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 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

 

Jean-Claude Biguine

Recently I attended an event for the opening of the Jean-Claude Biguine salon in Bandra hosted by Grazia Magazine, Neeta Lulla, and Nishka Lulla. It was a fun filled event with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and pretty people! The JCB stylists worked out amazing hair styles on the models to showcase their services. The salon also offers a whole range of services like spa, makeup, hair treatments and nail art. All in all, it turned out to be a great gathering of talented people from across the industry. Here are a few pictures from the event:

1 2 3 4 5Neeta Lulla 6Nishka Lulla 7 8Dress – Bangkok, Shoes – Queup, Bag – Dubai (gifted)

XOXO Kreena

Pop of Pink

A pop of color is all you need to own your outfit. Either it is a bright bag, funky shoes, neon arm candy, or even an item as minuscule as a head-band can do the trick. The mantra is simple – live modish without breaking the bank, and I understand we all have those outfits that are casual and nothing too extravagant or aesthetically good looking but trust me ladies, it hardly takes time or energy to choose a colour that will make your boring outfit look interesting. Be careful that you don’t over do it and just stick to one statement piece at a time. Don’t opt for a bright pair of shoes and pair them up with a colourful bag, because what ends up happening is that the statement piece which you are trying to highlight gets distracted with the other eye-catching items you are rocking.
Moving onto my outfit you can observe the subtle ways in which I have paired up my bright pink bag with a neutral top and leggings. I also added a few gold accessories and the added pop of pink in my shoes and ring brought the look together. So what starts as a neutral outfit choice turns into a more aesthetic look with great emphasis on my pretty pink bag (If I say so myself).
So don’t be afraid to experiment and make your outfit look interesting with a little pop of color.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7Top, Bag – Bangkok; Necklace – Forever 21; Arm Candy, Ring – Colaba; Shoes – Dubai, Leggings – Sirens.

-XOXO Kreena

Ocean Blue

When it comes to shopping I have two different personalities, either I pick things up at an instant or I don’t buy it at all. Conversely when I don’t buy things I’m usually in regret thinking maybe or not I should have bought a particular item in the first place. Now don’t get me wrong, the regret I feel isn’t random without any reason, I’d like to think there are certain factors that lead to me feeling a certain way i.e. what the item was, the cost of the item and if it was worth it at that price. Other factors can also include the amount of time I had to shop and the places I do my shopping from. For instance; If I’m going to Colaba, I’ll walk down the street once or twice, take my own sweet time and then pick things up if I really want it. But If I’m in Bangkok, like I was last week, the impulsive shopper most definitely comes out, and due to the time constraints of only having one day to shop for myself and my family and friends, added to that the plethora and wide array of clothes made me feel quite euphoric. Anyone who loves shopping like I do and has experienced Bangkok shopping first hand will reaffirm the same- shopping in Bangkok is paradise for shopaholics everywhere.

Back to my rant on impulsive shopping :P. When I buy items instantly without thinking twice, I generally go for statement pieces which will last for a long time and which I will use with some outfit or another. For instance the earrings in the picture below were bought over a year ago and I never managed to wear them till today. But luckily the top I bought from Bangkok made sure my earrings got fully utilized.

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They say you should make resolutions at the beginning of the year so you have a mind set for the entire year. Livemodish just turned a year old! A new year and new resolution. I will be having new posts on my blog twice a week (mostly Tuesdays and Fridays) so I can be regular at blogging and you guys can be regular at following my blog. So cheers to sticking with new resolutions!

-XOXO Kreena

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