Blink and you’ll miss it! Last day of Lakmé Fashion Week always goes by so quickly, in fact, the 5 Days Of Fashion are generally filled with frenzy. The energy is infectious and you tend to get in sync with the vibe. The exposure to and first-hand knowledge of the upcoming season are added bonuses. The day was a star-studded affair and a great build-up for the grand finale of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2018. Here are all the showstoppers and a glimpse into what all went down on the last day of LFW:
‘Unchartered’ by Tahweave was a depiction of the unchartered Irish lands and it’s culture. The feel of an Irish prairie came through with hand-woven fabrics, which was further enhanced by details like cut-work and Kantha embroidery. Actress Kriti Kharbanda closed the show in an asymmetric hem dress and teamed with a jacket.
Soumodeep Dutta dug deep when he came up with this collection. ‘The Circles of Wisdom’ found it’s inspiration rooted in Buddhism and canvas of handlooms originating from Odisha and Bengal. The dashing showstopper for this show was Gurmeet Choudhary and we spotted his wife Debina Bonnerjee cheering him on in the audience.
As usual, Jayanti Reddy’s show was a treat for the eyes. The ethereal collection, ‘The Twilight Zone’ showcases the magic of the golden hour. Aditi Rao Hydari fit the persona of a divine angel.
Inspired by the beauty of Amer Fort from Jaipur, Punit Balana’s collection named the ‘Gulabi Chowk’ was conceptualised by taking the Jalebi Chowk and Sheesh Mahal into consideration. To start the lineup, Jim Sarbh took the lead. But just when we thought that was it, Radhika Apte made an angelic appearance in her knife pleated gown.
Agami By Neha Agarwal
The age-old art of Madhubani served as an inspiration for Agami by Neha Agarwal’s collection called ‘Pushtaini’. Zardosi embroidery played an important role through the ensembles. Actress Kiara Advani looked breathtaking in her showstopping ensemble.
Textured textile and sharp silhouettes took over the ramp during Siddhesh Chauhan’s presentation. Inspired by origami and the spirit of the samurai, he had an array of outfits to offer. Sonu Sood was the true samurai of the show as he appeared on the ramp with a sword in one hand and swag that no one can resist.
Disha Patil visualised a new fairytale beginning for everyone with her latest collection, which was dedicated to the art of creation itself. Diana Penty walked the ramp as a showstopper in a peach lehenga coordinated with choli that had long cape sleeves.
The blend of power-dressing and feminine details was beautifully presented by Mishru through their collection Supernova. The highlight of the show had to be Lisa Haydon sashaying down the runway in a fully bejewelled black dress.
aLL Primero By Narendra Kumar
Leave it to Narendra Kumar to put on a show! With a banging start via a rap, the showcase had a live music going on, while real people walked the ramp in his new collection Never Hyde, in collaboration with India’s leading Plus Size Store aLL Primero. Actress Shikha Talsania waled the ramp as a showstopper to conclude this amazing runway party.
As usual, Sanjukta Dutta brings to us the richness of handlooms in all its glory. We especially love the wide tasselled belt that cinched the drapes at the waist. But the entry of the mother-daughter duo, Hema Malini and Esha Deol, pleasantly surprised us all.
Gaurav Katta had a regal spin to his Winter/Festive collection. The elegant and ornate embroidery in contrast with the velvet and other rich fabrics. Actress Kalki Koechlin looked like a pretty lady in a grey ensemble with a fascinator.
Contemporary desi silhouettes with ornate rich work defined Arvind Ampula’s winter/festive collection. Sophie Choudry looked like a modern bride-to-be on a sangeet or mehendi day in a yellow and pink lehenga choli.
Julie By Julie Shah
Depicting lotuses through different forms, Julie By Julie Shah showcased a collection of ensembles that were curated for a special occasion. Prachi Desai won us over with her ramp walk in a regal red contemporary ensemble.
Lakmé Absolute Presents The Grand Finale By Monisha Jaising
A thrilling performance by the crew members of Cirque du Soleil kick-started the grand finale. The gear shifted immediately to a glamorous evening, as the models started walking down the stage towards the hed ramp. Monisha Jaising had a performance planned of her own through her creations. She showcased her collection, Shades Of Diva, through different sequences and with an elaborate array of silhouettes. The fabrics were rich and jazzy and added to the grandeur of the finale. As the music switched to cue in the showstopper, everyone focused their attention on the stage. Kareena Kapoor Khan made an appearance in an iridescent gown which features beautiful knife pleats. The criss-cross bodice and flared bottom made it one helluva gown. The show concluded with a lineup of models and crew members of Cirque du Soleil, with Monisha and Kareena taking the centre stage.