The ‘Shift’ label by Nimish Shah, which celebrated half a decade in the business of fashion has always been inspired by thrifty looks, sharply cut dresses along with a mix of Anglo Kolhapuris and other fashion regulars. Using printed, solid and some bright fabrics for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016; Nimish showcased his quaintly titled collection ‘Housewives of Alibaug’. His ode to the urban housewife of the 1970 refracted through a 90’s prism was an interesting take on fashion for the coming season.

Model walks for ATSU at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016

The highlights of the collection were some long dresses that had conservative sexual undertones along with, as the designer described, the ‘interior designer’ work wear.

A few dresses were ideal for a lunch date but intentionally revealed a slightly unkept look. The use of luxe crêpe de chine, velvet and the signature knits were the basis of the garments. Heady beading added a hint of glitter to the oversized travel coats ideal for casual dressing.

Model walks for SHIFT at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016Keeping the next season’s colours in mind Nimish used saturated tones like ash, chalky pink and then added marigold, teal, emerald and purple. The print story was a repeat of the previous seasons and remained true to the motifs that gave fashion continuity to the ‘Shift’ brand.

Floppy tops were ideal for striped black/white dress, while the double breasted cropped jacket and off-shoulder midi created nostalgia. Waist lines moved from low to elasticised; but midis looked feminine with off- shoulder silhouettes. The long sleeved shirt dress with the cute Peter Pan collar, the panelled full-buttoned dress, velvet mini skirt with knitted sweater and the velvet coat over a midi added variety to the show. A hint of glitter was brought in with the white dress and the comfy smock, while the formal wear scene was restricted to the bare shoulder maxi and the long sleeve bolero gown.

For classic urban fashion with a hint of nostalgia, trend setters can turn to the ‘Housewives of Alibaug’ by Nimish Shah when it comes to interpreting great retro style quotients.


Atsu Sekhose India’s famed designer from the North East has been one of the most creative in the business of fashion. His latest collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 was an ode to the beautiful Naga shawls. Influenced by the black and white superb weave of this traditional shawl, Atsu contemporised the graphic elements and turned them into minimal modern silhouettes. Using the drapes of the tribes as a guideline, the styling of the ensembles was very luxurious and innovative. Aimed at the fashionable urban buyer who jet sets around the globe, Atsu ensured that the construction was sophisticated as well as form-fitting that added a touch of pizzazz.

The eye-catching outfits were totally hand crafted with some amazing intricate embroidery featuring motifs that were recreated from ancient Naga textile symbols.

Incorporating only black and white with fuchsia and pink accents to add hints of colour, Atsu had a firm creative control on all aspects of the collection.

Opening the show with the dramatic halter black/white panelled dress, Atsu brought amazing creations like the one-shoulder high slit skirt dress, deep ‘V’ neck embroidered panelled creation and the corset tied around the ivory shirt. The fuchsia hues blossomed for slim midi and the long sleeved blouse with cut-out shoulders that raised the bar of the colour card. Lace bustier with skirt and blazer, kimono style coat with cropped pants and the one long sleeved asymmetric sheath took the show to a more formal level.

The final line of black lacy gowns shimmered with glitter, and at times were multi-tasselled or with silver embellished necklines. The show stopping body suit with a long net tasselled skirt will surely be the highlight on the Red Carpet.

For trend setting fashion that will create a stir at any event, the Atsu Sekhose collection will cause quite a sensation.

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