Craving to know about all the action at the star-studded LFW? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Here’s everything you need to know about of Lakmé Fashion Week winter/festive 2016.
Manish Malhotra’s collection highlighted Indian craftsmanship combined with modern silhouettes for a stylish, young bridal entourage. Also seen, were the designer’s signature resham threadwork, clustered sequins and intricate hand embroidery on dramatic trails and off-shoulder capes, alongside floral motifs.
The designer emphasized on shimmer. The collection comprised a lot of dusty, smoky, shimmery metallics along with strong contrasting jewel tones, like a deep emerald, a rich oxblood, a coffee maroon among others. The showstopper Kareena Kapoor Khan looked ethereal walking down the ramp showing off her oh-so-classy baby bump.
Quirkbox’s collection, aptly titled ‘Madness’ had a clash of prints, colours and metal structures juxtaposed with relaxed silhouettes. We liked the live installation where polychromatic art was projected onto the garments. The attires were fun, youthful and offbeat. Only when the psychedelic projections were dimmed down did we notice that the garments had a whole lot of pop-art on them with metal details adding to the spirit of the collection.
Inspired by the aerial views of landscapes and by the geometry of organic natural objects, Karishma Shahani Khan’s label featured her trademark layered, soft silhouettes with plenty of tassels and tie and dye patterns. The colour palette included primary and secondary shades like tangerine, indigo, mustard, berry, purple and red. We liked the unusual spin on a sari paired with a blazer. The collection which was replete with cropped jackets and fun casuals was good enough to wear right off the ramp.
RAJESH PRATAP SINGH
Known for his minimalistic styling and intense construction, the designer revealed an interesting and innovative look for the coming festive season. Turning to his Indian roots for inspiration, Rajesh called his collection ‘The Punjabi Suit’ and gave it the high tech futuristic treatment. We liked the striped double-breasted jacket with salwars, capri pants, denim-waistcoats and striped dhoti pants.
The designer’s collection titled ‘Winter Garden’ was all about vintage florals and garden prints against organic fabrics. We liked the colour palette that moved from bright hues to rustic tones and finally earthy shades, as an ode to the passage of seasons.
ASHISH N SONI
Ashish N Soni offered an interplay of black and white prints on fitted yet boxy silhouettes. The oversized and exaggerated cuts took inspiration from the 70s, 80s, and 90s fashion. A stark contrast to the well-tailored clothes was the volumious hair, in the form of beehive blowouts and overly-done Monroe curls.
SHANTANU AND NIKHIL
Shantanu and Nikhil’s collection that paid homage to India’s freedom fighters was naturally inspired by warriors and had a strong military aesthetic. However, the utilitarian details were balanced by an opulent silhouettes that had a regal air. We loved the short and structured jackets and also the menswear – which included draped kurtas, belted coats and jackets, Patiala pants and fur-lined shoes.
THE LABEL by RITU KUMAR
The Label’s vibe this season was sports-inspired fashion, without being athletic. The streetwear staples blended Indian textiles with western sensibilities. Pieces included the brand’s usuals — maxi dresses, skirts, blouses and off-shoulder tunics. Even though we like the athleisure trend that is all over the ramps, we appreciate that The Label went with a more feminine approach to sportswear.
His colourful collection wove a story of its own through its vintage Indian prints and motifs inspired by folk tales. We like the trendy silhouettes including matching skirt-sets and off-shoulder maxis. We love the busy floral print and the colorful kitschy-er versions.
Payal Khandwala’s “The New Emperor” was a fitting collection for the fiercely modern bride. From the power-oozing suits to the full lehengas, the jewel-toned collection had strong metallic accents throughout. We love the powerful lion motif that showed up on the jewellery and brocades used in the collection. It was also refreshing to see the dupatta replaced by her trademark capes.
SHIVAN AND NARRESH
Shivan and Narresh’s “Honeymoon Story was a beautiful take on resort wear. They used a rare technique called Skein work for their embellishments. Like last season, they found inspiration in Henri Rousseau’s work, and this time the results were oozing with luxe high fashion. We’re digging their 70s glamazon vibes!
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