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    From a handcrafted leather bag  label to one that’s quietly sophisticated, here is what to keep your eye on at the Amazon Indian Fashion Week in Delhi

    Fashion Design Council of India and Elle magazine teamed up to  shortlist a fresh crop of young designers under the title, First Cut
    Designers for 2015. The six designers are debuting at the Amazon  India Fashion Week, which began on Thursday. We talk to the creative minds to find out what they have in store. Text: Rashmi Rajagopal

    Lola by Suman B
    From dressing the likes of Malaika Arora Khan to Athiya Shetty, Lola by Suman B has created quite a stir. Panjim-based Suman Bhat is the lady behind the label and takes her inspiration from simplicity and minimalism. Priding itself on wearability, Lola’s designs often feature a single solid colour, hints of contrasting notes to keep things interesting and dramatic silhouettes. For Spring Summer 2016, Bhat has decided to take an unusual route with her inspiration being a dark, summer love affair “that promises electricity and passion,” she tells us, adding, “I’m interested to see how people react to that kind of collection for summer.” Expect a colour palette of flesh tone, dusty rose, maroon, taupe and ash gold. The line-up includes jumpsuits, strapless dresses, maxis and trousers in fabrics such as linen, satin velvet, and crepe. Details: facebook.com/lolabysuman

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    Founded by Aditi Dhar, Vitasta, a handcrafted leather
    accessories label, is based on the idea of everyday luxury. Craftsmanship and simplicity are key, making its products functional and beautiful. “Our sensibility has evolved from the confluence of Indian colours and craftsmanship on modern functional shapes, and a respect for materials,” explains Dhar. Based in Delhi, her Spring Summer line explores the effect of things that are ‘desafinado’ (a Portuguese term for something that is off centre). Look out for details like hand-cut leather fringes and asymmetric seams, used to break conventional proportions. Handles come with woven details and straps are intentionally not centered, while a punch work pattern has been used in a series of waves. The silhouettes are inspired by binocular bags, equestrian saddle bags and everyday totes and are crafted in thick calf leather with a neutral palette of tan, nude and black. Details: vitastadesign.com

    ASA
    Focusing on comfort clothes, ASA is known for its rational outlook, with garments that are not defined by gender. “Our aim is to create rational fashion using handloom fabrics and natural dyes,” shares designer Shreya Oza, who is based in Ahmedabad. This is strongly felt in the collection to be showcased at AIFW. Silhouettes are easy and modern, while the colour story is a mix of classic shades of grey, black and off white. Made with cotton grown in Gujarat, the designs are wearable yet edgy and employ manual techniques such as hand block printing. Details: facebook.com/asalimited

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    Dvibhumi by Vyshnavi is an
    independent jewellery label based in
    India and Singapore. Sanskrit for ‘two worlds’, the name reflects the coming together of designer Vyshnavi’s Indian roots, and her current region of residence — Southeast Asia. Rooted in Asian heritage, her signature aesthetic employs clean lines, and surfaces in combination with textures and motifs — more matte finishes and monochrome than bling. At AIFW, the designer will showcase Rhythm-Rawa-Riyaz, an ode to the rigour and aesthetics of Indian classical music, which she has expressed through granulation or rawa, clean lines, repetitive patterns and visual rhythm. Made in collaboration with artisans in Jaipur, the metals used are mainly 925 silver, brass and gold plating. Details: dvibhumi.com

    Example Clothing
    Based in New Delhi, Example clothing was started by Moutushi Sarkar and Rituraj Singh. A resort wear label, Example is also a promoter of slow fashion with special attention to handmade techniques and natural fabrics and dyes. Their collection for Spring Summer 2016 is inspired from their travels across Southern India and Turkey. “We observed many common motifs and patterns in the practices of faith and religion and how many symbols like the star and golden yarns have stood the test of time within civilisations that have always been at the crossroads of foreign influence,” says Sarkar. This theme, they found can be easily translated into their format of shibori dyeing and their aesthetic of street style. The fabrics are cotton, handwoven Kerala saris, soft silks, featuring clamp dyed shibori techniques and hand stitched details. Details: weareexample.com

     

     

     

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