The first-ever India Fashion Week is all set to roll out this weekend (September 4-5, 2014) in Dubai at Jumeirah Emirates Towers with leading Indian designers showcasing their collections. Some of the biggest names in Indian fashion like Ritu Beri, Vikram Phadnis, Shane and Falguni Peacock, Archana Kocchar, Pria Kataaria Puri, Ashima & Leena Singh, Libas and Jaya Mishra among others are expected to display their stylish ensembles and celebrities like Bipasha Basu and Soha Ali Khan may walk the ramp.
However, amidst the shows of leading designers there is one show to watch out for – that of the new talent in Indian fashion promoted by FAD International Academy, a Pune-based contemporary arts and fashion school that will soon set up campus in Dubai.
The FAD GEN-NEXT show will display the works of 35 young designers over three collections. In striking contrast to the usually expected Indian fashion lines, the collections by the designers at FAD International are aimed at the global market. Based on consultations with Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief at VOGUE Italy, the designers have worked on global fashion sensibilities and have come up with three strikingly different collections for the India Fashion Week Dubai.
Here are the details of the collections:
STEAM PUNK A/W 2015
An avant-garde couture line, hand-crafted, embellished and mostly hand sewn, the Steam Punk Collection draws inspirations from the Steam Punk sub-genre in a setting inspired by the industrialised Western civilisation during the 19th Century. The dramatically styled collection uses varied textiles and fabrics and is embellished mostly with metallic surface ornamentation.
PRINTS & PRINTS A/W 2015
A high street fashion line, the collection has explored various printing techniques, both hand and digital. Each ensemble, though tied into a single inspiration, uses differing dying and printing techniques designed by gen-next designers. Clean cuts and simpler silhouettes in line with colour forecasts for S/S2015, the collection is designed to appeal to global markets.
INDIA TO THE WORLD A/W 2015
Inspired by India, for the world, the collection takes inspirations and various Indian techniques of surface ornamentation and fashion crafts, and translates into a global context. Evening wear with couture gowns, intricate embroidery with rich fabrics and silhouettes to glamourise, the collection takes the essence of India to the world. Teaming the color forecasts for A/S 2015 and the interpretation of silhouettes, a more global aesthetic is born.
INFO: The shows will take place on Thursday September 4, 2014 and Friday, September 5, 2014 at 4pm and 4.45pm respectively at the Main Show Area, Jumeirah Emirates Towers.