Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 – Day 5

The last day of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 kicked of withDark Angelby Jinal Sutariya and Heena Surani under the label House of Chic. This chic and edgy accessories collection consisted of pieces from statement necklaces to skull shaped clutches and you could see how this fashion show came to light as show stopper Pooja Gupta was clothed in a jeweled body vest.1Pragya and Megha, the mother-daughter designer duo, presented their collection “Samor” inspired by exotic colorful birds. This funky line showcased modern drapes and cuts in a wide array of colors with sketch, smear and streak effect on the fabrics. The trendy bags, pom poms on the shoes and long quirky earrings were a few things that stood out from this collection.
2“Charkha” by Rahul and Shikha Mangal under the label “Vrisa” was a boho inspired range of Indian and ethnic wear. A simple and clean cut collection in shades of white, beige, persian blue and brown consisting of trousers, long jackets, anarkalis, and stoles in tribal and oriental prints.3

“Aangan” by Sonam and Paras Modi for their label “SVA” was portrayed as an exotic collection inspired from the land of the Rajputs and Maharajas. I loved the detailing on the garments which consisted of tiny cloth buttons, embroidery, and prints on the edges of dupattas, hemlines, tops and sleeves of the garment. 

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“CHOKHI” by Archana Kochhar showcased a spectacular collection which was inspired by the rich state of Rajasthan. A few things that I liked from her collection was the bandanas, nose-to-ear nathnis, elephant print, mustache buttons, and the sequined belts. 

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“A Royal Procession” by Shyamal and Bhumika was a collection inspired by the Rajput/Mughal era. Their collection consisted of Indian as well as Pakistani attire in form of pants, dhotis, cholis, ghagras and sarees in shades of red, cream, pink, and gold to adhere to the wedding theme.

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Reliance Trendz presented Bisou Bisou by Michele Bohbot. In my opininion this was a very up-beat collection of ready to wear garments in shades of blue, pink and orange. She showcased a very young and modern range of western wear consisting of a lot of tribal prints and abstract patterns on dresses, peplums, jackets, pants, dresses and blouses.7

Sabyasachi Mukherjees royal collection was the perfect end to the Lakme Fashion Week. He paid a tribute to the regal era of queens with outfits in shades of  gold (obviously), red, black, cream and pink along with breathtaking details in each and every garment. A few things I liked from his collection were the striped blouses, half lace sarees, floral printed lehengas and the belted anarkalis.

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That is the end of all the 5 days of the Lakme Fashion Week coverage. Although it took me a REALLY REALLY long time to cover the fashion week due to my hectic schedule I hope you guys enjoyed it 🙂 the upcoming posts will get back to basics and the nail arts and outfit posts will come back in great succession!
-XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 – Day 4

The Indian Textile Day of Lakmé Fashion Week has always been my favorite day of the entire week as it cuts back on the chaos and drama and solely concentrates on the fabrics and detail of every outfit! The day kicked of with Shruti Sancheti‘s collection presented by Maharashtra State Handlooms. Her collection “Saaj,” a tribute to the weavers of India, consisted of lehengas, ghagra, anarkali, asymmetric kalidaars, saris, and jumpsuits. The color pallette consisted of bright colors like red, yellow and orange.

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Designer Soumitra Mondal‘s collection offered a contemporary line with links to strong traditional touches. He used dramatic colors like black, grey, indigo blue, yellow and maroon in order to give his outfits a clean cut image. The accessories and the embellished outfits were styled amazingly well.

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Gaurang Shah presented his colorful collection ‘Stridhan’ wrapped in the beautiful patola fabric from Patan, Gujrat. The Patola fabric is considered auspicious due to its usage in a woman’s marital journey. The collection was created within a unisex forum that included cothing items such as kurta, dhoti, sherwani, and turbans for men. While women’s wear consisted of anarkalis, lehengas, shararas, ghagras, saris and khadi dupattas in bright ikat print.

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Shravan Kumar‘s collection was my favorite from the entire day on the basis of the usage of different color pallets, silhouettes, fabrics and patterns (basically everything)! I love how he worked with white, grey, and pink with impeccable styling and drapping.

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Vivek Kumar‘s stunning line called “Kirtimukha” took the limelight when it came to embellishments and the color pallette. The concept of “Kirtimukha,” which means “protector deity and a threshold guardian has dual appearances,” was incorporated well in his collection.

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Manipur Handlooms in collaboration with Krishna Mehta was a fusion line impeccably crafted by the weavers of Imphal, Manipur. Fabrics like silk, wool and tweed were showcased in rich hues of crimson, orange, red, fuchsia, cobalt and purple. Long jackets, skirted dresses, flared tunics and the saris kept the silhouettes long and sophisticated.

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Rahul Mishra known as “Master of Reversible Chic” presented his collection “Sunehri,” which consisted of festive bridal wears. Fabric in shades of orange, red and yellow with motif of flowers like genda, gudhal and mogra were used to create the outfits. Long-sleeved collared blouses, shoulder pads, transparent fabrics, and belts which are not often seen in bridal wear were incorporated impeccably in his collection.

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Reliance Jewels presents Ritu Kumar‘s fantastic collection called “The Thunder Mountain and the Curling Vine” inspired by the natural beauty of the deep woods and the mountains of the Himalayan region. Her collection consisted of assymetric collars, capes, belts, ankle length leggings, kurti-dresses and other quirky elements. Gradually the show focused on bridal wear towards the end of the collection.

8-XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 – Day 3

Day 3 kicked off with Drvv By Dhruv Kapur’s collection which consisted of just black long drapes, zippers, and asymmetrical cuts. the collection didn’t boast any creative colours which seemed odd because I didn’t expect the day to start off with a monotone color pallette. But nonetheless it was a clean and crisp collection.

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Huemn By Pranav Mishra And Shyma Shetty was weird to say the least. Their collection consisted of x-ray images of a persons mouth printed all over the outfit.

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Square Loop By Kanika Sachdeva didn’t leave me disappointed as she showcased a variety of ensembles and accessories in her collection. This fuss free collection in earthy colors and the crisp bags got all the brownie points.

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Nupur Kanoi’s “Eccentricity Tour” inspired by the 70’s Boho chic embraced the  flower-power madness in a quirky collection. I’m in love with the off shoulder assymetric cape/cropped top, the colorful skirts, and the drappery. the usage of white tee’s and black colars emphasized the array of colors used in her collection.

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Payal Khandwala’s “A Fine Balance” was dedicated to the strong working woman. She worked with powerful colors like maroon, royal purple, yellow, olive and black. Several long skirts, embroidered jackets, jumpsuits, maxi dresses, cropped tops, striped pants and sheer fabrics were seen in the collection.

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Amit Aggarwal’s collection inspired by architectural structures was a very unique line. The sculpted construction due to moulding metal and drape in fine chiffon and jersey gave the collection a unique twist. He incorporated rigid structures with fragile transparency, which took the collection to another level.

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I simply adored the prints, head bands, color, and the silhouettes in Anita Dongre’s AND and Global Desi collection. This was one collection that made me say “I want that” as each model walked on the runway.

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Priya Kataaria Puri’s collection called “Fast and Curious” consisted of bold, daring cuts and drapes in vibrant colors. This collection was made for a vibrant festive holiday consisting of ready-to-wear, stylish outfits meant for the beach, parties and formal evenings.
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 “Wear Nothing But Gold” collection by Vikram Phadnis in collaboration with Pond’s Gold Radiance showcased an overdose of glitz, glamour and glitter. Karisma Kapoor, the face of Pond’s Gold Radiance, added shine to the collection as Vikram’s show stopper.
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-XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 – Day 2

Day 2 kicked off with Karishma Shahani‘s collection “Maya”. The theme of the collection was very upbeat and with the use of bows, stars, quirky prints, and subtle embroidery, ‘Maya’ stood out amongst the pack.This playful collection consisted of layering of light weight fabrics, graphic prints, lace accents, and of course the added sneakers which pulled the look together effortlessly.

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Ken Fern‘s collection was a treat to watch! His collection consisted of peplum tops, corset style tops, peter pan collars, and graphic prints. The prints gave an autumn feel throughout the collection, and simple head gear on the models gave the audience added allegorical visuals towards his last name (Fern).

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Sneha Arora‘s army inspired collection “A Soldier Story” showcased simple A-line dresses, skirts and blazers in mehendi/khaki greens, dark browns, and burgandy colors. The tessellated soldier motif in a few crisp garments, socks and shoes, light scarves and straight silhouettes brought the theme together.

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Moving on to the not so great, and almost absurd collection- LittleShilpa‘s collection looked like a complete disaster to me. I didn’t understand what she was trying to put across with the out of the world accessories and over the top draping. Usually a designer will put all sorts of separate garments on one model and send her to the ramp, which can be later bought by customers individually. But even if you extract pieces from this collection, I highly doubt anyone would dare to wear these garments. Now don’t get me wrong- one can retort to my argument as saying “well it was the most creative collection of the lot” and you wouldn’t be wrong in your assesment. But there are certain maxims or principles designers attest to and one of them is the concept of “Good design is as little design as possible”. on top of that the designer must connect with the crowd on some level, but on the contrary the collection did not spark any desire to buy or wear any or all of the items displayed on stage.

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SOUP by Sougat Paul was a very unique collection. He played with fun textures, prints, and draping.The color pellete of yellows. browns and blues worked well in the color blocking and the impeccable finishing. The simple silhouettes and earthy tones took the collection to another level.

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Sailex‘s collection comprised of garments such as cropped tops, cut out dresses, jackets, gowns, and trousers made of the most luxurious fabrics in shades of peacock blue, purple, fuchsia and scarlet. This collection caught my eye due to the fact that he used cuts, drapes, textures impeccably.  I love the cobalt blue saree, and the cropped top and skirt duo (below) from his collection! Ahh, I want it!

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Shantanu Goenka‘s collection “Kruhun”, which means black in Kashmiri, was inspired by ancient India, Persia and Middle East.. His collection was extremely versatile – consisting of animal prints, textured brocades, Kashmiri work, embroidered yokes, and laser cuts, in sequined and velvet fabrics. His garments consisted of embroidered saris,  Anarkalis, asymmetric jackets,Jodhpuris and waistcoats, harem pants.
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Troy Costa’s collection, called “The London Eye” made me feel like watching the Great Gatsby all over again. With the Gatsby sound track playing in the back for the models to sashey down the runway added to the joy of watching his show. He incorporated sharp tailoring and color blocking where usage of lines was a major factor, with perfect detailing (notice the ties and the pocket squares below). His collection makes me feel like designing a mens wear collection one day.
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Rocky S‘s signature collection was marvelous! He used Lace, tulle, silk and velvet for his eye-catching, figure-hugging, and contour-gliding garments. Black and glitter are the perfect ingredients for a breathtaking collection, and he had mixed those two impeccably.
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© Livemodish 2013 All Rights Reserved. No part of this website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the author, unless otherwise indicated for stand-alone materials.

– XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 – Day 1

The much awaited Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 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.

Manish Malhotra kicked off the Lakme Fashion Week W/R 2013 on Day 0 with his eye catching collection called “Reflections.”  The collection showcased Indian traditions, cultures, rituals and vibrant colour spectrums for the fusion line. It was quite apparent that he used colour blocking in his outfits. You could also see hints of shimmer and sheer fabric in a lot of his garments along with low backs and Kashmiri work. Palazzo pants (the on-going FAD) was impeccably incorporated in his collection. Conversely the mens collection was different with the use of vertical lines. Understandably Manish Malhotra being “Manish Malhotra” has a popularity unsurpassed to any other Indian designer, and it was quite evident to see his greatness showcased at the fashion show, when his viewers were among the handful of celebrities and Bollywood personalities.

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Our second designer was Nikhil Thampi. I have been following Nikhil Thampi’s collections since the past two years and he never ceases to amaze me. He played around with gold, black, and white colors with Kathakali mask and gold discs motifs, deep cuts and high slits, with impeccable draping. I simply LOVED his collection.

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Nishka Lulla and ‘Shift‘ by Nimish Shah on the other hand had quite the mundane collection that didn’t seem to amaze me. But they were definitely the most well finished collections of the day. You be the judge from the pictures below.

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Debarun Vijay‘s collection comprised of red and gold. The traditional outfits had a lot of prints embroideries, beautiful cuts on the tops and heavily bordered sarees. Overall I loved the collection.

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Balhara‘s collection consisted of simple cuts and lines in shades of light brown, blue, and white. Socks with heels, shoulder padded jackets, sheer fabrics, motifs, and antique embellishments were seen in his collection.

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Shilpa Reddy‘s collection was unique and it consisted of corsets and jacket blouses with sarees, high-low sheer tops and skirts, quirky shoulders and a lot of shimmer!

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Jatin Varma‘s collection “Eden to Paradise” was beautifully crafted with brilliant silhouettes in tropical colors like red, pink and blue. The sheer fluid fabrics and cuts gave the collection a sensual look. With titanium playing in the background it was a treat to watch his show.

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Payal Singhal‘s ‘Char Bagh‘ or four gardens of Persia inspired collection on the other hand consisted of simple lines and cuts. She incorporated assymetrical sleeves, cropped tops, ballooned sleeves, harems and jodhpuri pants in her collection. This time slot was worth waiting for.

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Priyadarshini Rao’s collection showcased a graceful and magnetic touch of Indian print with a slight bohemian edge. Her collection consisted of tasseled scarves, floral jackets,  wide legged trousers, dark colors, prints and patchwork.

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Ranna Gill‘s collection presented by Mauitius Tourism was inspired by the serene beaches and island resorts. Corals, blues, and sunny yellow colors were the highlight of the show along with exotic prints. I still don’t understand why a “Summery” collection was showcased during the “Winter/Festives” but I guess Mumbai doesn’t have much of a winter to boast in the first place :P, all in all it was a great collection!

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Day 1 concluded with Anita Dongre‘s collection inspired by her bridal muse — Nayantara, who is a young, effervescent girl who challenges convention, yet loves all things traditional. Her silhouettes consisted of linear symmetry and embroidery in geometric shapes and patterns, bright fabrics, bandhni pattern, architectural splendor and detailing of Jantar Mantar.

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I would like to inform you that all the pictures used in this post are from Lakmé Fashion Week’s facebook page but the opinions, comments, and picture editing is a property of Livemodish.
© Livemodish 2013 All Rights Reserved. No part of this website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the author, unless otherwise indicated for stand-alone materials.

– XOXO Kreena