Day 2 of the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week began on a sombre note on Thursday, with designers ‘Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna’ speaking of an ‘Early Frost’ this season. Mourning the fragility of life and celebrating it at the same time, the collection was draped in black and white, with chic modern silhouettes. Pencil skirts with gathered textures, diaphanous jumpsuits with capes, full suits and dresses with exaggerated sleeves got special attention. Overlapping geometric prints and texturing rode high at the show, making it an ideal choice for the young and modern wearer.On the other extreme, Hemant & Nandita brought their bohemian spirit back to the ramp with a collection devoted to the spirited traveller. Comprising cosy blanket overcoats, long-loose gowns, flowing maxi dresses, capes with ample tassel borders, high-waisted skirts and collared shirts, the line was deeply rooted in the colourful existence of nomadic tribes with a strong leaning towards eastern European prints. The colour palette ranged from dusky brown and smoky grey to olive green, mustard and dull red. The collection boasted of pop abstract florals, swirling ethnic prints and intricate texturing. Pom-poms and shells were added to zippers, like those seen in the arid parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan.Models sported floppy hats to go with the show, teamed with clog shoes worn with socks. The looks prompted the continued ease of summer albeit with warm fabrics like tweed, plaids, velvet and felt. Label ‘Not So Serious’ by Pallavi Mohan continued with the relaxed and tasselled essence of fashion, with more blanket capes, wide skirts, long jackets, and dresses in shades of blue and black. Construction techniques-such as laser-cut motifs, ombre dyed feathers, velvet patchwork and blanket-stitched grosgrain tapes with busy sequin-work-were added to the outfits. The styles were put together with high worn suede boots, gloves and flower-bedecked berets, leaving the spectators with a toasty vibe for this year’s winter to come.advertisementFictional Bengali detective Byomkesh Bakshi, based on whose tales and antics a movie is going to be released next month, found a place at the Amazon lounge at the event. The sneak peak to a special fashion line inspired by the great detective, titled Noir 43, was presented by actor Sushant Singh Rajput who plays the character in the film. Menswear was inspired from the Kolkata of the British Raj period, with ample military jackets and dhotis doing the rounds. Womenswear, meanwhile, reflected the glamour of the 40s with midi skirts, palazzos and Peter Pan-collared blouses.