Orient and Mediterranean Rule Day 1 of Amazon India Fashion Week
Sanjay Garg of Raw Mango opened Day 1 of Amazon India Fashion Week. (Photo: FDCI)
Sanjay Garg of Raw Mango opened Day 1 of Amazon India Fashion Week. (Photo: FDCI)

Orient and Mediterranean Rule Day 1 of Amazon India Fashion Week

Mashru, a fabric with the brilliance of silk and the simplicity of cotton, has deep Ottoman and Mughal influences. The fabric, whose production vastly declined after the 1940s, made a special appearance on the opening show of the Amazon India Fashion Week – by Raw Mango’s Sanjay Garg.

For the Love of Persian Mashru

A piece from Sanjay Garg. (Photo: Raw Mango)
A piece from Sanjay Garg. (Photo: Raw Mango)

The fabric that came to India through the Silk Route, started being woven first in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and the Deccan. It was conceptualised as a sartorial solution for Muslim men who were prohibited the use of decadent silk for their clothes.

Actresses Konkona Sen Sharma and Soha Ali Khan were spotted in the front row, cheering Garg on, while wearing his designs of course.

 Soha Ali Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Mini Mathur. (Photo: <a href="https://editor.thequint.com/story/konkonas">Twitter/konkonas</a>)
Soha Ali Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Mini Mathur. (Photo: Twitter/konkonas)

When India Met the Orient

Designer Vineet Bahl, who focuses on the concept of fluidity, presented some obviously fluid and androgynous designs in his collection. He chose minimal floral patterns to denote femininity, contrasted by over-sized tops that denote gender fluidity.

Vineet Bahl’s creation. (Photo: FDCI)
Vineet Bahl’s creation. (Photo: FDCI)
 Vineet Bahl’s creation. (Photo: FDCI)
Vineet Bahl’s creation. (Photo: FDCI)

Mediterranean Calling

Resortwear designers Shivan and Narresh seemed to be in a Mediterranean mood for their collection.

A Shivan and Narresh colour blocked bikini with leather panels. (Photo: Shivan and Narresh)
A Shivan and Narresh colour blocked bikini with leather panels. (Photo: Shivan and Narresh)
 A Shivan and Narresh bikini with cactii prints. (Photo: Shivan and Narresh)
A Shivan and Narresh bikini with cactii prints. (Photo: Shivan and Narresh)

Sheer Love

Promising designer Vaishali S showed off her love for sheer fabric in her collection. The designer, who loves to borrow from life’s experiences showcased intricate detailing contrasted by sheer capes.

A design by Vaishali S. (Photo: FDCI)
A design by Vaishali S. (Photo: FDCI)
 A design by Vaishali S. (Photo: FDCI)
A design by Vaishali S. (Photo: FDCI)

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