One of the most prominent events on the Indian fashion calendar, the Lakme Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI is a celebration of fashion, culture and creativity. The focus is to spotlight fashion talent in the country. As the best and upcoming names in the business came together, we look at some looks that stand out in our books!
Responsible and sustainable fashion took the lead this season with Day 1 being all about innovation, sustainability and inclusivity. To honour and celebrate India’s fabric of freedom, Khadi India presented a showcase which featured ensembles from Suket Dhir imagining khadi’s use in garments for summer as well as winter which were woven in plain, twill and Jamdani weaves and adorned with kantha.
Day 2 was all about high-octane sparkle and glamour with Itrh’s debut collection ‘Dancing Queen’ inspired by the disco era featuring crystal studded draped skirts, pant suits and kaftans in classic gold and silver. It was followed by Varun Nidhika’s dreamy occasion wear collection consisting of gowns and saris in a monochrome palette.
There was also Siddhartha Bansal’s ‘Seven Heaven’ collection inspired by the free-spirited era of the ’60s and ’70s with flamboyant prints, flowy silhouettes and kaleidoscopic colours. A showcase of Tarun Tahiliani’s luxe pret line had exquisitely-crafted textiles with intricate details and fluid drapes in an array of pastel shades, with Sobhita Dhulipala as the showstopper in a fiery red corseted sari gown.
Day 3 had Anushree Reddy and Punit Balana showcasing the best in bridal and festive wear with Anushree Reddy’s collection comprising of opulent lehengas in fresh hues of lime green and orange accented with resham and zardozi embroidery. Punit Balana’s collection ‘Utsav’ celebrated the vibrancy of Rajasthan with modern silhouettes in traditional reds, pinks and greens.
Abhishek Sharma’s futuristic collection in tones of chocolate and ivory replicated the texture of the coral reefs through draping, laser cutting, couching and embellishment techniques. Day 3 also had Ritika Mirchandani present her ‘Faire la Fete’ collection that featured the brand’s signature silhouette of structured shoulders with flowy capes, jacket and sharara sets and modern occasion wear in soft lavender and ivory tones.
The last day of this fashion extravaganza had designers Bhumika Sharma, Mahima Mahajan and Dhruv Vaish showcase their offerings. Bhumika Sharma set the tone for upcoming summer weddings with her collection comprising of breezy fits like flared pants and capes with tassels and pearls. While Mahima Mahajan’s floral printed lehengas embellished with mirror work encapsulated the playfulness and charm of her brand.
Dhruv Vaish’s collection for menswear was inspired by the prism effect and consisted of layered separates predominantly in red, black and electric blue. The curtain was brought down on the fashion week by Manish Malhotra with a showcase of his bridge to luxury line ‘Diffuse’. A confluence of high street, resort and cocktail, the collection featured edgy silhouettes in bold colors and board games inspired prints.
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