If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Snapchat, you may have seen plenty of posts related to Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015. The event commenced on the 25th of August, opened by ace designer duo, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, and went on till the 30th of August.
While I wasn’t able to attend the whole week, I did catch some brilliant shows, and also got the fabulous opportunity to interact with brands and view their latest collections. Not to forget: I finally had the privilege of meeting so many bloggers whose work I admire and look up to!
Some of the GenNext designers made my heart skip a beat – keep an eye out for these sartorial prodigies! Then there’s the usual suspects who always make me smile. Of course, a post covering my fashion week favourites has been long overdue, and I’m really not going to make any excuses for the delay. So without further ado, let’s get down to business.
Although I’m more of a prêt gal, as wedding season is around the corner, I’ve tried my best to mention the best festive options too. Here’s the round up –
1. Tarun Tahiliani: No one does fusion like Tarun Tahiliani. His “Easy Glamour” collection for Reliance Trends had the audience hooked from the very start. Tribal gypsy elements shined through in the easy separates, which were not only classy and feminine, but also quite wearable. Dhoti sarees, lungi-skirts, gilets and capelets, jumpsuit-saree hybrids, gold-embroidered crop tops – Tahiliani left no stone unturned to provide an endless platter of options!
2. Masaba: The stallion took over the runway at Masaba Gupta’s show. Reds, whites, blacks, and yellows came out to play against a washed charcoal background. The collection boasted of asymmetric silhouettes, flared pants, and crisp structured blazers paired with printed, laid-back bottoms. Each garment resembled a painting, with every print revolving around the equestrian motif.
3. Anushree Reddy: Fairy-tale wedding, anyone? Anushree Reddy stuck to her signature style and bestowed the runway with gorgeous florals and charming pastels. Pretty prints and intricate embroidery on wispy chiffons stole the spotlight as well as everyone’s hearts! Long sheer skirts with shorter skirts lining them on the inside made an appearance too.
4. Arpita Mehta: Mirror work and beaten gold embroidery were the stars at Arpita Mehta’s showcase. Aptly named “The Golden Hour,” the collection boasted of materials like raw silk, tabi silk and chiffon in dramatic hues of gold, sindoor, emerald and black. Off-shouldered cholis, tiered shararas, cowl salwars and lehengas with thigh-high slits were the stand-out pieces!
5. Gaurav Gupta: Gupta’s surreal Grecian setup made for a befitting grand finale. The showcase began with black and white “Sculpted” looks which combined the forces of sharp tailoring with fluid drapery. From OTT origami and dramatic ruffles to foil treatment and monochrome prints – who would have thought that fabric could be manipulated in so many ways?
6. Divya Reddy: Reddy’s bride is all set to brighten up the festivities in luminescent pastels! Defined by Hyderabadi elements, intricate embroidery and edgy modern cuts in delicate, feminine shades, each piece is perfect for all the pre-wedding functions, such as the sangeet, engagement, mehendi etc.
7. Nikhil Thampi: You can always count on Mr. Thampi to bring sexy back, with a twist, of course. He does it again quite effortlessly. Golds, beiges and whites dominated his sensuous line, which came in sexy silhouettes and sheer fabrics. Kurtas with off-shouldered, extended sleeves, sarees with metallic belts, and risqué blouses made a loud statement on the runway!
8. Payal Singhal: Zardozi, mukaish, pita kora and leather appliqué graced the runway at Payal Singhal’s ethnic showcase. Inspired by the jewellery from the Sumerian and Mesopotamian civilizations, the collection boasted of geometric patterns. High-low hem kurtas, low-waisted pants, and panels of stunning embroidery were the highlights!
9. Manish Malhotra: Manish Malhotra’s first ever menswear line was set against the backdrop of a gentlemen’s club. Sharp tailoring seen in rich hues; his go-to fabric, velvet; and western silhouettes were the predominant elements. He didn’t forget about the ladies either – full-circle skirt dresses with plunging necklines and sparkling off-shoulder ball gowns sashayed down the runway – just what the modern Indian (princess) bride needs!
10. Neeta Lulla: Neeta Lulla’s collection clearly caters to the modern bride. From traditional ensembles to flapper-inspired blouses and high-low cholis for the new-age bride, the designer created glorious looks in lace, chiffon and velvet. With the endless options of contemporary cuts as well as classic silhouettes, there’s something for every bride!
Coming to the newbies who caught my eye –
– Shivangi Sahni: Languid silhouettes seen in luxurious fabrics created the boho-luxe feel at NIFT Delhi graduate, Shivangi Sahni’s, show. The colour palette was dominated by navy blues and mustards with hints of earthy tones. Tassels and, my absolute favourite, fringes were the highlights of the collection. The black and white checked flared skirt and matching jacket, along with the other sharply tailored pieces, made me an instant fan!
– Siddhartha Bansal: Delhi designer Siddhartha Bansal revealed his fashionable tale on the runway. Revolving around the story of the mythological bovine goddess, Kamadhenu, Bansal drew inspiration from the gates and doors of old Indian havelis. Tradition combined with contemporary silhouettes and gave birth to this fabulous collection. The sporty bomber jackets, tank tops, track pants, sweat shirts, cropped jackets, full-circle skirts, oversized jackets and figure hugging peplum dresses were replete with profusions of prints, even those of quirky cows and milk bottles!
– Jebin Johny: Cochin based designer, Jebin Johny, unveiled his womenswear label, ‘Jebsispar,’ with the collection called “KathaKubuki”. The word comes from the combination of two dance forms – Kathakali from India and Kabuki from Japan. Fusion prints seen in bold reds, blues and blacks on a white background of 90% cotton and 10% lycra were quite the breath of fresh air. The form fitting silhouettes and quirky prints left a powerful impact!
And there you have it!
Won’t you share your favourites with me? Do leave your comments below.