Many Indian and Indian American designers put their fashionable foot forward and rubbed shoulders with their international counterparts at the 2018 New York Fashion Week, which concluded Feb. 16.
Gurgaon-based designer Shivani Jain showcased her collection, “Moonlight,” which saw feminine but edgy designs in black, white, blue and beige. Layers of ruffles and interesting necklines made for some very glamorous clothing.
Gujarat-based Purvi Doshi, who uses only hand-woven textiles and natural and organic colors, showcased her easy on the eyes collection, presenting a range of silhouettes in primarily beige color with floral motifs.
Vaishali Shadangule from Mumbai unveiled her Fall/Winter 2018 collection titled, “Parokh –The Veiled Reality,” at NYFW, which consisted of asymmetric silhouettes in jackets and long dresses made up of wool, silk and cotton. The hand-woven collection stood out for its use of layers of sheer and heavy fabric.
Indian designer Prarthnna, whose brand is Kovet, also presented her collection, which was made up of resort wear, brunch wear, red carpet wear and power dressing.
Indian American designer Mac Duggal’s New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 runway show was a celebration of body positivity. This season Duggal had plus and sample size reality stars who formerly have worn his creations on the red carpet walking the runway at NYFW alongside professional models (see earlier India-West story here: http://bit.ly/2kUrj0u).
Reality stars Arissa Seagal (“Growing Up Supermodel”), Roxy Earle (“Real Housewives of Toronto”), and Niche Caldwell (married to football star Andre Caldwell) wowed in dresses that featured swirling fringe, 3-D embroidery on lace, off the shoulder looks, stylish pearl beading, and dramatic shades of lilac and blue.
Another celebrity designer who showcased his latest work was Indian American designer Naeem Khan, whose glittering fan base of starlets and socialites includes Beyoncé, Pénelope Cruz, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emily Blunt, Kate Beckinsale, Katy Perry, and Michelle Obama, among many others. His collection, which was presented Feb. 13, was high on hand-embroidery, sequins and lace. It consisted of power suits with a feminine touch, and other items like sparkling jumpsuits, beaded jackets and skirts, and ruffled gowns.
Indian American designer Bibhu Mohapatra’s bright and wearable collection consisted of colors like purple, pink and red, and abstract prints, with stand-out features like puffed sleeves and fringe (see related India-West story here: http://bit.ly/2EF8d5M).
Lesser-known Indian American designer Rutu Bhonsle also displayed his wares at the premiere fashion event. The Lexington, South Carolina-based designer’s clothes were more casual-chic in approach that came in a variety of colors.