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Designer Aarti Vijay Gupta brought her signature style - an explosion of flora and fauna prints to the runway. The silhouettes moved from tiny shorts to fringed skirts, kaftans, swimwear, tunics, printed sets with matching soft coats, draped gowns with a mélange of prints covering them.
Designer Aisha Rao’s collection titled ‘Divergence’ featured mood-boosting colours and designs. There were lehengas, strappy slinky gowns, shararas with flared tunics, flouncy skirts and dazzling bell-bottom pants. Making a show-stopping entry was Mira Kapoor who turned muse for the designer.
Ace streetwear label HUEMN celebrated 10 years in the industry with their uber-cool collection that had hand-drawn prints, inclusive fits and meticulously handcrafted textures. Some of the highlights from their line-up were the gorilla-detailed neon jogger set, printed t-shirts and a concept saree.
Designer Manish Malhotra unveiled his new collection ‘Diffuse’ with actor Siddhant Chaturvedi and Shanaya Kapoor as showstoppers. Featuring distinct geometric patterns, eccentric prints peppered with metallic details, it was a parade of glamorous outfits. Bomber jackets, skirts, kaftans, rimmed dresses, sarees and shararas detailed with sequins, feathers, beads and tassels ruled the collection.
Titled ‘Wah Usta Wa’, the collection by design brand ‘Jajaabor’ was an arresting resort wear line of feather-light cutwork inspired by the minarets and arches from the architecture in Bikaner and Usta art form. The silhouettes were an amalgamation of colours - from white and black to fuchsia and grey - and styles - shorts, cropped blouses, cape-shawls and sarees - with intricate embellished work.
‘Sayuri’ by designer Rajdeep Ranawat showcased an oriental-inspired collection while providing a new view of contemporary aesthetics with multicoloured prints, fabrics, embroideries and a bold mix of various oriental motifs. The blend of eye-popping prints and embroidery was laden over swirling skirts, shirts, scarves and billowy kaftans.
‘Kiniho’ by Balarihun Mallai brought the beauty of textiles from Meghalaya to the runway. There were classic dresses, knee-length coats, capris, tunics, cropped jackets with culottes made using handwoven Eri silk and Meghalaya’s Khneng embroidery.
Taking inspiration from natural elements, designer Rimzim Dadu's collection titled ‘A Sea of Million stories’ focussed on her signature cord technique and cocktail dressing, in particular. With hints of metallic blues, emeralds combined with sparkly silvers and pristine whites - the collection was paired with diamond jewellery by Natural Diamond Council.
Designer Nikita Mhaisalkar brought graphic opulence of the colourful Navajo tribe from North America for her collection titled ‘Terrain 2022’. The collection revolved around Aztec patterns enhanced with intricate beadwork. It offered ensembles varying from ornate jumpsuits to gypsy gowns and classic dresses.
Siblings and actors Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem closed the show for Two Point Two by Anvita Sharma. The collection titled ‘Behind Closed Doors’ was creatively developed with fibres of rose petals, oranges, lotuses and organic cotton in a vibrant burst of colours.
Inspired by the beauty and colours of flora, designer Siddartha Bansal’s collection called ‘Blooming Tales’ came with fluid silhouettes with intense, colourful, embroidery and bold prints. Unveiling kaleidoscopic designs, the creations included knits, bralettes paired with mini skirts or suits, flouncy dresses for women while menswear printed tees, embroidered cropped jackets and more.