The Trend Report: Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016

Posted September 26, 2016

Lakme Fashion Week Trends - Tarun Tahiliani

From Peek-a-boo panels to velvet, vintage and monochrome, this is the Ultimate Trend Report from Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016. From Shantanu & Nikhil, Kallol Datta, Manish Malhotra, Ridhi Mehra, Tarun Tahiliani and Pariah by Pranami - see what all the big names are saying what's in and what's out!


Peek-a-boo Panels

Trapezoid By Schulen Fernandes For Wendell Rodricks

      Shantanu & Nikhil Cut-Out Gown    [Ka] [Sha] - Antar-Agni - Myoho

This season we witnessed the comeback of sheer panels. The sibling to the ever popular cut out trend was seen at Atsu, Shantanu & Nikhil, Myoho and Wendell Rodricks with variations in the sizes and placements. If the runway is any indicator (and it usually is), it's clear that we will be showing a little skin behind a thin veil this season.


Vintage by Ashish N. Soni   Kanika Goyal at Lakmé Fashion Week   Rara Avis by SonalVerma

Vintage by Ashish N Soni                      Kanika Goyal               Rara Avis by Sonal Verma

Designers this season paid homage to the iconic fashion of the 60’s by the preppy shift dresses and hyper tailored garments. The influence of old world Hollywood glamour was visible in collections by Ashish N Soni, Kanika Goyal and Rara Avis by Sonal Verma.


Monochrome is the new black!

Shivan & Narresh  Ashish N. Soni  Atsu

            Shivan & Narresh                    Ashish N Soni                             Atsu


Monochrome will never go out of style. Even though this trend has dominated the runways for seasons at a time, it was once again seen at LFW at Ilk, Shivan & Narresh, Ashish N Soni and Atsu. We saw yet again why this effortless trend is a no-brainer for a chic outfit.


Leather Detailing (Menswear)

Vaibhav Singh    Nought One  Aza Kazingmei

          Vaibhav Singh                              Nought One                         Aza Kazingmei


Saddle up this autumn, because leather detailing is a must-follow trend. Whether on panels, pockets, trims, lapels or cuffs, the leather detailing this season is making a big sartorial statement. The leather craze was seen making waves at the runway at Vaibhav Singh, Nought One and Aza Kazingmei.




Aristotle may have been right about many things, but when he said "Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry," he probably wasn't anticipating that asymmetrical fashion would become so popular. Now that it has, it’s time to go all out on those lopsided garments. Spotted at Cord, Wendell Rodricks, Kanelle, Love Birds and Ants Craft, this one’s making symmetry go out of style!


Say Capes!



It’s time to channel your inner Superman! The cape trend in general does not seem to have any intention of going away anytime soon but it is becoming a lot more experimental. This season, we had the honor of witnessing some capes that we would love to add to our wish list. Seen at Pariah by Pranami, Ridhi Mehra, Bina Rao and Tarun Tahiliani among many others, this one’s here to stay.


 Graphic Novel



The graphic novel craze gave a whole new dimension to garments this season. Exploring genres from surrealism with Kahlo to the colors of the holy city of Benaras, Ajay Kumar, Siddhartha Bansal and Ekam injected art into clothes. Eye-popping colours packed a high-octane punch, while blown-up lines and lozenges looked almost three-dimensional.
this one’s here to stay.


Like Velvet



Checking out the runways this season, it was clear that velvet is in season again. Sonam Verma, Kallol Datta and Manish Malhotra made it pretty clear with their suits, flares, dresses and capes this season where the rich coloured velvet popped up at the shows in every collection -just in time for cocktail hour.


P for Ponchos!



Velvet ponchos. Bold ponchos. Toned down ponchos. Thanks to a strong showing on the fall runways, this 70s throwback piece has been elevated to a must-have status once again. A staggering number of designers appropriated the look into stylized pieces of outerwear that hung nonchalantly over models’ shoulders. Kallol Datta, Mayank Mansingh Kaul, Ekam, Tarun Tahiliani and Pariah by Pranami were just a few.


Image Credits: Lakme