, frills and flowy with intricate detailing. Sticking true to the collection, the the show was layered in different sections through colour of ensembles presented.

Another highlight was the accessories. They were of the same colour as the ensemble. The 27th edition of the event, in association with Maybelline New York, was opened by ace designer Varun Bahl.

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