Acclaimed couturiers Shantanu and Nikhil in association with The Imperial, New Delhi & Swarovski brought the haute curtains down to unveil their couture offerings for autumn/winter 17 on the 15th of July. An evening devoted to the duo’s interpretation of a unique gallery like couture space defined a profound grasp of bespoke influences with a pursuit to reignite the valor, virtues, passion and conviction of vintage India.

 

The fall/Winter 2017 line is a reiteration of their vision of belonging to something that is bigger than they are and it’s underlying modern India spirit that symbolizes progressivism and distinctiveness. The Regiment derives its inspiration from the 3 strong virtues of the Indian armed forces – Discipline, Pride & Togetherness, and is a crisp salute to everything Nehruvian. Dramatic and heroic re-appropriation of male presence through female form is the cornerstone of the collection, where feminine/masculine, hard/soft, defend/protect is the new dialog.

 Structured trench coat inspired bandgalas and long sherwanis teamed with drapes for both men & women will represent a mentality of fighting the fight, for what they believe in. Convertible Nehru collars, vertical pockets, epaulets, handcrafted vintage coin buttons & rustic medallion like brooches in crystals from Swarovski preach equality connotations, whilst the roots are indeed authoritative yet transparent and not camouflage. Strength, fearlessness & determination is ushered in the lavishly sharp new look that is functional, chic & sophisticated without being over-the-top.

 

Seriously, sharp tailoring for women with feminine accents is the new intersection of elan and androgyny. The collection evokes an emotional connect of unity and order through a regiment of men & women that have imbibed the belief of the armed forces to defend against a stereotypical mind set symptomatic of gender inequality as it exists in society.

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Summary: Acclaimed couturiers Shantanu and Nikhil in association with The Imperial, New Delhi & Swarovski brought the haute curtains down to unveil their couture offerings for autumn/winter 17 on the 15th of July.