Aimed at the fashionable emerging millennials, NEXA presented “The Tribe – The India Story” collection by designers Shantanu and Nikhil at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018.After the event Mr. R. S. Kalsi Sr. Executive Director, Marketing & Sales Maruti Suzuki commented, “We are delighted to be associated with IMG Reliance for the second consecutive season of Lakmé Fashion Week. At NEXA we cater beyond the customer’s car purchase experience and believe in being a part of his lifestyle thereby providing him with new experiences. In line with NEXA’s philosophy Lakmé Fashion Week brings new experiences to our customers who are well educated, informed, live an exclusive lifestyle and are attracted towards high end fashion.”The Shantanu and Nikhil Spring/Summer 2018 collection, “The Tribe –The India Story”, was an echo of the emerging new voice of the millennials who believe in the #IndiaOnTheMove ideology, an ideology that breeds on the grounds of egalitarianism. Young individuals are continuously crossing and defying borders, physical, social and psychological, becoming #CitizensOfTheRoad.This phenomenon of trans-border appropriation within India can now be seen as an increasing trend among these young, flexible and extremely mobile individuals who are always on the quest to find the unknown, re-inventing work and travel and uncovering new codes of sartorial couture. The final showcase inspired by NEXA’s monochromatic theme mirrors the essence of the aspirational yet non-conformist. Influences of the tailoring techniques of India, were clearly seen through layered pleating, bold colour blocking, long line cape structures, reinterpreted drapes, aged textures and coherent jewellery surface ornamentation techniques with elements of tassels and tape being interwoven to break away from any rigid categorization of gender. 

It was fashion that broke boundaries on all fronts whether it was bold, colour blocking, layered, pleating, innovative drapes, floor sweeping capes or aged textures. While the silhouettes were relaxed, the gender-neutral creations at times revealed popular favourites like tassels and tapes that were ingeniously interwoven to offer unique choices.Men’s wear in hues of black, white and chrome featured capes and capelets, sharply cut coats, bundgala jackets with draped kurtas, bundies, sherwanis with four patch pockets and double-breasted Jodhpuri jackets, some with discreet print.The micro pleated fabric was a constant for men and women’s wear and appeared as drapes, flounces and wraps.

Women’s wear was ultra-glamorous and included draped dresses with waist coats, cropped jackets, asymmetric coat- kurtas, gowns with capelets and saris teamed with off- shouldered cholis and stretch pants. The corset appeared with figure hugging pants and were topped with drapes, while long flared skirts with cape sleeved jackets, a bare back gown with lace edging and the flouncy white maxi skirt with sheer striped moulded-corset were stunners. The final long black/white coat-gown and black micro-pleated draped version were stately and regal in appearance.

The selection of colours remained true to an earthy palette comprising warm shades, while the sharp tailoring and dramatic accents revealed the pairs’ expertise.To match the royal ambience of the collection, the show stopper had to be the very dashing and dapper Saif Ali Khan, who strode down the ramp in a black asymmetric closure kurta over slim pants.Reinventing the traditional fashion directions “The Tribe – The India Story” by Shantanu and Nikhil presented by NEXA was a neo-line that will appeal to millennial fashion followers.

The collection was complemented by an interesting look created by Lakmé makeup expert Daniel Bauer. The models sported a clean fact with a black smear across one eye created using Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate. One of the looks that stood out was the half and half face with one half of the face coloured in a highly graphic glitter pattern in grey blue and white tones and the other kept fresh and clean.



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