With Amazon India Fashion Week just two days away, we’re more than stoked to see what the designers have in store this year. In that regard, we spoke to a few influencers in the fashion industry- Aashti Bhartia {Director of Ogaan India}, Peter D’Ascoli {Founder of D’Ascoli & Company}, Rahul Vijay {Assistant Fashion Editor, Harper’s Bazaar India}, Preeti Dhata {Model} and Rasna Bhasin {Fashion Blogger}, to get you the lowdown on the most exciting names showcasing this year. Ready?

Eka by Rina Singh, as recommended by Aashti Bhartia & Peter D’Ascoli

Eka’s been making waves for their fluid hand-woven linen separates and free-flowing silhouettes. A label that’s straying from the traditional wedding wear route, they’re retaining the homegrown element with their use of Indian textile techniques and craftsmanship. Having been recently selected to showcase their Spring/Summer ’17 collection in Paris next year, Eka is garnering global attention; definitely worth putting in your must-see list this AIFW.

Find out more here and follow Eka on Facebook here.

Aashti Bhartia {Director of Ogaan India} and Peter D’Ascoli {Founder of D’Ascoli & Company}.

Bodice, as recommended by Aashti Bhartia

Bodice

A brand that only gets better every season, look out for Bodice, with their structured modern shapes and androgynous silhouettes. Think high fashion without any of the fuss, using materials and colours that are the epitome of versatile.

Find out more here and follow Bodice on Facebook here.

Aashti Bhartia {Director of Ogaan India}.

Abraham & Thakore, as recommended by Rahul Vijay & Peter D’Ascoli

Abraham & Thakore

Pioneers in defining the concept of ‘modern Indian fashion’, Abraham & Thakore is a classic brand that remains consistent in their delivery of versatile pieces with the use of a variety of materials. This season, they’re changing tracks and will be giving the runway a miss. Instead, they’re showcasing their eveningwear collection, Shimmer, which employs shredded silks and muslin fabrics in a metallic palette of silver, copper and gold, at Moonriver. Plus? The collection will be up for immediate consumption. Breaking barriers indeed.

Find out more here and follow Abraham & Thakore on Facebook here.

Rahul Vijay {Assistant Fashion Editor, Harper’s Bazaar India} and Peter D’Ascoli {Founder of D’Ascoli & Company}.

Anavila, as recommended by Aashti Bhartia & Rasna Bhasin

Anavila

Anavila is the designer to turn to for woven linen saris that can only be described as timeless. Empowering women from all verticals of society, Anavila’s second show promises to top the first- not one you want to miss. It’ll be awe-inspiring; watch out for the beautiful drapes that she’s known for.

Follow Anavila on Facebook here.

Aashti Bhartia {Director of Ogaan India} and Rasna Bhasin {Fashion Blogger}.

Dhruv Kapoor, as recommended by Rahul Vijay & Rasna Bhasin

Dhruv Kapoor

Dhruv Kapoor has been making waves ever since he took home the Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015 and now, with his first show at AIFW, everyone’s got their eye on him. His experimentation with fabrics and styles is always interesting, although it stays true to his target group – working women with a mellow side to them {which basically sums up the contemporary Indian woman}. Clean tailoring, a touch of sports luxe and oodles of potential – we can’t wait to see what he’s bringing to the stage.

Follow Dhruv Kapoor on Facebook here.

Rahul Vijay {Assistant Fashion Editor, Harper’s Bazaar India} and Rasna Bhasin {Fashion Blogger}.

péro by aneeth arora, as recommended Aashti Bhartia

Pero

If there’s any label that’s always experimenting with their presentation, it’s péro by aneeth arora. Their clothes are full of exquisite detailing, but the shows? Those always come with a well-thought of {and executed} theme. In the past, we’ve seen press kits with dolls and a full blown pyjama party style runway show, and we’re intrigued to see what they come up with this year.

Find out more here and follow them on Facebook here.

Aashti Bhartia {Director of Ogaan India}.

Lovebirds, as recommended by Peter D’Ascoli & Preeti Dhata

Lovebirds

An extension of the sensibility that modern Indian designers have adopted {clean cuts, experimentation with silhouettes}, the Lovebirds’ aesthetic has become synonymous with making a statement without being overly loud – in India and internationally. Straying from snug fits and employing luxe fabrics, the Autumn/Winter collection promises to be elegant yet playful, with just a touch of colour thrown in.

Find out more here and follow Lovebirds on Facebook here.

Peter D’Ascoli {Founder of D’Ascoli & Company} and Preeti Dhata {Model}.

Antar-Agni, as recommended by Rasna Bhasin

Antar Agni

A brand that understands the importance of the art of draping, Antar-Agni also nails menswear. Showing as a part of the exclusive menswear show {the first of its kind at AIFW}, they’re arriving full of fresh perspectives and a lot of potential. Dapper men best be watching this.

Find out more here.

Rasna Bhasin {Fashion Blogger}.

When: March 16 – 20

Where: Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Pragati Vihar

More details here.

Featured image courtesy: Eka