The name INIFD has been associated with the Gen Next show for several years at Lakmé Fashion Week. During Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 at The Studio, INIFD presented its second exclusive show Launchpad, when the institute unveiled the talents of fresh designers from its various branches in India.
The winners of the Fashion Design section displayed some amazing collections:
HIM KUMARI GURUNG & AMANDEEP SINGH DHESI
Him Kumari and Amandeep presented their layered collection Bandhan at The Studio during Lakmé Fashion Week. The colour-blocked collection had black and white as the key colours with some pops of bright yellow adding drama to the looks. Flowing garments with several layers looked comfortable yet stylish as they came down the runway. Pants, tops, tunics, capes, a variety of over garments and scarves made an appearance in several outfits for the layered looks. Tight and loose weaves in different parts of the fabrics gave an interesting texture. Yellow and black rain boots complemented the eye make-up of the same colours.
The textured white asymmetric shirt with a loose buttoned skirt and yellow scarf gave a relaxed look. The layering of 2 monochromatic jackets and a bright yellow scarf on a short yellow jumpsuit ended the show with a bang. Bandhan had several separates with something for everyone with different style tastes to choose from.
The festive collection, Modern String by Deepali was inspired by the modern woman as the outfits were embellished with geometric contemporary zardosi embroidery. Classy festive shades of mustard, rust, brown, wine and dusky pink showcased the modernity of the collection. Silks with sheen had a beautiful fall in Indo-western, asymmetric drapes. Long golden earrings on the models complemented the golden placement embroidery.
The mustard tunic with big lapels and buttons was teamed with ankle-length pants and a draped dupatta - all with beautiful striped embroidery. The show ended with a wine pant-sari, a care-free blouse and geometric embellishments on the drape. Jain's collection made heads turn for the modern women who want to look stylish this festive season.
Sangeeta presented her contemporary collection Thapa Art. The western outfits showcased Indian crafts inspired by wall paintings of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Jackets, dresses, skirts, jumpsuits, had placement embroidery of thick thread work and mirror embellishments. Fresh winter colours of deep teal and pistachio green were combined with classics of mud brown and olive. The thick cotton fabrics seemed perfect for the winter, and addition of tan boots and scarves as styling pulled the looks together.
The deep teal shirt-collared jumpsuit had white thread stripes on the sides and mirrorwork embroidery from shoulders to sleeves. The show-stealer was an olive buttoned-down dress with big embroidered pockets, asymmetric front and back yoke, and white geometric block prints. This collection portrayed an Indian grunge look, perfect for the modern woman who wants to be feminine yet fierce.
A fresh technique of tiny embellished holes in fabric was displayed by Chitra. Inspired by self-love and removing negativity from one’s life, the collection, Glayer Blaze had models walking down the ramp with their mouths covered by long polo necks with small holes. The collection was white, with hints of grey and black ombré, which added to the burnt look given by tiny irregular holes on the cotton fabric. There was a variety of silhouettes ranging from tops, tunics, shorts, skirts, capes, pants and dresses.
Chitra’s collection showcased the process of going from a dark mental space to coming out pure and happy by removing negativity.
Rushikesh presented his uniquely woven collection Trippy that displayed the negative effect of drug use. He showcased broken faces on the outfits through thick strips of fabric that were asymmetrically woven together. Monochromes were the key colour palette, with a few highlights of colourful painted faces on the garments.
Silhouettes of anti-fit capes, pants, dresses and jumpsuits made it on the runway. An interesting styling being big sneakers, oversized hoodies and monochromatic rubber bands on the wrists of the models pulled the looks together.
Bhivsane’s Trippy had a positive social message, and to add to it the designs would be hot-sellers for people with an androgynous style.
The INIFD Launchpad show revealed a fresh exciting talent that will surely take the fashion world by storm when they enter the industry.