I am going to review Varun Bahl‘s collection for Amazon India Fashion Week, A/W 2016. And tell you how you can borrow from it. 🙂
Amazon India Fashion Week, Autumn Winter 2016, kicked off with Varun Bahl’s collection titled ‘Nocturne’.
Remininscent of a garden at midnight, the collection takes the viewer on a walk through wilderness. Think peacocks, flowers, the outline of a dark twig against the night sky and other motifs and inspiration taken straight from Mother Nature.
Overall if you were to imagine the collection, picture this. Fluid silhouettes, botanical textures, embellished sheers, tasseled and fringed hemlines, and lots and lots of layering, tiering and ruffling.
Contrasting hued florals were worn together. Dresses were worn with pants. Fur capes were worn with dresses. Gowns were worn with fur capes. And jackets were worn with gowns.
Embroidered flower and nature elements grazed the ends of long sheer skirts. Midi skirts ended with wide fringed hemlines shimmying as the models walked. And tiered skirts, dresses and tops crafted from fluid chiffon-georgette-like fabrics billowed on the ramp.
But the most striking was the way separates were layered. Longer skirts peeked from underneath shorter asymmetric dresses. And kneelength skirts modestly covered-up beneath sheer floorlength skirts.
Shorter skirts were backed by longer skirts worn underneath. And longer skirts partially concealed shorter skirts worn underneath.
Embroidered sheers were worn over opaque florals. And tasselled underskirts were worn under shorter hemlines.
And to add beauty to all this layer-play were prints and embroideries of flowers and birds and branches and all things nature.
There were embellished jackets with sheer sleeves, exposed shoulders and ruffled necklines, flowing sleeves and shimmering dresses, wreaths and textured garden elements…
Meanwhile front zippers on floral bomber jackets added a sporty element to the romance of the billowing skirts.
As the show proceeded, the garments slowly went from day to night, white florals to dark florals, hints of ornate to full-blown glitter, casual day-dresses to “lehenga” skirts and shimmering gowns embellished with applique and embroidered flowers.
The collection took us to that fated flower garden where the fragrance of a fruit bursting unexpectedly fills the void and silence of the night.
The footwear was kept simple. Models walked in low-heeled patent loafers in metallics, nudes and the obvious blacks.
“‘I have actually played with the idea of period and age… This is a collection that can be worn by any woman.’
‘… the cuts I have used are both simple and classic, allowing for ease in styling and layering. Frills from straight hemlines were added to bring out a tinge of romance to the walk,'” he said.
All in all, Varun Bahl’s Nocturne is a fluid, embellished collection of dark florals, creatively layered and topped with glitter.
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So what can we learn from Varun Bahl’s collection?
I absolutely love the idea of extending lengths of shorty-short dresses and skirts by wearing a longer (if sheerer) layer underneath.
So, if you’ve got a dress that you think is too short for work, wear a lace, net or crochet skirt underneath to extend the look by a couple of inches.
Not only will it look interesting, you can actually create different looks with the same separates over and over again.
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Source (Because I didn’t go for the show) 😉