"Lakmé’s Sculpt statement was a very inspiring theme to work with for my Grand Finale collection."
Lakmé Fashion Week has been an intense week of fashion, glamour and stunning couture.
The Summer/Resort 2015 edition offered a platform for beginning designers to showcase their creative work, under the warm guidance of an experienced couturier.
Alongside them, industry greats also returned to welcome new styles and their latest creative designs. The final day of Lakmé was a culmination of the best of Indian fashion, and it is clear that the best was kept till last.
Popular designers included Shilpa Reddy, Mandira Bedi, Kunal Anil Tanna, Wendell Rodricks, Shivan & Narresh, Tarun Tahiliani and Anamika Khanna.
Papa Don’t Preach
Label ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ by designer Shubhika Davda latest collection was called ‘Twitterpated’.
It was inspired by feminine silhouettes and flirty playsuits and rompers.
Davda used fabrics like pure crepe, organza, silk, chiffon and mesh.
Sophie Choudry made a stunning showstopper wearing a cool mint crop top and short skirt, decorated with beadwork and jewels.
Summery hues like coral red, blush, pastel pink, peach and pink proved eye-catching outfits.
The ‘Madsam Tinzin’ label is a collaborative effort between designers Madhuritu Dutta, Saumya Sharma, Tina Bhardwaj, and Stanzin Dazes.
The Indo-Western inspired collection takes a new look at romantic feminine styling with floral embroidery and geometric tile prints.
Texturing and bead detailing added a chic touch to the colourful array of dresses, jackets and lehengas.
Edgy and asymmetric the collection with its dramatic palazzo pants with deep pleats is perfect for any modern-day fairy-tale princess!
Farah unveiled her ‘Military Diva’ collection on the Jabong stage.
Comprised of camouflage and metallic hardware influences, Sanjana experimented with majestic skirts and Spanish inspired trousers and printed capes.
Her collection saw unusual prints of sword and scimitar motifs, bringing a fiercely powerful feminine presence on the runway.
The trendsetting collection played with shades of porcelain, ivory, pale pink, amber and classic black.
Label ‘Karleo’ by Karan Berry and Leon Vaz was another fashion-forward collection which revolved around Astrology.
Taking the different hues of the twelve birthstones, black holes and starbursts, the structured outfits combined intriguing layers.
Kaftans and asymmetric skirts were teamed alongside sequined shift dresses and stunning floor-length gowns that twinkled on the runway.
Actress Riya Sen was the showstopper and stunned in a gathered ivory short adorned with round sequins, making her look every inch an ice princess.
Kunal Anil Tanna
Tanna brought a touch of Japanese culture to Lakmé with his ‘Ume Matsuri’ (Plum Blossoms) collection.
It screamed spring and summer with cherry blossoms and festive Japanese prints.
Experimenting with tie-dye effects, menswear saw Kimono wrap tunics and pleated Hakama pants.
Womenswear saw sumo skirts and bell sleeve tops, high-waisted pants and kimonos.
Actor Rajkummar Rao was the showstopper, walking down the runway in a multi-layered and textured maroon suit.
Veteran actress Shabana Azmi walked the ramp for sari designer Mandira Bedi.
The fantasy sari collection saw statement pieces with bold colours and textures in an array of delicate fabrics.
Bedi combined tradition and modern design to create a line of ‘New Age Banaras beauties’.
Azmi wore a stunningly elegant red silk sari with a turquoise blouse.
A true showstopper!
Shilpa Reddy’s clothing was inspired by the colours of ‘Moon Lit Sand’.
Models strut on the runway wrapped in the exquisite shades of the sands lit up by the radiant moon.
This was teamed with floral motifs against khadi silk materials, for an ‘understated elegance’. Reddy said:
“Being a part of Lakmé Fashion Week 2015 feels like homecoming. I have been a part of it before and I was looking forward to this year as well, not just for my participation but to enjoy the five day fashion fiesta.
“It was a delight to showcase my collection this year and to express my kind of art.”
Sultry beauty Nimrat Kaur was chosen to close the show, dressed in a showstopping gown by the designer.
Wendell Rodricks took to the runway with his ‘Popology’ collection that was inspired by pop art and 1960s nostalgia.
Bursts of colour filled the ramp including sunshine yellow, burnt orange, olive green, pale mint, dove grey, black, candy pink, pale lilac, Turkish blue, turquoise blue and signature white.
Men wore candy pink linen jackets and grey beach pyjamas. Women stunned in black Lycra bikinis and hot pants worn underneath silk crepe beach shirts.
Showstopper, Waluscha wore a black swimsuit and a wool crêpe pleated peplum skirt.
GRAND FINALE ~ Anamika Khanna
Anamika Khanna’s collection ended Lakmé for the Grand Finale event. A perfect conclusion to Lakmé’s 15 years, the appearance of actress and fashion icon Kareena Kapoor, stunned as the ‘Face of Lakmé’.
Using the Lakmé beauty theme ‘Sculpt’, Anamika used structured drapes and constructed forms with a regal colour palette of silver, gold, ivory, gunmetal, black, soft pink, nude and a strong blue.
Anamika said: “It has been an absolute honour to be a part of this grand 15 year celebration. Lakmé’s Sculpt statement was a very inspiring theme to work with for my Grand Finale collection.
“It is an eclectic mix of construction and deconstruction and I have played with a lot with drapes, Indian dhoti’s and long flowy jackets – all silhouettes that truly captures my vision of Sculpt.”
Kareena certainly turned heads as she oozed glamour in a gunmetal brocade crop top and black draped skirt. Her shoulders were delicately draped with a sheer white and silver embroidery dupatta.
An exquisite finale to an extravagant week of fashion and Eastern style. Lakmé continues to be the forefront on Indian fashion, and is a global trendsetter for stunning haute couture.