THIS SEASON THE INDIA BASED INTER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FASHION DESIGN (INIFD) IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LONDON SCHOOL OF TRENDS(LST) PRESENT “CHAOTIC ROMANCE” AT FASHION SCOUT AW17.
INIFD WITH OVER 35,000 STUDENTS HAS REVOLUTIONISED DESIGN EDUCATION IN INDIA, KEEPING ON TOP OF TODAY’S RAPIDLY CHANGING DYNAMICS OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY. INIFD IS THE LARGEST NETWORK OF DESIGN INSTITUTES IN THE WORLD SPREAD OVER 7 COUNTRIES AND 3 CONTINENTS, INIFD OFFERS WORLD CLASS EDUCATION FACILITIES WORLDWIDE HELPING TO STAY STEPS AHEAD IN FASHION AND DESIGN EDUCATION. IT IS THE WORLD’S FIRST EDUCATIONAL FACILITY TO COMPLETELY DIGITALISE EDUCATION ALONG SIDE ITS CLASSROOM-BASED CURRICULUM. THE CAMPUS IN LONDON IS RUN BY LONDON SCHOOL OF TRENDS, WHICH IN ITSELF IS A PREMIER FASHION SCHOOL LAUNCHED IN 2012. THEIR ETHOS IS TO NURTURE THE TALENT AND CREATIVITY OF ITS STUDENTS AND HAS RESULTED IN THE MOULDING OF THE FUTURE FASHION TALENT. THE LST HAS CLOSE RELATIONS WITH GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS AND EXCLUSIVELY WITH INIFD IN ASIA. THROUGH PROJECT BASED ASSIGNMENTS AND PRACTICAL HANDS ON TRAINING, STUDENTS ARE PREPARED FOR A REAL CAREER IN THE FASHION AND DESIGN WORLD.
CHAOTIC ROMANCE IS THE RESULT OF A COMPETITION RUN BY BOTH INSTITUTES WITH OVER 500 ENTRIES FROM ACROSS 180 PREMIUM INIFD CENTRES IN INDIA. IT WILL SHOWCASE THE DESIGNS FROM 20 SELECTED DESIGNERS FROM INDIA, WHICH CONSIST OF 8 WINNERS AND 8 FINALISTS. THEY WILL ALSO BE SHOWCASING THE WORK OF 2 ALUMNI STUDENTS.
The SS18 collection has a casual and informal feel to it with its mixture of classic colours, modern cuts and metallic prints. The story behind “A broken watch” was inspired by the mechanics of a watch, its needles and dials. Each print and colour used in the collection symbolises the complexity of the item itself – silver the mechanical parts, golden the numbers, black the needles and numbers and copper the mechanism. The shapes are loose and flowy and are embellished with intricate embroidery. Separates, long dresses and straight-cut trousers in different kinds of fabrics such as satin, organza and silk are the styles that characterise this SS18 collection.
The aesthetic of Michelle D’Souza collection for SS18 can be defined as a combination of active wear with colourful flowers print and a bold, preppy look. It is inspired by the Valley of flowers in Uttarakhand which is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers which resulted in floral prints, stripes and 3D applique work on feminine active wear. The relaxed shapes and silhouettes are in tones of blue, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow and white in that way reminding of the innumerable flowers of the region. Cotton satin, pleated fabric, mesh and sport stripes dominate the collection.
The bright, young and easy-to-wear collection, “Triumph of the Spirit”, takes its inspiration from a typical cowgirl of the Western ranches and has an added Indian touch to it when it comes to technique and current trends. The shapes vary from midi skirts to dresses, cowboy shirts as well as trousers in fabrics such as organza, georgette, crepe and suede and decorated with different types of embroidery. The colour palette for the SS18 season consists of yellow, green, blue, pink, brown and beige.
Inspired by the song “So far away” from the South Korean boyband BTS, the collection “Dream a little, dream of me” leads to a story of a workaholic and stressed woman whose childhood memories save her when he suffers from a mental breakdown. The beauty of the collection is the dreamy feel, given by the water colour bleeding effect and ombre dying. The layers in the garments unfolds the stories long forgotten; they represent the layers of memories in her subconscious mind. The prints over the delicate sheer fabric show the fragile memories of her childhood. The collection shows her depression being defeated by her good old memories, but in a subtle way. Featured styles include jumpsuits with fitted bodice and loose fit bottoms, layered A-line and i-line dresses, layered loose fitting top with fitted pants.
The “Red Fort to Red Bus” collection was inspired by the visual journey experienced by a traveller during a trip from India to London. The Indian heritage with brocades, Javanese Batik dye print with kick flare trousers, layered fluted dresses, culottes and boxy sheer tops return to the retro 1970s silhouettes. Rich and royal fabrics – brocade, sustainable denim, organza, crepe- were used for SS18 as well as the BATIK technique for creating images. The colours that run through the collection each have a meaning. Red represents landmarks such as red forts, red buses, and the famous UK telephone booth. Beige and black with a golden texture represents rich Indian weaving and blue represents rivers.
The flavour, colour and unique energy of the city of Banaras was the inspiration for the “Eternal Glam” collection. The combination of purity and divinity of the city specifically influenced the line which then translates into outfits embroidered with Banaras’ gold and silver Zari thread handwork. The collection is designed with a creative blend of Indian textiles with western silhouettes to create a unique style which speaks of an attitude that is refined, fashionable and universally appealing. The styles found in this collection are column dresses, long and loose trousers and ankle length dresses in silk jersey, shimmer, organza and till.
“Mesmerising Metallics” brings out glamour and sensuality through weaves of Indian heritage and fabric embellishments in the form of the Fardi ka kaam and Chikankari techniques. The inspiration for this collection is the night sky with stars being represented by metal work and the night clouds by white thread work. The colour palette gives away sophistication – blue and green, femininity and elegance - peach, confidence – grey and sensuality – wine colour. Silhouettes that run through the collection are wedge, box, rectangular and A-line silhouettes.
The SS18 collection “Tribe Glam Chic” highlights the Bodo traditional motifs and handloom technique in aesthetic western garments showcasing the natural beauty of the North-Eastern region of Assam. The designer used Handloom art in the form of Dokhona, a Bodo traditional dress as the main inspiration and created different styles of dresses with a contemporary aesthetic. What makes this collection unique is the sustainable fabric Eri silk, a valued strong, supple fabric mostly produced in the North-Eastern part of India. The original colour of the fabric was kept, while the embroidery and motifs were done in red, green, yellow, orange and blue.
The designer takes its inspiration for the “Voiceless Rays” collection from the city palace of royal Rajasthan and its impressive gates and uses shades of green, purple and ivory tones within the collection to showcase the beautiful carvings of the gates. The green gate is covered by the Lehariya pattern and the pink gate depicts the winter season. The collection features structured A-line and bodycon styles with drapes and flairs made all in sustainable fabrics such as satin, cotton satin, linen satin and paper silk and embellished with the geometric and floral prints. Fine resham work with zardosi dabka and crochet has been used to create this collection.
The “GRAFFITO PUTLI” collection was inspired by the Graffiti Art and Kathputli (puppet) Art of Rajasthan. Both Graffiti and Puppets are tools to bring out human emotions in a spray of hybrid colours and combinations splashed showcasing the outrageous mood unbridled by the mind. The theme itself reflects the true blend of Western and Indian Arts. The collection showcases “Western” Silhouettes in bright colours and is further enhanced with wool embroidery and traditional Bandhani print. The designer used sustainable techniques and fabrics including satin, denim, bandhani, Shiffon, Glaze, Satin and Crepe.
Gagandeep Singh Tuli
The inspiration for the “Feather of the Dawn” collection were the poems written by Sarojini Naidu. The main styles used for SS18 are high-low dresses, light trench coats and floor-length gowns with a lot of sheer elements and feather, sequin and stone embellishments. The collection was coloured up with lime yellow, peach, pink, black and emerald green and the fabrics used for this season are organza and tulle.
This ready-to-wear collection was inspired by the story of Paan Singh Tomar, carrying the idea of women empowerment and gender inequalities. The balloon shape dress, mini skirt, bomber jacket and cargo pants give a feel of confidence and armour to the woman. Inspired by the army theme, there is camouflage and graphic prints and khaki, green, black, wine and white colours dominate this collection. Fabric layering technique and surface work with stones and beads complete these fierce looks.