Explosivefashion Logo
NIKHIL THAMPI
Runway Report
 

Judging by the rebellion-infused Fall '13 runways it's no secret Punk is witnessing a resurrection. So I wasn't surprised when Nikhil Thampi (whose collections I've admired since his debut) re-interpreted Punk with an Indian aesthetic at Lakme Fashion Week. "I'm a South Indian and wished to showcase my heritage in the show. Thinking in depth the growing importance of punk fashion globally inspired me to interpret Indian Punk with kathakali" he had explained a week before the showing.

Refreshingly the designer steered clear of stereotype and injected a dominant Kathakali thread. Using a black and gold palette — with the Kathakali mask and the embroiderd discs as a constant — the silhouettes spanned long slit skirts with cropped tops.. slim pants under cutaway long-sleeve gowns.. knee-length saris with embroidered tulle skirts.. and a wraparound long-sleeve black blouse with an embroidered skirt. It's the sort of nonchalant look a lot of designers struggle to pull off but he nailed it effortlessly. For men's wear the formality of the styles and the ferocity of the underlying theme combined to create stunning looks like bundgala jackets teamed with lungi-style pants —  embellished with the recurring disc motifs. It worked.. in a gutsy grown-up way.
 
The collection's couturelike touches is something Nikhil Thampi should be particularly proud i.e. the restrained black bundi kurta with wide pants. Jewellery for the show was created by Valliyan i.e. armbands and brooches.. head gear and thick cuffs inspired by the jewellery worn by Kathakali dancers. In retrospect.. a collection that will undoubtedly sell out as it hits the shelves!

— JASMEEN DUGAL

 
 
Share us on :
Join us on:  
Other Shows by this Designer
NIKHIL THAMPI - SPRING RESORT 2013 NIKHIL THAMPI - SUMMER RESORT 2014
NIKHIL THAMPI - WINTER FESTIVE 2015  
Kimaya Jewellery