Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013

The much-awaited fashion extravaganza, Lakmé Fashion Week – Summer/Resort 2013 kick-started in true style! Check out all the highlights of the 5-day event.

Sailex’s collection, known as “Garden Safari” exudes the military style of dressing.

For some of us fashion is all about glitz and glamour and for the other half of the populace, fashion is all about accentuating the eternal style that one possesses.

To exemplify all the elements of glamour and style, Lakme Fashion Week marked a perfect beginning for the summertime which lies ahead of us. DESIblitz gives you a bird eye view of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 in Mumbai.

Day 1
To get the dice rolling for this grandeur spectacle, six aspiring new designers sponsored by namely; Debashri Samanta, Karishma Jamwal, Ragini Ahuja, Shubham Kumar, Sneha Saha and Stephany D’Souza showcased their collections giving the event a perfect inception with the blend of “Gen-now” and “Gen-next” designers.

Masaba GuptaTo support the voice of the youth against the unfortunate events that transpired in India recently, designer Narendra Kumar presented his collection – Thought police, with models walking down a ramp guarded by men dressed as soldiers.

With a collection titled ‘Postcards of Banaras’, Masaba Gupta dedicated his collection as a tribute to the widows of Benaras. Actress Parineeti Chopra graced his collection by walking the ramp with a long white jacket which was teamed with bright hot pink ‘dhoti’ and stylish gold jewellery.

To sign off the Day 1 on a perfect note, ace designer Manish Malhotra presented his collection which was an ode to the legacy of iconic Indian cinema which completed its 100 years. With a perfect blend of vibrant colours and vintage black and white touch, his collection of lehngas and kurtas paved a way for more modern clothing as the event progressed

Day 2
The second day marked the presentation of the collection that showcased the spiritual virtues of Indian culture as well as gave a salutation to the spirit of the modern age women.

Sanjay Hingu - MenswearThe show commenced with Nimish Shah’s collection, which was inspired by the ’70s theme with a touch of contemporary twist. The use of silk material and shawls with heavy detailing highlighted his collection.

The next in line was Payal Khandwala, who incorporated the elements of self-awareness and spirituality into her collection. “My collection is inspired by monks and warriors”, she quoted.

Very few menswear designers can make an impact but one that did was Sanjay Hingu. His collection of menswear used green, brown red and hint of neon pink to accentuate his collection. His clothes gave a contemporary freedom to menswear for the 21st century.

Day 2 came to an end with Narsinghani’s collection, which was titled ‘Dream Catcher.’ An exuberant collection, which used lot of shell buttons as surface embellishments, sang kudos to the achievements of women of 21st century.

Day 3
With the concept of destination weddings on a rise in India, designer Bhairavi Jaikishan’s collection “Paradise Island,” which consisted of heavy embroidery on suits and lehengas along with embroidered cholis, was aimed to catered this special needs of Indian women.

Sailex CollectionDesigner Rajat K Tangri took the cue for his collection from geographic shapes of the earth and presented a collection that had structured fitted dresses and jump suits for women along with smart formal suits for men.

Sailex’s collection, known as “Garden Safari”, exudes the military style of dressing. The lining included pants, jackets, high waist shorts, short dresses and gowns all marked by the camouflage patterns. “My line has military and safari influences. I generally don’t name my line but I decided to call this one ‘Garden Safari’,” he said.

Menswear designer and cycling enthusiast, Arjun Khanna closed the third day of LFW with a dummy helicopter flying over followed by models walking the ramp with cycles. The special Vintage collection, ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’, was inspired by the era of the 1960’s and modes of transport used back then.

Courtesy of Vogue India we give you a video of the delightful Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013:


Day 4
The fourth day saw the fashion industry joining hands with Swades Foundation, an NGO working for the empowerment of rural India, for LFW. 70 people including 30 celebrities walked the ramp supporting this noble cause.

Vikram Phadnis collectionEminent designer Vikram Phadnis presented his collection, “A Celebration Of Rural India.” Be it cotton sarees with embroideries, salwar kameez, khadi kurtas or sherwanis for men, every garment had the subtle tone of rural spirit which exist in India.

Designer Soumitra Mondal made an audacious move of teaming up with 350 weavers to resuscitate the magic of old weaving techniques. Her hand woven collection was a perfect amalgamation of both traditional and Indian garments.

Taking inspiration from Islamic architecture, designer Payal Singhal’s clothing line “Taj” consisted of Sufi falda pants, mul saris with free flowing kurtas, short Anarkali kurtas, salwars and asymmetric tunic blouses with traditional silk saris along with other fine examples of her work.

Day 5
International designer Naeem Khan introduced a new version of sari called “Ball gown sari” for the final day of the six yard showdown at LFW.

Outhouse by Kaabia and SashaTo bring back the desi touch to the clothing line, ace designer Rehane’s Indian collection had a blend of modern and trendy touch. Also, was Outhouse, a gorgeous contemporary collection presented by Kaabia and Sasha.

Titled “Paradise Island” Bhairavi Jaikishan kept the net saris with heavy embroideries, salwaar-kameez and embroidered lehengas as a center of attention for her collection.

Shantanu And Nikhill had Bollywood actress Bipasha Bashu wearing a figure tight black dress with an open cleavage on the ramp.

The grand gala come to an end with showstopper Kareena Kapoor walking the runway looking vivacious in orange-pink blingy palazzos teamed up with fitting top and a pink semi-formal jacket.

An event that started as a star studded gala, Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort ended on 26th March 31, 2013 touching the reminiscence of Indian roots along with carrying off an international appeal, proving to be a major success.

Once again Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 did not disappoint, giving us some breath-taking designs and an insight into the hard work produced by both established and newbie designers on the Indian and international fashion stage.

Dreamer by day and a writer by night, Ankit is a foodie, music lover and an MMA junkie. His motto to strive towards success is “Life is too short to wallow in sadness, so love a lot, laugh loudly and eat greedily.”

Photos courtesy of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013

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