A Military March and A Risky Affair

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Pero by Aneeth Arora, AIFW AW 2015

This season péro by Aneeth Arora lent her attention to military uniforms and the clothing and accessory items that have become staples over the decades, such as aviator sunglasses and khakis. She continued her exploration of Scottish checks (hand woven in the Himalaya region) and block printed textiles from Gujurat.

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Pero by Aneeth Arora, AIFW AW 2015

This was a nice and wearable collection with effortless looks and this is one of Aneeth’s strong points.

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Pero by Aneeth Arora, AIFW AW 2015

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Pero by Aneeth Arora, AIFW AW 2015

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Pero by Aneeth Arora, AIFW AW 2015

Aneeth is a previous winner of the Vogue India Fashion Fund and from her first circus inspired collection we have come to expect a show to accompany the clothing. I hope that she gains more confidence to pair back the drama and entertainment of the show so that her designs get more attention. Her collaboration with Indian contemporary artist Princess Pea is to be lauded but it is another distraction. The dolls, as novel as they are, seemed a little lost in the styling.

Gaurav Gupta’s show was titled ‘Risk’ and this is an excerpt from the show notes: ‘This collection is the wind which takes that risk, hoping to signal a prologue to something pushing its way through the wings of tomorrow.’

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Gaurav Gupta, AIFW AW 2015

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Gaurav Gupta, AIFW AW 2015

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Gaurav Gupta, AIFW AW 2015

What followed was a collection re-visiting his archive and, for a wonderful talent that he is, I’m afraid to say the overall effect on this occasion was disjointed and unfocused especially with those ugly clompy shoes and hairstyles borrowed from the other fashion weeks. Almost everything was out of place.

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Gaurav Gupta, AIFW AW 2015

Gaurav’s flagship boutique in the luxurious Emporio Mall is a carefully curated offer of occasionwear. The show notes also mention that Gaurav is ‘searching for the true Gaurav Gupta woman’ perhaps this search is what led him unwisely to throw everything at it.

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Gaurav Gupta, AIFW AW 2015

The androgynous menswear was poles apart from the red carpet gowns. Nothing wrong with that and it’s great to see diverse talent but I hope by next season he completes his search. By the way, he should invest in textile research – that shimmer fabric looks as cheap as it probably is.

Bubbly

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