Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2013 – Day 5

The final day of Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2013 started off with Kaabia and Sasha Grewal‘s collection called “The Retro Kinetic” which was ideal with all garments revealing beautiful designs and styles. Adding pendants to belts, bringing in thick stands for the neck, shoulder dusters and danglers for the ears, lipstick pendants, tassels on bracelets or chains, two brooches with connecting chains and the triple-belt-cum-necklace with beaded strands and matching earrings; the designers ensured that the pieces make great fashion statements.

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Nitya Arora’s jewellery and accessories consisted of semi-precious stones, glass, crystals, metal, acrylic, wood and rare materials combined with gold plated jewellery. Her collection “Summer of Love” showcased giant florals in multi coloured stones, tasselled belts, thick chockers, bunches of flowers, large daisy centres and floral necklaces which created the theme perfectly.

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“Dip, Dip, Dip, My Sunken Ship” by Yogesh Choudhary was inspired by the beauty of underwater life and ecology. Yogesh’s collection consisted of cute dresses, work wear and day wear in the form of corset belts, trendy hats, innovative jewellery, swimsuits in aqua prints, saris in orange with blue fish prints, asymmetric layered skirts and cropped tops. Large fish prints highlighted summer dresses, kaftans and saris.

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Pallavi Jaipur called “BUZZar” was a vibrant collection in hues and fabrics from the Jaipur’s Bazaars. Minis with heavily embroidered hemlines, colorful yokes and sleeves, swinging draped blouses, pants and the wide elephant midis with attached cape sharks were some of the things we saw on the ramp. Colour mixes were apparent for the garment as red / pink was vibrant for toga draped with gold belt, a pink / navy shaded georgette saree and a navy / red gown with gold embroidery on cuffs and hem created vibrant story. Pallavi’s show stopper, Mandira Bedi glided down the ramp in a lit bangle encrusted bikini top and skirt teamed with Glittering tights.

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Pooja Kapoor wove a story around beautifully tailored outfits into her collection inspired by the warrior priestess. The colours remained neutral with white, yellow and brown for the fusion range that comprised dresses, tunics, skirts and saris. Embellishments created striking highlights on the garments as ribbons, riveting; block prints along with sharp patterns were merged with origami shapes. Crinkle cotton skirts with mini folds layered bustier, flouncy minis with gold studs on ribbons or metal rings, peplum jackets with crushed cotton maxi skirt, woven matt asymmetric tops and origami collar for mini’s were some of the outfits we saw on the runway.

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Archana Kochhar’s collection called “Mumbai Checkmate” gave us a visual treat with colourful tyres and a bicycle with dabbas on the ramp with music to go along with theme. We saw tiny embroidered latkans, fitting jumpsuits, voluminous kaftans, gowns, flowing dhoti style pants, floor length Anarkalis, sheer patio pants, clinging body suits in a vibrant colour palette with neon yellow, electric orange and candy pink highlighting the ensembles. Embellishments were varied as neon cut outs, appliqués and cutwork along with crystal dust provided the sparkle on the creation. The show stoppers were Shazahn Padamsee in a voluminous lehenga, choli and elaborate dupatta and the very stylish Prabhu Deva wearing a shaded brown/grey jacket grooved down the ramp to the beat of the band.

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Shantanu and Nikhil collection called “The Tourist” aimed at the global jet setter – the stage set was an airport terminal and very apt for the striking line-up of apparel. Women‘s wear was restricted to pencil skirts and sheath dresses, with a few jersey blouses, draped dresses, peplum tops, draped jersey gowns and jumpsuits. Men‘s wear was strictly business wear – two single-button jackets or double breast styles. Pin dots and motifs were seen on jackets or full suits. Trousers were fitted, bermudas with ankle length wide bottoms, waistcoats, draped T-shirts, cross-over vests, monogrammed blazers, draped knit kurtas, stylish sherwanis, long coats and lots of bandhgala for easy comfort completed the look.

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Delicious cool, yummy, irresistible – are just a few adjectives that can describe the sensational Grand Finale collection presented by Namrata Joshipura, to end the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 season. Cutwork was the basis of the collection, while the silhouettes were figure hugging with pencil skirts, blazers, sheaths, hot pants, gowns, lycra tops, jumpsuits and shirts; but volume was reserved for neon pink pleated palazzos and a sexy orange flared mini skirt. Tiny collars appeared for shirts, blouses, dresses and even gowns, piping was subtle. The beauty of the laser cuts and lacy fabrics was further highlighted by the contrast lining under the skirts, dresses and pants. 3D embellishment was often seen on bustiers, skirts and dresses in contrasting pop tints. Namrata’s stunning showstoppers Kareena Kapoor glided down the runway in a glittering pop pink pantsuit and shirt.

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All in all, Lakme Fashion Week S/R 2013 was a unique, quirky and definitely a trend setting event. With collared sarees to ear cuffs and floral prints to flowy fabrics, we have tons of new things to try this season. So get going and start experimenting. I hope you guys enjoyed the coverage of this seasons fashion week on my blog and I appreciate that you guys stopped by to read the posts. Thank you 🙂

I would like to inform you that all the pictures used in this post are from Lakmé Fashion Week’s official website and the picture editing is done by Livemodish.

– XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2013 – Day 4

Day 4 kicked off with a collection consisting of Parsi Gara embroidery by Ashdeen Lilaowala which revealed his expertise through the finely crafted ten garments. While the colour story had strong black, white and red with dashes of silver embroidery. Ashdeen gave a new twist to the Gara motifs of chrysanthemums, flying cranes, butterflies and Chinese scenes (China-Chini) in his collection.

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Gaurav Jai Gupta’s collection consisted of twelve garments which was a clever mix of materials with stainless steel and Swarovski fabrics. Beautiful natural fibres of cotton were woven skilfully with silk in soothing sepia and grey tones. The languid Orissa Ikat shirt with stainless steel and hand-woven Chanderi trousers, woven cotton silk jacquard top, tetris waistcoat, Ikat dress with cotton wool cape, high twist silk and hand-woven cotton silk for the engineered dress showed textiles in a new light.

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Swati Kalsi proved her mastery over the intricate thread embroidery using the beautiful traditional Sujani technique of Bihar. The earthy tones of blue, grey and ivory formed the key hues with generous accents of orange and yellow. The loose languid shapes of the tunics and dresses, some with asymmetric hemlines and minute embroidery, which covered the complete garments or were at times given a placement touch, proved that Indian craft looks amazing when it is merged with western silhouettes.

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Daniel Syiem presented a collection called “Ryindia” which consisted of beautiful textiles of Meghalaya. The use of traditional craft with western shapes added to the international appeal of the garments; while clean cuts and simple styling further highlighted the appeal of the clothes. Draped togas in swirling volumes, cascades for tunics over wide trousers, one shoulder dresses, halters with sexy long slit skirts and wrap blouses were in shades of ivory and beige silks.

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Working around the regal splendour of Rajasthan, teamed with the textures of Utter Pradesh, and the architecture of Akbar’s lineage, Gaurang Shah’s collection “Gulbadan” consisted of gorgeous fluid silhouettes floating down the ramp in royal elegance. The only adjectives that can describe the collection are majestic, regal and grand. Floor skimming gowns, myriad layers of fabrics for dresses, smocked mermaid style maxis, peplum blouses for voluminous lehengas, flared pants with finely kalied kurtas and khaki chandelier petaled lehenga and blouse with a swaying crinoline took the audience back in time to the Victorian era. The red net mutli layered petticoats under the creations were meant for sensational evening wear.

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Purvi Doshi used her collection “Sanrakshan”  to give importance to the preservation of flora and fauna using only white mulmul, rectangle fabrics, and Aari embroidery that was worked into motifs featuring flowers, bugs, insects, plants, animals – all considered endangered species. Asymmetric cut dresses, layered tunics, softly flowing long skirts, draped and styled loose maxis – the silhouettes were totally free flowing with the colourful embroidery being the centre of attraction. Multiple layers of the fabric were a perfect choice for hot summer days when the mercury hits the high points.

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Farah and Firdos collection, “An Eye Through Bangles”, consisted of unique embroidery using bangles which added to the innovative silhouettes for the ethnic and Indo-western creations. The evening dress in black with paisley borders, the brocade collared top, the swallow tail embellished dress and the flared halter outfit, had a subdued glitter of brocade, silk and hand work. The white inner had a stylish green silk jacket, while the opulent white and gold ghagra choli was a perfect formal offering.

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Payal Singhal‘s collection “Taj” was inspired by Islamic architecture’s intricate designs of filigree, jaali work and floral inlays. We saw short Anarkalis teamed with luxurious salwars, while asymmetric tunic blouses were an innovative match for traditional saris, silk Sufi Falda pants with appealing structured cholis while the soft sensuous saris wafted in with free flowing kurtas, and sarees in kiwi lime, sunset yellow and cream color.. Embellishments had to be at centre stage for this collection as resham, silver and gold taar, pita kora, filigree, jaali and trellis patterns dazzled on the outfits.

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Inspired by the Madhubani paintings of Bihar, Agnimitra Paul’s collection “Mystic Madhubani” showcased traditional saris, capes, wraps, jackets, lean pants, elegant gowns, swirling flared long skirts, trendy dresses, jumpsuits and kurtas came together in a colourful melangé of garments. She used clever texturing with machine embroidery and Madhubani paintings which were strategically placed on the garments to create a striking vision of beauty and elegance. A silk hoodie added to a gown, lacy draped sleeve kimono, belted jacket with a wrap slim skirt or a skirt with a long coat might turn out to be the upcoming trends to watch out for.

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Swades Foundation presented the Vikram Phadnis show which shocased wonderful work done by the village communities in Raigad and Ratnagiri. Along with the Indian fabrics in vibrant colours, that revealed the beauty of the region, we saw beautiful saris, kurtas, lehengas, flowing cowl salwars, gorgeous dupattas, kurtas, and waistcoats carrying dainty bags and clutches and jewellery. Vikram played with hot hues like red, maroon, orange and mustard besides neutrals like beige, cream and antique gold. Flowing long Anarkalis, tiny sexy cholis for saris, and swirling lehengas created magic on the catwalk. Vikram Phadnis ended Day 4 on a truly high note with a superb collection, a celebrity line up of stars, and celebs and personalities from Raigad that told the glorious story of India’s great craftsmen and tradition.

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I would like to inform you that all the pictures used in this post are from Lakmé Fashion Week’s official website and the picture editing is done by Livemodish.

– XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2013 – Day 3

Day 3 of Lakme Fashion Week kicked of with “Surreal” by Javed Khan for his label “ex.pression.istn” showcasing a unisex collection consisting of garments which had a futuristic touch and rugged silhouettes to give that edgy/grungy look. The looks consisted of denim double breast jackets, rompers, frayed fake waistcoat on shirt, printed trousers, bermudas worn over cargoes, military jacket with rear flap pockets, chunks of minerals on shoulders, and large external pockets on trousers or shirts. 

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Ilk” by Shikha and Vinita which was inspired by natural beauty of nature consisted of leaf print and fine network of veins in wrinkled layers for the garments. Keeping the colour story to blues and greens, the collection consisted of bandage choli, frail saris with loads of foliage embellishments, textured leaf designs, blue draped gowns, and encrusted bodices.

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I Believe I can Fly” by Sneha Arora was a stylish mix of dreamy summer wear with eye catching outfits. Wide leg trousers were ideal for humid summer days, while the midis and maxis presented a formal offering. Jumpsuits were easy attire, while shirts were great complements when worn with stylish creations. The dark sky print dress with balloons and the smoked dusky orange blazer was styled to perfection.

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Inspired by the art of Masaki Mizuno, Teresa Laisom and Utsav Pradhan presented their label “munkee see-munkee doo” consisting of angular sharp cuts of fluid fabrics and sheer organza. Black and white sheers were turned into dresses with transparency being the focal point. Pencil skirts had organza tops, sharply cut skirts had a cut-out hem, and asymmetric tied and zippered blouses revealed the geometric cuts of the collection.

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Rimi Nayak’s collection called “Letter Flow” which was inspired by Bengali letter form and alphabets, showcased a lot of digital and block printing techniques blended with cut work and appliqués to present eye catching surface texturing.  Simple dresses, draped maxis, shirt dresses with attached cowls, saris worn with soft kurtas, kaftans, some basic blouses and a jacket with embroidered calligraphy were some of the pieces we saw on the runway.

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Sounia Gohil’s collection was inspired by Romanesque and Renaissance eras, the designer showed hints of wooden carvings in the form of unusual prints and accessories. Minis with flowing trails, long slim skirts with side slits and wrap blouses, halters with intricate motifs, long sleeve jersey shirt and paneled coloured skirts were a few things we saw on the runway. Gliding in as the show stopper was statuesque Miss World 1997 Diana Hayden, in a black/turquoise/navy halter silk drape teamed with black leggings.

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Bhairavi Jaikishan who is known for her embellishments, showcased  “Paradise Island,” a variety of lehengas, lehenga-saris, traditional saris, and festive kurtas. Gold satin lined the net ensembles while pleating was favored for the flared lehengas. empire line embroidered version, with low back or a mix of silver and gold glitter for an encrusted number. Silhouettes for the lehengas were voluminous or figure hugging with mermaid/fishtail hemline options, while bias cuts were favored for paneled skirts.

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Layering and draping was a major part of Rajat Tangri‘s collection GEO” combined with elements of geology.  His creations that reflect the beauty of the earth as well as the style and elegance revealed sharply structured, fitted dresses and jumpsuit for the fairer sex and well constructed suits for men. Rajat opted for hand embroidered shoes that matched the garments.

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From dressing down to dressing up, Sailex showed a wide spectrum of apparel. When it came to understated separates, Sailex offered T-shirts with a hint of safari and military as well as masculine touches along with contrasting casual sporty chic. Textured jacket and pants, sexy shorts, cropped top, tiny mini with slit, kaftan-maxis, bralet with a high waist embroidered skirt, midi with a sheer back and flared skirt, calf length pencil skirt, lean maxi shirt waister were some of the garments seen on the runway.

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Angular geometric and art deco patterns played an important role in Krishna Mehta’s bold edgy collection which seemed to contrast a well balanced feminine as well as masculine look. Dividing the show into black and white and coloured segments, she presented dhoti pants, pyjamas, funky tunics, salwars, ganjees, sheer covers, soft jackets, cross-over tops, cropped tees, capes and kurtas that ran into dozens of mix and match options that could easily last season after season.

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Alice on Acid” by Swapnil Shinde presented textured dresses with geometric motifs, ultra fitted suiting,  sexy high clinging hemlines and lots of glitter and glamour. Out of all the shows today I wish I had the opportunity to go watch his show. The collection was impeccable and the pictures below will speak for themselves.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind” by Arjun Khanna was very far from forgettable. The show opened to the sound of a whirring helicopter followed be an AV of  “cyclobatics” the very retro-meets-modern look was sent out on quick stepping male modes with mask like eye makeup. His collection consisted of cropped jackets, three piece layers, rapid line of jackets, rolled up trousers, cycling pants, bomber jackets, bowler hats, bags, suspenders and bow ties. We saw a lot of army print again, which seems to be the new trend this season.

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I would like to inform you that all the pictures used in this post are from Lakmé Fashion Week’s official website and the picture editing is done by Livemodish.

– XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2013 – Day 2

The second day of Lakmé Fashion Week W/F 2012 kicked off with Aarti Vijay Gupta‘s collection which consisted of dresses, jumpsuits, and sarees comprising of images from childrens’ picture books and atlas. I didn’t find it very interesting as we have seen the same concept last year when she used the color wheel and croquis sketches; as seen here.1 Anushka Khanna‘s collection was bright and colorful. Working around a colour palette of bright hues like red, orange, fuchsia, deep blue and purple for sheer fabrics, the designer had some interesting pieces for formal wear too. Bringing in a predominantly western wear line with a few saris and dupattas thrown in as well.2 3“Labour of Love, but Love for Labour” by Sougat Paul was an interesting show comprising of a lot of layering and draping. Permanent pleating was a constant in many of the creations for the skirts and gowns with mesh backs and asymmetrical silhouettes. The variety of subtle colored fabrics used in his collection took the audience to a sartorial odyssey.4 Nikhil Thampi is a designer who is famous for his bold minimalism with two toned geometric illustrations, colour palette & fluid textures. He encorporated highlights of a fish motif in a lot of his outfits to give that summer/beach feel.5“Yarn” by Nishka Lulla revealed the many layers that fashion goes through, on the journey of life in a multi-faceted manner. The designer who is known to be Indian at heart showcased a timeless collection for women on the move, as comfort was her keyword.6“Ladies and Gentlemen” by Nupur Kanoi presented a comfortable but minimalistic line which had a pleasant medley of feminine and masculine options. The jumpsuits were given a print and solid story, while Pathani kurtas were teamed with cut-work waistcoats. The silk tailored safari suit, the ganjee, the maxi dress and the printed night suit set were unique pieces in her collection.

7 Pia Pauro‘s Grecian Goddess collection dazzled on the ramp this season. She presented a feminine sexy line ideal for lounging on the beach. The sexy bikini, the shift dress and jumpsuit are ideal and fun to wear this summer. The  feminine gold Grecian high heels and the eye-catching embroidered bags completed the European look.

8 Colour, cuts and construction came alive on the ramp in Sanjay Hingu’s men’s wear collection this season. I loved how he showcased a collection encompasing stripes, different colors, and unique cuts.

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Kunal Rawal definitely did it again. His collection consisted of detailed jackets, unique colors, patterned shirts, lazy trousers, and army print. Detailing came in the form of tuxedo collars for kurtas, contrast knit sleeves, soft patched sherwanis, and zippered racing suits. Kolapuris, boots, mule with prints and striking colours of the footwear gave the garments a perfect balance. Shahid Kapoor flawlessly strut down the runway in Kunal’s design as his showstopper.

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Shehla Khan’s collection called “Boudoir” consisted of beautiful dreamy pastels in muted shades, layers of luxurious sheer lace, tulle and enticing sultry silhouettes. The mini cocktail dresses with sexy detailing, lacy strappy white mini, and the long sleeved lace dress were some of the exciting creations by Shehla. For her show stopper Shehla selected the gorgeous Karisma Kapoor who glided down wearing a stunning long sleeve pink lace gown with shaded draped trail

11The “Rocky Star” by Rocky S showcased a stunning red carpet collection of superbly crafted gowns, midis and minis in black and zinc colour. 3D flowers on tantalising flowing trail, high slits, embroidered bodice, multi folded skirt with bead work, black midi with crystals, net ruffled sleeves, crystals, rouched skirts, fan shaped multi layers were some of the details seen on the ramp.

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The superb line of outfits by Naeem Khan consisted of sensuous dresses and sophisticated gowns which were amazingly crafted, impeccable cut, and flawlessly tailored. Velvet and rhinestone encrusted gown, the Grecian draped cowl, the backless slinky number were some of the details I saw in his collection. I got the chance to watch the entire show at The Grand Hyatt and was stunned when I saw these outfits in real life. The simple silhouettes with intricate constructions and embellishments  took my breath away.

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Here is a picture of me from the Naeem Khan show at The Grand Hyatt

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I would like to inform you that all the pictures used in this post are from Lakmé Fashion Week’s official website and the picture editing is done by Livemodish.

– XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2013 – Day 1

The much awaited  Lakmé Fashion Week is already here. The next five days are going to be an eventful occasion for designers, celebrities, and socialites as they will be captivated by the upcoming fashion trends this season. Although, I couldn’t get access to watch all the shows live at the beautiful Grand Hyatt, I watched them live on the Lakmé Fashion Week website as the shows were aired online in their respective time slots. Conversely this post will be giving you, the reader, a glimpse into the glamorous world of Catwalks and the interesting shows that caught my attention.

The first day of the most awaited fashion week in India kicked of with Asmita Marwa‘s fuss free collection. There were a lot of loose flowy garments with a pop of color and intricate graphic designs. She showcased bright as well as dark colors in her collection, but topped it off with colorful sun glasses, scarves and bandanas to give that summer resort feel.

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“Nari”, Narendra Kumar showcased a bright colorfull collection. There was alot of detailed embroidery on the bright fabrics. It was fascinating to see collars and half sleeved shirts in his summer collection this year.
3 Suhani Pittie showcased her jewelry in a magnificant way. The neck pieces, head gear, earrings, square bangles and bracelets were quirky and unique. I loved the color pallete she chose for her outfits.

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Amalraj Sengupta played around with a lot of layering and different textures this season. Although his collection was not my favorite of the day, the combination and blend of colors stood out amongst the other designers.6*Drum role* please! Here come the stripes!! Arpan Vohra fabulously used spring summer colors in his flowy retro inspired outfits. This collection was one of my favorites this season.7I loved how Rehane included the overly popular trend, stripes, in most of her pieces. Her texturing and layering was very unique as you can see the stripes through the sheer fabrics. She even included scripts in different languages on her outfit which was very unique.8Parineeti Chopra walked down the runway flawlessly in Masaba Gupta’s collection this season. The table fan, lipstick and rose motifs in beautiful shades of pink, yellow and mint gave a spring summer feel to all her outfits. She deserves a 10/10 for the presentation of the collection. The green grass runway and floating clouds in the air were the high light of the day.

910Shivan and Narresh‘s show was inspired by the western culture. It was great in the sense that the color palette was used very well. The versatility of all the clothes in their collection was impeccable, they incorporates bikinis, jumpsuits, dresses, maxis and even sarees all in one collection.11 12Manish Malhotra‘s show, according to me was highly over rated. The theme was 100 years of indian cinema which was decent and highly expected from him. It was just a star studded show with Karan Johar, Asha Bhosle, Priyanka chopra, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor and many others on the runway.13 14

All in all, I hope that at least one of the next four days will live up to my expectations.

I would like to inform you that all the pictures used in this post are from Lakmé Fashion Week’s official website and the picture editing is done by Livemodish.

– XOXO Kreena