Lakme' Fashion Week Summer Resort Day 3 Part 2

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Arunima Majhi and Surbhi Shekhar set the pace for a great fashion presentation at Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

20 March 2015, Mumbai:  ‘Secrets of the Sea’ a unique and almost surreal collection by designer Arunima Majhi wowed the fashionistas at Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Arunima Majhi
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Functional in form and yet uber fashionable, the range was inspired by the sea and its beautiful creatures with an added edge of mermaid-like fantasy.
Palazzo pants, structured tops, dresses, culottes, sporty jackets, jogger pants and skirts made their way down the ramp in elegant shades of coral, lilac, mint green,  golden sand nude, blush and sea foam blue.
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An array of decadent fabrics like silks, tulle, jacquards, organza, crépe and poplin added to the allure of the collection and gave each outfit a relaxed yet chic appeal. To add a bit of oomph, mesh and see-through fabrics worked to accentuate each piece.
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Staying true to the playful vibe of her collection, the designer used hand illustrated digital prints of skeletons, sea snails, nudi branches and other sea creatures while techniques like laser cutting and embroidery added a trendy touch.
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A particularly eye catching piece was a ravishing mint green cape dress, which cascaded down the catwalk and stole the spotlight.
Dreamy and daring, ‘Secrets of the Sea’ by Arunima Majhi is one collection, which will leave any diva diving into her closet for more!

SURBHI SHEKHAR’S VERSATILE FLORAL LINE WAS A BALANCED COLLECTION AT JABONG STAGE DURING LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Designer Surbhi Shekhar stunned all with her fabulous floral inspired collection titled ‘Diphylleia Story’ at Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Much like the Diphylleia flower, which turns transparent in the rain, the collection was both intricate and intriguing with a flirty-feminine twist.
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Bohemian in essence, fabrics like air silk, silk, chiffon, plastic, satin, habutai and leather graced the silhouettes, which comprised skirts, dresses, tops, pants and shirts in flowing unstructured forms for a regal yet relaxed feel.
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Shades of blue such as powder blue, navy and sea spray added to the versatile colour palette and balanced other shades of white, nude tones as well as pastel hues of pink and purple.
The designer also created her own unique lace-like design, by putting fabric together. She further added a touch of fairy dust, sequins, buttons, fringed designs and intricately woven pieces to balance out the feminine and fierce vibe of the range.
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Embellishments were kept minimal with feathers, coins and buttons that worked to infuse a quirky almost bohemian appeal for each piece.
Subtle, soft, stylish and easy-to-wear, ‘Diphylleia Story’ by Surbhi Shekhar is bound to leave one simply spellbound.

Jatin Varma, Babita Malkani And Asmita Marwa Were Inspired by different global cities For their collections at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

AN EARTHY COLLECTION BY BABITA MALKANI HAD HINTS OF NATIVE ALASKAN ART AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015 
Exploring new terrains for Babita Malkani comes easy, as she moved into the cold regions of Alaska to dream up her “Omayok” collection for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
The native cultures of the cold terrain were the theme of Babita’s exquisite creations. Choosing light weight fabrics like sheer georgette, crêpe and linen, Babita teamed them with jersey and ribbed knits. She then added intricate laser cutting and stencilling to bring the highlights to centre stage. 
Finally the designer topped it all with digital prints that recreated the wilderness of the Alaskan life style. The result was a beautifully draped line of women’s wear that had minute detailing to create a striking vision. 
From feisty fringed capes, to slinky sheath dresses, seductive sarong style skirts, the design directions moved to multi-yarn and braided embroidery motifs recreated from the past. An emblazoned printed skirt and accessories like stylish suede wedges added to the theme of the collection while, the colour options were earthy with hints of aboriginal directions.

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From the flesh coloured will-power sheath with 3D work, the collection moved to asymmetric fringed poncho tops, cute shorts, criss-crossed unusual ones with flared pants and a draped georgette beach cover. The looped hem cape, bustier with one-shoulder drape and the sari pallav inspired gown created a great fusion look. The three coloured draped cowl gown, halter blouse with black and white sari and the asymmetric shaded cape over a mini skirt brought the rustic prints to centre stage. 
The showstopper was the petite Soha Ali Khan in a swishy swirling black and white printed long skirt and stunning choli, which was a great end to a creatively researched collection that recreated the theme beautifully. 
When it comes to fashion with a wildly exciting geographic inspiration, Babita Malkani’s “Omayok” line reminiscent of Alaskan beauty will be a great sartorial addition in the global woman’s wardrobe. 

ASMITA MARWA’S LOVE FOR NEW YORK INSPIRED HER HIGH STREET COLLECTION AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Inspired by the wonderful fast paced global city, New York; Asmita Marwa dreamt up a collection called “New York, New York” for her mythical muse Maya during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Pushing her creative envelope to the edge, Asmita brought in pops of colours to highlight the pulsating energy of the Big Apple. Adding New York’s street art in fantastic collages featuring multiple faces of Hollywood celebs, Asmita worked with khadi, voile, viscose satin, crépe, cotton net and shimmer fabrics. The colours were off-white and black with shocks of salmon pink appearing at regular intervals.
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The silhouettes were structured yet relaxed with a regular appearance of the “A” line shape as well as some fluid and flowing drapes, which Asmita is known for.
Detailing was in the form of organza scalloped textures, which appeared on the garments or in heart shapes as giant appliqués on the garments. Tape and zipper additions, buttons, pleats for dresses and elastic straps gave the collection a feisty feel. Asymmetrical dress, kimono cropped top, one-shoulder black satin jumpsuit and the panelled balloon shirt were fun additions.
Adding four men’s wear garments, Asmita ensured that they were in sync with the rest of the women’s creations. So printed collage T-shirts were worn with matching denim pants, voile shirt with checked trousers, or a sepia tone khadi print trouser with a matching shirt in voile.
Asmita selected an apt show stopper for her very energetic collection. The lady was the very vibrant Adhuna Akhtar who rocked the ramp as she grooved to the music, wearing a neon pink halter jersey gown. 
Offering a wide range of mix and match options not only in fabrics but also in garments; Asmita Marwa’s “New York, New York” collection was a perfect offering of High Street fashion with a stylish global appeal.

JATIN VARMA’S COLLECTION WAS AN INDULGENT OFFERING OF RED CARPET GLAM ENSEMBLES AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Known for his glamorous ultra-chic Red Carpet creations at fashion weeks, Jatin Varma unveiled his “Falling in LOVE” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015. The inspiration was pure feminine with a gracious nostalgic touch where ‘love’ and the ‘heart’ are the words that matter the most to women.
The fabrics matched the theme with their luxurious feel. The colours were romance personified as old rose, leaf green, purple and black were seen moving through the collection. The intricate laser cut techniques, which are Jatin’s specialty and the sensuous cascading ruffles on the garments added to the grace and beauty of the simple flowing dresses.
Presenting the collection like a colour card, Jatin started with leaf green for the one-shoulder ruffled gown with net trail and a laser cut peplum bodice and panelled skirt creation. What followed was a bevy of Red Carpet creations that swept down the runway in all their glamorous glory.
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The old rose segment revealed cutwork bib for a solid long skirt,  appliquéd tulle gown, bodice with flowing ruffles for a figure hugging ensemble and a slashed rippled skirt creation. 
For the purple line, the angular godet fish tail maxi, moulded front with cascading back and the cutwork side fins gowns were stunners.
The final black looks featured the earlier three colours as bands, extensions or graduating borders for the scintillating high octane formal wear collection.
For a woman who is in love with fashion and the world, Jatin Varma’s’ “Falling in Love” collection offered the perfect options for her ultra- glam sartorial needs.

Sahil Aneja, Anuj Bhutani And Dhruv Kapoor Presented Exciting Diverse Fashion At Jabong Stage During Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015
SAHIL ANEJA'S FUSION OF ART AND FASHION WAS A VISUAL DELIGHT AT JABONG STAGE DURING LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Mumbai, 20 March 2015: Sahil Aneja amazed all with his men's collection aptly titled 'Wanderlust' which showcased at Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Inspired by the colourful and bold art district in Miami, the collection comprised fun, versatile pieces such as shorts, shirts, T-shirts, suits, jackets, shirts and coats.
Eye-catching tones of blue, orange, white, grey and black made their way down the catwalk as a representation of the turning of the season. These were further accentuated by abstract patterns, colour blocking and subtle texturing to give each piece a unique edge.
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Structured forms were the highlights with sharp cuts and shoulder pads for a powerful masculine appeal and were crafted in decadent fabrics, which were viscose and cotton based.
To add a quirky touch, the designer also played with the inner lining of the sleeves, rolling them up to expose brilliant, bright patterns.
The showstopper handsome Dino Morea walked down the ramp in an exquisitely tailored blazer and pants in textured black.
Bold and beautiful, Sahil Aneja's artsy, cool collection aimed at men, "Wanderlust" was a mesmerising celebration of colour-meets-art and art-meets-fashion.

TRADITIONAL TEXTILES CAME TO THE FOREFRONT FOR ANUJ BHUTANI'S COLLECTION AT JABONG STAGE DURING LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Designer Anuj Bhutani for his label "Reboot" showcased an extravagant and elegant travel inspired collection at Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Traditional Indian textiles in shades of red, black, blue, nude, peach and olive green looked amazing on the runway in silhouettes for both men and women and comprised skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, rompers, tops,  shorts, coats, jackets and shirts.
Using geometric prints, herringbone weaves, digital prints and thread work; the designer put an emphasis on the lightly structured pieces by adding subtle depth and volume, working to contour the body.
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For the women, sensual drapes took centre stage and helped contour the body as a celebration of female form; whilst the men's pieces were structured and clean cut – a reflection of effortless power.
Square shaped patterns in thread, graced each form and were complimented by unique zipper and textured detailing.
Two outfits in particular stole the show – a gorgeous muted gold low cut dress for the women and for the men, a triple pocket jacket.
Luxurious and comfortable, this collection by Anuj Bhutani for his 'Reboot' label is sure to have any ethnic chic dresser wanting more.

DHRUV KAPOOR PRESENTED A MÉLANGE OF DESIGNS AT JABONG STAGE DURING LAKMÉ FASHON WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Dhruv Kapoor showcased a wild and wonderful collection titled 'Mix Media' at Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week 2015.
Much like its name, the range comprised an array of outfits accentuated by mixed mediums for an almost otherworldly appeal.
The versatile collection aimed at both men and women comprised skirts, shorts, dresses, jackets, hoodies, pants,  coats, tops and sporty silhouettes, where the highlights were in bold and edgy tones of mustard yellow, cool denim, midnight blue and brilliant white.
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The designer worked with soft yet versatile fabrics like linens, crépe, silk, lace, mesh, leather and metallic fabrics to recreate his trademark bold and boxy silhouettes and contoured each piece with a sporty yet stylish appeal.
Unfinished edges, structured cuts, panels, stitch detailing, fringing, vinyl foil and plastic pieces stood out on both; masculine and feminine forms as they worked to embellish each design, adding a quirky hint.
See-through lace pants, a mesh see through jacket and a particularly intriguing night blue latex trench coat stole the show.
Daring, different and simply delightful, 'Mix Media' by Dhruv Kapoor is sure to raise some eyebrows in the best way and turn some heads.

DAY THREE AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015 ENDED WITH STYLE ICON GAURI KHAN'S DEBUT COLLECTION THAT CELEBRATED 30 YEARS OF THE SATYA PAUL BRAND

Mumbai, 20th March, 2015: To celebrate 30 years of Satya Paul in the fashion industry, style icon Gauri Khan's debut collection was an exotic end to Day Three at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015
Keeping the brand's design sensibilities intact, Gauri presented "A Tropical Wonder" collection of luxurious prints that revealed a line of casual and occasion holiday wear. Great mix and match separates took centre stage as sheer tunics, fluid kaftans, versatile shift dresses and elegant saris glided down the ramp on graceful models.
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To match the theme, the print story was botanical in nature. Palm motifs and calligraphic scribbles were engineered in leaf and palm burnouts and splashed in ombré hand painted washes. Lounging on the beach the kaftan tie-up, was an ideal swim suit cover, while sheer shirts sporting mesh inserts, asymmetric tunics and free flowing garments were a 'must have'.
The collection of swimwear ranged from bikinis to monokinis and maillots; while the kaftans in myriad colours, sarongs, and tunics were ideal covers. The cholis were sexy and seductive – cross over halters, cut-out necklines, brief bikini styles, tantalising low back versions with tassels and tiny ones with knots.
GAURI KHAN for SATYA PAUL
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Satin georgette was restricted to saris, but cotton silk, chiffon, georgette, luxe organza, tulle and satin Lurex borders were constant favourites. A great fabric innovation by Gauri was custom engineered palm motif burnout.
Season's colours like fresh citrus, aquatic shades and deep ombré sunset tones added pizzazz to the ensembles. Completing the look was orange the season's new black. Totes with metallics in neutral colour blocking were ideal for day bags. For formal clutches and messenger bags, it was laser cut and prints; while the cute cocktail arm candy with soft mesh was perfect.
GAURI KHAN for SATYA PAUL
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Gauri Khan's "A Tropical Wonder" collection for the Satya Paul brand was a perfect Summer/Resort 2015 end to Day Three at Lakmé Fashion Week.

Lakme' Fashion Week Summer Resort Day 3 Part 1

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Day Three started with Square Loop, Lovebirds, Munkee.See.Munkee.Doo and Armaan Aiman who presented a variety Of fashion At Lakmé  Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015
SQUARE LOOP SOLVED THE DILEMMA OF VERSATILE HANDBAG OPTIONS AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Mumbai, 20 March, 2015: Want a bag with multipurpose functions? Wouldn't you like a bag for all seasons? Look no further because "Square Loop" by Kanika Sachdeva will solve all these problems. With minimal styling but offering a clean design sensibility, the brand displayed everything that was contemporary and unisex.  
Back packs, weekend duffels and laptop bags had all the functionality and space desired. For some glam offerings there were clutches, satchels, totes and delightful small accessories like waist pouches. Keeping the shapes to either square, rectangular or barrel, the collection was a mix of the best for evening and travel use.
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Made from genuine leather with natural fine finish; the metal trimmings added to the pizzazz of the collection.  Keeping the colours natural for easy mix-and-match use, there were skin tones in smoky or deep shades.
Whether one is the conventional or adventurous buyer, the accessories from "Square Loop" by Kanika Sachdeva will satisfy all desires.

LOVEBIRDS SHOWCASED A BALANCED SIMPLE COLLECTION AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
"Lovebirds" the label by Amrita Khanna and Gursi Singh brought a balanced fashion dimension on the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Pure simple lines, minimalized layering, but oversized silhouettes were highlighted with geometry. Picking cotton as the base fabric there were options like active viscose, sturdy denim, mélange and silk georgette for the garments that were visually perfect with normcore straight lines creating the right fashion aesthetics.
With horizontal lines as the major theme running through the garments; the easy silhouettes were ideal for the summer heat. Colours moved from white, to black, grey, cobalt blue and hint of orange. Opening with a white calf-length shift followed by a horizontal striped blue shirt/sack, georgette kurta over tank top, drawstring skirt with a loose jacket and a cropped jumpsuit, the collection had a distinct style statement.
LOVEBIRDS
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The orange layered top with a grey pencil skirt, pleated wide culottes and dusty brown sack dress worked well into the range. The three men's wear entries were unisex in nature, as shirt tail long tunic with striped pants, grey top/cool pants and the black/white drop crotch wide trousers fitted perfectly into the season.
When women and men want minimal elements, with maximum impact, "Lovebirds" by Amrita Khanna and Gursi Singh will score high on the fashion charts.

TERESA LAISOM AND UTSAV PRADHAN'S CONTEMPORARY URBAN LINE HAD FASHION CONTRASTS AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
The label "Munkee.See.Munkee.Doo" by Teresa Laisom and Utsav Pradhan was inspired by contrast factors for this collection during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Report 2015.
Combining the theme of sweetness and violence with the increasing crime rate against women, the duo presented a fashionable twist to the subject by adding weapon prints to their ensembles.
Playing with cottons and shades of blue, mint, lavender and charcoal but inspired by the work of digital artist Hsiao-Ron Cheng; the pair unleashed a line of dresses, jumpsuits and blouses with the gun motif embroidered prominently in all its fierce form. Balancing the collection were assorted pleats that gave the garments a hint of feminine flounce.
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Side pleats appeared for a white blouse, while the gun print was the highlight of a layered shift. Pleats moved from the sides to the front of the garments and then onto the hem. The double breast blouse had a pleated peplum, a black midi sported white sleeves and side pleat detailing, but the pink layered straight dress looked stylish in its stark design.
Making a strong fashion statement with clothes is what Teresa Laisom and Utsav Pradhan achieved creatively for their label "Munkee.See.Munkee.Doo".

AIMAN AGHA AND ARMAAN RANDHAWA CREATED DELICATE FASHION NUANCES AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
The theme of the collection was dark, revolving around an isolated, secret scientific experimental lab in a dense forest inhabited by alligators and hummingbirds.
But what emerged on the ramp was an utterly beautiful feminine take on the inspiration by Aiman Agha and Armaan Randhawa for their label 'Armaan Aiman' at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Using pretty pastel tones of powder pink, coral, mint, metallic green and gold; the pair kept the silhouettes boxy, coat-like with apron inspired ties and pockets that reflected the lab theme.
The beautiful appliqués on mesh/gauze, silk and cotton of swirling alligators and humming birds in flight were strategically placed on the garment to make an ethereal impact.
The dramatic flora and fauna were entwined to give the embellishments on the creations a unique elegant flavour.
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Pretty pink appliqués of the alligators and hummingbirds looked great on a long sleeved jacket teamed with gold gathered skirt and coral zippered blouse. The midi front button dress with zippered pockets, the shirt tail double hem tunic worn with rib hemmed pants and the sheer gown with long sleeves over gold pants gave varied versions of the theme.
Comfy back sashed blouse or tunic, ivory pencil skirt with cascading pink appliqués teamed with a gold shirt, knotted hem shaded white/pink maxi and a boxy cross-over trendy dress with lavish work were the eye-catchers of the collection.
The colour option moved to pale sheer green for a long sleeved maxi, short cropped shirt over gold shorts and sheer skirt and the addition of a round hem blouse with gold pants and jacket were a fresh take on the look.
When it comes to beautifully crafted clothes this summer, Aiman Agha and Armaan Randhawa for their label 'Armaan and Aiman' have a great fashion list.

DRVV By Dhruv Kapur, Ikai By Ragini Ahuja And Quirk Box By Rixi Bhatia And Jayesh Sachdev were three Trend Setting Labels that Rocked the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

DRVV BY DHRUV KAPUR DRESSED IT DOWN WITH HIS NEW COLLECTION AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT WEAR 2015
Mumbai, 20 March 2015: Retaliating in the most fashion forward way possible, Dhruv Kapur introduced his collection 'Undress Code' for the brand DRVV at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
This collection by the designer was built around a basic objective to protest against the restraints that have often kept a woman from being her own person with individuality. Deconstruction of garments created a new fashion statement where the message was loud and clear.
The silhouettes in itself were chic and told a different story with every ensemble that walked out. With straight and structured cut-outs, the "undress" also achieved the deconstruction look. This was by creating garments falling off the body and strategically placed zips, to recreate a 'torn and allowed to show the skin' or lining underneath concept.
DRVV BY DHRUV KAPUR
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A white will-power dress was teamed with a deconstructed jacket, gown with cut-outs and zip detailing on the sides and the black halter dress with a draped back, fitted perfectly into the theme of the show.
Fabrics used to interpret this statement-making collection were smooth cotton poplin, cotton-silk blend with one side poplin and one side satin (to reduce bulk and create styles without lining for the summer), silk satin, silk chiffon, handwoven raw silk from Andhra Pradesh and lightweight wool voile. The colours that complemented the theme were white, cream, black, and soft peach in some accents.
The created textures involved, were basket weave of silk satin strips, created by hand in-house. The elements of the designs that stood out, were the zip detailing at the seams that depicted a ripped-off look impeccably. Refashioned suits and shirt gave the whole range of clothing a new contemporary look.
Dhruv Kapur's collection 'Undress Code' was effortless, classic, avant garde, fashionably on-point and radiated a powerful message to all of womankind.

RAGINI AHUJA WITH THE IKAI LABEL WORKED HER MAGIC AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015.
Importing her inspiration from overseas, Ragini Ahuja for her 'Ikai' label dazzled with her collection "Tribe" at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Bringing forth her love for different cultures and traditions, ace designer, Ragini was highly influenced by Japanese ethics. Creating an amalgamation of the old and new, the collection was born with a futuristic oriental backdrop.
After her collection "Metal" at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014, she took a bold new step as she ventured into more traditionally based attire.
Silhouettes that flattered the theme of this collection and were the focal point consisted of boxy anti-fits with leather appliqués, Obis and elegantly tasselled accessories. Japanese cranes, cherry blossoms, staple waves against the big red dot and old-world Sashiko patterns were merged together to form ethnic thread and appliqué artworks for the collection. Kimono cut shirts and tunics, pleated pants and skirts and big boxy dresses formed the crux of the collection.
RAGINI AHUJA for IKAI 
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The shades of colours chosen were subtle beige, grey, powdery blue and navy paired with Japanese blood red, which complemented the collection with ambiguous dexterity.
Creations that captivated were the navy blue high waist bikini with white polka dots grouped together with a sheer striped overcoat jacket. The black and white printed bralet and midi box pleated skirt with white stitched detailing had a marked tribal look.
Trendsetting and contemporary, "Tribe" by Ragini Ahuja for her label Ikai should be 'a must' in every diva's closet, which will make them feel confident and international.

QUIRK BOX BY RIXI BHATIA AND JAYESH SACHDEV PITCHED IN ON THE GLOBETROTTING TREND AT LAKME FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015.
Designers Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev from Quirk Box took the audience on the ride of a lifetime with their collection "Wanderlust" at Lakmé Fashion Week Sumer/Resort 2015.
Originally an art print collection, inspired by the postcards of the world, the dynamic duo turned it into a clothing line that had the audience wanting more. They stayed true to the quirkiness and conceptualised something different from the colour blocking and loud hues from the previous season. Galvanized by the world undiscovered, the compilation was based on the adventure of unseen mountains, seas, people and different cultures and unheard music.
The contemporary art with an overlay of romanticism gave allurement to the urban-chic silhouettes that featured statement prints and intricate detailing. The colour story displayed a transition from subtle pastels to brightly popped colours through the course of the show.
QUIRK BOX BY RIXI BHATIA AND JAYESH SACHDEV
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Mint scarves, bralets, pleated jackets, fishtail skirts and bell sleeved tops were the highlights of the compilation in tones like mint, white and colourful prints. A sleeveless lapelled jacket with a cropped top and midi skirt, bell sleeved multicoloured pleated calf length skirt and the printed long flowing cape, top, and shorts trio had a marked summer feel.
Added to the elegant trousseau, were the high-in-function accessories, which contributed to the modern aesthetics, something of grave importance to the urban traveller.
"Wanderlust" by Quirk Box founders Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev was free-spirited and left fashion conscious individuals lusting after it.

Nitya Arora, Nikhil Thampi and Nimish Shah displayed accessories and great fashion at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015
Nitya Arora’s jewellery collection for her ‘Valliyan’
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20 March, 2015, Mumbai: Known for her innovatively designed accessories that have captivated women globally, Nitya Arora’s jewellery collection for her ‘Valliyan’ label was a glitzy show at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015
Nitya Arora’s jewellery collection for her ‘Valliyan’
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Nitya’s latest collection was an irresistible range called “Iridescent Space”, which had strong inspirations like Star Wars and the Galactic world. Full of futuristic touches, the label revealed impressive imagery of the White Army, Space Stations and Jedis in the ornaments. Made predominantly in silver with sudden bursts of gold and gunmetal, the shimmering Swarovski crystals added colour and a hint of the fourth dimension from the theme.

Adding earthy semi-precious stones with a marked marble effect, the collection was pure retro space age. It was apparent from the impressive display on the ramp that gorgeous jewellery that spoke a language all its own is Nitya’s forté each season.
Nitya Arora’s jewellery collection for her ‘Valliyan’
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Body harnesses, cuffs, star burst tiaras, ear cuffs, palm bracelets, danglers, Maang tikka, tiara-cum-headbands, finger-cum-cuffs, danglers and multi necklace chokers recreated the mood. A nose pin was a great jewel addition to the face; while armlets and the solar system pendants were dramatic entries. The final giant galaxy harness, which rose from the back of the model like a halo, the entwining arm bracelets along with the blinding glitter of the ornaments were a great end to a stunning collection. 

For the woman who wants to rule as a modern day Princess Leia on terra firma with her trend setting style, Nitya Arora’s “Iridescent Space” collection for her ‘Valliyan’ label will win her many fashion battles with ease.

NIKHIL THAMPI BROUGHT BOLLYWOOD’S COLOURFUL NOSTALGIC 1990’S GLAMOUR ON THE CATWALK AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
When a collection is inspired by the nostalgic Bollywood glamour of the 1990’s it has to rock the ramp. Nikhil Thampi kept the tempo upbeat as the iconic songs of that era with their foot tapping beat inspired his creativity for a colourful line.
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Heavily influenced by songs like Tip Tip Barsa Paani (Mohra), Saat Samundar (Vishwatama), Tamma Tamma (Thanedar) Jhuma Chumma (Hum) and Muqualbala (Hum se hai Muquabala); Nikhil took the key elements of the clothes worn during those songs for his “Light, Camera, Fashion” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Reflective lamé and shimmer fabrics were the leading stars of the show with shades of yellow, white and black being the supporting cast. The colour story finally ended the action on the ramp, in a burst of hues like gold and gunmetal dazzling metallic shades.
NIKHIL THAMPI
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Giving a fun filled modern twist to shapes, Nikhil revealed structured semi Indian silhouettes, flowing maxis, gowns, soft blazers and waist coats.
The show opened with the sun yellow line of bandaged, pre-stitched sari, halter choli and sarong, slit plunge neck gown and a one-shoulder backless number. Leather accents were prominent when they appeared as bands on bodice to hold figure hugging maxis or as harnesses for midi creations.
NIKHIL THAMPI
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The cross over long sleeved gold cropped top matched with white bell- bottoms, the gold pantsuit and the leather bra under a shimmering jacket and pant were dazzlers on the catwalk.
Giant lapels gave the gleaming trench coat a masculine touch but the black/gold halter leather strapped jumpsuit revealed a perfect lounge wear vibe. For the finale it was the gold and gunmetal lamé gowns with high slits and leather straps enticingly wrapped around the bodice that were risqué but oh so sexy!
NIKHIL THAMPI
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For women who want to relive the riotous colourful days of the 1990’s with Bollywood glamour; then they must add some action with “Light, Camera, Fashion” by Director Nikhil Thampi.

NIMISH SHAH SHOWCASED AN EXCITING TRAVEL WARDROBE AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Making life really easy and practical for the global traveller, Nimish Shah for his ‘Shift’ label presented a perfect summer wardrobe at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Separates were the key feature of the collection that could be mixed and matched not only effortlessly but also packed and maintained with the minimum of bother and care.
Nimish Shah for ‘Shift’
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To make the ensembles ideal for visiting various parts of the globe and still allowing the woman to remain well-dressed, Nimish chose airy cottons, stylish linens, luxurious cotton silks, organic cottons and khadi. Adding prints, Nimish turned the fabrics into vibrant textiles as abstract florals gave a fashionable lift to the apparel. The prints were a delicate mix of abstract floral, matte pastels that gave the collection a gentle mood.
Nimish Shah for ‘Shift’
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Colours remained cool and summery with matte pastels like ash, lavender, dusty pink and off-white, creating the right mood for the line. When it came to silhouettes, Nimish kept them simple and basic with short suits, column dresses, ‘A’ line midis and recreated tunics with interesting proportions.
Very interesting separates gave the collection a versatile flavour as midi dresses with low cut arm holes, linen suiting for the summer suits, column dresses, peasant tops and the tunics were easy options for the soaring mercury. The simple zigzag print appeared for layered sleeve sack dress, dolman sleeve column creation and strappy midi. Shirt-waist, front-open military dress and drop waist pleated vision were part of the practical travel wardrobe.
Nimish Shah for ‘Shift’
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Drawstring trousers and soft coat were teamed with a summer bustier and tiny appliqués on a white dress added to the cool fashion story. A smudgy print midi, princess line blouse, pearl studded white low cut armhole midi and crépe yellow gown would be ideal summer brunch dressing choices.
Nimish Shah for ‘Shift’
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Travel easy; travel light, declared Nimish Shah with his stylish well designed wardrobe that had great fashion directions.

Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 15 Day 2 Part 2

Monday, 11 May 2015

THE HARPER’S BAZAAR TEXTILE SHOW PRESENTED EIGHT MULMUL COLLECTIONS BY TOP DESIGNERS AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015

19 March, 2015, Mumbai: Giving impetus to its new initiative “Bazaar Inspires”, by Harper’s Bazaar, the globally renowned fashion magazine presented eight designers’ collections created from Mulmul as the focal point during Indian Handlooms and Textile Day at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
“Bazaar Inspires” is an annual project that aims at spreading awareness about Indian textiles, and the beautiful favourite of all – Mulmul – was the chosen one this season. Eight Indian evening wear designers were challenged to turn the humble fabric into stunning formal wear creations. Each designer presented four glamorous evening ensembles and turned Mulmul into a Red Carpet eye-catcher.

ANAND BHUSHAN
Known for his ultimate fabric texturing and innovations in manipulation, Anand Bhushan’s all white collection simply called “Mulmul” turned the favourite Indian textile into an urban offering with contemporary treatment. Blending it with glass, Anand formed varying houndstooth patterns on the garments to add a distinct flavour. Splashing the creations with cutwork in drapes, soft feminine constructions, comfy fitted options for silhouettes that offered excellent construction, Anand presented a sleek line. A drop waist dress, Jodhpur pants, shirt worn with beaded jacket, a belted long sleeve shirt-waist dress and sari in solid and cutwork fabrics, sparkled with beads. The mature Indian woman will adore Anand Bhushan’s reinterpreted style for Mulmul when she chooses it for formal soirées.
ANAND BHUSHAN
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SIDDHARTHA TYTLER
Inspired by the word ‘Chaos’, Siddhartha Tytler’s Mulmul looks were a quartet of glamorous creations. Random black and white digital prints sparkled on the garments. The soft traditional Mulmul went through some texturing from Siddhartha as he added quilting, his signature pin tucking, crystallising and laser cutting to give a contemporary flavour to the creations. The quilted gown, will-power bustier and tulip quilted skirt, silver embroidered quilted skirt over a cutwork top with black palazzos told a different Mulmul story. Structured silhouettes were bold yet rigid, making the ensembles ideal for the trendy buyer who adores some experimental dressing.
SIDDHARTHA TYTLER
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SAILEX
Sailex known for his grand Red Carpet creations gave the traditional Mulmul his signature treatment turning it into glam evening wear possibilities. Adding seductive black embroidery, which has been Sailex’s trademark; the four creations that glided down the ramp had a marked structured look with great flare that gave India’s favourite fabric a new fashionable avatar. Black net and mul sheer gown, a plunge neck gown with sheer back, bralet with a midi pencil skirt and a plunge neck tail-coat jacket with sheer sided pant, was an all black fantasy.
SAILEX
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HEMANT AND NANDITA
Inspired by the land which is known as the Paradise of India – Kashmir – Hemant and Nandita turned the simple Mulmul into a fashion fabric with surface ornamention. Called ‘Blooming Woods’ the four garments had unconventional embroidery and brought in the 70’s look with digital touches for gore skirts, kotis or waistcoats, embroidered cropped tops, jackets, boho capes and dresses. The printed long sleeve mini, flared skirt with bell-sleeved cropped top, tiered mini with bolero, shorts and tank with a cover were great creations in Mulmul. Earth tones of brown, dull grey and deep green were highlighted by sea green and tangerine. Flowers, which were the key feature of the line, exuded a blossoming aura around the line.
HEMANT AND NANDITA
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ANUPAMAA DAYAL
Making a complete surprise fashion detour from her usual comfort zone of resort and cruise line where she is an expert; Anupamaa Dayal went down the Red Carpet with her “Angelina Jolie” collection. The designer gave Mulmul her favourite summer fabric; a glitzy, glam treatment and turned the cool textile into fitted sexy gowns. Shades of seductive red, black, sizzling pink, neon yellow, and lemon were ideal choices for the slinky floral off-shoulder floor kissing number with large bow. The yellow/blue print gown, floral black halter and one-shoulder pink printed number were part of the sexy line. Detailing was with tantalising frills, cascading ruffles, gorgeous floral embellishments like a single fluffy chrysanthemum, plunging necklines and sweeping trails.
ANUPAMAA DAYAL
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RABANI AND RAKHA
Rabani and Rakha, the very creative pair turned the soft Mulmul into glamorous silhouettes - a sensuous gown, a striking lehenga sari and a sexy lace body suit with luxurious Mulmul drapes. The colour choice was shades of peach to add that stylish fashion quotient to the garments. The tiered peach lehenga would serve as ideal formal wear with dupatta and choli. A lush red sari with gold border and tights, red one-shoulder gown splashed with gold paisley border and the final peach layered lehenga, choli and dupatta were glamorous festive wear.  Feminine and very sexy the creations were ideal for that impressive entry on any global style carpet.
RABANI AND RAKHA
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DEV r NIL
Inspired by the falling autumn leaves with their earthy tones, the capsule collection of four outfits by Dev r Nil recreated nature’s beauty for the garments. Gauze work, appliqués and cutwork added to the beauty of the ensembles; while the changing shades of the leaves appeared as ikat borders and stripes to highlight the hand woven Mulmul. Skirt with falling leaves appliqué worn with asymmetric top, autumn leaves on black printed bodice teamed with red/black shaded pant, striped red/black giant poncho and the striped maxi with floral sheer detailing were stunners. Red in monochrome was the preferred colour for the fluid silhouettes that flowed from the constructed bodices giving the outfits an almost ethereal look.
DEV r NIL
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 RAAKESH AGARVWAL
Aimed at the boho chic young woman – a global traveller who is at home in Brazil, Miami, Mexico, Venezuela, or the South of France, Raakesh Agarvwal’s four ensembles had a glam international flavour. Using Mulmul in colours like sunset yellow, saffron and tangerine - all hot summer hues - he gave a contemporary relaxed vibe to the garments. A great slouchy jumpsuit had all the signs of summer comfort, while the tangerine will-power dress was an eye-catcher on the ramp. The two sexy panelled gowns completed the foursome, which any girl would love to grab for her fun holiday.
RAAKESH AGARVWAL
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Kiran Uttam Ghosh and Deepika Govind brought the beauty of traditional crafts and tetiles into the limelight at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

New Fashionable Feminine Directions Were The Keynote Of Kiran Uttam Ghosh's Collection At Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

Mumbai, 19 March, 2015: A Kiran Uttam Ghosh show is always an adventure into the world of creative fashion. Her Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 collection was feminine, delicate with inspiring silhouettes in a gentle colour palette.
Revisiting the past and inspired by the sights, sounds and fragrances that were her memories, Kiran worked with khadi, a fabric her grandmother used to spin. Working around silhouettes that showed tantalising shoulders or elegant collar ones, Kiran's clothes spoke a simple dignified fashion language.
Global shapes were blended effortlessly with beautiful hand crafted traditional textiles; while heritage played a major role in the form of embellishments that glittered discreetly on the garments.
The textiles offered a multitude of options with Maheshwari, Bengal Dhakai, Chanderi, Benares brocade, kimkhab, Fulia, Taant weaves and ikat, which were perfectly balanced with modern fabrics like georgette, crépe, jersey and perma pleated ones. The colours were a melange of ivory, oyster, nude, powder blue, fresh coral, lipstick red, blackberry, aubergine and gold.
Kiran Uttam Ghosh
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The silhouettes were very western in nature with permanent pleated dresses, trousers, plain white shirts, racer back vests, ponchos, fluted lines, slouchy tents and a collection of saris in handlooms that completed the line. 
Starting the show with soft pastels for draped sari with embroidered choli, Kiran moved to Maheshwari cape over blue jersey dress and then added a blue Bengal Taant tent. Moving into a stronger colour palette, the mix of blackberry and aubergine with navy was great for a floral tent. The Banaras skirt with white shirt and obi belt was an unconventional story, while the red Dhakai dress with high slits over gold pleated dress and pants were stunners. The mix of fabrics and the intriguing fusion silhouettes added to the charm and beauty of the collection.
Bringing the past to the present, to create future fashion, Kiran Uttam Ghosh presented a sensuous but beautiful line for the fashion conscious buyers.

Deepika Govind's Journey Into The Land Of Blue Was A Fashionable Odessey At Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

Inspired by a mythical yogi's memoirs in the land of Blue Kutch, Deepika Govind's collection called "The Memoir of a Yogi who Loved Blue" was a fascinating colourful vision at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Using the attire of the beautiful women of Kutch as her 'blueprint', Deepika followed their silhouettes – long fluid belted dresses of the Khatri tribe. Layered weaves were embellished with handcrafted tribal ornaments; while the organic Kala Cotton formed the basis of the garments.
Fine Bandhani, tie and dye, Shibori, Ajrakh, centuries old resist print craft in organic dyes, and the ancient Rogan art of hand painting that looked like fine embroidery was the final icing on the ensembles and added to the rustic rural charm of the creations. The Farek and gussets incorporated by Deepika enhanced the beauty of the collection. 
Deepika Govind
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With such a rich heritage backing the garments, it was but natural that Deepika's colours were earthy and natural. Mid blue, organic kora, Rudraksh and desert brown, burgundy, mustard and mineral red dazzled on the ramp.
Bandhani was used as placement design and appeared on various parts of the garments to highlight their beauty. It looked fabulous on a one- shoulder dress or a blue Bandhani cover with asymmetrical hem. Mirror work was seen prominently on yokes, long sleeve gown, bolero and the line of sarong pleated skirts with waistcoats were an innovative look at fusion wear with traditional touches.
Added to the glamour of the line were the specially designed striking leather accessories by Risa and shoes by Heel and Buckle.
When the 21st century fashionista wants to take a walk down folklore lane; "The Memoirs of a Yogi who Loved Blue" collection by Deepika Govind will add a new dimension and colour to her wardrobe.

Day Two ended with a Stylish Fashion Presentation By Raghavendra Rathore at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

Mumbai, 19 March 2015: When it comes to regal, sophisticated collections that rival those worn by royalty, Raghavendra Rathore had the perfect offering when his show closed Day Two at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
From diffusion to bespoke dressing and promotion of rural crafts, the slick display featured three brands offered by a single designer. 
Raghavendra Rathore
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 The "Imperial India Company" is the ready-to-wear designer diffusion label, by Raghavendra, which was inspired by the Raj and featured Indo-Western styling. Here were affordable clothes that exuded a marked elegance and aristocratic character, which will appeal to the discreet dresser.
Raghavendra Rathore
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Two-button off-white jacket, brocade Sherwani, black five-button Jodhpur coat, bundgala with printed shirt and red trouser as well as the two-button grey suit were superbly finished ensembles. Colour came in the form of brown bundi with orange kurta, a spark of white cuffs for mandarin collar shirt, dapper Pathani suit, sherwani with pink cuffs and black velvet collar and the final white tuxedo with satin shawl lapel, were perfect wardrobe additions.
Raghavendra Rathore
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"Raghavendra Rathore Foundation" which is a celebration of hope was not only a line for a humanitarian initiative aimed to give the disadvantaged support, but also provide a stable livelihood and promote rural handicraft. Here the opening of the segment was with formal women's wear featuring red/gold cover over red draped lehenga, a black/gold gown, shimmering Sherwani with a black organza skirt. But it was the men's wear that was dramatic as male models marched in wearing identical Jodhpuri trousers and bandgala jackets in gold, red, pink, blue, green, purple, fuchsia, navy, black and white; then stopped in the centre of the ramp, stripped down to white T-shirts with the slogan "Je Suis L'Amour" written on them.
Raghavendra Rathore with Ritesh Deshmukh
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Finally the "Raghavendra Rathore" bespoke custom clothing menswear collection projected the ultimate in fashion with traditional looks blended into modern day elegance, which the designer unveiled to a very appreciative audience. Jodhpuri bandgalas and breeches along with black printed kurta, brocade Sherwani and shimmering Jodhpur coat made a striking appearance on the catwalk. Wide dhoti salwars, black and gold angarkha, and off-white kurta with black dhoti, revealed the bespoke/customer clothing menswear label that Raghavendra is known for.
Ritesh Deshmukh for Raghvendra Rathore
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Making a heart shopping, show stopping, entry on the ramp was the handsome, Bollywood star, Ritesh Deshmukh who strutted down in a brocade Nehru jacket, black kurta and white churidars.
Using the finest traditional textiles for each brand, which were exclusively woven in the Brahmaputra region; Raghavendra Rathore's collection celebrated India's rich heritage and textiles that are aimed at buyers who want to add that touch of class to their personal fashion statements.

Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 15 Day 2 Part 1

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

‘NOT LIKE YOU’ BY SHOVIT DASGUPTA, DURBA NAG AND SHARAN KAUR AND VASUNDHARA MANTRI GAVE NEW FASHION ANGLES AT JABONG STAGE DURING LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015

Mumbai, 19 March 2015: The fantabulous trio of designers Shovit Dasgupta, Durba Nag and Sharan Kaur, stayed true to their roots while showcasing their collection for their label ‘NOTLIKEYOU’ at Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2015.
‘NOT LIKE YOU’
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Their designs were about the wonder that is India. Something about the rawness of hand woven fabrics drew them to venture into the aesthetics of this widely practised but undermined form of art. The idea was to promote the beauty and create a new hopeful future for this art.
Unusual but unique, the cuts were fun and new like the revival of a 25-year-old sari turned into a cropped top and dirndl skirt set. Each fabric used was painstakingly handmade down to the last inch like the pure Khadi fabrics of Bengal.
‘NOT LIKE YOU’
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Jamdani weaves, hand painted and wood block prints were some of the elements that stood out. An ensemble that was particularly striking was the parrot green tunic, with pleated detailing with a lighter shade of green shawl-draped around the neck. Another lively piece was the pink tented tunic with a wide green border.
A healthy reminder of talent in the very potential of this craft was the ideology behind Shovit Dasgupta’s, Durba Nag’s and Sharan Kaur’s label ‘NOTLIKEYOU’ and certainly achieved it.

VASUNDHARA MANTRI EMBODIED A FAMOUS AVATAR AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER / RESORT 2015.

‘Yagyaseni: The Warrior from Within’ by Vasundhara Mantri empowered with her collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015
‘Yagyaseni’ was another name for Draupadi, the heroic princess who was firm with a stone hard will, in the Hindu epic ‘The Mahabharata’. Draupadi grew into her own person after emerging through hardships, pains and trials in life. Delving into the moral of the story, the collection told a tale of every women overcoming hurdle after hurdle to find herself in the process.
Using jute as a main component for her designs, Vasundhara judiciously incorporated it along with sheer fabrics to create a stunning fusion between the two. Colours of jute like beige and mud brown were used in jibe with translucent blacks, pearl whites and dull greys.
VASUNDHARA MANTRI
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An element of the apparel that was enrapturing was the Cleopatra-like, front-open jute dress adorned with golden accessories and the black cropped corset amalgamated with a sheer maxi skirt with alternate panels in jute and a beaded gold cape.
VASUNDHARA MANTRI
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The compilation used statement-making jewels that emphasized the power of women, and incorporated it into metal and pearl meshes used in various styles.
The collection comprised jewelled caps, body and leg-chains, mesh gloves, hand harness, cuffs, earrings, jewelled veils and waist backbone.
Fashion at its best, ‘Yagyaseni’ by Vasundhra Mantri was an eye opener for all the ladies to recognize their self-worth, and want to be fashionable in doing so.

INDIAN HANDLOOMS AND TEXTILE DAY AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015 WAS OPENED BY UJJAWAL DUBEY, DIVYA SHETH, MAYANK ANAND AND SHRADDHA NIGAM WITH THEIR STYLISH FASHION STATEMENTS
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MAYANK ANAND AND SHRADDHA NIGAM BROUGHT TIMELESS FABRICS TO THE FOREFRONT AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015

19 March, 2015: With two timeless fabrics as their base, Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam presented their “Chauraha” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015. 
Dhonekali from West Bengal was a fabric with its unusual twisted yarn that is normally found in the pallav. The Gamcha, the other selection was a very interesting unstitched fabric/garment of the country with multiple uses, which is carried by men and women throughout the year for different purposes.
MAYANK ANAND AND SHRADDHA NIGAM
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The designing duo used them in a colour palette of black, white and red checked pattern along with hand woven cotton that created a fashionable stir on the runway as the models glided down. From interesting draped tunics and dresses to cowl pants and striking tops; the collection made optimum use of these two very humble textiles. 
Construction was at its extreme best. Starting with an attached necklace to a multi panel dress, the looped tunic, a great buttoned down onesie with a detached collar and jumpsuit tunic. The extended kurta maxi dress with attached dupatta, Jaffa pants, shirt-jacket dress, a shift with an attached cape and a lop sided top were some more eye- catchers.
The designing duo did not control their creativity as the asymmetrical kurta with shoulder drape and the layered maxi completed the cool but very rustic collection.
When fashion followers want to dwell deep into rustic culture and bring popular fabrics into their wardrobes, the “Chauraha” collection by Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam will satisfy their sartorial needs.

DIVYA SHETH TOOK THE AUDIENCE ON A ROYAL FASHIONABLE ORGANIC JOURNEY AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015

Giving eco-organic fabrics the luxe royal touch Divya Sheth presented her collection “Sultana on Safari” at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015
Aimed at the jet-setting global traveller who believes in sustainable fashion, Divya ensured that her fabric choice was pure hand spun and woven Khadi, organic silk and silk chiffon, which were given an innovative touch with traditional reinvented Kalamkari and Ajrakh in natural dyes.
To make life really easy for the worldwide tourist, there were summer trench coats with spacious pockets for Ipad, mobiles and passports. For the sporty ones, the addition of convenient pockets for binoculars so that hands were kept free was great. With the ‘trench’ as the inspiration, the collection added trench anarkalis, which would be ideal for that destination wedding far away from home.
DIVYA SHETH
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Colours were kept very earthy with beige, brown, leaf green and rust adding to the natural tone of the collection. 
Detailing that was impressive were the slit sleeves, floppy collars, tail coat tunics, beautiful cutwork sleeves and hem edges, the very interesting dhoti skirts and batwing covers.
Added to the look was eco-wood and silver jewellery decorated with kachchi embroidery.
Mix fashion with an organic flavour and turn into a “Sultana on Safari” declared Divya Sheth with her colourful collection. 

UJJAWAL DUBEY’S ANTAR-AGNI LABEL UNVEILED SUBTLE DRAMA FOR MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WEAR AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015

‘Antar-Agni’ the label by Ujjawal Dubey offered innovations for his men’s and women’s wear collection called “Half-Light” at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Ujjawal aimed to create a fashionable balance between contrasts, played with dark and light grey as well as pastel shades of blue and then sprang a surprise with metallic colour details.
Keeping the silhouettes to relaxed fits, which were oversized and layered, Ujjawal’s fabric options were restricted to handwoven khadi, linen net, linen satin blends, cotton linen and added faux leather and organza for accents.
UJJAWAL DUBEY’S ANTAR-AGNI 
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Detailing gave the men’s wear a New Age feel as wide salwars, one- button collarless jackets, long knee length Sherwani, and cross-over kurta revealed some comfy options. Angular and asymmetric hemlines accentuated the kurta; while the bundgala jacket with an uneven midi kurta was an unconventional semi-formal offering.
The five women’s wear looks started with a relaxed panelled anarkali with an organza inset at the sides, moved to a cross-over top worn with slashed and layered pants,  a cowl draped toga top and a very innovative pant/skirt. The final kurta with a draped attached dupatta was an amazing two-in-one style.
When men and women want subtle drama or a hint of raw glamour in their wardrobe then they should head for Ujjawal Dubey’s “Half-Light” collection created for his ‘Antar-Agni’ label.


GAURANG SHAH, SHRUTI SANCHETI AND SOUMITRA MONDAL BROUGHT THE GLAMOUR OF ETHNIC WEAR TO THE FOREFRONT
AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015

WITH DIVINE INSPIRATIONS GAURANG SHAH’S “KALPAVRIKSHA” COLLECTION WAS A VISUAL TREAT AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015

19 March 2015, Mumbai: This season it was the divine tree in Hindu mythology that inspired Gaurang Shah’s collection called “Kalpavriksha” at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Gaurang winner of many awards for his work with Indian textiles and khadi, once again revisited the humble ‘fabric of freedom’ with a representation of the ‘Tree of Life’ woven by the Jamdani weavers of Andhra Pradesh and Bangladesh. He creatively merged the khadi with Phulkari, Kalamkari and Chikankari to bring an innovative textile offering.
GAURANG SHAH
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The glamorous show began to the live strains of melodious music by well known saxophone player, Anil Kumar, who serenaded the models with popular Bollywood tunes.
Presenting the exquisite Jamdani art, where the discontinuous extra weft technique of weaving by hand is with a detailed hand drawn design kept under the warp on the loom and replicated perfectly; Gaurang ensured that the result was flawless.
GAURANG SHAH
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Creating a perfectly balanced melodious fashion jugalbandi, Gaurang brought together Jamdani, Phulkari, Chikankari and Kalamkari and offered heirloom pieces.
Stunning anarkalis with intricate weaves, ghagras that were voluminous but superbly crafted and elegant saris worn by graceful models floated down the ramp.
Colours from rainbows were used for the weaves and designs, as indigo kurta with woven border, flared beige anarkali, rust lehenga with leaf design, a black stunning sari with a bird pattern, and lots of florals recreated the natural theme. Phulkari was used for dupattas and cholis, while a bird and tiger weave looked magnificent on a sari.
GAURANG SHAH VIDYA BALAN
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Making a surprise appearance on the ramp from the audience was showstopper Bollywood super star, Vidhya Balan. She looked beautiful in a gorgeous pink/gold sari designed by Gaurang Shah as they glided down the catwalk together to thunderous applause.

When women want timeless innovative classics in their wardrobe then the beautiful “Kalpavriksha” collection by Gaurang Shah will win them compliments galore.

SHRUTI SANCHETI’S FASHIONABLE NOMADIC COLLECTION WAS AIMED AT THE YOUNG ADVENTUROUS BUYER AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015

Dedicating her “Nomadistaan” collection to the new breed of globe trotters, Shruti Sancheti created a perfect blend of textiles and crafts at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Keeping the focus on non-conformist lines, Shruti opted for rich hues that ranged from the popular Marsala, soft peach, blush, tangerine, to vibrant crimson red, rose, pink, burnt orange, yellow, indigo, ochré, blue and olive.
SHRUTI SANCHETI
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The fabric base remained organic as pure woven khadi, eri, matka and summer silk came together with organic cotton to form the soul of the collection. Prints played an exciting role as Shruti brought together a mélange of tie and dye, Shibori, leheriya, mothda, resist dyeing with wax and block prints.
The detailing was intricate with heer, Bhagat embroidery, kaleen or carpel embellishments and the fabulous banjara work seen in the artistic Thar region but now given a modern slant.
SHRUTI SANCHETI
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Giving mix and match options to the dresser, Shruti displayed a relaxed layered look that started with maxis, midis, floppy pants, jumpsuits, pleated pants, tail coat jackets, swishy long or spliced skirts and completed the line with saris.
SHRUTI SANCHETI
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Detailing appeared in the form of assorted pockets on sleeves that added to the fun-filled quirky nature of the collection. Zippers gave skirts and tunics a glitzy detailed touch, when they appeared in pairs down the front of slashed kurtas. Shorts were seen with side slit long tunics, a tiny shrug added to beauty of a brown maxi and the black and blue shaded sari and choli revealed contemporary flavour.
For striking rustic inspired vibrant clothes, the young and those young at heart need not travel far since “Nomadistaan” by Shruti Sancheti is within easy reach.

SOUMITRA MONDAL GAVE A CONTEMPORARY ROYAL LOOK TO INDIAN HERITAGE AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015

For Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 one of Kolkata’s top designers, Soumitra Mondal for his label ‘Marg’ presented a contemporary royal line, called “English Garden”, which was seamlessly blended with classic Indian heritage. The designer focused on embroidery and developed some interesting and eye-catching embellishments in varying patterns. Inspired by the beauty of nature Soumitra had florals in varying shapes and sizes to embellish the creations.
Staying true to his love for khadi, a fabric Soumitra has promoted religiously year after year, this time it was woven in 200’s count along with silk, cotton silk and zori khadi all with a clever twist in the weaving process.
SOUMITRA MONDAL
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The colours were dramatic with white and pitch, balanced perfectly by gold and silver. The silhouettes were very traditional as swirling anarkalis, stylish Bandgalas, smart blouses, voluminous lehengas, regal jackets, cute boleros, fitted dress with slim pants and glamorous saris with gold embroidered borders took centre stage. Mini kurtas appeared with embellished waist coats and slim pants; while a regal white Sherwani was a sophisticated entry.
SOUMITRA MONDAL
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White was the favoured colour of the collection but with large doses of embroidery that ranged from sequins to crystals and even 3D work.
SOUMITRA MONDAL
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The final striking entries featured lehengas with intricate pearl work, cholis with dazzling embellishments and dupattas that matched the beauty of the two.
The beautiful handcrafted jewellery in butterfly shapes for the neck and ears and as brooches was a perfect complement to the collection.
When tradition and New Age innovations are blended creatively, then Soumitra Mondal’s collection, “The English Garden” for his ‘Marg’ label is at the top of the fashion ladder.

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