This season saw the return of fashion weeks around the world. In India, Lakme Fashion Week came back for its winter-festive season, although in a season-fluid and completely digital avatar. Gone were the front rows, the rush to get from one show to another, and the backstage drama. As the entire event unfolded on our screens, we made a note of all our favourites. Coming from runway-to-racks on Aashni + Co!
Malhotra’s Ruhaaniyat’ reinterpreted old-world regal silhouettes for the millennial bride. The collection revived local craftsmanship and indigenous techniques of Awadh and Punjab for old-world nostalgia.
Gaurang’s collection Taramati’ showcased 30 exquisite Golconda-inspired saris. Featuring several Indian heritage weaves like kantha, Benarasi, chikankari and Parsi gara, this collection was an ode to tradition.
Saaksha & Kinni
From Gen-Next in 2017 to the grand finale in 2020, Saaksha & Kinni has come a long way! Their collection ‘Gor – The gypsies of India’ highlighted Banjara stone prints, bandhani and lambadi mirror and coin work.
Balana’s ‘Muneer was a collection that aimed to spread hope. It featured lehengas and dhoti pants in lively pinks and yellows made with eco-friendly techniques and fabrics. Shop this collection here.
Pre-draped saris, lehengas, co-ord sets, jackets, corsets, jumpsuits and gowns in pastel pinks, greens and blue took over the digital runway in Mishru’s ‘The Lost Summer’. Shop this collection here.
Jade by Monica & Karishma
The bridal maestros introduced ‘The New School of Brides’ which featured wedding lehengas in reds and pinks, along with complementing accessories like metallic belts, sling bags and embroidered footwear.
Menswear whizkid Kunal Rawal presented four new androgynous fits for women, along with the creamy vanillas, inky blacks and elegant greys for men in his collection ‘Process’.
Pink Peacock Couture
Masumi Mewawala embraced muted lilacs, greys, pinks and nudes in her collection ‘Adorn’. It comprised co-ord sets, lehengas, jackets, capes and pants featuring her signature rose gold embroidery.
Seeing red, but in the best way possible, was Reddy’s collection ‘Rouge’. Capes, contemporary skirts, embroidered saris and old-world blouses tailored from chanderi and satin captured imaginations of the traditional and modern bride, alike.
Inspired by the royal heritage of Kutch, the designer inculcated beautiful mirror work, and zari in anarkalis, jumpsuits, shararas, and lehengas for the modern bride and bridesmaid.
Romantic scalloped embroidery, lace, floral embellishment, and latkans gave ‘Nazira‘ a distinct sense of romance and delicacy, making these saris, lehengas, and cholis a millennial bridal favourite.
Sukriti & Aakriti
The designer duo borrowed from the age-old phulkari technique and reimagined it with a contemporary vision. ‘Neo Phulkari’ was a bohemian extravaganza of lehengas and kurtas which transcended generations.
An extravaganza of classic white and silver thread work, Patil’s ‘The Labyrinth’ was a shimmering affair. Geometric embroidery and tailored silhouettes formed much of this collection of lehengas.
The collection ‘Pastiche’ featured deep hues and intricate embroideries in an ode to Melbourne-based artist Chris Canning.
Shop these LFW collections fresh-off-the-runway on A+CO!