The festive edition of the Lakme India Fashion Week had stylists, designers, buyers, bloggers, models, coordinators, fashion editors, makeup and hair artists, fashionistas and anyone whose pay check and image is even slightly related to the ebbs and flows of the Indian fashion scene furiously attending shows and browsing through stalls at the venue.
However there are those who cannot spend every waking minute obsessively stalking Lakme India Fashion Week’s social media pages for any tiny morsel of fashion deliciousness through their updates.
The ones who still love fashion but are too impatient to scroll through scores of images of every designer’s collection and watch small and grainy snippets of the shows on YouTube.
In an effort to make things simpler for these time-deprived lovers of Indian fashion, what follows is a compiled a cheat sheet of the biggest names to showcase at the Lakme India Fashion Week this season.
The opening show of this season’s Lakme India Fashion Week brought back one of Bollywood’s favourite designer duo after a long hiatus. The veteran designers’ couture collection took a page out of the history books to recreate the glamour and bling of the 70s and 80s disco era and aptly titled it ‘Jawani Janeman’ referencing Abu Jani’s contribution to Parvin Babi’s costume in the original song.
Models sashayed down the mirrored runway to the retro tunes of Bolly classic music fused with Gloria Gaynor and Ellie Goudling. The colour palette was the duo’s signature hues of white, off white, beige and gold with full blown embellishments in sequins, mirrors, bugle beads and multicoloured stones which lent pops of colour to the outfits.
Ruffled gowns, sequined kaftans, Swarovski laden saris, heavily embellished lehengas and plunging neckline cholis adorned the ladies while the men sported sheer embroidered shirts, tulle coats and kurtas.
Another Bollywood favourite ended the proceedings on Day 1 of the Lakme India Fashion Week with a surprising twist to this collection. The designer decided to celebrate 25 years in fashion with a complete u-turn by presenting a menswear collection titled ‘The Gentlemen’s Club’.
Manish Malhotra’s celluloid designs are created for glamorous screen goddesses that send pulses racing while his runway collections go straight from the ramp and into the luxe dripping closets of discerning brides and fashionistas who love clothes that are high impact drama without overdone bling. The menswear collection was also drenched in Manish’s particular brand of magic with ethnic and western ensembles comprising sherwanis to suits in a mute colour palette of charcoal, deep burgundy, mocha, navy, emerald and navy blue. Jackets paired with slim fitted pants, and trousers over sherwanis and bandhgalas all tailored in opulent silks and velvets with copper embroidered accents.
The collection unfolded down a runway set up to resemble the inside of an exclusive and plush gentlemen’s club. The maestro didn’t leave the ladies hanging by including some gorgeously crafted womenswear pieces and Ranbir Kapoor as showstopper was the cherry on top of an eye candy cake!
The ace designer gave OTT bridal and wedding ensembles a wide berth by presenting a ready-to-wear collection at the Lakme India Fashion Week’s Winter/Festive Edition. His collection featured separates like gold embroidered crop tops, dhoti pants, lungi skirts, peplum gilets, capelets and jumpsuit saris all of which could be matched in as many ways as one can imagine.
As someone who has always understood the importance of prêt in fashion Tarun Tahiliani was inspired by creating a fluidity in ethnic wear which is usually only reserved for western clothing. Designed for the woman who wants the freedom to experiment with her outfits so that they can take her from dinner to understated events to casual wedding festivities, the collection transcends the traditional matchy-matchy norm of Indian attire.
The palette was decidedly toned down ranging from rust to reds to violets and dark blues with easier silhouettes that allowed for endless combinations that truly express the personality of the wearer. The jumpsuit sari which evolved from the previously showcased dhoti sari and the peplum gilets and capelets were the obvious victors in a collection that let women go from elegant and ladylike to edgy glamazon with one quick swap of a garment.
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Avant Garde couturier Gaurav Gupta presented his ‘Sculpt’ collection for the grand finale of the Lakme India Fashion Week 2015. Set against the antiquated backdrop of a woman’s head with flowing hair and staircases on either side, the runway was a pristine white canvas waiting to be painted with pieces in neoprene, silks, georgettes and tulle. What followed was a mesmerising array of gowns with sculptural textures on Gaurav’s signature silhouettes.
The colour palette was a minimalistic one with white, black, red and monochrome prints to allow for the grandiose origami, colossal ruffles and foil treatments to scream for much deserved attention. Kareena Kapoor Khan in a flowing black gown with strategically placed sheer panels, an impeccable updo and red pout brought down the curtain on a show that left everyone gasping with sensory and creative overload of the best possible kind.
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