This Autumn-Winter for Amazon India Fashion Week brought to you by FDCI has been quite a thought provoking one. As soon as you pick a theme like 'India Modern' for all the designers to showcase their collections around, you are lending a pre-emptive perspective to the spectators. I did not think that was a bad thing at all. If anything, it got me and possibly others like me thinking what #IndiaModern really stood for. How do you define what modern really is? In the Indian context, I love thinking of #IndiaModern as a way of bringing out everything that India has stood for all these years, since it's inception and putting it into a mould that represents a certain set of modern values. When I saw designer Jaya Rathore add a purple bomber jacket over a gold saree, to me that stood for a very modern Indian styling. Nitin Kartikeya's beautiful use of bugle beads to create patterns and his modern silhouettes set with years of lust worthy traditional embroidery stood for the choices of a modern Indian woman. The capes with the handiwork that gave you the illusion of a 'waterfall' and modern jumpsuits were pieces after my own heart.
My outfit by Kanelle was my interpretation of an aspect of India Modern styling. The over sized crop top paired with a draped skirt with a pop of color in the same shade as the crop top drew it's inspiration from a short top in India traditionally referred to as a 'choli' and a 'dhoti' that is worn at the bottom as a wrap skirt. The designer, Kanika Jain uses easy breezy fabrics and works with interesting silhouettes and surface texturing. The modern Indian woman embraces her roots but definitely knows how to add a little pizzazz to the same.
Photography by: Jagrati Marwaha
Details of my outfit:
Outfit: C/O Kanelle by Kanika Jain
Sliders: Something Borrowed, Singapore
Bag: Kenzo Paris