Lakme Fashion Week: Day 4
Each day of Fashion week at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai has been a steady escalation of genius. And day four was no different.
Starting out the day with four young designers, Nupur Kanoi, Shashank and Prajwal, and Ruchika Sachdeva who presented her label Bodice, LFW Summer Resort 2012 day 4 was off to a good start.
Nupur's collection was a sleek Indo-western line with clean silhouettes and a basic colour scheme of blue and white, the latter representing spirituality. Depicting vedic symbolism, she used crafts to enhance the surface detailing on her garments and fabric tapes as enhancements to every outfit.
Shashank and Prajwal's collection was centred on blotting art and cutwork and was inspired by the chaos of city life. They cleverly used organza, net and chiffon to create a 3D feel to their clothes. The colour palette was basic black and white so that the colourful art would have a canvas to stand out. Angled, edgy silhouettes added drama, like in the case of the sheer dress with the black border.
Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva consisted of a wide mix of jackets, dresses, tops and jumpsuits. Her inspiration was the deep blue sea, and marine life, and this influenced her colour choices, shapes and textures. Neutral shades like grey were contrasted with a pop of colours like yellow, coral and pista. The drop crotch pants and nicely structured playsuits were the highlight.
Eina Alhuwalia's conceptual jewellery collection was undoubtedly the highlight of the entire day. The concept itself that was titled Forgotten Jewel reminded us that residing inside us is the strength to be able to do or face anything. Walking down in nude tone creations models beckoned the audience to open the eye of the mind, soul and heart as they revealed intricate filigree work and motifs of the eye in each piece of jewellery. Eina showcased one runway piece like the big gold egg that started the show, as well as wearable versions of each piece, like the six cascading eggs necklace. Another divine piece was an intricate filigree piece in the shape of an anatomical heart.
Payal Singhal's Resort Bridal collection was a treat to the eyes as it married resort and Indian bridal wear seamlessly. Inspired by the Midsummer night's Dream, it had an obvious Shakespearean feel to it and was a perfect fit for an Indian destination wedding. Admiring these creations from the front row was none other than Kajol, who cheered on as her sister Tanisha Mukherjee walked the ramp as the showstopper. The main colour palette showed a lot of ivory, with pops of emerald green, turmeric, navy blue, pink and even purple. You could feast your eyes on a selection of gowns, lehengas, saris, salwar-suits and even a beautifully embellished jumpsuit. She played expertly with textures using georgette, silk, brocades, tulle and taffeta and her signature of embellishments crystals, filigree with gota and pita kora work. Tanisha dazzled the ramp in an indigo-navy lehenga, with a flowing embellished dupatta, her favourite part of the ensemble.
Neha Agarwal's fun collection called Wake Up Will Ya? used silk, chiffon, satin and malmal to create a quirky and spirited collection. The leaf was used as an accessory through the collection as well as a print motif for the garments. She used minimal layering to create fluid summer attire in colours of black, white and nude with pops of colour like coral, green, blue and onion. She showcased sequins and hand painting on her creations which added edge to the casual attire. Saris, miniskirts, pleated trousers and maxis completed the line.
Following Neha, was Rimi Nayak with her eclectic collection inspired by insects. While the clothing itself stayed conventional, the prints were for the outrageous and individual dresser. The wide range of colour including greens, blues, pinks and shimmery golds and blacks reflect the personification of the insect world. The silhouettes of the garment are also an interesting blend of structure and draping to show the body structure and motion of the insects. Most interesting were the digital prints on ants and bugs made to look like they were crawling around the clothes. Long maxi s, with cut out shoulders, saris, cowled skirts all shared the insect motif. And if not, there was always the brooch.
Siddhartha Tytler's collection called My Journey showcases all the style statements he has been able to create and the highlight is given to his signature pieces. His creation of printed lace for the show earned him much appreciation. Appliqué work, use of sequins and a lot of embroidery was noticed in his garments. Well what's better than having to end a show with a gorgeous piece on the show stopper? Sonali Bendre walked the ramp with him in a black outfit that was layered with a free flowing, long jacket. The jacket was immersed in several colours that were incorporated in the patch work done on it. Besides the usual set of clothes on display he also played with swim suits and body suits to add a twist to the story.
Swapnil Shinde's show saw many a celebrities gathering to watch the collection for this season. From Mugdha Godse to Gayatri Joshi, Chang to Anushka Manchanda; this show had star power. The collection clearly drew inspiration from all things raw, dramatic and tribal and of course unconventional. The highlight of the show was the 'neon lit heels'. That added the touch of the 80s but with a distinct twist of Swapnil's creativity. The bold silhouettes couldn't go unnoticed. He used coil-like hoses on corsets and tops to add the 'space creature' effect. He added the sci-fi touch to his collection with the use of such interesting materials. Black, white and gold were prominent in the colour palette. From pants, jumpsuits, skirts to shirts, corsets, jackets and gowns; the collection was a cocktail in itself.
The Karmic Show was a new segment added to the Lakme Fashion Week which showcased the collection of various designers that they especially designed for Karmic. It is with the idea of making expensive designer labels more approachable for the ardent followers who wish to own these products but can't afford the high price. Neha and Pradeep Hirani brought these designers under one roof to recreate their magic for The Karmic Show. The collection included apparels from Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya, Anamika Khanna, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Rocky S, Ranna Gill, Shantanu & Nikhil, Neeta Lulla, Kavita Bhartia and Rina Dhaka. An innovation in itself, this is the first time that so many accomplished designers are walking the ramp for a particular brand. The show concentrated on Indian textiles and Indian craft. The motifs were traditional yet got a modern touch and hence, created perfect balance of traditional and contemporary. We saw a mix of sarees, salwar kameez, kurtis and also dresses which could match the sensibilities of all buyers. Sonakshi Sinha walked for JJ Valaya in the Karmic Show. The show ended with all the designers walking till the end of the ramp posing to show perfect unity. The show saw the renowned faces of Sridevi, Tarun Tahiliani, Mahima Choudhary, Adam Bedi, A D Singh and several others.
Narendra Kumar played the dual role of being the DJ for the show and the man behind the collection, the designer who made this brilliant show possible. With the inspiration coming from the latest track Moves like Jagger one could only expect spunk, fun and spice on the ramp. The Maroon 5 track got the audience to groove especially that the models gave up the stiff runway walk and loosened up to dance to the track. The personification of Mike Jagger's personality through this collection couldn't have taken a better shape. With bold colours like pink, orange, yellow and the rest the stage came alive with the clothes that were everything stylish. The super slim fit was introduced in the collection and men sported tight jackets, blazers and trousers. Embroidery, link buttons and colour blocking were conspicuous in all garments. Full of bright hues and a lot of energy, the collection left the audience mesmerised. While one can question as to who can sport these outfits off the ramp, the way they were presented in the show was nothing short of spectacular. The first show in this season which had a pop of fun and entertainment; it was a great experience to see the audience becoming a part of the show and moving to the tune of the song.