Mumbai: The 'Shift' label by Nimish Shah, which celebrated half a decade in the business of fashion has always been inspired by thrifty looks, sharply cut dresses along with a mix of Anglo Kolhapuris and other fashion regulars. Using printed, solid and some bright fabrics for Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016; Nimish showcased his quaintly titled collection 'Housewives of Alibaug'. His ode to the urban housewife of the 1970 refracted through a 90's prism was an interesting take on fashion for the coming season.
The highlights of the collection were some long dresses that had conservative sexual undertones along with, as the designer described, the 'interior designer' work wear.
A few dresses were ideal for a lunch date but intentionally revealed a slightly unkept look. The use of luxe crêpe de chine, velvet and the signature knits were the basis of the garments. Heady beading added a hint of glitter to the oversized travel coats ideal for casual dressing.
Keeping the next season's colours in mind Nimish used saturated tones like ash, chalky pink and then added marigold, teal, emerald and purple. The print story was a repeat of the previous seasons and remained true to the motifs that gave fashion continuity to the 'Shift' brand.
Floppy tops were ideal for striped black/white dress, while the double breasted cropped jacket and off-shoulder midi created nostalgia. Waist lines moved from low to elasticised; but midis looked feminine with off- shoulder silhouettes. The long sleeved shirt dress with the cute Peter Pan collar, the panelled full-buttoned dress, velvet mini skirt with knitted sweater and the velvet coat over a midi added variety to the show. A hint of glitter was brought in with the white dress and the comfy smock, while the formal wear scene was restricted to the bare shoulder maxi and the long sleeve bolero gown.
For classic urban fashion with a hint of nostalgia, trend setters can turn to the 'Housewives of Alibaug' by Nimish Shah when it comes to interpreting great retro style quotients.