Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 is less than three months away. From the 18th to 22nd March 2015 at the Palladium Hotel in Mumbai, top notch Indian designers will showcase their new collections. Amongst many trends, the quirky trend has been our bet as being the next big Indian fashion trend of spring and summer 2015.
Motifs, prints, patterns and blocking in colours and fabrics remind you of the intricate histories of Indian textiles. These techniques are brought to life as the essence and inspiration of quirky fashion trends, and are being embraced by LFW designers across all categories.
The LFW Summer/Resort 2015 show will introduce six new talented Indian designers through its Gen Next programme. This year’s 19th Gen Next batch include Kaleelkal by Alan Alexander Kaleekal, Greusha by Ankit Carpenter, Kanika Goyal, Manish Bansal, P.E.L.L.A by Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama and Salita Nanda, who will all be mentored by Indian fashion designer, Anita Dongre, who brought the intricacies of brocade to life in her contemporary net brocade collection. One of India’s most highly aclaimed fashion designers, Anita Dongre also mentored six budding designers under the Gen Next programme in LFW’s Summer/Resort show in 2014.
Like international names Isabel Marant and Roland Mouret, Gen Next designer, Alan Alexander Kaleekal is an alumnus of Studio Berçot in Paris. Hailing from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, the designer’s Kaleelkal label will take on an alternative interpretation of adult clothing in a way that highlights the quirky Indian fashion trend and that aims to defy the laws of fashion.
The modern urban, youthful and uplifting appeal that quirky fashion offers is fast rising in popularity in what is bound to be the latest Indian fashion trend. This is represented by a slightly edgy street style with a prominent eccentric touch as reflected by the fact that Quirk Box, a label by Jayesh Sachdev and Rixi Bhatia, are featuring for yet another season at LFW in March 2015.
Even versatile designers such as Debashri Samanta, who is applauded with her employment of traditional Indian textiles handlooms in her collections, are yet again embracing quirky motifs and patterns in numerous pieces. The revival of traditional West Bengali handloom weaving exudes global appeal as motifs were given a contemporary makeover in her Summer/Resort 2014 Summer Houses collection.
Debashri Samanta’s Jamdani handwoven house motifs on Indian saree and tunic style inspired dresses with accentuated yet flowy silhouettes set the pathway for what is no doubt the next big thing. Quirky is not just an Indian fashion trend, but is fast being adopted by all types of fashionistas around the globe. We can’t wait to see what Debashri Samanta has in store for us this season!
Designers at Lakme Fashion Week have teased us with their take on the quirky Indian fashion trend for quite some time now, and at the fashion week’s Summer/Resort 2015 show, quirky motifs and its very essence that stems from the intricate traditions of Indian fashion will be seen in full bloom. Women’s Wear Daily couldn’t be any more right when they stated that quirky skirts and dresses are no doubt bound to be the highlight of summer 2015 trends!
Sources: News Wala, Verve Magazine, Indian Forums