Pioneers of fashion weeks in India, the stellar partnership between IMG events and cosmetics giant Lakme entered its second decade with the Lakme Fashion Week. The premier Indian fashion event has seen numerous venue changes, plagiarism controversies and stiff competition from other fashion weeks, but has still managed to battle is through the perilous waters.
Critics might scoff at the decidedly mass appeal of Lakme Fashion Week and many fashion connoisseurs have written off the event as merely a marketing campaign for participating designers yielding no real business. While the profitability of the event does remain a question mark for many designers, there is no denying that the bi-annual event does command the undivided attention of the entire nation’s glam brigade. With so many designers vying for the attention of this discerning audience, many Indian designers consider the Lakme Fashion Week a necessary requirement to keep themselves relevant.
Hate it or love it but in a country obsessed with their movies, there is no route to the headlines that doesn’t go via knocking on the doors of Bollywood celebrities. And with designers creating Lakme Fashion Week collections primarily focused on the fashion obsessed, the combination of the two is a sure fire way to grab eyeballs. Each year sees an ever-increasing number of Bollywood stars play muses and showstoppers to India’s emerging and established fashion designers. This year was no different as numerous Bollywood celebrities left their lofty suburban abodes to descend onto Jio Gardens at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai for the spring summer edition of Lakme Fashion Week 2018.
Yes, we know it’s always ladies first but we’re breaking that rule of etiquette for a special circumstance. This year’s Lakme Fashion Week saw an unprecedented number of gentlemen showstoppers, easily the one of the highest ever for any fashion week. Proving that Indian men are becoming much more attuned to their personal tastes and aren’t afraid to dress to reflect them.
In coordinated all-white Anita Dongre ensembles were Shahid & Mira Kapoor who seem to be gracing every fashion event together since the stupendous reviews for Padmavat. Rahul Khanna also pulled off head-to-toe white but with an athleisure twist by Narendra Kumar. Karan Johar did the opposite in a completely badass droolicious black sequin blazer by Falguni and Shane Peacock. Massive kudos on his matching steel grey locks. Karan Singh Gover walked for Chandrika Raamz in a daring coral pinstripe suit with a jacket style that could be the lovechild of a blazer and traditional angarkha. Saif Ali Khan closed the show for Shantanu & Nikhil in a contemporary style overlapping kurta with metallic accents.
Shahid & Mira Kapoor in Anita Dongre and Rahul Khanna in Narendra Kumar
Karan Johar in Falguni & Shane Peacock, Karan Singh Grover in Chandrika Raamz & Saif Ali Khan in Shantanu & Nikhil
In the interest of escalating reader curiosity we will be showcasing the ladies in an increasing order of glamour quotient. Sonakshi Sinha made an unlikely showstopper for Falguni & Shane Peacock’s menswear collection but that didn’t stop her from pulling off an embroidered blazer over a corset style bustier and high waisted palazzo trousers. On the other hand Taapsee Pannu was seen in an ultra feminine printed sequin dress layered over an embroidered tank for Ritu Kumar.
Sonakshi Sinha in Falguni & Shane Peacock & Taapsee Pannu in Ritu Kumar
In keeping with the spring summer season most Indian designers created flirty and feminine gowns in different shades of white. Disha Patani walked in a ruffled tulle number by Shriya Som. Pooja Hegde was also seen in white but designer Ridhi Mehra’s lace version had more of an Indo-fusion silhouette. Kangana Ranaut dazzled in an ivory gown encrusted with crystals by designer duo Shyamal & Bhumika.
Disha Patani in Shriya Som, Pooja Hegde in Ridhi Mehra & Kangana Ranaut in Shyamal & Bhumika
Brides and wedding parties are definitely going to be spoilt for choice this season with unlimited lehenga styles being showcased on this edition of Lakme Fashion Week. Nature lovers will absolutely adore the floral accents on Kiara Advani’s lehenga by Julie Shah, Kriti Sanon’s embroidered motifs by Tarun Tahiliani and Vaani Kapoor’s printed and threadwork style lehenga by Neha Agarwal. For something less ostentatious it has to be Karisma Kapoor’s floral blouse paired with a mint green lehenga by Ravi Bhalotia.
Kiara Advani in Julie Shah & Kriti Sanon in Tarun Tahiliani
Vaani Kapoor in Neha Agarwal & Karisma Kapoor in Ravi Bhalotia
Bipasha Basu’s red hot lehenga with a long one shoulder top by Reshma Kunhi, Diana Penty’s uber cool layered lehenga paired with a checked bustier and sequin jacket by Punit Balana and Kalki Koechlin’s textured lehenga by Jade are all possible experimental styles for those who love out-of-the-box fashions.
Bipasha Basu in Reshma Kunhi, Diana Penty in Punit Balana & Kalki Koechlin in Jade
It wasn’t all about simple lehenga designs as some stunning statement making styles were seen on Aditi Rao Hyadri by Payal Singhal, Shilpa Shetty Kundra by Jayanti Reddy and Sushmita Sen by Meera and Muzaffar Ali.
Aditi Rao Hyadri in Payal Singhal, Shilpa Shetty Kundra in Jayanti Reddy & Sushmita Sen in Meera and Muzaffar Ali
If the lehengas have you panting for more then the sarees will leave you positively speechless. It was monochrome magic all around for the saree showstoppers. Malaika Arora walked for De Belle in a pant-suit saree hybrid complete with a bird printed pallu. Yami Gautam worked the tassel blouse magic of Manish Malhotra’s velvet embroidered saree. However it was the grand finale by Anamika Khanna set against the backdrop of the rustic Bandra fort that completely overshadowed all other shows. In a fitting end to a spectacular season, Kareena Kapoor Khan channeled her inner Khaleesi in a black saree with frayed edges accessorised with a leather corset belt.
Malaika Arora in De Belle
Yami Gautami in Manish Malhotra & Kareena Kapoor Khan in Anamika Khanna
Sources: Vogue.in, Blogiism.com