It didn’t focus on balance and modernity – but instead on a classy feminine allure. Rich fabrics were unabashedly covered in sequins and embellishments, structured silhouettes were accompanied by unmissable accessories and equally elaborate outerwear.
The ensembles included gowns, midi-dresses, knee-length skirts, asymmetric midi-skirts, jackets, coats and suits. The fabrics used were velvet, tulle, sequin, silk, brocade, organza and lace. The color palette was made up of neutrals – tan, brown, cream, white and lots of black. Plus there were appliques in reds, gold and pinks. Towards the end the outfits also used magenta, crimson and silver.
There was a lot of shimmer – with large rhinestone brooches and belt buckles, shimmery threadwork, embellishments, shiny buttons, and sequins that entirely covered some of the dresses.
Accessories included chokers, collar necklaces, embellished belts, broad embellished headbands, which were like urban-versions tiaras to me. The bags were boy-type – both medium and large sized. The shoes were kitten heeled sandals, embellished of course, very reminiscent of Dolce & Gabbana’s SS15 collection.
The collection had a certain 18th century royal Italian influence to it – with army-inspired red double-breasted jackets with hussar-frogging, Queen-like coats with large bows, chequered suits with satin lapels. Other influences included ribbon-bow chokers, interior-motifs like a chandelier-shaped handbag, ornate mirror-frame applique or candle-holder embroidery.
Appliqué certainly stole the show – from large roses to multi-colored flowers that covered entire surfaces, to crochet patchwork teddies to sequins. The other motifs were fairy-tale books, teapots, kittens, chandeliers, birds and army soldiers.
Shilpa Ahuja the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Other than defining the direction of the magazine, she also writes about fashion & beauty trend forecasts, industry analysis, and opinions.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University.
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