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‘Born in Banaras’ took breath away at Grand Finale of AIFW SS’16


New Delhi: The grand finale of Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016 ended on quite a satisfying note with sixteen designers presenting modern-age Banarasi weaves.

Curated on the theme of ‘Born in Benaras’, all designers presented their interpretations in Benarasi weave; showcasing the weave’s journey from being used only in traditional wear to now finding a place in contemporary fashion

The designers – Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, Namrata Joshipura, Ashish N Soni, Rajesh Pratap Singh, AbhishekGupta, Gauri and Nainika, Alpana and Neeraj, Abraham and Thakore, Anupamaa Dayal, Malini Ramani, ATSU, Arjun Saluja, Manish Arora, JJ Vallaya, Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahilian, played with the Benarasi brocade on long jackets, A-line skirts, Boho chic resort wear, sarees as well as lehengas, giving the handcrafted weave a more western and edgier touch.

The rich assortment of creativity and ideas in colourful threads started with a western collection in more of black and golden tones, followed by western collection with fusion of colors which was then concluded with the rich Indian garbs in turquoise, red and gold colors using the season’s fresh bridal hues.

Talking about the show, Sunil Sethi, President of FDCI said, “It was undoubtedly the most anticipated gala closing show ever seen. Our talented designers have successfully reflected the old world charm of Benaras on the contemporary canvas. We look forward to having such collaborations in future and evolving the fashion dynamics of India and I can assure that this is just the beginning. We all together will make sure to come up with artisans from different corners of our country and revolutionise the traditional fashion”.

Each of the sixteen designers presented three ensembles inspired by the iconic city in tones of blue, yellow, green, red, cream & black and told their Banaras story using any one of these palettes.

While few designers choose to play safe with being traditional but keeping their best foot front, some designers went out of the box with their ideas by using various banarasi fabrics.

FDCI Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016 which started on October 7, concluded on October 11.

By A.Kameshwari (ANI)

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