NEW DELHI — With the theme being “India Modern,” nine ace designers including Rajesh Pratap Singh and Anju Modi brought the curtains down on Amazon India Fashion Week 2016, which was held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here and ended March 20.

The grand finale saw designers showcasing their traditional roots with the help of modern silhouettes on the runway, which saw ropes and cylindrical pipes hanging from the ceiling in a dimly lit set-up and live contemporary music playing in the background.

"The theme was 'India Modern,' and the idea was to showcase how fashion captures the spirit of the times," said Narendra Kumar, creative director, Amazon Fashion.

The designers presented five to six ensembles each using new-age interpretations of Indian design elements, textiles, silhouettes and craftsmanship in tones of indigo blues, earthy hues and whites.

The show began with Singh's midnight blue and gold creations. The five pieces, mostly long jackets teamed with pants, brought out the designer's brilliant craftsmenship and sleek cuts. Young designer Rahul Mishra's collection was an extension of his much-talked about Paris Fashion Week show. He used loads of flower motifs on long skirts and evening Khadi gowns.

"My collection was an extension of my collection, which I showcased in Paris Fashion Week. I am actually exploring evening wear with my collection. I feel there is a huge demand for evening wear across the globe," Mishra said.

Modi's five pieces brought out the designer's sensibilities of an ethnically colorful collection, which saw intricate thread work.

"We all are very lucky to present our collection. This shows our hard work and the hard work of our artisans and craftsmen," she said.

For Samant Chauhan, sharing space with ace designers like Singh was huge. His line saw long dresses in gray shades. He also used the intricate thread work on his ensembles.

"I am elated that I got the opportunity to share the stage with my idol Rajesh Pratap Singh," said an overwhelmed Chauhan.

Designer duo Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna showcased menswear besides their tie-and-dye women's collection, which saw jackets teamed with pants and skirts.

Pankaj and Nidhi's collection saw fish-tail middy dresses in pink and orange hues. Even models sashayed down the ramp with pink and orange hair streaks.

Abraham and Thakore's collection saw ghagras, whose cholis had hoods at the back. The rust collection was appreciated by the audiences.

The other designers who presented their ethnic yet modern collection were Pero and Amit Aggarwal.

The five-day fashion extravaganza saw the participation of 45 designers. 

IANS adds: The Winter-Festive 2016 edition of AIFW 2016 has concluded, leaving behind many fashion trends for fashionistas to follow. From a romantic look with lace and comfort dressing to layered looks, one can take their pick from a plethora of designs.

Kumar shares the top five looks from the fashion gala:

* Romantic look with lace: Designers Shantanu and Nikhil showcased gowns in vintage lace during their fashion show, and it is definitely a trend setter.

* Comfort dressing: We also saw comfort dressing by brand Bodice and Malini Ramani. Relaxed silhouettes or anti-fit silhouettes are definitely the show-stealer this season.

* Menswear inspired looks: Another unique look that we saw this season was menswear inspired looks! A lot of designers used fabrics that are used for menswear to seek inspiration for women’s wear. Singh’s pantsuits and long coats for women and Namrata Joshipura’s selection were inspired by men's silhouettes.

* Layered looks: Both Pankaj and Nidhi, and Jaya Rathore used surface texturing across their collection. Pankaj and Nidhi with intricate quilting made the layered dresses look even more stunning

* Athleisure and sports detailing: Another look that stood out was athleisure and sports detailing. Designer Sanchita showcased an athleisure collection using elements of sports and technology, combining them with traditional silhouettes. Even the sports detailing by Chandrani Singh Fllora was very interesting and unique.

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Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the apex body of fashion in India, announced the show schedule and list of designers for the 28th edition of the Amazon Fashion Week in association with Maybelline New York Spring Summer 2017. This year 110 designers from all over the country will be showcasing their collection through runway and exhibitions. This will add unrestrained glamour in the extravaganza of the fashion week, which comprises 31 splendid shows with 63 designers on the ramp at the AIFW SS17. The five-day event will be held from October 12-16 at the NSIC Grounds, New Delhi

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