First with the next!

Gen Next show
Gen Next designers at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 at St. Regis 

It was a trendy tale of fresh fashion at the Gen Next show, presented by INIFD that opened day one of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 at St. Regis.
It was all white and bright at the start at ‘The Pyjama Tribe’ by Sohaya Misra for her label Chola. With textured linen and cotton as the prime fabrics minus embellishments, the layered separates had plenty of possibilities for mix-and-match options. With a neutral colour card starting with white, beige and grey, Sohaya moved to blue, deep red and cherry. With volume as the base of the garments there were wide pants teamed with zen-like tunics and free-flowing ensembles for easy lounging.
Aqdus Saleem’s collection called ‘The Modest Chapter’ created a perfect blend of Islamic culture and ethnic wear. Giving an international flavour to her line that flowed down the catwalk, it was aimed at the modern liberated empowered woman. Shades of white cotton,
lawn, linen and organza were delicately highlighted with embellishments in white and Sahara beige. The turbaned models appeared in pastel white and beige for midi skirt and comfy dresses, jumpsuits with soft covers, capes teamed with a feminine blouse and skirt and the white pleated midi with hooded cape.
Chirag Nainani called his collection ‘Fossilized Subconscious’ bringing in indigo dyeing with resist techniques. Mercerised cotton and suiting material was presented in easy silhouettes that spelt comfortable wearability. The all-indigo and white collection offered peplum blouses with saris, asymmetric paneled flared mini, layered gown and an interesting take on the tuxedo jacket with a skirt.
Under the Aaylixir label by Naveem Naaz Shaikh was the ‘Sukomo’collection. Working only with denim, the designer added striking touches to the popular fabric. From an ombré and laser cut treatment. Naveem added red, white and grey plaids, stripes and childish motifs as the collection brought out a fun-filled, carefree and trendy element for the wearer. A bold slogan NOW WHOM WHO WHENEVER gave the muted colour palette a lively lift. Colour blocked jeans with angular patch pockets worn with alphabet print shirts stood out.
Agrima Batra’s collection ‘To the Stars and Back’ or ‘Astraea’ was an exotic mélange of stylish chic day-to-evening wear that was created with zero wastage. On view were pretty patches, glimpses of glitter and box bags. Vivid shades highlighted the contemporary look along with form-fitting but graphic silhouettes. Slit pants with short sleeved jacket had origami appliqués, pencil pants, one-shoulder jumpsuit in ink with shoulder patches, black kimono wrap dress and a black one-sleeve gown were innovative additions to the line.

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