Written by : Roshni Chaudhari for Local Ladki
While fashion week season came to a close internationally, March marked the beginning of sartorial season in India. With the arrival of summer, the who’s who of B-Town and the Indian fashion fraternity came to get a piece of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
We, for one, didn’t take our eyes off the runway; the impressive line-up of designers obviously made our hearts stop! So we decided to get down to business, decode what the best had to offer and share our favourites with you. Here goes!
- Square Loop – Chic accessories strutted down the runway on Day 3. Square Loop showed off their brilliant formal bags paired with monochrome outfits. From backpacks to handbags to fanny packs, all sorts of spotlight-stealing leather goodies made an appearance. What truly stood out was the simplicity that came in the form of clean shapes and neutral shades.
2. Ridhi Mehra – East met West on Day 5 of Lakme Fashion Week. Mehra’s collection boasted of romantic, soft-powdered shades and oriental craftsmanship of the Mughal Era. Dreamy pastels appeared in flowy fabrics like carved chanderi silk, georgette, chiffon, satin, and net, adding to the femininity of the delicate silhouettes. Showstopper Kiara Advani looked stunning in a mint green lehenga with silver detailing.
3. Shivan & Narresh – Rulers of resort-wear, Shivan and Narresh, drew inspiration from French artist Henri Rousseau and his botanical paintings. The dynamic duo played with colour – the palette consisted of hues like soft saffron, ivory, yolk yellow, and nude seen on fabrics dominated by neoprene, stretch, and soft materials. The beloved saree-kini made a comeback, along with the usual suspects: the trikinis, bikinis, maillots, wetsuits, palazzos, kaftans, rompers, and jumpsuits. We also loved the interesting use of cutouts!
4. Quirk Box – Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev kept it fun and quirky yet again with their chic and edgy designs. The ‘Wanderlust’ collection, aimed at the urbane traveller, came in art prints based on postcards of the world. True to their signature style, the wearable line was characterized by colour blocking and loud hues. The colour story transitioned from subtle pastels to bold shades that popped. Mint scarves, bralets, pleated jackets, fishtail skirts, and bell-sleeved tops were the highlights of the show. The kitschy accessories were, without a doubt, the cherry on top.
5. Payal Singhal – Preparing for a summer wedding? Well then, Payal Singhal’s collection is just what you need! Fuss-free, flirty lehengas; innovative dhotis with slits; mirror work magic; and gorgeous ethnic and tribal prints – it’s the stuff of our dreams! Tamannaah Bhatia graced the runway for this show, dressed in a nude lehenga with golden embellishments and MAJOR sequin work. What makes Ms. Singhal’s garments summer-perfect? To name a few: the light-weight lehengas, the cool crop tops, the off-shouldered blouses and the bright, young colours.
6. IKAI – Ragini Ahuja’s label brought the flavour of Japan to fashion week. Clean, vibrant, and delicate with a touch of retro – it was a print party on the runway. No, there were no kimonos or Geisha references, instead Ragini played with strong motifs like the paper crane, Japanese hand fans, and the rising sun. The country’s famous Sashiko stitching was the form of embroidery used, while the mixing of polka dots and stripes was inspired by the local women’s style of combining prints and patterns. From pencil skirts to free flowing dresses, from bralets to see-through jackets; Ragini’s garments were truly a breath of fresh air!
7. Raghavendra Rathore – Menswear maven, Raghavendra Rathore, offered a new take on Indian aristocracy. Along with the presentation of his existing bespoke line, Rathore’s new ready-to-wear label, ‘Imperial India Company,’ made its debut too. The refreshing fusion of royalty, luxury and contemporary wear offered choices for both grooms-to-be and their friends. Ritesh Deshmukh was the showstopper in a brocade Nehru jacket, black kurta, and white churidar. Jodhpuri bandgalas and breeches, brocade Sherwanis and shimmering Jodhpur coats, wide dhoti salwars, and black and gold angarkhas were the highlights. There were also a few options for the ladies.
8. Anamika Khanna – Indian wear like the kaftan, saree, choli, duppatta, and lehenga can never go out of fashion with the likes of Anamika Khanna around. The Kolkata-based designer closed fashion week with her innovative and fashion-forward Indian clothing. It takes guts to deconstruct ensembles, which Anamika does with absolute ease. The best part is Ms. Khanna doesn’t restrict women to wear her designs head-to-toe; on the contrary, she encourages them to inject their own unique personality by donning her creations with other items. So whether it was her intricately embroidered, stunning blouses in varied necklines (officially getting us in the mood for summer) or her draped salwars in neutrals, like ivory and gunmetal, making a subtle yet powerful statement; each and every garment shone with versatility and oomph. Showstopper, Kareena Kapoor, of course, added to the magic
9. Manish Malhotra – Bollywood’s beloved designer sent out his ‘Blue Runway’ collection, which came in, needless to say, shades of blue – from indigo and navy to lavender and mauve – but what really stood out were the sunshine yellows and glam gold-and-cream ensembles. The lehengas appeared with an amusing twist – blouses made an appearance in off-shouldered styles, with fringe details and embroidered jackets. The fringe was, clearly, on point, given how popular the trend has been on international runways too. Most of the garments, which came in a variety of silhouettes like asymmetrical hemlines and high-low blouses, seemed to have been created keeping all the pre-wedding functions in mind.
10. Sabyasachi – A delicious dose of va-va-voom, anyone? The King of Sartorial Elegance opened fashion week with his ’70s Bollywood-inspired collection. 64 models, in 120 looks, walked down the runway dressed in slinky sequined and floaty boho dresses, print-on-print flared pants and shirts, and tunics with heaps of bling. The final ensemble of models flaunted bridal wear for the upbeat, new-age bride with a generous helping of sequins – a sharp aesthetic shift from Sabya’s traditional textile-rich, old romance style to the shiny disco ball wedding.