This year at Lakme Fashion Week Autumn/ Festive 2015, it was clear that the designers were not shy of making a statement. Whether it was Anita Dongre literally ‘interweaving’ fashion and artisans or Neeta Lulla kick starting her show with a passionate dance performance, we thoroughly enjoyed soaking up all that was on display! So as the whirlwind of Lakme Fashion Week comes to a standstill, we take a look at our favourite designer collections for this season.
In the past 2 decades, Monisha Jaising has established herself as one of India's most recognized talents. Rounding off day 4 at LFW2015, it comes as no surprise that we picked her collection as our favourite this season. Her "Riviera" collection was all about modernizing Riviera Fashion, as it existed in the ‘60s and ‘70s.In attendance were a huge list of celebrities including Arjun Rampal, Mehr Jesia, Amrita Arora, Nita Ambani and Natasha Poonawala to name a few. True to her brand identity, she presented an outstanding line with separates, short flirty dress and of course, sparkly, Hollywood-esque cocktail gowns.
Kick starting the show with a sexy swimwear number, Monisha moved to a white kurtis, knits and embroidered pants. We saw a train of mini dresses in summer hues adorned with mirror work while a cut out gown was a sultry entry (our favourite). The gowns, Monisha’s forte, had plunging necklines; thigh-high slits and sensual drapes.
Stopping the show was international model Ujjwala Raut, who sashayed onto the ramp in a breathtaking sheer net crystal drenched, long sleeved gown. What a show!
Tarun Tahiliani’s “Easy Glamour” collection was an eclectic prét-a-porter line presented by Reliance Trends at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015. A beautiful set consisting of graphics of “India Modern” visuals was the perfect backdrop for his collection which also served as the inspiration while Lisa Haydon played on a video behind, modeling his collection.
International model Ujjwala Raut opened the show with a bang! Sticking to his signature of combining traditional aesthetics with modern design, black was the dominant colour he used followed by gray, chocolate, scarlet and splashes of white. Models paraded in printed dolman sleeve blouses, sleek sheaths, poncho draped skirts and gilets that added style to shorts. A hot trend this season; capes and capelets were seen in abundance while jumpsuits and saris took centre stage, especially the jumpsuit sari. We adore the flowing printed scarves on tunics that created a dreamy, ethereal silhouette as well as the interesting gypsy prints...
Bringing a glamorous end to the show was the lovely Chitrangada Singh. Put her in a black draped gown and velvet cape splashed with gold embellishments and she is sure to turn this oh-so glamorous number into an alluring, jaw-dropping ‘piece de resistance’!
Today, Payal Singhal is synonymous with Indian fusion clothes, catering to young, fashion-forward women looking for something trendy as opposed to traditional. Constantly innovating and redesigning the typical Indian silhouette she followed suite with her “Maaya” collection, inspired by the ancient primeval gold jewellery of a lost era.
Rich silks, tulle and mul were showcased in subtle earthy tones that moved from soft pink, to ivory, dusty blue, navy and finally, the eternal favourite; black. The use of heavier silks against delicate organzas created beautiful silhouettes. We particularly loved the embroidered low crotch dhoti pants that are absolutely on trend at the moment while the scaled Patiala pants were another one of our favourites.
All eyes were on showstopper Nimrat Kaur as she glided down the ramp in a fully ornate gold lehenga-choli in flaming marsala red silk. Payal Singhal has delivered another covetable collection!
Celebrating 15 years of Lakme Fashion Week, couturier Ritu Kumar revisited the quaint lanes of Varanasi this season, curating pieces that define the beauty of Indian textiles on day 2. She showcased a stunning collection full of timeless designs with colourful motifs and prints. Lehengas, saris, kurtas, pallazos and skirts displayed the magnificence of Benaras while sticking to pastels, peacock shades, reds, pinks and dull gold.
Commemorating the Textile Day, the designer chose to keep her outfits heavy on embroidery and threadwork, reflecting the ancient traditions of Indian craftsmanship in a contemporary vocabulary. The show ended on a beautiful note with Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari sashaying down the ramp as the showstopper in a luscious pink brocade sari paired with gold churidars. We must say that the beauty of Indian fashion lies in the incredibly skilled hands of the rural artisans who deserve a standing ovation.
Anushree Reddy’s couture pieces are the stuff that modern fairytales are made of! She delivered another poetic collection marked by a range of elegant lehenga-choli sets in pastel hues of creamy pink, nude, buttery yellow and mint blue. Her collection “The Oasis at Sunset” saw her trademark use of fresh floral prints and delicate embroidery. Amy Jackson opened the show in gorgeous, embroidered lehenga-choli set paired with a cutwork dupatta.
Reviving the beauty of Hyderabadi craft from her native city, Anushree added zardozi on luxe fabrics like chiffon, georgette and net to make the collection a majestic, feminine offering to the New Age Bride. Rana Daggubati, star of the hit film “Baahubali” ended the show in a black raw silk kurta, double breast waist coat with zardozi embellishments teamed with ivory pants and pocket square. It was another knock-out performance from the designer, expectations for who grow stronger every season. She manages to capture the spirit of the bride to be so effortlessly!
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