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Well known and highly regarded couturiers, Shantanu and Nikhil, in association with Swarovski and the Imperial Hotel showcased some powerful and beautiful examples of a blending of Indian tradition with western expression on the 15th of July, 2017 via their new collection titled – The Regiment. The collection is a perfect reflection of their philosophy of ‘Progressive Unification’ of the traditional Indian spirit and character with modernity and evolution.

As per the designer duo, their fall/winter 2017 collection is a reiteration of their vision of belonging to something that is bigger than themselves with the underlying idea of staying true to their philosophy. In their own words, “the collection is a salute to everything Nehruvian”. The Regiment takes its inspiration from the 3 strong virtues of the Indian Armed Forces – Discipline, Pride & Togetherness.

The collection exhibits the duo’s well-acclaimed sartorial elegance by bringing together élan and androgyny in the form of sharp looks for women with feminine accents. As said by Shantanu and Nikhil themselves, “Dramatic and heroic re-appropriation of the male presence through the female form is the cornerstone of the collection, where feminine/masculine, hard/soft, defend/protect is the new dialog”. The Regiment aspires to create feelings of unity and order through a group of men and women dressed in their tailored best in the style of the armed forces to fight the stereotypical mindset indicative of gender inequality that prevails in our society.

Additionally, Shantanu & Nikhil also collaborated with Swarovski to create some beautiful and sharp accessories through the amalgamation of some unique Swarovski crystals. The lovely brooches and medallions that found their way on to some of their beautiful outfits were a perfect example of design, creativity and passion coming together.

The Regiment is a magnificent representation of the courage, discipline and order that is so prominently visible in the armed forces. Convertible Nehru collars, vertical pockets, epaulets, handcrafted vintage coin buttons & rustic medallion like bejeweled brooches with Swarovski crystals together emphasize the idea of The Regiment.

In my pictures, I’m wearing a beautiful dress from Shantanu & Nikhil’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection titled ‘Seher’. You can go through the rest of their previous collections by clicking here.

Outfit Details

Dress + Belt – Shantanu & Nikhil

Shoes – Gucci 

    Hair style – Blobar, Defence Colony Market, New Delhi

                         Earrings- Isharya  @confluence_official  

Picture Details

Show Images – Aditya Mohan (shared by PR Pundit)

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