Standout styles at the 2013 Summer-Resort extravaganza
It was a heady mix of fashion, glamor and Bollywood. The Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) 2013 held from March 21 to 26 at the opulent Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai saw the biggest names in the designer fraternity rub shoulders with Bollywood icons and celebrities. Fashion, glamor and style went on display amid coohs and aahs from the mesmerized audience.
User friendly couture
Since this was the summer resort collection, the focus was on the cool and wearable. The main theme was to introduce Indian summer dresses for sunny days. The underlying theme for most designers was mixing conventional kurtas, saris and ghagras and anarkalis with contemporary silhouettes in fabrics that ran the whole gamut from natural cotton muslin and smashed content to khadi, crepe and georgette. In fact, many designers like Nikhil Thampi, Nishka Lulla and Nupur Kanoi stayed away from the over-the-top bling that most designers have favored in the past to create highly wearable, subtle designs.
Star struck fashion
Can Bollywood and fashion ever be separated? This was a no-brainer at the LFW. There was no dearth of star power what with not just pretty actresses but hunky actors taking to the catwalk. While Indian export Freida Pinto walked for First Lady Michelle Obama’s preferred designer Naeem Khan, Bollywood brawns Shahid Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor strode-danced for designer Kunal Rawal. Rohit Roy was Aarti Vijay’s showstopper while model-actress Evelyn Sharma walked the ramp for Rocky S in a dramatic black gown and Vidya Malvade strutted the catwalk for designers Farha and Firdos.
A surprise show stopper was comedian-actor Vinay Pathak who joined pretty models to sashay creations by Agnimitra Paul. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez unveiled PETA’s newest campaign for adoption of dogs. Sara Loren showcased Sonaakshi Raaj’s creations while former Miss World, actress Diana Hayden walked for Sounia Gohil and Kareena Kapoor was Namrata Joshipura’s show stopper.
Glamor the Manish way
It was only fitting that Bollywood’s fave designer Manish Malhotra paid homage to 100 years of Indian cinema with an exclusive collection that brought together the film fraternity in a way that only he can pull off. Every actress worth her salt shared runway space for this iconic stylist. Divas Priyanka Chopra, Karisma Kapoor and Kajol joined veterans Hema Malini and Asha Bhosle on the catwalk. Oscar- winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya and directors Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee and Zoya Akhtar also gamely walked the ramp as did new-boys-in town Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan.
Standout styles we loved
Nikhil Thampi resort wear line introduced the quirky fish print design with sheers taking over in a big way. The collection was summery to the hilt with sunny yellows mixed up with whites to give a breezy vibe. Rocky S’s black and jade georgette, chiffon, satin and silk collection was sensual and sultry, ideal for women who want to ‘stand out’.
Rajat Tangri, Kangana Ranaut and Gul Panag’s fave designer, drew inspiration from mystical earthy geological forms to create spectacular gowns, fitted dresses and jump suits for women and sharply tailored suits for men. Suhani Pittie’s creations too were inspired by Mother Nature. Her ‘Dances with the Earth’ collection starred entwining trellis, vines, flora and fauna of the forest in striking hairbands, borlas, ear kanautis, belts, bangles, armbands, anklets and necklaces.
In keeping with his theme of fashion filmi ishtyle Malhotra’s silhouettes dated back to the white and black ensembles of the 1950s to the ultra-feminine anarkali of the 1960s, polka dots and hippie flair of the 1970s, disco razzmatazz of the 1980s and subtle, feminine forms of the 1990s.
The ‘yarn’ of Benaras
Masaba Gupta’s ‘Postcards from Benaras’ was a prelude to her bridal collection, scheduled for launch in December. Monochrome saris with colorful pops, net cover-ups and prints of people, tulips, roses and fans livened up the collection. Meanwhile designer Nishka Lulla’s ‘Yarn’ collection added cute dandelion inspired embellishments on organza, muslin and crepe. A fluid, comfy line deconstructed shapes, the ultimate in retro chic for women on the move.
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