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All You Need to Know about Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive Edition 2015 - Ramp being Prepared
All You Need to Know about Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive Edition 2015
28 th Jul 2015

Lakme Winter Festive 2015 will be held at the Palladium Hotel in Mumbai from 26th August to 30th August. The show is celebrating its fifteenth birthday this year and the opening show is to be presented by the well known designer duo of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, while the grand finale is under the reins of Gaurav Gupta.

There is plenty to look forward to in terms of fashion, designers, style and of course bollywood celebrities (a staple at Lakme Fashion Week), and this post should give you some background about the show and some of the participants.

Some interesting facts associated with the Lakme Fashion week from previous years:

  • - Lakme fashion week is the first fashion week to have taken place in India.
  • - Its contract with FDCI ended in 2006, following which the show went on solely under Lakme’s banner in association with IMG, a global manager of fashion events.
  • - British supermodel Naomi Campbell has walked the ramp at previous editions of Lakme fashion week.
  • - The event has launched the careers of models like Katrina Kaif, Yana Gupta and Mugdha Ghodse.
  • - Designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Masaba became well known due to their participation in the event.
  • - Every year the event sees presence from lot of eminent Bollywood personalities including Shabana Azmi, Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor.
  • - International brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Roberto Cavalli have also been part of the show.
  • - Ace designers like Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Ritu Beri, Anamika Khanna and Rohit Bal have been a part of the show since its inception.
  • - Leading Pakistani fashion designers have also showcased at the Lakme Fashion week in recent years.

Lakme fashion week is known to give opportunities to a lot of fresh talent every year. This year the show is having a presentation from seven designers who have been shortlisted as its Gen-next designers. New models too are getting a chance to walk the ramp through model auditions in different cities and also through the Lakme fashion week Instagram model hunt. A fashion film contest with the winner getting a chance to display the winning fashion film at the show is another platform being offered by the show.

Schedule for Lakme Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2015



Day 0: Tue 25 August 2015
9:00 PM MSA AYUSH PRESENTS ABU JANI SANDEEP KHOSLA
Day 1: Wed 26 August 2015
12:00 PM MSA INIFD PRESENTS GEN NEXT
01:30 PM MSA GRAZIA YOUNG FASHION AWARDS WINNERS 2015
02:30 PM JABONG STAGE KRISTY DE CUNHA | CHIRIA | SALITA NANDA
03:30 PM MSA HUEMN | ILK | QUIRK BOX
04:30 PM JABONG STAGE BAGGIT FALL/WINTER '15 STYLED BY LITTLE SHILPA
05:00 PM MSA NIKHIL THAMPI | PAYAL SINGHAL
06:30 PM MSA OMTEX PRESENTS KRISHNA MEHTA | SOUMITRA
09:00 PM MEHBOOB STUDIO PHILIPS PRESENTS MANISH MALHOTRA
Day 2: Thu 27 August 2015
12:00 PM MSA SWATI & SUNAINA* | LOOM 1905 BY RINKU SOBTI* | PINNACLE BY SHRUTI SANCHETI*
01:30 PM MSA DIVYA SHETH | SWATI VIJAIVARGIE | VRISA BY RAHUL N SHIKHA
02:30 PM JABONG STAGE BANARAS IN INDIAN FASHION WITH SHEFALEE VASUDEV
03:30 PM MSA ASHDEEN | KA-SHA | MYOHO
04:30 PM JABONG STAGE HASTKALA | PELLA | ROUKA
05:30 PM MSA SAMYUKTA - A STORY OF WEAVES BY GAURANG
07:30 PM MSA VARANASI WEAVES BY RITU KUMAR*
08:30 PM JABONG STAGE BODICE at ease
09:30 PM MSA INTRODUCING ANITA DONGRE GRASSROOT
Day 3: Fri 28 August 2015
12:00 PM MSA VASUNDHARA | ARMAAN AIMAN | STEPHANY DSOUZA | URVASHI JONEJA
01:30 PM MSA ANTAR-AGNI | KHEM BY PREM KUMAR | AMALRAJ SENGUPTA
02:30 PM JABONG STAGE PRÊT-A-FUNNY BY VIR DAS
03:30 PM MSA MONACO TOURISM PRESENTS NARENDRA KUMAR
04:30 PM JABONG STAGE DHRUV KAPOOR | RARA AVIS | SELVAGE
05:00 06:00 PM 6D LFW APARTMENT PREVIEW: IKAI BY RAGINI AHUJA
05:30 PM MSA AM:PM
07:30 PM MSA RISHTA BY ARJUN SALUJA | NACHIKET BARVE
08:30 PM JABONG STAGE PRESENTATION BY KALLOL DATTA 1955
09:30 PM MSA NAMRATA JOSHIPURA FOR LAKMÉ INSTALIGHT
Day 4: Sat 29 August 2015
12:00 PM MSA MRINALINI CHANDRA | THEOREM BY NITIN CHAWLA | MUNKEE.SEE.MUNKEE.DOO
01:30 PM MSA NITYA ARORA | URVASHI KAUR
02:30 PM JABONG STAGE FASHION FUNDA WITH PARMESH SHAHANI
03:30 PM MSA MASABA
04:30 PM JABONG STAGE ARUNIMA MAJHI | KALEEKAL | KANIKA GOYAL
05:30 PM MSA JABONG PRESENTS BUGATTI
06:00 07:00 PM PVR PHOENIX FASHION FILMS PREMIERE
07:30 PM MSA DHL PRESENTS ANAND KABRA | NIKASHA
08:30 PM JABONG STAGE EXPERIENTIAL INSTALLATION BY EINA AHLUWALIA
09:30 PM MSA MONISHA JAISING
Day 5: Sun 30 August 2015
12:00 PM MSA ANUSHREE REDDY | ARPITA MEHTA | RIDHI MEHRA
01:30 PM MSA AARTIVIJAY GUPTA | MAYANK ANAND SHRADDHA NIGAM | SONAAKSHI RAAJ
02:30 PM JABONG STAGE DIVYA REDDY | PRIYAM NARAYAN | VINEET RAHUL
03:30 PM MSA LAKMÉ SALON BRIDAL SHOW BY NEETA LULLA
04:00 PM JABONG STAGE MANISH BANSAL | TANIEYA KHANUJA | SOL BY PIYUSH DEDHIA
05:00 PM MSA RELIANCE TRENDS PRESENTS TARUN TAHILIANI
06:00 PM JABONG STAGE JABONG PRESENTS SANGRIA
09:30 PM MEHBOOB STUDIO LAKME ABSOLUTE GRAND FINALE BY GAURAV GUPTA

Selected Senior Designers to Watch Out For

Indian Designer Manish MalhotraManish Malhotra

He has dressed many leading actors and is one of the unavoidable designers at Indian fashion weeks. His style is usually traditional and classy. A favourite of Bollywood stars - watch out for some serious star power at his show.

Gaurav GuptaGaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta started his label in 2006 and since his debut collection, he has been seen as a breakthrough designer by press and buyers. The styles feature his trademark draped silhouettes. Watch out for interesting silhouettes and evening styles!

Masaba GuptaMasaba Gupta

Masaba is credited with extensive use of flamboyant prints with a lot of details and for creating a niche of off-beat couture. Despite her young age, she gained fame as the head designer for Satya Paul. Watch out for easy to style silhouettes with playful prints.

Abu Jani and Sandeep KhoslaAbu Jani and Sandeep Khosla

"The Boys" of Indian fashion will celebrate 25 years of their design label during the Lakme fashion week. They have created one of the most remarkable fashion houses in India, with clients ranging from Bollywood to Hollywood. Watch out for very finely detailed garments in tones that are timeless.

Anita DongreAnita Dongre

She is a designer who constantly pushes to create styles that mix contemporary, traditional and oh-so-wearable. Always a pleasure to see the show on the ramp, the styles include beautiful separates. Watch out for beautiful detailing on easy to wear and flattering silhouettes.

Ritu BeriRitu Beri

Well known all around the world, Ritu Beri has a feminine style - a blend between Western and Indian styles. She is always ready to show everyone the beauty of India through her collections. Her career as fashion designer started 25 years ago, and doesn’t seem falter!

Handloom Day at Lakme Fashion Week

It is Lakme Fashion Week’s tradition to give ode to the natural fabrics spun from the rich cultural heritage of the country, by having a day dedicated to Indian handlooms and textiles. The Indian handlooms and textiles day, generally on Day 2 of the event is run with the support of the Ministry of Textiles. Having seen around seven seasons successfully, this initiative has come a long way in helping to revive Indian textiles and crafts since its launch in 2012.

What to Expect- Handloom and Textile day at Lakme Winter Festive 2015

The handloom and textile day is all set to add splendour to Lakme Winter Festive 2015. Shaina N C, fashion designer and politician, is the torchbearer of the handloom event this Winter Festive 2015 and she is channelling this initiative titled “Reinvent Banaras” towards revival of handlooms from Banaras.

Handloom from Benaras

From the ghats of Benaras

Ritu Kumar has given a sneak preview of her collection “Varanasi weaves” that she will be displaying at the Handloom day of the event on Aug 27.

Ritu Kumar Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek by Ritu Kumar

Shaina NC will be curating a special exhibition of handloom enchantments at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum for the Lakme Fashion Week. The exhibition will have displays from ace designers like Ritu Kumar, Gaurav Gupta, Anita Dongre, Ritu Beri, Varun Bahl, Rina Dhaka and Krishna Mehta. The “Reinvent Banaras” concept will be presented through exhibitions, fashion films, demonstrations and panel discussions apart from the runway show by designers. The “Make in India” initiative of the Union Textiles ministry is being promoted and fortified by the Lakme Fashion Week.

The handloom and textile day initiative by Lakme Fashion Week is a way to give back to the artisans their due credit for offering a rich platform to the designers, to work with. The event ensures that the crafts and textiles of India get a global platform and acceptance, which in turn will ensure their endurance through modernisation.

Handloom and Textile day at Lakme Winter Festive 2014

Tie Dye technique was celebrated in the designs of Anavila Sindhu Mishra, Anita Dongre and Krishna Mehta. Konkana Sen Sharma walked the ramp in an Anavila saree. Handlooms from Banaras, Bhagalpur and Manipur were displayed at their sensational best. Shruti Sancheti’s ‘Pinnacle’ married Madras checks with Banarasi weaves and played with Pochampalli.

Anavila Misra's collection on the ramp

Neha Dhupia sizzled in a Swati Vijaivargie’s high waisted kurta paired with jacket, stole and cigarette pants, inspired by Vietnamese tribal monks. Shashikant Naidu’s organic fabrics brought Tanjore paintings in print. Kanjeevaram, Jamdani, Chanderi, Khadi and cotton blends also shared the ramp in interesting western and Indian silhouettes. Textile designer Sanjay Garg’s “Raw Mango” using Kadwa brocade technique from Varanasi was the perfect end to the day.

Neha Dhupia for Swati Vijaivargie Shashikant Naidu's Styles on the ramp

Handloom and Textile day at Lakme Summer Resort 2015

Kiran Uttam Ghosh weaved wonders presenting Banarasi brocade and Khadi, alongside georgettes and crepes. Mayank Anand & Shraddha Nigam’s “Chauraha” collection used Dhonekali and Gamcha fabrics from West Bengal. The fabrics were uplifted with bold check patterns on the traditional colours of red, black and white. Divya Sheth presented “Sultana on Safari” bringing forth the regal heritage of Indian attires. Kalamkari and Ajrakh printing were used in innovative ways in her collection. Ujjwal Dubey’s collection relaxed structures with wide salwars, panelled anarkalis and collarless jackets.

Some Exciting Gen Next Designers

Suket DhirSuket Dhir

Only a four-year-old label, but already an interesting name in Indian fashion! Nominated for the International Woolmark Prize, the designer owes his success to the exclusive use of natural fabrics.

Anushree ReddyAnushree Reddy

One of the most exciting and looked upon designers for this season. Anushree Reddy finds inspiration from vintage fabrics and creates styles based on romance and elegance - her collections are young and fresh.

Arpita MehtaArpita Mehta

A graduate from SNDT Womens University, Arpita is well-know for her signature mirror style. Her mentor Manish Malhotra taught her everything about fashion. She is an exciting designer to watch out for!

Nitin ChawlaNitin Chawla

This menswears designer won the "Best Design Collection" in 2008 and is a graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology. His label "Theorem" offers sharp tailored mens collections. Watch out for a fresh approach, and very stylish and on-trend collections.

Sonaakshi RaajSonaakshi Raaj

The designer's name is synonymous with glamour, luxury and femininity. Sonaakshi Raj worked with Manish Malhotra, and this young designer has already been dressing a lot of the Bollywood celebrities on and off the screen. Watch out for stylish looks that are right on-trend and have touches of OTT.

Little ShilpaLittle Shilpa

Little Shilpa (so called because of her smaller physical structure), a milliner, studied fashion design at Mumbai University and creates beautiful and elaborate styles that have been used on the ramp both in India and on selected international shows. Watch out for drama on the ramp!

Bollywood Showstoppers at Lakme Fashion Week

While most of the information is still under wraps, Bollywood presence at Lakme Winter Festive 2015 is greatly anticipated. Continuing tradition, we hope to see Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kareena Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri and maybe Ranbir Kapoor too in show stopping ensembles.

Continuing her grand finale tradition, Kareena Kapoor Khan will be the showstopper for Gaurav Gupta this Lakme Winter Festive 2015. Anamika Khanna brought the curtains down on the Summer Resort show this year with Kareena Kapoor, presenting the Sculpt concept of Lakme through her collection. Kareena, the face of Lakme, will be ruling the Sculpt line again for the Winter Festive show under Gaurav Gupta, who will be carrying forward the structured look of Sculpt. Closing the Lakme show for the first time, Gaurav Gupta is very pleased to have Kareena Kapoor as his grand finale lady.

Another Bollywood diva to watch out for is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Aishwarya Rai was the perfect showstopper for Manish Malhotra’s closing show ‘The Empress Story’ at the Amazon India Couture Week 2015. She walked the ramp as a showstopper after five years for Manish Malhotra. Speculations are that this trend will be continued at Lakme Winter Festive 2015.

Our Top Five Bollywood Showstoppers from Previous Lakme Fashion Weeks


1. Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor for Manish Malhotra’s Grand Finale

Kareena Kapoor for Manish Malhotra’s Grand Finale

Kareena Kapoor seems to be the hot choice as a showstopper for Lakme grand finales. She was the showstopper for Manish Malhotra at Lakme Winter Festive 2014 as well as for Anamika Khanna at Lakme Summer Resort 2015. At the Winter Festive 2014, she looked amazing in a four piece glittering gray and purple lehenga, with a mirror work embellished choli and a shimmering sheer jacket that had a slit in front of the lehenga. The jacket had abstract line patterns to the contrasting rose embroidery on the stole. She shared the ramp with another Bollywood heart throb, Varun Dhawan.

2. Malaika Arora Khan

Day 5: Malaika Arora Khan for Sonaakshi Raaj

Day 5: Malaika Arora Khan for Sonaakshi Raaj

Sonaakshi Raaj’s “Rebel with a cause” collection saw Malaika Arora Khan as the showstopper. She donned a rebellious red coloured gown which was very feminine. It had a fitted silhouette up to the thighs, with delicate vine embroidery running around the body. The flared tulle at the bottom made the gown very fascinating. Malaika, with her side swept hair and glamorous outfit oozed oodles of feminine charm.

3. Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen for Amit Aggarwal’s opening show

Sushmita Sen for Amit Aggarwal’s opening show

Sushmita Sen walked the ramp for Amit Aggarwal at the Lakme Winter Festive 2014. Her outfit had a fitted silhouette and was a black sheer stripy number with a nude fitted bodice gown underneath. A flared skirt attached to the belted waist added volume while keeping the structure of the outfit. Amit Aggarwal’s line played mostly with geometrical patterns and Sushmita’s soft curls played well with her linear outfit as she sashayed down the ramp with her signature smile.

4. Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty for Masaba’s opening show

Shilpa Shetty for Masaba’s opening show

Following Amit Aggarwal for the opening show of Winter Festive 2014, Masaba presented her quirky line with Shilpa Shetty as the showstopper. Shilpa’s svelte figure did justice to the lean body hugging outfit with full sleeves and cut-outs on both sides of the waist. The gray outfit had dish and spoon prints all over it. The zari border on the bottom hem and the white draped dupatta with the same zari border gave it an Indian touch. With dark eyes and parted hairdo, Shilpa walked tall all the way.

5. Priyanka Chopra

Day 5: Priyanka Chopra in show 5 for Varun Bahl

Day 5: Priyanka Chopra in show 5 for Varun Bahl

Priyanka Chopra played the showstopper for Varun Bahl at the Lakme Winter Festive 2014. Her look is unique when compared to other showstoppers because it is understated yet very stylish. Loose fitting black trousers with black crop top and shimmering silver jacket with a statement neckpiece, spells uber elegance. The highlight of the look is also the hairstyle. The cropped puffed hairdo complements the outfit, adding a chic factor.

Background for Lakme Fashion Week

In August 1999, the Lakme Fashion week made its debut in the Indian fashion scenario at Delhi’s Taj Palace, under FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India). As the name suggests, Lakme - the Indian cosmetic giant, is the chief sponsor of the event. Today, the Lakme fashion week is one of the most anticipated event for all fashion connoisseurs in India. This grand staging of high fashion is a biannual event, with the summer resort show held in March and the Winter Festive show held in August.

Location and Local Facilities

As the glamour of Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015 beckons the who’s who in fashion, the Palladium hotel turns host for the event. The Palladium is located in Lower Parel area, which lies in the heart of Mumbai city. The Parel area was one of the original seven islands that formed Bombay. In 1980’s this area was mostly occupied by textile mills which subsequently shut down and today the area has been revamped to emerge as one of the plushest commercial and residential areas in Mumbai.

Parel is 7 km away from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, 5 km away from Mumbai Central train station and about 18 km from Santacruz domestic airport. Multitude of hotels like ITC Grand Central, Taj Lands End and Four Seasons are ideal in case you are in Mumbai from out of town to attend the event.

Lakme fashion show’s official venue partner, the Palladium hotel will be staging the main show in ‘The Ballroom’ which is a 23 ft high wonder without any obstructing columns and hence befitting to be the runway on level 9 of the hotel. All the stalls for the designers will be set on the floor below, level 8. This will be the prime destination where buyers can interact with the designers, check out their collection and place orders.

Ballroom at the Palladium Hotel

The event will have two whole levels of the Palladium, Level 8 and 9, to itself, which is a total of around 45,000 sq ft of space to accommodate the display needs from over 100 designers. These levels will see heavy traffic from designers, models, fashion reporters, celebrities and the every year increasing buyers. The hotel will be providing ample parking space with around 50 valets to make arriving at the destination smooth. Also the central destination of the hotel in Mumbai and the indoor location of the show during monsoon should make the influx of guests smoother.

The Palladium Hotel Rooftop Restaurant at Palladium Hotel

The event destination is housed in the Phoenix High Street mall which is a hub to satiate all the entertainment needs with a bevy of stores, restaurants, clubs and multiplexes. The palladium hotel is the tallest luxury hotel in India and the profligacy it offers, just switches off the lunacy of the city! The Piano Lounge, Seven Kitchens and the Sahib Room & Kipling Bar restaurants are in close proximity of the show at Level 9. By the Mekong, Yuuka, Li Bai (Bar and Lounge) and Exo (the bar and night club) are located at the 37th or the penthouse level of Palladium giving you breathtaking views of the city disappearing into the Arabian Sea. Asilo is the rooftop restaurant that gives a panoramic view of the city with Mediterranean ambiance. Most of the facilities are strategically located around the action port on Level 9 or the higher levels dissipating your anxiety of the event.

If you are registered as a buyer for the Lakme Fashion Week, the Palladium also boasts of state of the art boardrooms and staterooms on level 8. The business center also meets all the business conferencing needs. The private business suites of the 34th, 35th and 36th are a haven of comfort for business requisites offered to the privileged few. Equus the business club for members is another tactically relevant benefit offered by the Palladium to its business visitors.

Around the Venue

If the Palladium is not enough then you have the whole High street Phoenix mall to explore. This mall which houses Palladium is also home to many premium brand stores like Emporio Armani, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Satya Paul and Ritu Kumar. The mall’s Skyzone, an indoor trampoline park, is also a great place for fitness lovers without the boredom of a fitness routine. Plus the Phoenix has added the Grand Galleria, another shopping destination with a multiplex in its vicinity.

The Palladium will definitely be packed with action in August and if you are a visitor, there will not be a dull moment for you at this destination of Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015.

When the models sashay under the spell of the designers at the Palladium this month, we can have an eyeful of Indian fashion and creativity at its best. We are inching towards 26th August and the fashion fraternity is holding its breath and anxiously waiting to catch a glimpse of the sizzle at Lakme Winter Festive 2015.

Images: Lakme Fashion Week Facebook Page, IBN Live, Ritu KumarTwitter account

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