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Through The LFW Lens

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Lakmé Fashion Week ran last week, and we must say it was one jewel of a show! Pearl Mathias looks back at the glorious fashion event

With artistic performances that made us look at fashion in a new way (sustainable styles were in the spotlight!) and showstoppers that presented gorgeous labels like it was made for them, Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 was indeed a feast for the senses. Here we take one last look at what went down during the fashion fiesta this year.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SEASON

Ode to Mumbai by Lajjoo C.

Lajjoo C. debuted at 6Degree with a collection that featured gorgeous embellishments, lush fabrics like fine silks, and organzas in earthy tones of rust, beige, ivory and neon citric lime. The show stopping creation was a marori-embroidered olive green silk lehenga with a cutwork hemline, matching mirror-studded blouse and Chand Bala organza dupatta.

The Tribe – The India Story by Shantanu and Nikhil

Shantanu and Nikhil’s collection at LFW was an echo of the emerging new voice of the millennials who believe in the #IndiaOnTheMove ideology. The collection broke boundaries on all fronts whether it was bold, colour blocking, layered, pleating, innovative drapes, floor sweeping capes or aged textures.

Neel by Gaurang

The collection featured a grand amalgamation of colour, textiles, prints and crafts that offered memorable wardrobe options. Gaurang’s labour of love for the ‘Neel’ range lasted nearly 18 months as he merged his textile expertise with timeless indigo hues, which have been in existence since 1750 BC in Mohenjo-Daro.

Dahlia by Sonam & Paras Modi

The collection from Sonam & Paras Modi focused on intricate motifs such as orchids, cane weaves and jaali patterns, which were translated on to outfits with elaborate gold hand-embroidery techniques and prints. Sunset orange, salmon pink, forest green and desert-sand beige dominate this season’s hues in Dahlia.

half Full Curve by Rixi and Tinka

With a collection that proudly announced “My Body, My Choice”, designers Rixi and Tinka encouraged women to be body positive and confident in their skin. What stood out was that the youngest model was a 19-year-old, while the eldest was 81, which proved that the brand is just perfect for people of all ages and sizes.

SHOWSTOPPERS THAT WOWED

Sania Mirza for Anushree Reddy

Sania Mirza walked the ramp in a demure soft pastel pink lehenga worked with cutdana, complemented with a matching pleated pink off-shoulder blouse, with a cape trailing on the back. “Sania Mirza is the perfect Anushree Reddy woman. She resonates with the spirit of modern India and she moulds beautifully into an Anushree Reddy muse,” says the designer.

Taapsee Pannu for Label Ritu Kumar  

Inspired by the rebellious spirit of the past subcultures, Label Ritu Kumar’s theme for the season, Hip Hop Baroque, is a blend of street couture and rap culture. Taapsee looked stunning in a printed long dress with chunky metallic zippers. Made with shimmer georgette, the dress featured a psychedelic print in mustard, smokey charcoal grey and black.

Kriti Sanon for Tarun Tahiliani

Designer Tarun Tahiliani brought to LFW the romance and fantasy of florals and the cosmic stars along with an ethereal flavour of his signature, layered and weightless fashion. The pale, pastel, white, blue, ivory and pink line was a vision, and Kriti Sanon walked down the catwalk wearing a spectacular nude tulle lehenga, choli and draped dupatta that glittered with the constellation of multi-coloured stars.

Aditi Rao Hydari for Payal Singhal

Aditi Rao Hydari was the perfect muse for the Payal Singhal SS’18 collection as she imbibed the spirit of ‘SAIRA’ — someone who transcends borders and represents the beauty of new world cultures. The collection features luxurious silks, jamavars and brocades accentuated with delicate organzas and tulle.

Kangana Ranaut for Shyamal and Bhumika

The designer duo presented ‘Wonderland’, a luxury Prét bridal collection featuring lush hand-woven silks, satin and tulle in serene pastels like pink, grey, violet and blue. Bringing the show to a glorious end was the queen of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut, who glided in a dazzling ivory-encrusted gown with a tulle veil.

Karan Johar for Falguni Shane Peacock

Falguni Shane Peacock launched their first ever men’s wear collection, Louche, at LFW. It featured suits in light greys and pastel links, disco sportswear suits, graphic silk bombers, deconstructed shell suits, conspicuous monograms and intricate embroidery topped with sumptuous fabrication. Karan Johar was reflective of the collection as he dazzled in the statement-making outfit and his stylish platinum hair.

Diana Penty for Punit Balana

Light, luxurious, almost playful silhouettes floated down the runway in Punit Balana’s Rose Garden collection, revealing an array of textiles, crafts and designs. Diana Penty swayed down the catwalk wearing a three-layered skirt with geometrical prints, which was matched with a tube top and a gorgeously embellished shrug with soft heart-shaped embroidery in antique gold coloured threads, sequins and gemstones.

Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput for Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre visualised tall beautiful trees, flowers, butterflies, gently swaying branches and flitting fireflies as the enchanting wedding venue for her bride while conceptualising her collection, Songs of Summer. Bringing the show to a crescendo were the glamorous couple, with Shahid Kapoor donning a white embroidered regal sherwani and Mira Rajput dazzling in a white lehenga with prints and Gotta Patti work.

Sushmita Sen for Meera and Muzaffar Ali

The Samanzar – A Garden of Flowers collection created by Sama Ali for the label Kotwara by Meera and Muzaffar Ali was a luxurious line of traditional formal wear in an amazing collage of textiles and crafts that had a timeless appeal. The gorgeous Sushmita Sen regally floated down the ramp wearing a splendid lehenga, glittering choli and diaphanous dual dupattas.

SUSTAINABLE FASHION

ShaKiLum

Daniel Syiem’s collection at LFW focused on Ryndia (heritage fabric handwoven by local weavers of Meghalaya) and presented an arresting line of garments. The colours reflected the beauty of Meghalaya as turmeric, green, brown and pale red were embellished with bamboo, wood and pine cones.

Usha Silai

Usha International had a curtain raiser for their sustainable fashion label Usha Silai, which showcased the work of local women from Usha Silai Schools from four creative ­hubs in Rajasthan, Bengal, Gujarat and Pondicherry.

BAGGING IT

True to the international high-fashion lineage of Caprese, the Spring/Summer ’18 collection is crafted in modern contemporary silhouettes with a fresh and vivid colour palette consisting of both pleasing pastels and bold favourites like coral and olive. The collection features an array of handbags like elegant totes, timeless satchels, sophisticated hobos, smart sling bags, functional laptop bags and trend-setting backpacks along with awe-inspiring small accessories like chic wallets and clutches. To match the stylish handbags, Nishka Lulla’s Summer/Resort 2018 collection was aimed at confident women who want to dress in rainbow colours, fabrics and feminine fashion.

PERFORMED TO PERFECTION

Brand Princess Pea and fashion label Delhi’s Lovebirds came together for a presentation that was an intriguing mix of movements and speech. The theme of the project was ‘Born of Fire’, a continuous journey to endeavour towards artistic paths. Not only did the thought-provoking art performance send out a message of what to expect on the fashion front, it also asked the therapeutic question of oneself: “What about me if I only think of you?”

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