As we welcome the festivity that is lined up for the rest of the year, we’re bubbling with inspiration because Lakme Fashion Week’s Winter/Festive 2017 edition has us covered! Glam-packed and buzzing with joyous vibes throughout, the designers effortlessly married the seasons best with sartorial finesse. The details warranted for special mention, as new styles of drapes and trimming took over the ramp.
The season of dipping temperature called for a game of layering, and we witnessed some interesting ways to do it right. Handloom picked up the new trajectory that was set in motion a few seasons ago, as the fashion leaders tried to make a statement with traditional weaves. We feel accessories gained a lot of momentum this season with obi belts, corsets, nose rings, quirky handbags, earrings and statement rings being the focus of the styling.
Here are our top 10 favourite shows from the 5 days of fashion:
The grand opening by Sanjay Garg with his collection ‘Cloud People’ was an enchanting start to fashion week. His finesse in textiles was very evident as he played with classic weaves in a contemporary way. Chikankari in delicate motifs on Bengal mul, intricate zardozi work on rich fabrics and the opulence of brocade in modern silhouettes, all these thoughtful details made their mark.
As usual, Masaba’s collection was bold and beautiful. Even though it was her first time adding to the trousseau of brides-to-be, she kept true to the essence of her brand. So, the bright colours and interesting prints definitely played their part, but she introduced feminine fluidity to the collection via classic silhouettes.
Gaurang Shah always showcases Indian heritage with pride and understated elegance that is just hard to define. With his collection Chitravali, he presented art of the bygone era on the billowy flare of lehengas and anarkalis, which were meant for the twirl and swirl moments. The live performance by Shubha Mudgul only added to the exuberance of the textiles and silhouettes.
When we heard about the concept of ‘Monaco from the Heart of Kashi’, we were engaged. Also, we expected the sculptural finesse. Amit Aggarwal delivered and managed a beautiful amalgamation of both the cultures through the collection. The details were exquisite and showcased the richness of both the places. The conventional drapes merged well with the modern shapes that he crafted.
Known for their ethereal evening gowns and elaborate embroidery, we feel we had a fair share of both from Falguni Shane Peacock this time. Add to the mix Farah Khan‘s stellar jewellery and the charm of Preity Zinta and Ujjwala Raut, and we have a great showcase! We love how they added the casual bombers to their glamorous outfits.
The Black Monk by Divyam Mehta garnered the serenity and simplicity of Buddhist monks’ dressing. It was evident in the unique drapes of the Indian textiles that he presented. The minimalism of the silhouettes gave rise to menswear like we have never witnessed before.
We know extravagant prints are involved when it comes to Ajay Kumar‘s showcase. He induced his quirkiness on the ramp through not only the digital prints but also the sartorial details. The pleated trims amped up the structured silhouettes, statement shoes went with the print-on-print flow, while interesting brooches added to all of it. The pauses of solids here and there were refreshing too.
The patchwork textile from Dreams and Dystopia presented by Doodlage had its own story to tell. Apart from the melange of upcycled fabrics, the silhouettes with unique styling just hit the right note for us. Highlighting the waist were the corsets, wrap skirts and front knot tops, but what stole the show were the wacky headgears.
There is a certain ease that deconstructed fashion innately possess and Chola represented it in the best way. The long uneven sleeves, super high collars, and in general abstract shapes of every clothing item made the anti-fit fashion look so cool. The genius was in the styling as it was on point with the uniqueness of all the outfits.
You won’t be able to forget the Cosmic Love collection presented by Manish Arora that easily. The kaleidoscopic vision of the celestial prints and quirky embroidery found the base of asymmetric capes, dresses, jackets, skirts and other separates. Only he can pull off such amazing melange of colours, textures, prints and embroidery, and with a collection that spoke to the other world, it seemed quite apt.
Manish Malhotra’s closing show definitely left us wanting for more. Giving us a major throwback to the Great Gatsby era, his collection Tales Of Indulgence had opulence written all over it. Not totally shying away from his signature occasion wear style, Manish strictly had a cocktail night on his mind while conceptualising this lineup. The sex appeal of a glamorous night out came through the off-shoulder gowns, floor-length capes, shimmery fringe details, embroidery on sheer fabrics and statement suits for men.
Which collection was your favourite one this LFW? Let us know in the comments below.