Hello brides, brides-to-be and everyone in between!
Hardly ten days since Amazon India Fashion Week concluded, we are barely over the frenzy that caused, and did I just say Lakme Fashion Week is underway? Yes I did, and you better keep up because Fashion and Fun wait for none.
The week opened with an insanely majestic and star studded Manish Malhotra show which, to say the least, was the work of a genius. I just don’t understand how one person can launch so many different collections in one year – Regal Threads (the one where he worked with Banarasi textiles), the Mijwan Collection (in Association with the Mijwan Welfare Society), and now this latest one, titled Elements. Since I was completely speechless for a change, I decided to forego the blog post and share my top picks on Facebook instead. Make sure you check it out!
And now, the update you’ve been waiting for.
To start with, I just want to say how different LFW is from AIFW. The latter has many more designers showcasing everdyday and therefore the variety in styles and aesthetics is way more. Therefore, this is not one of those fashion weeks where every third look is for a bride – but that’s cool because it really breaks the monotony we are starting to experience in Indian fashion.
Having said that, I think there were several excellent collections showcased on Day 1, with Quirkbox being my NUMBER 1 FAVOURITE OMG I LOVE IT collection. Apart from that, there were Archana Rao’s and Sahil Kochhar’s super summery collections with lots of sheer panelling and overlays which I absolutely loved. There was also an installation style show by Pinakin where the models, including the gorgeous Pernia Qureshi, were adorned in flowers and breezy sarees. Too bad we don’t have better pictures of that. So while I do think there were some real trousseau-worthy pieces in these collections, I haven’t covered them in detail for the simple reason that there wasn’t more than a look or two that stood out.
So let’s move on to the ones that did.
When I heard that this collection was inspired by dots, I was like no, no, no, not polka dots please. But of course, I was stressing about nothing (SOML LOL). Because Yogesh Chaudhry is awesome, his show was awesome too. He has used the concept of how dots form lines to put together this collection. Lots of bare shoulders, easy flared lehengas interesting caped silhouettes were what we were treated to. I got a real 2000s flashback with that one-shoulder white lehenga giving me a real “Poo from K3G” vibe. Love it.
Ideal for: Every single sangeet you attend this summer
So a little background here. This show was a collaboration between designers and artisans to showcase different techniques and textiles, not unlike the India Modern Grand Finale at AIFW. Except, with different designers of course, and not as experimental.
I absolutely loved modern day Midas, Rajesh Pratap Singh‘s mini collection which was an extension of all the gold we saw recently. There was also some divine chikankari in the péro by Aneeth Arora collection that I wish I was wearing the minute I saw it.
But the real bridal-worthy outfits were showcased by Anupama Bose, Hemang Agarwal and Asif Shaikh. Anupama used my all time favourite print, Leheriya, with traditional gota work in a bunch of sarees and lehengas, while Hemang gave us a taste of Indian geeky chic. Asif’s collection was stellar and most unique though. He used Ajrakh prints, Ari and Zardozi embroidery to give birth to looks that are fit in a princess’ trousseau. Props to him for choosing really subtle colour combinations because its so easy to overboard when you’re working with rich fabrics and techniques.
Ideal for: The mother(s)-in-law
I give Anand Kabra complete credit for introducing the jacket-saree to us several years ago. And today, he made sure that this piece was given its due importance in his collection. There were several combinations in a range of colours, from season favourite White to a deeper Burgundy and Navy. While those are colours that I wouldn’t normally like to wear in Summer, I think that the silhouettes were really interesting. My favourite has to be that jumpsuit – a minor gripe would be the harem-pantish hem, but well, we can’t have it all.
Now, this show took place in the parking lot under really harsh lighting. And I don’t know if its the photos or what, but that make up is not working. Sitting in the humidity of Chennai, I can only think of terribly oily skin when I see the highly illuminated faces of the models. (Hey brides, that’s a trou-tip right there! Go a little easy on that shine, will you?)
Ideal for: An indoor, air conditioned Cocktail (not that you would even consider keeping it outdoors in this heat, but still…)
Ok, so that’s it from me from Day 1! As always, love to hear your thoughts, and any requests you may have.
Love you too ♥
//Images via vogue.in and elle.in//