It started off with designers INIFD Presents Gen Next. From comfort-friendly silhouettes to smart layering and practical jackets, Gen Next designers put a fresh spin on day-to-day dressing.
Lakme Fashion Week’s Gen Next category is among the most expected. They unfailingly exhibit fresh talent every year and this is the talent that we are always looking for. They not only keep the fashion scene fascinating by pushing limitations with bold styles, their love for experimental fashion churns out trends that quickly become a fresh obsession of many including us. These statement making designers from Gen Next are not only easy on your wallet but they have the spunk to build the fashion brands of the future.
6 Fantastic Gen Next designers:
Abhishek Paatni—Geometric Designs
Giving men’s wear a stylish twist, Delhi’s Abhishek Paatni presented a premium wear line of prét and unique clothing under the ‘Nought One’ brand. The collection called ‘WarfareXStreetfare’ had a substantial action packed look on the ramp. flawlessly blending street wear along with luxury, Abhishek offered the modern Age men a fashion option that was fresh yet timeless. Detailing played a significant role as stark black tight pants were paired with white candy striped black tunics and cool coats, bomber jackets were well balanced with rider’s leather ones with military inspirations fitting in completely with street wear. Drop crotch Bermudas, lots of zippered detailing on front and back of garments, quilting, fitted trousers with side guards and even a skirt with a long line blouson created a fashionable ‘war fare’.
Sidhu– Fashion Forward Experiments
Chandigarh’s Anupreet Sidhu’s label ‘Sidhu Ji’ started in 2014 was targeted at the modern 21stcentury woman who wants to make a definite style statement. Some of our most liked looks were from Anupreet Sidhu’s Brand Sidhu Ji that offered hassle-free garments that are not merely contemporary but also really wearable. Inspired by Van Gogh’s painting her collection known as “Starry Night Over The Rhone” was distinct with a starry effect from laser cut steel and wood on deep Blue outfits. With clever layering options and separates that can be worked to recreate your looks the time and effort that went into the collection stands out through.
Diming Rubu – Beauty in Assymetry
Designer Diming Rubu offered women’s wear a great elegant twist. Her collection ‘The Missing Piece’ for her brand ‘Dming’ was a excellent semi-formal offering when traditional silhouettes came alive on the ramp for the style sensitive women in the age bracket 25-40 years. Using organza, cotton twill, net and polyester; Diming worked well with shades of nude and lavender. Showcasing a strong sense of structure, Diming who has worked with ace designer duo Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty unveiled some Avant Garde geometric silhouettes. Hints of contrast piping and extended floppy bell sleeves that were a blend of sheer and solid were the highlight of the designs.
Gaurav Khanijo – Avant Garde
Giving men some thing attractive and exciting to wear, Gaurav’s collection ‘Morpheus’ was a fantasy of Indian handlooms with a vintage touch. More favorite looks came from Menswear designer Gaurav Khanijo who sure made a mark with simple yet statement making 3D embroidery, well-defined cuts and fine tailoring. The designer used Tussar and Matka silk and experimented with vibrant colors and Dragonfly motifs changing traditional ideas with his varied patterns. His collection is perfect for a self-confident man who would like to make a statement with his clothes.
Paridhi Jaipuria – Handicrafted Aesthetics
From Jaipur, Paridhi Jaipuria (head designer at Jaipuria Vastra Udyog) introduced a sleek women’s wear collection called ‘Bunai’. Paridhi Jaipuria may be the youngest of the fashion show yet that did not stop her from desigining a fascinating collection which we loved. “Bunai” is a an ode to craftsmen with focus on hand weaving methods and fine craftsmanship. Layering was a pattern followed by all these fashion designers with key pieces being vests and jackets. Her clean silhouettes add a fuss free ease to everyday attire which can take you from day to night. The spotlight of the show was the angular sleeve armholes along with the asymmetric attached bolero, the grey wool asymmetric tabard tunic all dramatically cut.
Vaibhav Singh– Masculine Fashion Detailing
Designer Vaibhav Singh’s collection “Hybrid” was focused on perfection and having designed for overseas brands such as All Saints and True Religion its safe to say that the designer is not really new to Menswear Fashion. Offering bomber jackets, coats, drop crotch pants he had Street Style at the forefront. His collection presented probably the most wearable pieces for the coming winter. Cuffed capris, double layered asymmetric shirts, low slung pockets for kurtas and drop crotch trousers with leather-based patches gave a stark but trendy appeal to the outfits. The colour palette was dark and sombre with lead, black, dark rose and tin fills that suited the mood of the coming season.
We loved the classic, pleated herringbone wool pants from Gaurav Khanijo’s ‘Morpheus’ collection, which lent a modern twist to the otherwise conventional collection. We also approved of Paridhi Jaipuria’s collection ‘Bunai’ which showcased Indian artisanship and the lovely craft of hand weaving. Which one you Like?