Known for their flirty frills and flouncy skirts, it came as a bit of a surprise that designer duo Gauri and Nainika Karan decided to go extreme for their Spring-Summer 2017 collection. The duo collaborated with New-York based designer label Zana Bayne to pair their gowns and dresses with leather body harnesses, waist cinching belts and body cages. Zana Bayne calls itself a “Post-fetish leather brand” and is steered by the team of Zana Bayne and Todd Pendu. The ox-blood leather accessories added more than a dash of drama to the soft, fluid silhouettes in the collection.
It was all about asserting oneself in a feral, leader of the pack kind of way for Huemn. The design label by Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty, made a strong statement on the ramp sending out ensembles that screamed for attention — be it the fire designs, bold quotes or animal motifs like the gorilla face incorporated in the line of separates. In the designers’ own words: The collection was influenced by the socio-economic and political ambience of current times. Keeping sporty luxe in mind, the collection brought in sweatshirts, tartan sweat pants, A-line dresses and a new line of clutches. Also making a punk-Bohemian statement in her signature style using animal motifs and stripes was Ragini Ahuja of the label Ikai. We liked the way she used Chanderi and silk, in the relaxed silhouettes.
Breezy kaftans and bareback dresses have been the mainstay of designer Malini Ramani’s work. For summer, the designer debuted her first menswear collection. This collection was all about relaxed fits and lounge wear. Think slouchyyoga pants , loose fit tees with Batik prints and track pants in tones of grey, ivory and black. The designer roped in her friends — writer, producer and director Mozez Singh and entrepreneur and model Daljit Sean Singh to walk the ramp and they did, with a lot of swagger.
Looks like it will soon be okay to parade to a party in one’s pyjamas if designer Sanchita Ajjampur has her way. The opening ensembles from her collection “Tropical Garden” saw models wearing jazzed up night-suits. Given her floral theme, she played with cacti motifs and quintessential nightwear piping on the edges. The pastel hues of the nightwear as outerwear in a silken sheen completed the look.