LFW SR 2014: Glitz, glamor, high octane drama
The Lakmé Fashion Week, Summer/Resort 2014, was a fashion extravaganza like no other with the who’s who of the fashion, glamour and film fraternity turning out in droves. The Grand Hyatt in Mumbai bustled with high brow energy and like last season the grand spectacle kicked off with Bollywood’s favorite designer Manish Malhotra on March 11 ending on March 16 with Rajesh Pratap Singh’s futuristic collection.
Nykaa scoured the designer-showstopper maze to pick the Top Three Favorite designer looks from each day. Better still, we’ve also showcased the standout makeup looks for each of these designers. Check out the looks and make the ones you love most your own with a little help from Nykaa’s beauty chest.
For lovers of romance and alluring fashion, ‘A Summer Affair’ by Manish Malhotra made for an unforgettable grand opening at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. Romance, color, style and creativity flowed down the catwalk when he opened the show. Bollywood’s currently-in-demand star Sonakshi Sinha made a graceful entry in a long floor skimming sheer black kurta emblazoned with stunning white embroidery. The perfect outfit to set the mood of the very delicate and ethereal collection.
The makeup was soft summer kissed with pastel lipstick shades, and nude-pink smoky eyes showed off with sharp shaped eyebrows. The hair was tied up in buns and parted to give perfect definition to the face.
Nikhil Thampi presented a stunning, chic and sassy collection. He’s rebellious and one of a kind and his collected ‘Untamed’ was unabashedly sexy aimed at the woman who doesn’t have to try too hard to look sensual. He started with an all-white line of structured ensembles and then added pinks; rose, blush and dusty nude. But the colour story deepened as he showed off red, mango, yellow, purple, teal and tan leather. The perfect collection that had the warmth and vibrancy of spring-summer written all over it.
The hair was left down with soft curls, parted to one side, and the makeup was fresh and summery with highlighted cheekbones and enhancing face cuts.
Narendra Kumar presented several wardrobe options that were stylish and trendsetting on all fronts. The show started with bright and joyful blue and yellow, followed by dramatic moss and dark green. It moved onto burgundy and rust, ending with stark black to complete the palette of the dark theme.
Nari has always been offbeat; he likes to deal with complex looks much like the moods and love tangles we deal with. The eyes were played up with splotchy black, pink and red while the hair was back combed and messed up. If you covet the hard core, funked up look, this is definitely worth a try.
If you are a summer bride, you have to get a Tarun Tahiliani outfit for your wedding from his Summer Resort 2014 collection. Princess to Queen to Empress this designer manages to make every woman feel like royalty. Summer cottons and sushi voiles came alive with thread and chikan work. Ombré added shades to chiffon saris while kimkhab kurtas were a vision in sheer silk. The showstopper was the lovely Jacqueline Fernandez who looked sensational in a shaded orange /pink/ red net kalidaar kurta dupatta and magnificent Raani Haar Matha Patti and earrings.
The makeup was flawless. Flush cheeks and glam smoky eyes stood out, accompanied by heavy fringes and complimenting lush lashes.
The day dawned wild and buzzing with stars and shutterbugs. Designers were on a roll and celebrities made the perfect muse. Lakme makeup artistes worked double time with both just launched and older tried and tested products to create visual artistry. The looks were hot and sensational and they were the cherry on every designer’s creations.
It’s not easy to carry off looks straight from the runway into your day-to-day life but you could pick up a few pointers and try them out. Who knows you could transform yourself into an off the ramp diva.
Sailex presented a stunning line of stylish women’s wear that fitted in perfectly with the rising mercury. We saw a perfect blend of feminine and androgynous silhouettes. Dividing his collection into color stories starting with cream, grey and then graphite, grey and orange before ending with salmon-orange, it won’t be far off the mark to say Orange is the new Black! Sailex unleashed high octane evening wear, impeccably tailored with distinct style directions. Utterly feminine, beautifully crafted, each entry was well conceived and stayed with you after the show ended. Like all his other collections, he left everyone mystified. Sailex dictates fashion with extraordinary elegance and beauty.
Pulled back center parted hair is so sexy on the ramp. The lips were left pure nude. With the eye shadow pulled out on the sides of the eyes, the look was stark yet dreamy.
Jabong.com, India’s leading fashion destination launched international high street label Dorothy Perkins in India at the ongoing Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. Actress Kangana Ranaut walked the ramp donning a gorgeous Dorothy Perkins ensemble during the launch. Leaving fashion fanatics spellbound, the show was attended by the city’s crème de la crème amidst a thunderous round of applause.
The models’ tresses was left long and straight. The look was natural and fresh, nude-pink lipstick and matte foundation with just a hint of liner to highlight the eyes.The models’ tresses was left long and straight. The look was natural and fresh, nude-pink lipstick and matte foundation with just a hint of liner to highlight the eyes.
Creating the perfect ambience, the ramp was designed like a larger-than-life spaceship. The models wore exotic-make up alongside braided mohawks and statement jewelry by Mawi. Gaurav Gupta’s ‘Indian Odyssey’ collection did all the talking at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 Day 2. Inspired by the ancient civilizations of Egypt, the models dazzled in metallic creations highlighted in gold, copper, black and teal. Gupta proved beyond doubt that he was a master of drapes and silhouettes and completely pushed the construction envelope.
Now this is what you call high fashion makeup.
Friday and the style bug had infected every one. Colors, textures and fabrics were on a roll. The day say a change in temperatures when it came to clothes. Some cool and retail-friendly outfits flitted on the ramp while other avant garde creations made jaws drop.
The makeup changed as the day went by; from neutral to shocking, matte to glossy, dull to shimmery. It was all over the backstage and created waves while the models walked the ramp. Tress styles were equally varied; easy-to-do hairdos to high fashion accessorized updos. Feast your eyes on the best.
For the lady who wants to make a memorable entry it has to be a piece from Swapnil Shinde’s collection ‘An Affair to Remember’. Paithani borders interspersed with white on skirts created an interesting palette. Skirts were mini, pencil or with drop waists while bubble shorts gave the traditional fabric a modern silhouette.
Pulled back hair and a tight high bun was the look Swapnil chose to go with. The quirky Indian touch: gajras around the buns. A sheer cover of foundation for a matte finish and a hint of light bronzer completed the look.
Purvi Doshi’s collection ‘Renaissance’ created from simple and pure cotton fabric was a memorable presentation at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.
Red, grey, khaki, deep green, ecru and indigo were combined with the cultures and styles of Europe and Gujarat from the 1400s to the 1600s. Purvi ended the show with multiple colour blocked diaphanous gowns that were luxurious in their style and design.
‘Be fashionable but respect the earth’ declared Purvi with her “Renaissance” collection.
‘Be fashionable but respect the earth’ declared Purvi with her “Renaissance” collection.
Happy full lashes and black liners gave the look an ethnic touch with liberal use of bronzers. The hair was braided and tied back neatly.
Known for her daring experiments with textiles, designer Anita Dongre ended Day Three with her breathtaking pastel collection, ‘Varanasi Weaves’. The gorgeous Dia Mirza walked the ramp in a stunning self designed lemon lehenga matched with a long sleeved blouse. She was followed by models who walked gracefully wearing maxis and waisted full-sleeved dresses. Colors were rich and vibrant; old rose, buttercup yellow and powder blue teamed up with dull, nude gold and pure white.
The hair was pulled back in a long straight pony tail for a clean, crisp look. The eyes were highlighted with silver-white shadow for a frosty look. The lips were touched by a hint of peachy brown-pink hues.
It was a day for high rollers and high fashion. The audience gasped as Ashdeen Lilaowala showcased his exotic ‘Oriental Express’ a retro oriental collection while Delna Mody sang O Solo Mio and Come Back to Sorrento. Sanjay Hingu elicited smiles with his ‘ Back to School’ inspired collection of fun filled carefree school days with a color palette of white, khaki and blue splashed with pink, reminiscent of uniforms. Meanwhile, Anushka Khanna’s ‘Boom, Boom, Bloom,’ collection resounded on the runway with foot tapping music and jazzy lamé wrap dresses and sexy maxis. With a rush of Bollywood celebrities crossing paths with each other, the day was filled with color and drama both on and off the ramp.
Indian Bollywood film actress Gauhar Khan walked the ramp as showstopper for designer Ken Ferns on the second last day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW). Ferns created a floral fantasy for his garments through his collection ‘Secret Garden’. The silhouettes were utterly feminine; including cropped tops, pleated shorts, floppy sleeved asymmetric tunics, and maxi skirts teamed with blouses. The men’s wear line included a line-up of shorts, printed pants, shirts and muscle sleeved tunics. He made use of colors like blue, white, turquoise, green, pink and lime green. Ken had Gauhar, wear a printed corset with a long pencil skirt seductively slit at the back.
The makeup was left flat nude with basic contours on the cheeks and a light coating of mascara.
Opening the show was the sensational voice of opera singer, Delna Mody whose rendition of O Solo Mio and Come Back to Sorrento throughout the show evoked thunderous applause from the audience. Ashdeen Lilaowala’s collection, ’Orient Express’ is destined to put women on a stylish fashion track anywhere in the world. The fabrics were luxurious lace, organza, lush crepe, brocade, satin and gold lamé, highlighted with cutwork veiling and halter necklines. Mention must be made of the very oriental ornaments by Zariin Jewellery featuring necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings in crushed gold or silver plated with precious gems.
Ashdeen shared the ramp with two other designers. But his hairdos set him apart; he chose to wrap the models’ tresses with organza scarves which broke all boundaries and hoisted him at the top of the list of creative sparks.
Farah Sanjana’s collection ‘The Flamboyance of Flamingos’ at the Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 was a youthful celebration of warm tones, emulating a charming and feminine appeal.
Inspired by the flamingos from France, the designer tried incorporating the birds’ calm, grace, form and beauty in her collection. The colour palette was a refreshing blend of hot pink, sky blue, Hawaiian orange and candy orange with each piece being exquisitely embellished with metal and leather accessories.
The hair was pulled back and set with a wet look, much like a flamingo who had just stepped out of the water! The makeup was muted; soft eyes and pastel-bright lips to match the vibrant hues in the outfits.
The Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 celebrated its 22nd season, with a robust line-up of 98 participating designers and 13 sponsors who came together to celebrate the very best of fashion and creative talent. Over the years, the Lakmé Fashion Week has continued to set new trends, promote young talent and take the lead on the digital front, setting high standards for the rest of the industry to follow. This season too witnessed the industry’s most established names come together with young talent to set an unparalleled benchmark of diversity, creativity and energy.
Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh’s incredible outfits and show stopper Kareena Kapoor’s sparkling presence took the grand finale of Lakme Fashion Week of Summer/Resort 2014 to new heights. Kareena made had a grand firework lit entry. Donning a long black dress embellished with a silver geometric pattern, the actress looked stunning with her hair tied back, metallic eye shadow and minimal make up. Besides the outstanding fashion lineup, a special ramp was set up for the designer on the garden lawn.
With mirrors and candles on the runway, the show began with models walking past in white attire. lsquo;Illusion’, a collection of contrasts divided into day and night wear, opened with structured ensembles in very light gossamer fabrics followed by fluid silhouettes. All outfits featured plenty of metallic shadow work. The designer also used the traditional frame hand embroidery technique to incorporate twisted metal work in the outfits. The garments were a blend of jackets, dresses, skirts and village bundi vests, albeit in a new avatar, among other outfits.
The makeup looks transformed from understated day looks to more obvious evening looks complete with smoky eyes, bronzer and blush.
Head of Innovation at Lakme, Purnima Lamba, has been working jointly with the designer. When we asked her for her take on this season’s finale she said, “It’s a great honor to have an internationally acclaimed creative genius like Rajesh Pratap Singh present at the Lakme’s Grand Finale collection at the LFW SR 2014. His designs and concepts have never failed to enthrall the fashion world.”
She said that the theme for this season was illusion. “Illusion is the new fashion statement inspired by the digital age. The year will see a lot of metallic shadow-work. It’s likely to become a hot new trend, “Ms Lamba predicts. In fact metal has seen a resurgence, both in ensembles and makeup this year.
On her part Kareena has had an ongoing love affair with kajal; as the Lakme brand ambassador she has been seen sporting various kajal shades and Ms Lamba says the coming months will see Kareena actively involved with new shades introductions.