There are occasional attempts to disrupt the norms of fashion, but not everyone is successful at it. The past few days of Amazon India Fashion Week autumn/winter 2017 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium have been a case in point, but while some pushed the boundary, others presented a repackaged version of the past.
Day two saw three shows that attempted the same. Pankaj & Nidhi took a futuristic approach to clothing with laser-cut and hand embroidered jackets, capes, dresses, bardot tops and culottes in monochrome and black and blue.
The collection was certainly a move away from their previous designs, offering an unusual silhouette in comparison to their previous collections of feminine silhouettes. Fitted tops and trousers gave way to culottes this time around.
Later that evening, Aneeth Arora of label 'Pero' took over the Crafts Museum, Pragati Maidan to present her travel-inspired bohemian show. Up-cycled jackets, trousers and crop tops were true to her aesthetic of sustainable fashion, complete with the checks and tiny pom-pom balls.
The styling was more wearable this time for many, with kaftan maxi dresses, crinkled frocks and blue crop tops with large embroidered flowers.
While much of the cutesy aesthetic gave way this time - a lot to do with the dreadlocks on the models and live tribal-inspired music -the quirky, child-like dressing continued at the show. The high-point was at the end, when all the models formed circles and danced in abandon to the beat played on loop.
However, the collection that took everyone by surprise was by young duo, Shyma Shetty and Pranav Ahuja of Huemn. The collection and particularly the styling questioned everything from gender to ethnicity - with a model walking in an emerald green velvet suit with a hijab around her face, to a transgender model walking in a dress with hairy legs. The clothes were well-crafted, with flower embroidery and ape impressions. The collection was a well-recieved "tribute to the individual".
Day three brought in the star-power with Alia Bhatt walking the ramp for Namrata Joshipura's show with Maybelline New York. The actress wore a one-shoulder shimmery jumpsuit that had slits in the front, with her hair gelled back from the sides and a pouf in the middle.
The collection harked to a retro mix of bodysuits and jumpsuits with tassel on the sleeves, leather jackets and boxy shirts with large numbers printed on them, in keeping with the athleisure trend. Velvet suits with wide legged trousers and jackets worn with sneakers also made it to the show.