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NYFW SS '16

L to R: Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra and Sachin & Babi

Fashion month is upon us, and it was kickstarted with the ever -so-chic New York Fashion Week. Showcasing collections for Spring/Summer of the upcoming year, the runways shone with lively colours,reinvented concepts, and exquisite design. Not only is NYFW known to draw crowds from around the world, but also designers hailing from around the globe. These connoisseurs get to set the hottest trends for the season in the Big Apple, and India was not to be left far behind. Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra and Sachin & Babi made a sizeable dent on the fashion armour with stellar collections, and it looks like they’re here to stay. Here’s a roundup of their collections!

Naeem Khan

NYFW SS '16

The very biggest names are patrons of Naeem Khan’s magnificent designs—Michelle Obama, Vanessa Hudgens and Bella Thorne to name a few. The designer took inspiration from the ’50s and ’60s for his uber glamorous spring-summer collection. The splendid taffeta ball gowns were the highlight of his collection. Crafted in lively pinks and yellows, the gowns were embellished with exquisite beadwork in floral and paisley patterns, and came packed with pockets. Other garments included magnificent printed slit dresses and a gown with striking red embroidery. Khan definitely wowed the crowd but really, does he ever disappoint?

Bibhu Mohapatra

NYFW SS '16

 

Bibhu Mohapatra’s collection stunned New York fashionistas with impeccably tailored garments. Heavily influenced by the Bauhaus era and Swiss photojournalist Annemarie Schwarzenbach, the line had an androgynous, minimalist theme. Geometric shapes and textures were the norm, and luscious neoprene and silks dominated the runway. Jumpsuits and gowns in gorgeous silvers, greens and dusty pinks strutted alongside striking abstract printed pant suits. Mohapatra’s distinctive aesthetic was one of the most unique ones seen at NYFW.

Sachin & Babi

NYFW SS '16

Spring/Summer 2016 done in the Sachin & Babi way is a dreamy and romantic spectacle. Off-shoulder midi dresses, and formal blouse and pants combinations featured fanciful floral motifs, but the highpoint of the collection were the flamboyant gowns by the husband-wife duo. Three-tiered chiffon delights, these gowns were ensconced in refreshing flowers in primary colours. The dynamic pair also included gorgeous casual evening wear in the show held at their East Side townhouse.

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