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  • Designers stun at Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2015

    The Summer/Resort 2015 edition of Lakmé Fashion Week offered a platform for beginner and experienced designers to showcase their creative work. But who stood out? DESIblitz has all.

    Lakme Fashion Week

    The five-day extravaganza offered a glamorous treat to fashion-lovers across the world.

    The prestigious Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 showcased the most recent work of both prominent Indian designers and rising talent, thus creating a unique blend of tradition and innovation.

    The additional A-list celebrity appearances both on the front row and the ramp gave the fashion extravaganza an equally glamorous audience.

    So which were the designers that stood out over the 5 days? Check out our gallery below!

    INIFD presents Gen Next show

    Featuring a group of six starting designers, mentored by experienced couturier Anita Dongre, the Gen Next show was an eclectic mixture of youthful spirit and creativity.

    Of them, Alan Alexander Kaleekal combined innovative techniques with neutral shades of ecru and black, which resulted in beautifully crafted classic cuts, including tie-up dresses, cotton boxy tunics, cut-away overalls, and a rear back tunic with shorts.

    The unique blend of solid and sheer textures gave the clothes an ethereal spirit, while still keeping them versatile and wearable.

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    Timeless silhouettes was also the focus of Ankit Carpenter’s collection, which featured clean sophisticated outfits, inspired by the shape of the cactus. The show commenced with an array of yellow-coloured garments: dresses, jumpsuits and a mini with an origami application.

    Kanika Goyal’s collection captured the magical spirit of the night in a show called ‘Creatures of the Night’. The clothes featured a bold play of textures and fabrics: glass nylon, polyester satin, denim, Lycra and lamb leather, comprised in panelled denim jumpsuits, foiled leather tops and thigh-high slit sheer pencil skirts.

    Krishna Mehta

    Mehta’s vibrant collection lifted the spirits in florals and daring hues of fuchsia, orange and red. The clothing featured brocades from Varanasi, jamdanis from Bengal, tussars from Bhagalpur and silk muls from Maheshwar.

    It resulted in exquisite high waist gathered skirts, asymmetric tunics, blue cowl skirts, ecru tulip pants, and glamorous saris teamed with embroidered kedios and vests.

    Masaba Gupta

    Gupta caused a virtual riot on Instagram, after she uploaded her ‘Sugar Plum’ collection. As usual, she presented a selection of cute, colourful and kitschy clothing, worn in bold colour combinations and with a youthful attitude. Models strutted in mini flared skirts in lemony shades, teamed with tiny cropped tops.

    The classic cuts were given a modern edge with Gupta’s trademark 3D effects and coloured in every shade of the rainbow. The elegant shirt was given a bold twist in sugary prints and sugary shades, while the sophisticated asymmetrical column dress was updated in Popsicle colours.

    Easies

    The theme of Easies collection was expressed with the uplifting words: ‘Live easy. Do what you love and love what you do’.

    The easy-going mood of the show was captured in the selection of effortless garments: camouflaged Bermuda chinos and pants with suspenders, soft toned chequered prints and solid shirts, paired with pleasant collared tees in jersey easing.

    The ending featured the real-life example of the idea of the collection: the ‘blue-eyed boy’ of the Indian cricket team, Irfan Pathan, walking the ramp wearing a powder blue shirt teamed with beige pants and tan shoes.

    With his laid-back strut and natural charisma, no one could better encapsulate the bohemian spirit of the collection.

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    Gaurang

    The award-winning designer presented a collection, inspired by Hindu mythology named ‘The Tree of Life’. Once again he turned to the skilful weavers of Andhra Pradesh and Bangladesh for his trademark ‘Fabrics of Freedom’.

    The exquisite fabrics were comprised in flowing garments of anarkalis, voluminous ghagras and divine saris in indigo, beige, rust and black, adorned with floral and bird patterns.

    The show culminated with Bollywood superstar, Vidya Balan, who made a showstopping appearance in a gorgeous pink and gold sari.

    Raghavendra Rathore

    Rathore’s collection of hope impressed not only with the beauty of the clothing, but also with the novelty of its mission. The inclusion of local fabrics aimed to give the disadvantaged support and to promote rural handicraft.

    The show opened with an array of formal women’s wear, featuring red and gold cover over red draped lehenga, a black and gold gown, and a shimmering Sherwani with a black organza skirt.

    But it was men who stole the limelight, walking the ramp in identical Jodhpuri trousers and bandgala jackets in gold, red, pink, blue, green, purple, fuchsia, navy, black and white.

    Then they stopped in the centre of the catwalk and stripped down to white T-shirts with the printed slogan ‘Je Suis L’Amour’.

    Arunima Majhi

    Day three commenced with Arunima Majhi, who showcased his unique ‘Secrets of the Sea’ collection. It featured ethereal garments such as palazzo pants, structured tops, dresses, culottes, sporty jackets, jogger pants and skirts in elegant shades of coral, lilac, mint green, golden sand nude, blush and sea foam blue.

    Decadent fabrics such as silks, tulle, jacquards, organza, crêpe and poplin dazzled on the runway, overshadowed only by a stunning mini green drape dress, whose presence on the runway quickly became the toast of the day.

    Surbhi Shekhar

    Later, designer Surbhi Shekhar uplifting us from the depths of the sea life to threw us in a lavish spring garden in a collection called ‘Diphylleia Story’. The central theme was the delicateness and the fragility of the flower of diphylleia, which turns transparent in rain.

    Airy fabrics air silk, silk, chiffon, plastic, satin, habutai and leather, were comprised in perfectly executed skirts, dresses, tops, pants and shirts in shades of blue: powder blue, navy and sea spray, balanced out with whites, pinks and nudes.

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    Nikhil Thampi

    The favourite of Bollywood celebrities resurrected 90s glamour in a collection called: ‘Lights, Camera, Fashion’.

    Models dressed in reflective lamé and shimmer fabrics in black, white and shades of yellow, dazzled on the runway, under the beat of iconic songs of that era, to end in a burst of gold and metallic hues.

    Arpita Mehta

    Arpita Mehta presented a collection called The Royal Summer Affair, which featured princess-like silhouettes in neutrals and nudes, adorned with sequins, peplum and 3D floral applications.

    Esha Gupta was the showstopper, walking the ramp in a sequined gown in nude and shew off skin in a bold thigh-high slit.

    Other prominent designers at Lakmé included Veda Raheja, Rapul Bhargava, Neha Agarwal, Ken Ferns, and Payal Singhal among others.

    Lakmé Fashion Week remains one of the most glamorous events on India’s fashion calendar.

    The rebellious spirit of youth, blended with the toned down elegance of maturity, was elevated with the dazzling appearances of Bollywood icons and sport stars.

    The five-day extravaganza offered a glamorous treat to all fashion-lovers in India and across the world. A truly successful week celebrating the best of Indian fashion.

    Dilyana is an aspiring journalist from Bulgaria, who's passionate about fashion, literature, art and travelling. She is quirky and imaginative. Her motto is 'Always do what you are afraid to do.' (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

    Images courtesy of Lakmé


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