Renowned Indian designer Nikhil Thampi showcased a semi-Indian collection inspired by his grandmother's wardrobe on the opening day of the Lakme Fashion Week 2013 in Mumbai.
His line comprised wrap-around skirts, full-length printed lehengas, stylish saris and long kurtas among other things. The clothes were accompanied by accessories inspired by those worn by Kathakali dancers.
"The collection is very close to my heart. It's a tribute to my grandmother. It is inspired from my granny's wardrobe. I have used lot of styling and colour palettes. The accessories are an upliftment from Kathakali dancers. So, it was a big gamble altogether," Thampi commented after concluding the show.
Whilst the designer was inspired by his heritage, using Indian traditional fabrics like linen, cotton, silk and net, Thampi created variantions which were certainly not exclusively Indian.