#FlashbackFriday: Resort 2021 Menswear

The past few months have illuminated significant lessons to the world of fashion in the interminable intensity of human potential, versatility and adaptability in the face of turmoil is an understatement. The pandemic had forced designers to reconsider craftsmanship, quality, and sustainability, with many delivering more streamlined collections. 

Despite a fashion calendar hanging in the balance and an evolving industry landscape with a future yet to be uncovered, the world’s leading designers unveiled their ‘Resort Menswear Collections’ with holiday vibes being more about a state of mind and not a tour around the globe, for all the obvious reasons. While each designer had their own perspective on how to capture the pandemic experience, they all aligned in one common thread: At the end of every tunnel is a light and it’s clear it will sparkle splendidly on the inimitable legacy of creativity and self-expression.

From quirky prints to minimal aesthetics, comfy lounge-worthy pieces and coordinated sets, Resort 2021 opened up a universe of alternatives for buyers. It would not be wrong to say that in the coming year, opposite styles are going to attract and the collections have a lot to offer. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to distil some key statements that you should be looking for in the next year.

Starting with, Dior’s Oblique tapestry B23 high-tops; a trophy in the form of a turquoise lighter and new perforated leather accessories with reflective linings to catch the light may be more than we bargained for. Also, the insanely luxurious crocodile field jacket, is all about looking like one’s coming out of the apocalypse fighting. Dior’s must-haves are a camp shirt and matching shorts set needlepointed from seam-to-seam in the familiar Dior Oblique pattern. 

Virgil Abloh’s Resort 2021 collection for Louis Vuitton revealed that in streetwear era, a green leather jacket somewhere between sage and basil, a mink jacket with an oil slick sheen, loose-fitting pants, sneakers, and a pair of exuberant bucket hats can fit in anyone’s wardrobe and shake the next summer, with doing justice to the history and craftsmanship and savoir faire of Vuitton.

Tod’s Creative Director Walter Chiapponi approached the casual elegance of the ’70s for 2021. Shades of green, bordeaux, navy- and sky-blue will work in tandem with muted tones, and tastefully incorporated flashes of color into sportswear will meet the codes of sophistication. Pair of corduroy pants and upscale blazers would take classic constructions a step forward and give a twist of cool sophistication.

Salvatore Ferragamo’s unstructured, unlined suit cut from fresh sand-toned cotton and a touch of animalier, a hybrid giraffe-leopard pattern reworked from archival motifs printed on a generous, oversized men’s shirt will exude a lively, summery feel.

Modernized elements of highly geometric aesthetic when applied on chenille cardigans bring out a powerful and fresh template. Cheerful design components, for example, polka dots, peace symbols and smiley appearances —against light hues of pale pink, light yellow and sorbet orange by Moschino will help to put a smiley face to the look.

Perhaps the easiest to pull off of next season’s trends, with an emphasis on sharp tailoring and cutting the formality of the men’s tailoring with playful touches, like the little devils that crawl up trouser legs, Off-White merges a businessman with a youthful teenager and will be the drill next year.

With a ton of opposing trends, men have the opportunity to explore hard and soft, edgy and sweet, and see which look they gravitate towards more. One might end up consolidating different expressions for a personalized flair.


Author:
Ruhi Kapoor
4th Year, B. Des. Fashion Design

Editors:
Prarthana Kapadia
4th Year, B. Des. Fashion Design
Shalini Mohanty
Assistant Professor, ASFDT

Illustrator:
Mansi Lohar
4th Year, B. Des. Fashion Design

Graphic Designer:
Rutuja Konde
4th Year, B. Des. Fashion Design

Master of Design Programme

The Amity School of Fashion Design and Technology (ASFDT) gives us the opportunity to excel in all fields related to Fashion, from research and development to designing the fabric to putting it together into a garment, and this is very evident in the M. Design (Fashion Technology) programme.

Talking about my experience with the institution, as a student of the masters programme, it has been nothing short of exceptional. The labs and classrooms are fully equipped with all the materials required. All the hard-work our faculties are putting can be seen with the performance level of my fellow students of our department. Their skills are well polished and nurtured to its level best. Each and every one of us is individually taken care of, and the faculties always ensure to be flexible and understanding enough to make us feel comfortable enough to share anything and everything with them.

Staying at Amity’s hostel also feels like a home away from home, with really fun and entertaining hostel friends that make my life here nothing short of enjoyable. The education and the exposure that they give us, brews the needed confidence in us and evolves us to become someone who is competent enough to face the complications and competitions in the Industry.

The masters programme creates avenues for professionals like me who are pursuing a higher education in the area of fashion design. It is designed in a way that it chooses to focus towards academic concepts and industry related Research & Development.

Personally, I hold a Bachelors degree in fashion design and have studied about fashion and textiles industry, which helped me to generate a lot of ideas and skillsets in creative ways to combine research and practice. The research environment at ASFDT equips us to provide critical solutions to current as well as future problems, and innovations for the evolving fashion industry.

Apart from research we also get a lot of exposure to the different sectors of the Fashion Industry like Textiles, Graphics, Styling, Costumes Designing, Brand Designing and many more. Adding on to this list of continuous learning, we also learn about Media in Fashion Studies and Entrepreneurship, which are key to starting new ventures and innovating. Hence, I genuinely think that the Master’s programme in Design at Amity is designed to cater to the burgeoning requirements of industry in the forthcoming years, preparing me to better prepared for the industry, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about my career post ASFDT’s masters programme experience.


Author:
Avni Singhal
2nd Year, M. Des

Editors:
Prarthana Kapadia
3rd Year, B. Des. Fashion Design
Shalini Mohanty
Assistant Professor, ASFDT

Graphic Designer:
Shezeen Gola
Faculty, ASFDT

Amity Students : Reframing Jamdani

A walk down the memory lane is always a refreshing and an enriching experience. The collection Nishabdh by Amit Shil set forth an extravagant form of aesthetic fondness. Jamdani is a special woven fabric in cotton. The weave done by loom on brocade is a time-consuming process and is a blend of figures and floral motifs. It’s origin is from one of ancient textile weaving centers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


The designer showed personal interest in the construction of the fabric and thus, visited the spot where Jamdani is manufactured in Kolkata, West Bengal. He had the luxury of getting the basic weaving knowledge about the fabric in a more technical aspect, thus enhancing his interest in designing garments using the Jamdani fabric.

The colour white was chosen as a sign of elegance, sophistication and luxury along with a sense of power and confidence. The colour brings out the beautiful weave of the fabric as well as the classy silhouettes bringing forth a priceless look over all

According to me, ‘inspiration is something that comes from the within and from the moments we have lived,’ and I have spent most of my childhood seeing my mother wear Jamdani sarees and tell me about how elegant yet comfortable they were. My collection Nishabdh is a contemporary variant of the time-old classics. The blazers are classic silhouettes and so is the fabric of Jamdani. This combination speaks for itself as a face of ‘Powerful Elegance’.

Designer Amit Shil


The Oversized yet structural silhouettes and overemphasized sleeves pushed boundaries of accepted style by giving a powerful yet elegant appearance. The collection is presented with a combination of an oversized blazer with edgy cuts and with a very delicate fabric such as Jamdani. He intends to show everyone about how elegance is not just an abstraction.


Authors:
Sthuthya Shaminder
3rd Year, Fashion Design

Editors:
Prarthana Kapadia
3rd Year, Fashion Design
Shalini Mohanty
Assistant Professor, ASFDT

Graphic Designer:
Snehal Gaikar
3rd Year, Fashion Design
Prarthana Kapadia
3rd Year, Fashion Design

Photographers:
Andrew Joseph
2nd Year, Masters in Fashion Technology
Sushrut Koche
Photography Team,
Amity University Mumbai.

Special thanks to:
Tanveer Khan Photography.


Amity Students: Combining Heritage Indian Arts with Challenging Textures for Fashion Week

Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.

– Carolina Herrera.

Keeping this quote in mind, student of Amity School of Fashion Designing and Technology Mumbai, Miss Aksshaya Venkat showcased her debut collection titled Chitra Varnan on the platform of Bombay Times Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2020.

Her collection spoke about traditional Indian arts, painstakingly woven and painted in order to promote Slow Fashion. The theme of the collection was Greek-o-Bohemian, which had hand painted Kalamkari inspired from the famous motif of the ‘tree of life,’ and the beauty of nature with elements of flora and fauna with vivid traditional colours. The collection had elements of leather which was laser cut and intricately woven into a handmade fabric. Mixing masculine fabrics such as leather with soft feminine fabrics like silk made it even more creative and special to the designer. The accessories were made with feathers, beads and leather braids which complimented perfectly with the entire Greek-o-Bohemian appeal.

Chitra Varnan is one of my dearest works. Mixing leather weaving and hand painted silk Kalamkari was challenging but the outcome was wholesome and beautiful. The ‘tree of life’ motif used in the garments, is very symbolic to my journey from being a student to entering the fashion industry. It’s been my dream to bring in more unique combinations of rich heritage Indian arts and crafts into my future collections because they are to be treasured and preserved for the future generations.

Designer Aksshaya Venkat

The designer-student Aksshaya, with perseverance, determination and the help of faculty members and students of ASFDT, successfully showcased her debut collection at BTFW 2020.


Authors:
Deeplaxmi Naik
3rd Year, Fashion Design

Editors:
Dona Ajay
2nd Year, Fashion Design
Shalini Mohanty
Assistant Professor, ASFDT

Graphic Designer:
Sonal Dalvi
2nd Year, Textile Design

Photographers:
Andrew Joseph
2nd Year, Masters in Fashion Design
Sushrut Koche,
Photography Team,
Amity University Mumbai.

Special thanks to:
Tanveer Khan Photography.


Amity Students: Combining The Artistry of Chikankari & Ajrakh for Fashion Week.

The collection named ‘Kashish’ which means ‘Attraction’ in Urdu was presented at The Bombay Times Fashion Week by Divya Karan and Ankita Aggarwal, 3rd year Fashion Design students of ASFDT.

The designers used fabrics that displayed femininity as well as boldness of the wearer.  Kashish brought out the inner beauty of the wearer, making her feel empowered, supreme yet graceful.

The use of delicately hand embroidered Chikankari on georgette by a group of five rural women as a legacy of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh was coupled with hand printed, Indigo and Madder dyed Ajrakh, an art from the state of Gujarat.

This extraordinary combination of Ajrakh and Chikankari transforms our love for Traditional Indian Textiles in high street fashion with contemporary silhouettes. Through this collection we have tried to bring out the fact that high street fashion can also be worn without losing our traditionality and the customs. Kashish makes the wearer feel attached to their states and spreads social connectivity among the states.

– Designers Divya Karan & Ankita Aggarwal

Both, the fabrics and the designs, brought out the theme of ‘traditional Indian textiles with a contemporary silhouette’ creatively, yet gracefully.


Authors:
Divya Karan 
3rd Year, Fashion Design
Ankita Aggarwal
3rd Year, Fashion Design

Editors:
Prarthana Kapadia
3rd Year, Fashion Design
Shalini Mohanty
Assistant Professor, ASFDT

Graphic Designer:
Prarthana Kapadia
3rd Year, Fashion Design

Photographers:
Andrew Jospeh
2nd Year, Masters in Fashion Design
Photography Team,
Amity University Mumbai.

Special thanks to:
Tanveer Khan Photography.

Amity School of Fashion Design & Technology Shines at Bombay Times Fashion Week 2020

Bombay Times Fashion Week ( BTFW ) is one of the country’s most coveted and star-studded fashion weeks. Designers have their hearts to showcase their collections in BTFW. It was a glorious moment for the students of Amity School of Fashion Design & Technology, Mumbai, to display their innovations in BTFW 2020 and get a delightful exposure.

Amity School of Fashion Design & Technology has always believed in doing fashion with a soul. The collection titled ‘Pratha’, stemmed from the fashion school’s initiative of reviving India’s cultural ethos and bringing it on the forefront of fashion. The collection was about India and how the people of the nation are still striving to keep their roots alive when it comes to traditions. Innovative designs and chic outfits were showcased by the students in four different sets.

Team ASFDT

The first collection by Aksshaya Venkat, titled ‘Chitra Varnan’, Greek-o-Bohemian, was about hand painted Kalamkari of the South inspired from the tree of life. The garments were in connection with demure leather weaving, silk and laser cutting and Greco-Bohemian statement.

Designer – Aksshaya Venkat

‘Kashish’, a collection filled with embroidered Chikankari of the North and printed Ajrak of the West, by Ankita Agarwal and Divya Karan, brought a strong attraction of visually striking colours and lightly sewn threads. They showcased modern cuts in high street ensembles with the combination of two stalwart traditional handicrafts. Mint green, maroon and indigo colours seized the attention of the spectators.

A playful and colourful atmosphere was created by Sejal Thakur with her collection, ‘Punar-Kala,’ a structured elite resort wear unleashing the sustainable handicraft of recycled textiles called Chindi. The collection was dedicated to the native artisans of Maharashtra. The leftovers fabrics were cut into strips, skilfully braided, knotted, crocheted, shaped and finally stitched together to form garments for the collection.

‘Nishabd,’ an incredible collection by Amit Shil, depicted simplicity and strength possessed by females using over-sized structural silhouettes with 3D pleated drapes. Oversized Avant-Garde androgynous ensembles in the finest fulwar jamdani with 3D Kirigami pleats in accordion pattern had a zen appeal and created a bold and emphatic style. The structured silhouettes, over-emphasized sleeves pushed boundaries of accepted style. Each model graced the ramp with elegance and power, thus making it a truly wonderful collection.

Designer – Amit Shil with his Jamdani Collection.

All the designers dedicated their precious time and effort in creating the collection, Pratha, and the support of numerous students and faculty members helped in making it a successful story for Amity School of Fashion Design & Technology.


Author:
Sthuthya Shaminder 
3rd Year, Fashion Design

Editors:
Ruhi Kapoor
3rd Year, Fashion Design
Shalini Mohanty
Assistant Professor, ASFDT

Graphic Designer:
Aditi Gupta
2nd Year, Fashion Design
Prarthana Kapadia
3rd Year, Fashion Design

Photographers:
Photography Team,
Amity University Mumbai
.

Special Thanks:
Tanveer Khan Photography.