Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 – Day 2

Living in a world of all things textile, the sustainable fashion & Indian textiles day is the most anticipated day at Lakmé Fashion Week. The designers showcased a different perspective towards handlooms and Indian weaves as they celebrated fashion with home grown textiles as their primary concept.

The show opened with a black and red Assamese Mekhla Chador at Aagor by ANTS Craft, an NGO that empowers women of the Bodo tribe by giving them creative support. Yards of fabulous woven textiles were turned into stunning garments for the ramp. Making a show stopping entry was Bollywood star Sara Jane Dias in a slashed multicoloured skirt with a black blouse.

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Making a beautiful debut at the Lakme Fashion Week 2016 is Pranami Kalita’s label ‘Pariah by Pranami’ which was a visual treat on the catwalk. Bringing the beauty of Assam to centre stage, she worked wonders with Muga, Eri and Pat silk, all indigenous silks renowned in Assam. She gave a contemporary twist to the traditional Indian handloom by including weaved-in traditional Assamese motifs on crop tops, culottes, gowns and more. The models took to the ramp in beautiful capes, one-shoulder gowns, and off-the-shoulder dresses among others.

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Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama presented an interesting collection consisting of  invigorating lines and shapes that were hard to decipher. Her label P.E.L.L.A. showcased hand woven pure Eri silk, Jamdani, Cashmere and Pashmina all ideal for the coming season.

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Padmaja‘s collection, called the ‘Loom of my Mind’ brought the beauty of slow sustainable fashion to centre stage. The collection showcased the magic of handlooms that revealed the Maheshwar weavers’ expertise with specially woven fabrics that were highlighted with intricate detail and accuracy. The ensembles consisted of scarves in earthy colours along with fluid shapes that lent an element of ease to the collection.

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“Working Hours” from the label ‘The Runaway Bicycle’ by Preeti Verma pedalled fashionably as a debut at Lakme Fashion Week. The collection was youthful, relaxed, and portrayed a sense of freedom in fashion as it was inspired by different professions of the era gone by. The collection showcased the feminine-androgyny trend which was fresh, wholesome and colourful in Khadi and organic fabrics.

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The aesthetics of designers JasonAnshu for their label ‘The Small Shop’ had a vibrant painterly, whimsical, languid feel with sustainability being the highlight of the garments. Their collection of 12 ensembles called ‘Planet Love’ was a limited edition line that portrayed a fine balance between unique hand work and natural fabrics.

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The burst of colours and prints in Mayank Mansingh Kaul & Monisha Ahmed’s collections provided a much-needed relief from the sea of blacks and greys. Busy prints, sexy chiffons and tailored pieces took the runway by storm.

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Kallol Datta’s collection was filled with his trademark baggy silhouettes, velvet, polka dots and midnight blues. The designer’s creativity is so intense and innovative; it is a visual challenge to delve into his thinking process and figure out his extreme construction techniques and ideas.

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Alan Alexander Kaleekal’s collection, ‘Garçonne’ was a mix of sharp tailoring, conventional fits and interesting gender norms. This innovative but totally wearable women’s wear line consisted of elongated sleeves, raw-edges, delightful suits and separates for the anti-fit distressed theme.

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Pallavi Dhyani’s collection ‘Three’ was inspired by the beauty of imperfections in life. The collection consisted of samurai-style robes, blouse with pyjama-pants, colour blocked jumpsuit, pinstriped monochromatic jacket over a classic white kurta, an overcoat with crimson bandage wrapped around the waist, and a floor length loose fitted basic dress paired with a casual blazer layered on a calf length top teamed with pencil trousers. In terms of colour monochromatic colour-blocking was essential in the shades of  rose-gold, beige, caramel, monochrome and ruby red.

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Weaver’s Studio presented a collection of Indo-western silhouettes. The colour palette was very muted as a deep blue palette was juxtaposed with hints of red.

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Bina Rao for Creative Bee Foundation‘s collection titled Nuovo-eco-classic pays tribute to Indian crafts like block printing and hand painting. The women’s wear line consists of lots of florals and flares in warm hues of brown, red and ochre, giving it a bohemian theme. The ensembles include flared long skirts in raw silk in deep red and rust; overlap short blouse with embroidery and patchwork with Kalamkari motifs; dupattas woven in silk and painted with Kalamkari among other mesmerizing designs. The collection was semi formal and with minimal embellishments. Rao’s men’s collection included styles in classic brown and black in textured silks with block prints in natural dye.

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Winter festive is not complete without a little bit, or a lot, of bling! Hemant Agrawal‘s metallic & shimmery collection consisted of simple yet elegant shifts, dresses and saris. Without the use of printing or embroidery, the ‘heavy metal’ collection showcased a collection of ensemble created with zari or metallic yarn.

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Anavila is known for constructing simple and modern saris that not only look comfortable but have a classic touch to them. ‘The Sari In Us‘ by Anavila showcases how to nonchalantly pair the nine yards with sleeveless-cropped blazers and flimsy long coats. If power-dressing is all the rage, then this collection shows you how it’s done.

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Monaco Tourism presents Sanjay Garg’s label ‘Raw Mango‘, a metallic collection that consisted of lots of palazzos, well-tailored separates, and slip dresses in silk and long coats. A riot of colours appeared on the ramp as the ensembles glittered with motifs and weaves that thrilled fashion lovers.

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So that’s it for Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week 2016. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

P.S. I was keen on doing future fashion week posts based on the trends, where I break down the trends from the entire day instead of writing collection reviews.
Let me know what you would like to read, in the comments below.

Until next time.
-XOXO Kreena

Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 – Day 1

Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 kicked off with a new generation of the fashion design industry. The Gen Next show consists of 6 talented designers who showcase their designs on this platform for the first time.  Abhishek Paatni presented his collection called ‘WarfareXStreetfare‘ under the label ‘Nought One‘ which is premium wear line of prét and bespoke clothing. The next designer, Anupreet Sidhu’s label ‘Sidhu Ji’ was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night over Rhone’. The collection was aimed at modern women who want to make a definite style statement. Diming Rubu’s collection ‘The Missing Piece’ for her label ‘Dming’ was aimed for the fashion conscious women in the age group 25-40 years.

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Gaurav Khanijo’s collection ‘Morpheus’ was inspired by the dragon fly. The collection consisted of vintage clothing and pleated herringbone wool pants which lent a contemporary twist to the otherwise traditional collection. Paridhi Jaipuria presented a sleek women’s wear line called ‘Bunai’. The collection featured Indian artisanship and the beautiful craft of hand weaving. She created a mélange of garments with a high level of craftsmanship that projected great urban work wear. Vaibhav Singh’s collection called ‘Hybrid’ was a line of sharply cut and tailored garments, which revealed minute detailing.

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Trapezoid’ by Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks, presented a unique collection for Indian women. The line was inspired by geometric cutting and was aimed at all levels of the female buyers. Pastel colors, sheer layers, trapezoidal geometric shapes, unconventional cuts, and metallic platforms are a few details we noticed in the collection.

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Karishma Shahani Khan’s label ‘Ka-Sha’ unveiled the ‘Navya’ collection inspired by aerial views of landscapes and by the geometry of organic natural objects. The collection featured her trademark layered, soft silhouettes with plenty of tassels and tie & dye patterns. The colour palette included primary and secondary shades like tangerine, indigo, mustard, berry, purple and red. The collection consisted of cropped jackets, an unusual spin on a sarees paired with blazers, and multi layered garments each topped with tasseled scarves.

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Myoho’ by Kiran and Meghna presented ‘Sandalwood’ a collection that resonated a romantic, nostalgic journey of the 1920’s fashion. Gathered skirts, lace hand-fans, ruffled and pleated edges, along with its’ vintage vibes set the 1920’s mood.

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Ujjawal Dubey’s ‘Antar-Agni’ label presented an all-black story with innovative construction techniques and simplicity. The essence of androgyny that was seen throughout the collection. The asymmetrical kurtas, draped baggy pants, deep necklines for men and geometrical separates for men and women created an understated but stylish collection.

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The Quirkbox label by Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev presented the first ever mix of motion imagery, fashion and image mapping fashion show, shown in India. Quirkbox’s collection, ‘Madness’ displayed four garments along with face mapping, motion graphics and projections. It had a clash of prints, colours and metal structures with relaxed silhouettes along with a live installation where art was projected onto the garments in a very unique presentation technique.

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Nimish Shah’s collection titled ‘Housewives of Alibaug’ consisted of silhouettes which included sharp, clean cut ones as well as flowy, romantic ones. The collection oozed a subtle, conservative sexuality with minimal, single coloured, bold looks and printed ones in sandy hues.

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Atsu Sekhose’s collection was inspired by the Naga shawls.  He converted the black and white weave of the shawls into a graphic element with contemporary silhouettes, plunging necklines, sheer panels, shimmery embroidery, fringes and tassels, and high slits.

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Manish Malhotra’s collection consisted of 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. There was a contemporary twist on traditional garments; jacket-saris; lehengas paired with sheer crop blouses and draped dupattas on anarkalis.

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-XOXO Kreena

 

Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 – Day 0

The much awaited Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 kicked off to a grand show by Tarun Tahiliani along with Kangana Ranaut, as his showstopper. Tahiliani showcased his ready to wear collection inspired by sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee’s life size hemp and cast bronze sculptures.
Here is the break down to this magnificent Winter Festive 2016 collection.

Designs – The collection consisted of organic motifs and abstract designs. Graphic textures and shading was the key to create a 3D feel on a digitally printed fabric, solely to give depth to the design and still keep the garment light and playful. Fringe was huge in his designs, from hemlines and sleeves to shoulders, tassels and fringes were seen on almost all of the pieces.
Garments – The collection consisted of kurtas, dhotis, kaftans, tunics, concept saris, shift dresses.
Silhouettes – Indian wear silhouettes with modern touches like cowls and capes.
Fabrics –  The collection was made of light, easy and breathable fabrics as the outfits cater to a no-nonsense style and comfort. The fabrics used were mostly jersey and textures in chanderi, soft net, Italian tulle, crepe georgette, micro pleated tulle and heavy crepe georgette.
Drapes – Ensembles using drapes such as cascades, cowl drapes and capes to showcase it’s elegance and fluidity.
Color palette – Celebrates earthy autumnal colors like cobalt blue, ravishing red, rust, deep olive, and charcoal
Textures – Tahiliani plays with textures in the form of woven textiles, embroidery, fringing, crochet, and prints that looked 3D, creating the illusion of texture.
Beauty – Experimented with the trendy glittery lips.

Enjoy this collage of my most adorned pieces from the collection!

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Until soon
-XOXO Kreena