At the end of every Fashion Week everyone goes home with a whole new trend book that they’ll follow to the tee for the upcoming festive season till Spring/Summer rolls around. If you’re one of those, read here’s part two of our low-down on the key trends which emerged this festive winter season (read part one here)...

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Art Inspired

Designer Divya Sheth revived the craft of Kalamkari by working with artisans. Siddhath Bansal was inspired by Kamdhenu, the bovine goddess while Armaan and Aiman's eclipse line referenced moon worshippers and had doodle like drawing on pieces. Masaba Gupta presented MF Husain's iconic horses in Indo-western fusion silhouettes and Salita Nanda, who in the past was inspired by Picasso, this time referenced Andy Warhol.

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Indo-western fusion

The fashion week saw designers mashing up Indian and Western silhouettes like never before. Tarun Tahiliani's jumpsuit sari and Ritu Kumar's sari pants stood out and so did the kedia style top worn with a pair of dhoti pants at Krishna Mehta. Everything had an Indian feel to it but had a refreshing contemporary edge at the same time. Designer Swati Vijayvargie showcased a patchwork jacket worn with a sheer asymmetrical skirt and AM:PM presented a jacket with a sari.

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Brocade fever

Designer Shruti Sancheti revamped the existing Banarasi weave and made it more international by giving it a more current twist in terms of yarn treatment, motifs, colour palette and placements. Designer Swati & Sunaina presented eight distinct styles recreating the Banarasi weaves. Veteran designer Ritu Kumar worked with an array of Banaras weavers and made an effort to capture a bygone era. She been involved in the revival project since the last one year as of the ‘Make In India’ campaign initiated by Shaina NC. The aim of this programme is to bring the tradition of gold and silver weaving in Banaras, back into the mainstream flow of fashion. Delhi-based designer Rinku Sobti focused on the loom tradition of Varanasi. Her brand ‘Loom 1905’ was a thought inspired by the Swadeshi movement.

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Eastern silhouette

Myoho showcased Samurai-inspired layering and Shruti Sancheti used obi wrap belts and chinoiserie inspired embroidery was seen at Ashdeen.