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Interesting Day 3 with lots of designers opting for commercial routes and the next generation giving us a lot to think about – it was an interesting mixed bag on Day 3

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PSFW 2016 Day 1

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It is always an exciting time when fashion week and presentations happen back home. PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week is one such occasion that is marked on my calendar weeks ahead and boy am I having a blast going through the collections. While I am not watching it live! time difference from back home and work commitments, I do miss out meeting colleagues, fellow bloggers and designers. It is always exciting to see what the designers have been working on and being a designer myself, it becomes second nature to see what is going on. Day 1 at the fashion week, like usual, came with its share of hits and misses
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13. Links à la Mode Feature

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I love a good How-To.  Usually I’m searching the world wide web for instruction on dry brushing, making eco friendly cleaning supplies, or cutting a pomegranate.  Have you seen that one?!

So, I was captivated by all the fashion How To’s this week.  IFB bloggers showed how to style scarves, striped pants, chokers, metallics, and flash tattoos,  just to name a few.  Through all of that, summer continued to be a strong theme with music playlists, vacation travel logs, and reviews of concert wear and museum sneakers.


Links à la Mode, July 9

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Five Ways to rock Striped Pants

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Striped pants are fun. With LCM and Pitti Umo, where many designers presented printed menswear, printed pants still elude many of the usual everyday guy who still likes to stick to his basics. It is not everyday that you get see men sporting something as graphic as black and white striped pants. Recently when JOSHUA MILTON, a friend of mine and a blogger, recently sported striped pants, I instantly hit off on the idea of doing multiple ways to style this graphic wonder. While I love the monochrome look of pairing these with black, there are still a number of ways that these pair of elusive pants can be styled…

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Calm and Collected

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Dhruv Kapoor
Going the minimal route, Dhruv Kapoor (not to be confused with DRVV.. this one is a Kapoor with Two O’s.. the Kal Ho na Ho confusion) with his offering went part sporty part unisex route, which came together quite cohesively. The collection played up with visual textures esp the snakeskin combined with sporty and masculine silhouettes that sort of was a uniquely interesting approach that I personally found intriguing. It would be interesting to see if he explores that facet of his aesthetics of combining two such poles apart elements within a minimal aesthetic and still make it work. One to watch out for!!


The sporty luxe ones, Huemn’s color palette reminded me of Sibling’s menswear collection. With their usual sporty oversized aesthetics in place, this time around the designer duo of Huemn went a bit of a feminine route compared to their most recent previous outings. While the usual layered jackets were present, it was the gowns that were an unusual feature this time around. The collection also featured a multitude of suits, and played up with sheer elements within skirts, tops and dresses. But my favorite piece has to be the bleeding pocket long shirt that was just perfect and the sheer shirt with an oversized jacket.  The duo’s sneaker styling was done to perfection complimenting the clothing. While it was unusual to see the brand go in this direction it would have to be seen how their sporty chic philosophy evolves.


Love Birds
Oversized..check, sporty chic..check, Love Birds did everything that a sport influenced collection needed and boy even going down the expected route, they did good. Boxy and oversized silhouettes, clean tailoring and good palette at their disposal, it was to their credit that managed to produce a decent collection (it is really hard to mess up especially in terms of proportions within the oversized look). Also what was commendable was the interjection of stripes at intervals within to keep the collection from being monotonous and repititive of just a series of solid combos. Loved the drop crotch pants the designer herself was wearing as well I do like my bit of oversized and lose silhouette.


Possibly the most chicest outing from DRVV that struck the perfect balance between commercial viability and runway presentation. DRVV’s collection MMXVpointIV – Collary was a multitude of chic looks that, one after the other, continued to impress. The collection had dresses, skirts, suits, shift dresses and what was interesting was how each one had a different makeup than others. Oscillating between greys and blacks, DRVV pretty much nailed the whole collection being minimal in approach yet lending the drama quotient on the ramp. Simple pieces yet effective approach, while some of the silhouettes went the similar route, others definitely made you sit up and take notice with their interesting shapes. It is probably the best one I have seen from him. Take a bow!!


Munkee See Munkee Do
Ok I have to admit!! the first time I heard the name, I though Oh no!! yet another Quirkbox but I was pleasantly surprised by the restrained approach the brand had and its sporty aesthetics that demanded a second look. Their collection seemed more to make a sort of statement towards gun control and unrest (something similar to Iman Ahmed last year) However it was interesting to see a younger take on the similar issue compared to a veteran. While there were a few odd pieces, the brand had its heart in the right place and that what came through. The gun prints and embroidery over structural and boxy silhouettes were cleverly played within the context. The approach was clean and the chic. Pastel as well as black and white hues dominated the collection. The styling was on point and thankfully they did not go overboard in an runway-drama attempt letting the clothes shine. A good outing


Square Loop
Possibly my favorite within the sporty luxe category because of the fact that designer made it all look so chic without going too boxy while keeping it sporty. A very hard balance to strike what was more impactful was the use of accessories. Playfully with smart backpacks and bags, the complimenting accessories definitely completed the collection as a whole rather than just being an add on. A clean palette of neutrals, Square Loop’s debut outing definitely was one of the pleasant surprises that I discovered while going through the fashion week. It was sporty chic probably at its best… reminded me of Huemn but the designer here seemed to have a distinct voice of her own which was different. It would be interesting to see in what direction will she steer the brand into.


Nikhil Thampi
Nikhil Thampi is just not yet ready to give up his love for metallics. While he did start off with a bit of pieces that resonated his works before the metallic became his ‘thing’, and got me a little worried there, he soon switched gears towards what he liked best. What I liked about him as a designer as to how far he is exploring within the similar metallic vibe with a multitude of different approaches towards clothing. The bralet-white pants look, the hot black pant suit, the oversized metallic jacket paired expertly with a pair of streamlined cigarette pants, an oversized big metallic parka inspired jacket, there were some very fun high moments within his presentation for which he definitely needs to be lauded for. The gowns… well he does have his clientele within the red carpet appearance making celebrities, but his other ones were much more fun. I found  the dangling earrings a wee bit distracting in some looks but the slick back hair was the perfect look that the collection needed for the clothes to shine.

Sportin’ it

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With their sporty minimal chic approach, and use of techno fabrics Huemn has always led me to draw parallels with one of my other favoirte working with a similar approach, Alexander Wang. Huemn this presentation too revolved around a sporty chic vibe and needless to say I was not at all disappointed. Loved the screaming guy printed shirt and the sheer panelled oversized tops. They carried on the circular seams and shapes from their last season successfully in this one. With hardly any color, the collection was predominantly monotone with hints of detail. Misra and Shetty delivered a comfortably luxe collection, with sporty influences, cheeky text details (The quilted DONT TRY) and anti-fit trend at its best. While one of the ensembles was particularly interesting with knit and neoprene with bangled shapes in sleeves. Also it takes guts to send down a horizontally striped power suit down the runway.  Loved them all


From exaggerated drapes to the the minimalist luxe collection, Nupur Kanoi has come a long way and was one of the major surprises this fashion season. Using crushed silk for a luxe collection of sporty feel, Kanoi’s minimalist approach is to be seen to be believed. I for one was pleasantly surprised. Not alienating her textile roots, but moving into a much more modern context, Kanoi made a sparkling splash on the runway. Her silhouettes ranged from relaxed shifts, laid back floorlengths and some eastern looks (she isn’t ready to let them go off just yet). However it was her sport influenced silhouettes that made the most impact with a minimal approach. Who would’ve thought using crushed silk with sporty outlook. The two don’t blend, but Kanoi does it expertly. Hooded tops, slinky dresses and shifts marked her foray into a territory that I am most excited about what she would do next.


Combining florals and sport is a very tricky terrain one that IKAI fails to conquer with their latest presentation. The brand’s ensemble left me in a bit of a confusing position coz while I liked certain elements of almost each ensemble, the collection as a whole felt lacking in terms of packing a punch and cohesion. With a bit of tie and dye thrown in, the collection though restrained, felt like a bit of wanting to do quite a bit with a minimal theme. While the anti-fit and sporty details were hard to miss, the layers were interesting bits and I particularly liked the two ensembles (last shot). There was something really off about the whole grey bomber with the brown floral appliqués and geometric details and did not come together with the shirt and the shorts. While I loved another one of the leather appliquéd bolero jackets, how it was put together did not make for a good picture. Loved the bourges through and through though.


With a lot of holding hands print in tow (pun intended), ILK totally sported a look that was chic with enough drama without going overboard. The collection was a perfect example of the variations one could use the print in within different scales. Keeping the overall look earthy and relaxed there were a few body cons accenting the collection, keeping it from being boring. The vibe was chic and the prints brought a rustic appeal to the chic silhouettes lending it a bit of bohemian vibe. However the brand knew how to exercise control. The unusual combo of sporty details with such earthen print worked in the favour of the collection primarily because of the controlled color palette that oscillated within shades of blues. Loved the offshoulder ensemble,  the boxy tunic with print gone large scale and overlapped top with printed skirt.

*Image credits: The LFW Team