The Shantanu and Nikhil SS’18 collection, ‘Tribe- The India Story’, is 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.
The inspiration of the SS’18 collection stems from the multi-tribal shades of the streets of Rajasthan. The final showcase inspired by Nexa’s monochromatic theme, however, is an amalgamation of the tribal with the urban, which mirrors the essence of the aspirational yet non-conformist India, #TheYuvaMarch. Each piece of this stylish yet elegant collection just as ‘The Nexa Lines’ is a compelling narrative of fashion and fortitude, represented by an earthy palette of warm hues, sharp tailoring, and dramatic accents. Influences of the tailoring techniques of India, can be clearly seen through layered pleating, bold colour blocking, long line cape structures, reinterpreted drapes and aged textures. Coherent jewelry surfaces with elements of tassels and tape are interwoven to break away from any rigid categorization of gender.
“There’s a tribe out there for everyone” and this Tribe, being a cultural cauldron, is a move towards breaking boundaries, reinforcing our belief to go beyond just the façade. It is the dawn of a new era, an era that will act as a catalyst for new changes that will weave the whole country together. It is time to revisit those attributes that make our modern Indian civilian forces inimitable and rare