These are the colours and flavours of summer 2019.
Inheritance by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla
Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla presented a fashion show to celebrate 50 years of The Cancer Patients Aid Association in Mumbai last month, their third such event with them. The duo paid tribute to India’s heritage textiles and embroidery legacy at their presentation. Titled ‘Interitance’, it featured Bandhini tie-and-dye, Banarasi tissues, jamdanis, khadi, Assam weaves and Kanjeevaram silks. It also showcased a multitude of techniques from chikankari and zardozi to gota and resham. Celebrities who walked the ramp included Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Karan Johar and Shweta Bachchan Nanda (in photo).
Aaftab by Devnaagri
Aaftab, the SS19 collection by Devnaagri, proposes lightness and fluidity this season, while celebrating individuality and discerning taste. A label launched by sisters Kavita Jain and Priyanka Jain, the summer prêt collection uses fabrics like chanderi, kota and muls, and is detailed with block prints, digital prints, and dori embroidery. The silhouettes are easy and comfortable and the colour palette soft and fresh. Shop on: devnaagri.com
Courts by Vedika M
Here’s a very different perspective on sport! Vedika M’s SS19 collection ‘Courts’ is inspired by the shapes and patterns hidden on athletic courts. The colour palette uses vibrant hues similar to the strong and distinct colours visible on these courts, and the outfits display an interesting array of flowy, feminine silhouettes. With outlets in Kolkata and Mumbai, the label creates the prints at their own in-house textile unit using natural dyes and vegetable colours with hand-brush painting and block printing techniques.
Shop on: vedikam.com
Reconnect by Cord
Cord’s SS19 collection Reconnect is a reflection of vintage keeping today’s sensibilities in mind. It explores the textures in textiles, while maintaining the natural fluidity of the garment. There’s a detailed expression of traditional craftsmanship techniques through delicate hand embroidery, smocking and block prints while focusing on versatility and comfort through relaxed silhouettes. Shop on: cordstudio.in
Gulnoor by Sue Mue
Delhi-based bespoke designer label Sue Mue’s Spring-Summer 2019 collection Gulnoor is inspired by springtime in the Kashmir valley, and its promise of new beginnings. Using a soothing colour palette and with a focus on breezy silhouettes, the collection comprises short kalidar kurtas, long elegant anarkalis, Western dresses, crop tops, jumpsuits, Pakistani suits with asymmetrical hems, and free flowy tunics paired with palazzos and shararas. Shop on: Suemue.in
Nandita Mahtani x Cartoon Network
Mumbai-based designer Nandita Mahtani has partnered with Cartoon Network to launch a clothing collection that celebrates Cartoon Network toons from the 1990s. Nandita held an exclusive preview and evening soiree at Sancho’s, Bandra, to unveil the 100-piece capsule collection. Each of the silhouettes is a mix of playful elements that have come together through intricate hand embroidery, sequins, beads and embellishments in vibrant neon pop colours. Shop at: Ananya Store, Hill Road, Mumbai
First published in eShe’s April 2019 issue