An Alumnus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology New Delhi, Samant Chauhan has been more than just a renowned designer label in the Indian fashion industry, he has been the creator of many latest fashion trends. Having won three awards in 2004 for most innovative fabric development & best design collection, he worked on multiple projects right from his college days.
Fashion to Samant Chauhan is not just a popular trend, but a very basic form of representation that is always conceptual.The designer draws inspiration from architecture, history and travel amongst other things.
The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI)commenced with their Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week, in association with EbixCash, Spring-Summer 2020 from October 9 to 12, 2019. Almost 100 designers are showcasing their path-breaking collections at LMIFW SS’20 on the runway and through stalls. The theme this season, #MyFashionMyTribe, reflects the reality of the fashion world, which is like an extended family.
Samant Chauhan, on the very first day of fashion week presented his clothing line inspired by a ‘Starry Night’ in Spiti Valley!
When asked about the inspiration, Chauhan said his recent trip reminded him of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ and the designer tried to translate the famous painting into his collection.
Famous for his penchant for monochrome, the new clothing line saw spurts of florals in shades of turquoise, red, blue and pink on the dominant black.The designer said his trip to the picturesque valley in Himachal Pradesh altered his concept of how he viewed the colour ‘black’.
“We have always done white and it is the second edition of black. The first was how I used to view black as per my nostalgia. This collection was how I now see black,” he told reporters at the post-show conference.
Fabrics ranged from sheer silk, cotton linen, organza to sheer, and Chauhan said the embroidery, a mix of handmade and machine, was woven into his staple Bhagalpuri but not on the typical tussar silk. The collection, which the couturier described as “timeless”, something that will always be the latest fashion trend for all times to come, had bell-sleeved gown with a trail, boat neck ankle length gown, jacket style gown to corset with embroidered denim, among the total 37 looks.
The models wore hair neatly in a bun with Victorian-style bow, but according to Chauhan, that was where the similarity with the era ended. The intricate embroidery did not make the viewers miss any jewellery on the models.
The small grey rocks underscored the environment degradation at the hands of human beings.
“When Van Gogh made this painting, perhaps he predicted through it that how difficult it would be to see the stars in the times to come. That we would have to travel 600 km over two days to see such a view. It is going to be rare,” Chauhan said.
Apart from Chauhan, other designers also showcased their collections on the very day. Rimzim Dadu, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja and Huemn were few who came up with the most fascinating of creations in the latest fashion trends on the ramp.