There are two lynchpins of the fashion calendar; Lakme Fashion Week and Amazon India Fashion Week and it was the latter that got us warmed up as catwalk heavyweights like Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and Gaurav Gupta evoked a world of renaissance, adding oodles of layers to the already voluminous lehengas and sarees; astounding hand-work like twinkling stars; and skin showing cholis, taking us to a ravishing place far, far away. Here are the ones to dream about...
Breaking the stereotypes always, Gaurav Gupta transfused an aura of delectation with his 2016 collection, "MELT". He's all about bringing the now into ethnic wear and that's what we love. With a fabulous blend of embroidery and a wondrous style, this lehenga hits our favourite's list. (I'm adding this one to my bucket list, are you?)
Literally romancing her way through AIFW, Mandira Wirk worked her magic with a beautiful amalgam of black, gold and beige; and pink, maroon, red and ivory. Her take on something between a lehenga and a saree is mesmerizing and refreshing. 2017 is definitely looking up at this talented designer.
Malika Arora Khan for Mandira Wirk
Rimple & Harpreet Narula
Rimple & Harpreet Narula
This Rimple & Harpreet Narula is literally a dreamscape and it renders you awestruck. The use of midnight blue and opulence defines the Indian culture for what it truly is. This dazzling lehenga is magnificence and finesse personified that would make heads turn, jaws drop and eyes pop! Where has this talented duo been hiding!?
Kissed by ethnicity, beauty and ingenuity- this voluminous lehenga and saree by 'King of Fashion' Manish Malhotra has stunned us into wordless wonder. His work shows us that you can be classic, stand out and show stopping with - or without lots of heavy hand work.
"Chashme Shahi", Tarun Tahiliani's 2016 collection is a paragon of perfection. Outshining convention to provide a rather comfortable assemblage this season, the lehengas and sarees were beyond beautiful. Wielding traditional bondage, this time Tarun Tahiliani stole our hearts with retrospective beauty.
Did someone say prints are big again? Well, Rasa Jaipur has brought them bang up to date in one of our favourite sarees to add to our smart-casual wish list.
Earthen tones and Indian prints are just the way to go, and add the 'cold shoulder' detailing and Shruti Sancheti shows us why she's a name to be remembered. It's not-so-formal, yet this chic collection deserved a pat on the back. This lovely lehenga is the best in the bunch, with an opening slit and adjoining pants under. We love it.
Evading the other side of style, Anamika Khanna has outdone the parameters of formal and casual ethnic wear. The amazing blend of jersey with silks and embroidery is an absolute eye-catcher. Looks like the onset of such chic sarees, is about to tumble over from the formal to the smart casual side of occasions.
One look, and you know; this is exactly what you need for a pool party, or beach party. We love this look, dwindling between an indo-western saree to a funky resortwear. The designer pair has the right aesthetics and this AIFW was the perfect place to showcase what this treasured duet can amass.
We'll leave you to ponder your fave sarees and lehengas until next time!
Image credits: AIFW