The great long-awaited Mumbai fashion week, Lakmé Fashion Show started with an explosion of luxury, and sumptuous charm with Manish Malhotra’s collection ‘Summer Affair’. Considered one of India’s most successful fashion designers and known for designing the costumes for top Bollywood stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and many more.
Manish Malhotra’s opening show at the Lakmé Fashion Show was a splendid artistic spectacle. He brought the beauty of nature onto the ramp with charming, twisting branches that weaved along the edges of the ramp. Displays of decorative blossom burst out above the audience and creepers wound down from the ceiling emphasizing the beauty of spring.
Manish Malhotra’s collection merged beautifully with the decorative surroundings, featuring sherwanis, slim pants, pre-stitched saris, cholis and long gowns. The colours were light and summery with grey and shades of pink. The fantastic show was closed by actress Sonakshi Sinha who walked elegantly down the ramp in an alluring black gown with white embroidery.
Sougat Paul’s inspiration for his collection was of extreme detailing in the textures of everyday objects. His gowns were vibrant with block colours of green, brown and white. Other outfits sparkled with sequins and detailed embroidery.
One of the best new collections on Day One of the Lakmé Fashion Show was the collection by Narendra Kumar called ‘Dark Love’. His collection was inspired by the artist Franz Kline, an abstract expressionist who created dynamic paintings with heavy architectural shapes, giving the impression of spontaneous drama. Kumar’s collection evoked Kline’s artistic principles. His new suits were cleanly cut and structured. He evoked the various stages of love with bold, contrasting colours. His yellow and bright blue jumpsuits suggested a celebration of joy. His use of rust and burgundy and his black suits emphasized darkness.
Finishing off Day One of the Lakmé Fashion Show in style was the extravagant Tarun Tahiliani who decorated the ramp with bouquets of white organza leaves that hung down from the ceiling. His designs featured an eclectic range of monotones and bright opulent colours. His models looked graceful in his black and white sarees. His other clothes were kurtas, dhoti sarees, kalidaar kurtas and draped dhoti pants.
Tarun Tahiliani focused on making sure his new line was wearable but also making use of the traditional techniques and fabrics. His outfits were made from chiffons, summer cottons and featuring chikankari, jamazaar work and paisley motifs. Finishing off his spectacular show was the actress Jacqueline Fernandez who wore a magnificent Tahiliani anarkali.
The SVA designers on Day Three of the Lakmé Fashion Show created splendour through their collection that drew on historical couture effortlessly combined with contemporary styles with pure fabrics and soulful details.
Anita Dongre’s long anticipated show was not a disappointment. Her clothes featured pastel and subtle colours creating serene, summery looks with delicate textiles. Scintillating designs hung on both male and female models.
We can’t wait for the closing of Lakmé Fashion Show, which will be showcasing the epic new collection of the designer Rajesh Pratap Singh. His collection is inspired by illusion and will feature designs with metallic colours for innovative new looks for summer.