The ramp’s been scorching at Lakmè Fashion Week with the crème-de-la-crème of Indian fashion for the better part of five days, and all the madness and magic has finally, albeit sadly, come to an end. The models have completed their last outfit change, the designers have packed away their goodies and the buyers have made their choices. However, just in case you couldn't catch the shows in person, here’s your exclusive lowdown of the best that LFW had to offer, (and before you get too bereft, don't forget, Amazon India Fashion Week 2015 starts in a few days and we'll be bringing you the full low down right here!)
OUR TOP 10 SAREE STYLES:
We’ve trawled through all the sarees that were on show this year at LFW and selected the ten that we thought were outstanding after a whole lot of deliberation, picture-analysis and team-voting! It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it eh?
1. Nikhil Thampi
Heavily inspired by the glory days of Bollywood glamour – the 1990’s; Nikhil’s really worked those nine yards for all they’re worth! Our favourite look of the season was this deconstructed canary yellow saree that opened his “Light, Camera, Fashion” collection. The off-shoulder blouse and edgy draping lends a modern twist. Contrasted against the model’s glowing skin and a gorgeous pearl choker, we can only too well imagine Kajol being serenaded in the Swiss Alps in this sunny number!
2. Anamika Khanna
There must be something in the Calcutta waters that makes their designers just so on point every. single. time. Anamika’s stunning finale brought the week to a glamorous end, and her collection comprised mainly of subtle hues like baby pink, cream, white and beige whilst peppered with blacks and embroidered with dull gold and silver zardozi work. We adore this fusion jacket-over-sari combo. The intricate embellishments on the jacket lift the plain saree - making it heirloom worthy, so bid that bank balance goodbye for now!
3. Soumitra Mondal
Soumitra’s another ingenious product of the Calcutta chromosome! His collection, titled, ‘English Garden’ was the perfect amalgamation of British pastels with Indian aesthetics. The line seemed like one of the most wearable ones this year and thus is sure to be one of the most popular. We’re big fans of the simple yet exquisite peaches and cream saree, embellished with crystals, which was paired with a chunky necklace to balance its overt femininity.
4. Frou Frou by Archana Rao:
Yet another pastel princess, the pearl-studded shaded saree with its quirky cutwork croptop-esue blouse ranks high on our list of fashion-week faves. The collection was inspired by a storehouse of pretty memories and knick-knacks: a 70 year-old apartment in Paris, which explains her whimsical designs and soft colours. Aptly titled ‘The Apartment’, the 2013 Vogue India Fashion Fund winner has succeeded in romanticising the past through a selection of covetable vintage silhouettes in a stylishly modern design.
5. Tarun Tahilliani:
A far cry from the opulent bridal wear he is so famed for, Tarun’s collection for LFW this year was a riot of colour. The gypsy cobalt blue sari, with its broad, beaded belt caught our eye thanks to the innovative draping and funky jewellery.
6. Anavila Misra
Day 2 was textile day, and who better to display her knowledge of traditional Indian weaves than Anavila Misra? Having spent years studying craft clusters in India, her handwoven linen saris are quickly achieving cult status. Checks yet again played a prominent role in the collection and it is refreshing to see that a younger crowd is being drawn to her designs - especially the earthy tones, androgynous boxy blouses and fuss-free draping, making the sarees an ideal partner to chunky modern jewellery for an edgy ethnic look.
Newcomers Shovit Dasgupta, Durba Nag and Sharan Kaur also unveiled their collection ‘NOTLIKEYOU’ on textile day and their pieces aimed to bridge the gap between traditional and modern, easy to wear outfits. The fabrics were all handmade, ensuring top-notch quality and thus timelessness. Their block prints were striking yet we loved the multi-coloured Jamnadi number the most. That oversized silk sari blouse is well-cut enough straddle formal occasions and can also be worn as a separate on oversized dhoti pants for an androgynous look.
Mythology is a treasure trove of inspiration for designers with its grand stories of love, war and nature. This year, Gaurang Shah dove straight in and based his collection, “Kalpavriksha” on the legend of the divine tree in Hindu mythology. We loved his use of Jamdani art on the sarees, especially when recreating bits from the story on to the fabric. This blue khadi with vibrant red flowers and tigers roaming around it is case in point and saree faithful Vidya Balan expertly shows the range!
9. Mandira Bedi:
The lady who once created a stir for her unique blouse choices on telly, now creates a stir on the ramp with her designs! At LFW, her block-coloured collection, inspired by Benares’ artwork, worked well in its minimalistic approach and was a welcome change from the shimmery sequins used by other designers. Shabana Azmi looked radiant in her contrasting two-piece and sashayed down the runway with an effortless grace that we hope to somehow magically exude when we are wrapped into our favourite saree too!
10. Gauri Khan for Satya Paul:
The first lady of Bollywood has collaborated with Satya Paul’s cutting edge design team to create a collection that reflects her personal style and sartorial choices. The palm tree motif that dominated her brightly coloured turquoise, pink, and lime green clothes is a great choice for the upcoming summer months and immediately puts you in party mode. We particularly liked these sarees for their assymetrical, (albeit wee bit risque) blouses - definite head turners!
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Image Credits: Lakme Fashion Week