Lakmé Fashion Summer Resort

Lakmé Fashoin Week Summer Resort for 2011 took place at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel in India. Featuring some of the latest designs and famous designers India and Asia. We look at some of the amazing looks for Summer from this popular fashionista event of India.

Lakmé Fashion week, is the most famous and glamorous fashion event known in India. Every year, two main fashion shows are held by Lakmé, and just recently they hosted their Lakmé Summer Resort fashion week. This event was filled with ravishing collections made by India’s most talented designers. Although many designers attended the event, we narrowed it down to our top six most appealing collections.

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organised by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG, the global leader in fashion weeks and event production. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world.”

Manish Malhotra
His name says it all since he is India’s most favoured designer. As always, Manish revealed a unique collection, compared to his previous collections, Manish’s summer resort incorporated a traditional blend of Indian crafts followed with contemporary touches. The collection featured 40 exquisite designs for both men and women.

Female models showcased embroidered lehengas, net kalidar with zari work, floor lengthed kurtas and flared lehengas. Delicate summer shades such as aqua, green, baby blue, and ivory were tied into the summer vibe the collection gave off. Whereas male models stepped onto the runway with sharply tailored bund gala jackets, sherwanis, kurtas which were paired with slim pants, jodhpuri, trousers, churidars, pathanis and salwars. All outfits had incorporated beige, navy and grey.

Pria Kataari Puri
Well known as being the queen of Kaftans, Pria Kataari Puri was another designer who stood out the most during Lakme Fashion week. Her summer collection was an inspired Moroccan theme and was named “Marrakesh.”

Pria’s 2011 Lakmé Summer Resort collection has stood out to be one of her strongest collections yet. Incorporated into this collection were kaftans, maxis, tunics, dresses and blouses. The colors that were used made the collection very eye catching and dramatic with generous usage of green, teal, yellow, orange, apple green, pink, navy and black. The outfits had a stunning arabesque and ornate prints with over the top embellishments. The final result was that Priya’s collection definitely was bold and rich.

Vijay Balhara
“Rustic Sophistication” a collection made by the one and only Vijay Balhara was a North Indian inspired collection. At this year’s summer resort collection, Vijay showed off a collection filled with vibrant pastel colors which were showcased on kurtas, short dresses, churidhars, anarkali and flowy summer dresses.

The entire collection is made up of 100 percent cotton and has a balance of glamorous and rural charm. At the end of the show, Vijay’s collection had given a global appeal of Neo-traditional style which is what Vijay wished to project to the public, seeing as that truly defines his label.

Satya Paul
“The Jewels of the Sea” collection presented by Satya Paul was an ethnic and western offering comprising saris, lehengas and serene western creations with some amazing designs in the collection for Lakmé Summer Resort 2011.

He had a mix of Lurex and glitter net for its sheer quality and had prints and embellishments to create the elements of the sea.  Divided into three segments – Ultramarine, Multi Marine and X?ray Marine, the fabric choice was vast starting with chiffon, crepe, georgette and satin along with textured taffeta, organza, net and silk prints. Embroidery was added to create drama for the creations. Dresses, gowns, tunics, kaftans, blouses and pareos floated down the ramp in dazzling colours.  

The showstopper was former Miss India Sarah Jane Dias in a magnificent red ruffled hem lehenga and corset, encrusted with crystals

Babita M
Babita Malkani’s collection “Iktar” was boho, hippy chic, earthy and somewhat ethinic collection which was inspired by baoul singers of Bengal, who aimlessly roamed the streets singing.

The collection featured Bengal prints and scripture on cotton and silk fabrics in prominent hues of cream, green and brown. Many different techniques such as spray paint, hand print and dyeing was used, and to top it off, all garments had delicate embroidery on them. Overall, Babita’s collection was very feminine, and relaxed.

Monotari Ono, Sara Arai and Tamae Hirokawa
Last but not least, Motonari Ono, Sara Arai and Tamae Hirokawa and group of top designers had joined together and created a collaborated collection named “Tokyoeye”. The reason behind a collaboration collection is a government aided project that creates enterprising relationships and allows access to international collections to buyers based in India and the rest of the world.

Sara Arai’s collection named “Araisara” was a collection inspired of culture, nature, and spirit. The purpose behind Sara’s collection was to teach the public the connection between traditional culture and fashion.

Tamae Hirokawa created a collection that is already known from her “skin series”. Hirokawa designed an amazing collection named “Somarta” which featured designs of apparel for the body.

Out of all three designers, Motonari Ono’s collection stood out the most to us. Ono’s entire collection was inspired by Japanese modern pop culture. The collection featured classic concepts which added a feminine romantic look to the collection, in certain garments Ono creates a theatrical and dramatic look. Ono’s collection consisted of stylish trousers, jackets and dresses.

All in all some fantastic looks for the summer of 2011 with a great twist of variety, class, glamour and edge. These designers are definitely going for the next big look and there is no doubt that the Lakmé showcase has capitalised on these stunning designs.

Neha Lobana is a young aspiring journalist in Canada. Besides reading and writing she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her motto is "Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."