Redefining the very essence of fashion, Lakme Fashion Week throws an ornamentation of some glitz and glam every season! And this Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 lives up to its intent to ascertain the future of fashion and put India on the map of the global fashion world, yet again. The event showcased creations by fashion stalwarts to the likes of Ritu Kumar and Anita Dongre, as well as a promising generation of new designers. Packed with a punch of glamour and star power, LFW Summer/Resort 2017 brought to the ramp a number of twists to the traditional lehenga - here are some of our favourites and they’ll make your jaw drop!
Halcyon Days of Spring by Farah Sanjana is complete with ruffles, crinkled tulles and a marked Baroque touch, with floral prints. The vestments deserve a mention on this list. The retro glam quotient in the ensemble was further heightened by showstopper Kiara Advani who twirled in a printed layered-skirt that makes for a perfect lehenga alternative, for a spring wedding.
Amoh by Jade, Monica Shah and Karishma Swali is designed for the millennial woman in the need of a versatile wardrobe, this collection offered dramatic summer hues. While showstopper Swara Bhaskar’s cowl midi caught everyone’s eye, this metallic silver lehenga truly showcases the experimental and edgy side of the collection.
We were awestruck by Diana Penty who walked down the ramp flaunting Payal Singhal’s collection. Inspired by Agatha Christie’s dark romantic murder mystery. This lehenga came with an ash grey, georgette, encrusted kaftan tunic and a net Deco jaal embroidered lehenga.
Sporting a simple red choli and an embellished yellow layered lehenga, Malaika Arora Khan set the ramp on fire for star designer Divya Reddy’s line. The entire collection of dresses, sarees, ghagras and lehengas offered elegance in design with sparking embellishments, frill hems and floral embroidery.
‘Noor’ by SVA, Sonam and Paras Modi puts on an exquisite show -inspired by the celebrated dancer Noor from the British Raj. With opulent fabric base of silks, satins and handcrafted beautifications complete with an abundance of pita work and zardozi, the collection made a grand statement this year. The grace in the ensembles was further highlighted by the regal hues such as shadow grey, lint and burnt rose. This extravagant lehenga from the collection with a cape sleeved detail and plunging neckline, especially caught our eye.
Jayanti Reddy’s creation at the 6 Degree Studio during the fashion week was best showcased by Bollywood starlet Disha Patani. The embroidered, ink blue lehenga and choli combination along with a polka dot, cream, gotta patti dupatta and a low-cut blouse made the starlet look like a goddess.
Anita Dongre’s collection in the much-awaited grand finale to the fashion week effortlessly fuses a variety of silhouettes, styles and designs. This lehenga offers the perfect blend of traditional Indian aesthetics and modern sensibility, putting it among the top lehengas on our list.
Hyderabad based designer Anushree Reddy’s “The Indian Summer” collection, was able to churn out the extra-ordinary from the ordinary. With a fluid fabric and floral print, this ensemble seems just about perfect for a bride.
Inspired by Moghul Gardens, Tarun Tahilani’s collection this year was exquisitely enhanced by showstopper Padma Lakshmi in her elegant and cool ensemble that is reminiscent of summer. The lehenga stayed integral to Tahilani’s signature craftsmanship.
Not only was the House of Kotwara show on Day 4 one of the most impressive, but it also offered a selection of lehenga’s that made it to this list. The curtains to this show were raised with an Indian classical performance in an exquisite yellow and gold lehenga and the show closed with Aditi Rao Hydari walking the ramp in an embellished black lehenga.
Among our most favourite lehenga’s from this season was donned by Nimrat Kaur. The ornate and gold embroidery in a wine coloured lehenga with an angular draped choli that flaunted a long tail, belonged to the Amoh by Jade show. This lehenga not only made head turns, but landed up being the most coveted this season.
Blended in an amalgam of style, fashion, drapes and flounce; This season saw a little of everything - convention, contemporary fashion and ethnics!