Highlights of the Lakme Fashion Week 2016!
Lakme fashion week is a bi-annual fashion event that is one of the most prestigious platforms for designers all across the country to showcase their designs. The Lakme Fashion Week 2016 Winter/festive edition just got concluded at 29th August. The 5 day affair saw some splendid outfits and here’s a compilation of my favourite ones:
1. Payal Khandwala
Her collection was titled “The New Emperor”, conceptualized to present fierce fashion, for the daring New Age Indian bride. Here was a fashion collection dedicated to the bride who is not content playing princess but would rather be king. All the outfits in this range have very opulent vibes. Using rich fabrics such as rich raw silk in regal colours in golden and purple with some unconventional elements like collared blouses, straight and pleated pants, brazen blazers, the looks were almost vintage in their appeal.
2. Ashish N Soni
This man’s collection was inspired by the roaring fashion of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Titled “Voltomatic”, the collection had Marilyn Monroe vibes to it. Monochrome was seen in all outfits. An interesting feature was that despite the clear, well defined cuts and layers in the outfits, the hairstyles were voluminous and bold. An ode to retro fashion with androgynous pantsuits, oversized jackets as well as feminine jumpsuits and jacquard dresses was the standout point of Ashish N Soni’s collection.
3. Ritu Kumar
Her collection was titled ‘the Label’ and was an interesting combination of sporty and feminine. Ritu Kumar is one designer who effortlessly translates street style to the runway. Jump suits, maxi dresses, skirts and shorts were all given a very sporty twist, with checkered prints, pastel colours and funky accessorizing. Kriti Sanon was the showstopper and the maxi she donned was so beautiful!
3. Anuradha Pegu
“Made-in-Assam” was a highlight of the LFW 2016, where designers from the North East showcased the traditional excellence in fashion. One of them was Anuradha, whose collection titled Naturally Anuradha left the audience in gasps of wonder. Consisting of resplendent sarees, with bold borders and vibrant colours, they were magnificent. Blending and merging various fabrics, Anuradha used Endi, Muga and Nuni silks together with spun and pure cotton, which are treated with 100 per cent organic dyes such as turmeric, lac, iron, harda and manjistha.
4. Shilpa Chavan
This year’s LFW 2016 had it’s first ever PLUS SIZE FASHION SHOW, curated by Shilpa Chavan. It was really refreshing to see plus sized models on the ramp, who were chosen by auditions. The collection was uber casual and trendy, consisting of everyday looks. The models oozed confidence and glam, and prove that hotness isn’t determined by inches ! 😉
5. Sumona Parekh
Her collection had some unique festive wear. In unconventional prints and silhouettes, this gave us major inspiration for the upcoming shaadi/diwali/navratra season. Straight pants with a long jacket is a very modern Indian wear, whereas loose crop tops with golden embellishments can be paired with matching lowers too. White, red and golden are such gorgeous colours; tribal or bold borders and embellishments were the highlight of this collection.
6. Shantanu and Nikhil
Their collection had a very prominent the Great Gatsby feel to it and we aren’t complaining. Looks straight out of a Mardi Gras, the ruffles and emerald colours made for a sight. Long gowns with flowy, flattering silhouettes were centre piece attractions of the collection. An interesting bit was the cool head gears added to each outfit. An Egyptian princess vibe is also emitted due to these grand structures and head gears, perfect for the next ball you attend!
7. Ajay Kumar
Has to be the quirkiest collection out of them all, undeniably. Grey was the common background of all the outfits. Thought grey outfits are boring? Think again! Ajay Kumar added a splash of funky colours and graffiti to the grey to make them show stealers. These are perfect for a fancy day in college or just a brunch with your girlfriends!
8. Manish Malhotra
This man’s legend and needs no introduction. This time around his collection was dominated by florals. Be it printed in beautiful colours or embroidered with gold embellishments, cute flowers adorned the stunning silhouettes of the outfits. An expert in bridal fashion, Manish Malhotra’s collection always showcases new trends in it. Semi draped lehenga, long overflowing kimonos are the latest trends he incorporated in his collection.
Had to save the best for the last, definitely. While his expertise in sarees and lehengas is unparalleled, this year also he took on beautiful pastel and neutral colours to create stunning bridal wears! The highlight of all of LFW W/F 2016 and Sabyasachi’s show was Mrs. Kareena Kapoor’s entry.
She entered in a regal silver, full of delicate embellishments lehenga, flaunting her baby bump in all it’s happiness. Silver and black are unconventional colours, but this is the age of modern brides who love to experiment. Sabyasachi’s lehenga donned by Kareena Kapoor Khan is something that’ll make it’s way into the wedding circuit really soon. It’s feminine yet edgy.
Ps – extra points to this outfit due to the model, madam Khan! ❤
All pictures are sourced from Vogue India.
Do tell me which designer is your favourite.