LFW heralds the Wedding/Festive season
The event was a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and texture .
Undoubtedly it was THE fashion event of the season, a festive and pre-bridal fantasy that brought together the finest designers, celebs, Bollywood actors and a glamor struck audience. Held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai, from August 23-August 27, the starry five-day event flagged off with a vibrant collection by the inimitable Manish Malhotra titled ‘Reflections’.
A swirling fusion of Indian traditions, cultures, colors and rituals, the compilation brought to life the myriad hues of Rajasthan and Kutch as the models twirled in rainbow tones of deep green, dark beige, tan, burgundy, pink, red, navy and mustard ghagra pants and koti (bolero) tops with mirror work. A perennial favorite of Bollywood, there was no dearth of stars at Malhotra’s show, from Lara Dutta, Karisma Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana to Rangeela girl Urmila Matondkar in a stunning one shoulder ensemble and Kajol and Jacqueline Fernandez in pretty ethnic outfits.
Anita Dongre’s ode to Rajasthan
Anita Dongre too paid homage to Rajasthan, celebrating the bold, independent woman with her festive collection, ‘Jaipur Brides 2013’. This collection portrayed the myriad moods of Anita’s bridal muse, Nayantara, a bubbly young girl who defies convention but loves all things traditional. The collection, inspired by the Jantar Mantar, showcased embroidered ensembles in geometric shapes and patterns. Her menswear range ‘Anshuman‘ was crafted from silk, heavy linen and brocades and offered up kurtas, bandhgalas, dhotis, shirts and trousers. There was no dearth of celeb attendees including Urmila Matondkar, Juhi Chawla, Pooja Chopra, Gul Panag and Sangeeta Bijlani.
Persian odyssey by Payal Singhal
If Rajasthan was Malhotra and Dongre’s inspiration, the ‘Char Bagh’ or four gardens of Persia were Payal Singhal’s muse. The talented designer used bold graphic prints with intricate embroidery on feminine silhouettes to create lehenga saris, asymmetric kurtas and graphic printed pants. The graceful and lissome showstopper Lisa Haydon glided down the ramp in a blush lehenga with a long sleeved choli and net dupatta.
Resort wear by Ranna Gill
Ranna Gill chose to go the resort themed wedding route, taking inspiration from the romantic island of Mauritius. She used the myriad hues of the island’s landscape—rippling aquamarine of the sea, verdant green palms, shimmering white beaches and the golden sun—moving effortlessly from dawn to dusk. Using lace and tulle, Gill also added crepe, chiffon, georgette and silk elements to create long maxis, sexy swimwear, kaftans slinky shifts and sheaths, easy comfort wear and dramatic formal offerings. Her showstopper actress Yami Gautam looked ethereal in a pristine white gown liberally dotted with silver embroidery.
Kathakali and Nikhil Thampi
Designer Nikhil Thampi showcased a semi-Indian collection inspired by his grandmother’s wardrobe and Kathakali dancers, using unmissable accessories like belts, armbands, brooches, head gear, nose rings and cuffs to up the glam quotient. Meanwhile Nishka Lulla introduced fuss-free wardrobe selections that could be mixed and matched extensively to create a melangé of permutations and combinations using fabrics like terry wool, cotton drill, wool jersey, lame, crêpe, silk tissue and satin.
Jatin Verma’s Eden to Paradise
Jatin Varma’s collection ‘From Eden to Paradise’ was for the sensual, confident woman, a line of striking gowns with sexy corsets in eye popping shades of shocking pink, cobalt blue, red and purple. A dash of fringes and tassels on necklines, some textured stockings under transparent skirts or slashed leggings peeped through the nylon mesh added a seductive touch.
Sensuality Rock S style
It was drama and sensuality as designer Rocky S unleashed his uber glam ‘Rocky Star’ collection. Lace, tulle, silk and velvet were used to create figure-hugging, contour-gliding, and eye-catching formal wear with strategically placed lace accents, plunging rear necklines and floral appliqués. His one-shoulder draped Grecian column, mermaid shape gowns with trailing skirts was a clear winner. Concluding the eye-catching show was showstopper, Pond’s Femina Miss India International 2011, Ankita Shorey in a sensational fishtail lace gown.
Little Shilpa’s unconventional collection
Head and neck accessory diva Shilpa Chavan or Little Shilpa used unconventional, futuristic designs in her collection titled ‘Grey Matter’. She displayed silk saris draped in quirky styles and worn with men’s shirts, t-shirts or katori choli-cum-shirts. The head and face ornaments turned the models into deities and divas as paisleys, florals and ornate shapes covered the head in Perspex and Plexiglas neo graphic styles.
There was a fair sprinkling of wearable designer wear too. Nupur Kanoi, a young and vivacious designer presented an exciting easy-to-wear ethnic and western wear collection in a vivid color palette of tomato, plum and brown. The collection had it all. Kurtis, jackets, Pakistani pants, jumpsuits, maxis and skirts embellished with embroidery, zips, stripes and lace in a range of silhouettes. Meanwhile Payal Khandwala presented an ethnic collection with a twist. Saris worn with leather belts and cloth hair accessories in earthy and jewel toned shades.
Ritu Kumar’s exotic vintage collection
Padma Shree awardee and iconic designer Ritu Kumar presented an exotic vintage collection, ‘The Thunder Mountain and the Curling Vine’ with Reliance Jewels. It was a medley of colors, styles and weaves inspired by the lush forests and serene mountains in the Himalayan range.
Using hand-woven back strap loomed fabrics, Bhutanese Tangkhas, prayer flags, kanni weaves, hand spun khadi, woven silks, leather, Lycra and Jamavar Kashmiri motifs, the new line has Kumar’s inimitable style all over it. Her line included long-sleeved coat dresses, kurtas, trousers, leggings, the kira (Bhutanese wrap around skirt), wrap jackets, dresses, kaftans, kalidaar kurtas and capes. Actress Nargis Fakhri concluded the show, shimmering in a stunning diamond polki set, haath phool and maang tikka from the Reliance Jewels collection in a white embellished floor-length, kalidaar kurta and flowing dupatta.
Royalty Sabyasachi style
Vidya Balan’s favorite designer Sabyasachi Mukerjee brought down the curtains with his spectacular Indian wear royal collection. The show also showcased Lakme’s ‘Absolute Royal’ collection of day and night looks. The show flagged off with the lighting of seven glittering chandeliers and models sashaying down the runway.
Mukherjee stuck to his preferred color palette of nude, ivory, white and beige before moving to red and black. He showcased quilted skirts, lehengas, saris, waistcoats, skirts, jackets, dresses, sherwanis and churidar-kurtas, teaming the ensembles with heavily embellished duppatas, glares and jewelry. Cheering his exquisite creations were diehard fans Nargis Fakhri, Kalki Koechlin, Sameera Reddy, Shraddha Kapoor and Jugal Hansraj.
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