There is something to be said about the massive number of women and men who have taken to digging out their old Indian archetypes for dressing up at Fashion Week. One in every five people at Amazon India Fashion Week was seen wearing a bindi or a pair of jhumkas. I'm no one to decide whether people all across the world wearing it accounts for cultural appropriation. But I do believe, for reasons right or wrong, we are seeing a massive wave of style currently that we love to call 'India Modern'. The 'India Modern' prototype understand the Indian weaves. He/she understands Indian fabrics. He/she understands what they see on the ramp and give it an interpretation they best deem fit in the modern day India. On day 5 at Amazon India Fashion Week, I had the privilege of attending the shows as a POPxo Super Blogger in collaboration with Amazon India. The one show that redefined the day's proceedings for me was the First Show: the accessory show. Accessories are having such a big moment in the Indian fashion scene currently and while we are keeping up with the world and creating contemporary pieces, it was absolutely heartening for someone like me to see collections that worked around the classic Indian motifs in jewellery pieces. The revival of the gold jewellery. The pairing of the glamorous diamonds with Indian clothing and western wear alike. The styling of the shows which included fluid drapes that appeared to be very fusion, with dull gold jewellery and flowers in the hair. My favourite would have to be the collection by Mine of Design; Ambar Paridhi Sahai's label.
I also put together an outfit from Amazon India with a lot of influence of velvet since nothing spells old Indian regal charm like the use of velvet.
Find snippets from the three accessory shows and my outfit below.
Photography by: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project
Teeshirt dress, slip dress, bomber jacket: Vero Moda (available on Amazon India)
Shoes: Clarks ( available on Amazon India)