The Autumn edition of Lakme Fashion Week 2015 saw some of the finest Asian Designer-wear showcased in spectacular surroundings. We countdown our top ten saree trends/styles from the show:
10. Anand Kabra – It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Hyderabad based designer’s work and we were nothing less than impressed by the collection he presented at LFW this season. His black ombre Saree is what captured our attention. The scalloped hems adorned with black beads and exquisite embroidery along with the matching sari-jacket had us lusting for this number. We loved the white accents at the bottom blending into black as well as the use of several fabrics that created a multitude of textures. A very sophisticated Saree indeed!
9. Payal Singhal – Navy and marshmallow pink marry beautifully in Payal Singhal’s ethereal Saree, speckled with curved silver motifs. We loved the sleeves of the blouse; dotted and lined with silver ( for the resourceful, a stylish crop top perhaps? ) Minimal without being bare or boring.
AM:PM – We are thoroughly enjoying unique, modern takes on the quintessential sari and AM:PM displayed yet another version of the 9 yards. The burst of Poppy red with intricate white embroidery created a stunning visual while the carefully planned drapes lent an elegant touch to the entire look. Kudos on using a mandarin collared blouse instead of a typical saree choli, this talented duo is one to look out for.
Neeta Lulla – The renowned costume designer and couturier addressed the needs of contemporary brides with preference for stylish, modern ensembles that are off the beaten track. Her powder pink lace saree was the stuff of modern fairytales. Oh so feminine and graceful, this saree is sure to please the hidden Disney fan in you without being over the top girly.
Ashdeen Lilaowala – He is well known for his use of the Parsi gara; a very distinctive and detailed thread embroidery. This season, he took a modern take on the traditional saree with a stunning white cropped jacket blouse that was far more impactful than any run of the mil, over embellished outfits we’ve been witness to. He proved that less is more sticking to a beautiful hue of indigo and white sans the fuss of embellishments and embroideries.
Nikhil Thampi – It was another knock-out performance from the young star, expectations for who grow stronger every season. The designer once again conjured bollywood glam with his sexy gold saree paired with a glitzy gold leggings and a slinky bikini top. A definite head-turner - this is for the bold at heart, perhaps the feisty, young, experimental bride. The lazer cut appliqué work on the shoulder had to be our favourite element which was seen all through the show.
Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla – The duo captured the 70’s spirit with sultry silhouettes glittering fabrics and exquisite embellishments, setting the stage on fire. However, the look that really caught our eye was a feathery blue saree with oodles of volume and flair. It glided down the runway like a stream of fresh water, flowing beautifully with each step the model took. The sequinned blouse with strategically placed cutouts complimented this dreamy number most beautifully!
Anushree Reddy – Femine florals, exquisite laces and magnificent embroidery are what makes Anushree Reddy a hot favourite amongst young brides to be. The detailing of her saree was, for the most part, on-point. The hand-embroidered flowers that beautifully adorned the translucent cream coloured number were placed in such a way that the look took on a storybook quality. We can’t wait for the queen of florals to show us what she has in store for the future.
Ritu Kumar – The Padma Shri awardee awed the audience with her Varanasi Weaves collection. The Grape pigmented Banarasi sari was brought to life on the runway, paired with a skinny waist belt and body-hugging bustier. Ritu Kumar shows us how to use traditional textiles to create a sari that is close to its roots while taking on a refreshing modern day twist to suit the likes of young brides today. Old world charm meets modern day aesthetics, we absolutely LOVE!
Tarun Tahiliani - We’re always on the lookout for fresh and exciting design elements so of course Tarun’s jumpsuit-sari instantly caught our fancy. We couldn't imagine a quick two-minute pivot on the ramp doing any justice to this stunning sari; our number one pick! We loved the draped pants, a welcome change from the traditional heavy skirt like wrap that so many of us struggle with. Tarun creates an elegant sophisticated ensemble sticking to rich black tones and languid drapes, we have a feeling this one’s going to be a mega hit in Bollywood, we’re smitten!