Lakme Fashion Week has turned fifteen this year and we are all patiently awaiting this year’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015. Before the fashion week drama begins – we have selected our 5 favourite Lakme Fashion Week designers from the amazing schedule, to get you excited about what’s to come!
First up is one of the most renowned Lakme Fashion Week Designers, Tarun Tahiliani. The Tarun Tahiliani brand is set out to create the ultimate “India Modern” aesthetic. Tarun has created a brand which combines contemporary silhouettes with Indian traditions such as draped forms and traditional hand crafted techniques. Merged with western styling such as the cut, construction and finish, but infused with the much loved Indian heritage and detailed craftsmanship.
Next up on our favourite Lakme Fashion Week Designers list is no other than the Indian fashion genius himself, Manish Malhotra. Manish Malhotra began his career in 1990, originally as a costume designer within the Bollywood Industry. Manish is known for not only designing clothes for Bollywood’s leading actors, but has also designed for many International Stars such as Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue, and renowned supermodel Naomi Campbell. Manish Malhotra’s designs are one of the most celebrated in India, and are known for their original colour and storytelling nature. His collections are known to reflect ‘contemporary India’, with extremely contemporary styling, which showcases glamorised and intricate craftsmanship.
Shilpa Reddy is another of the Lakme Fashion Week Designers we are excited to see. In a world where cultures are slowly becoming less prominent, and individualism is becoming increasingly more important, Shilpa Reddy has made her fashion trade mark as ‘understated glamour’. Shilpa’s muse for all of her designs is the modern and empowered Indian women, her label therefore merges traditional cultural foundations with unique modern interpretations. She applies innovative Indian techniques to cultural silhouettes, reinventing cultural Indian embellishment and embroideries. Shilpa’s label brings a new and exciting dimension to Indian bridal wear. Her pieces often showcase elegant cuts, clean structures and premium and luxury fabrics.
Another person who is definitely on our top Lakme Fashion Week Designers list is Mumbai born Wendell Rodicks. Wendell’s first ever collection from Goa quickly earned him the title ‘Guru of Minimalism’ and his next collection which was showcased in 1995, which soon founded the concept of Indian ‘resort wear’, as well as eco-friendly garments in India. He then eventually put Goa on the fashion map of the world. Wendell Rodicks signature style is very unique in India, showcasing ancient Indian geometry with a relaxed Goan attitude. He uses natural Indian fabrics and silhouettes in sheer layered, fluid and draped fabrics in bright and experimental colours.
Last but not least on our favourite Lakme Fashion Week designers list is Anamaika Khanna. Anamika’s rendezvous with design and fashion began with the Damania Fashion Award in 1995, which originally started off her career, and saw the beginning of the label “ANAMIKA KHANNA”. Colour, craft and unique texture are Anamaika’s forte, and striking trousseau wear is her area of specialisation. Her signature style is extremely global with ethnic and traditional Indian craft as her backbone. Inspired by ‘Sculpt’, her Lakme Grand Finale will see a unique attempt to infuse sculpt into Indian silhouettes, which are mostly forgotten today.
Sources: Beauty Tip Smart, Mumbai Gloss, Urban Asain, Style Mag, Trends 4 ever