As always, LFW’s Gen Next category had some really bright talent showcasing their work. LFW started off on a bright and happy note with accessories in bright gold contrasting against a pop of colours like pink and green. Tanya Sharma’s vibrant and colourful collection Gaga, was a lovely blend of Indian influenced textiles, embroidery and a contemporary and avant garde color palette.
Shikha Grover and Vinita Ahikare’s collection ‘Ilk’ showed clean, clear and an almost classic style with a grunge feel. They used earthy, neutral colours and played with textures. Neon green shoes added a zing of colour to the otherwise neutral ensembles.
Yogesh Chaudhary showcased a collection of loose, flowing garments with a predominant pattern being stripes in blues and black. To add personality to these linear garments Yogesh added a speckle of silver sequin work.
Archana Rao focuses on crisp and simple shapes and contrasting textiles. The collection laid importance on layering and contrasting prints and colours and very straight simplistic silhouettes. Straight fitted cigarette pants in different fabrics wera featured quite a bit. The collection had an androgynous touch
Manoj Kumar and Vinod Bhardwaj’s silhouettes were very earthy. Lots of tie-dye, rope work and earth colours gave it a very earthy, rugged but still feminine feel because of the flowy asymmetrical maxi dresses with woven shrugs.
Megha Garg’s collection was very sophisticated, functional and wearable. The name Mystical Aura was a perfect fit. Flowy drapes were given individuality with digital prints and lovely shades of green and reds. The organza fabric added to the flowy mystical feel.
Prashant Chauhan’s Daughters of Tibet was infused with the colours, culture and essence on Tibet. It transported you to the tranquil yet bright mountains. Knitwear, his signature was featured prominently and was visually very exciting. Silk and wool fabrics, with patchwork and floral prints made for an interesting runway show. Funky headgear, Tibetan flags and woolen baubles were all reminiscent of his inspiration.
Drashta’s collection showcased shades of dark black, wine, dark blue as well as shades of old rose, ecru,mustard and royal purple. She had a mix of chiffon, satin raffia and crepe de chine made her entire collection effortless and fluid. She showed a ecru silk crepe and cigarette pants, sheaths and long sleeved cropped jackets among others. Jumpsuits had bright glittery embroidery work on the shoulders.
The sequins, shell and bead detailing for texture and colour palette made Sailex’s collection a treat for the eyes. Jackets, short and long draped dresses and sequins added glitz and glamour to a comfy wearable set of garments. French chiffon, lace and light silks were the fabrics of choice and the silhouettes were a modern take of retro classics. The colours used were nude, flesh and lime and eventually pop shades like tangerine and tomato.
Rajat K Tangri used Italian blended cotton, silk, stretch satin and embellishments to highlight his creations, Rajat had a bit of androgyny in his garments with constructed dresses and jumpsuits for women and well-tailored suits for men. The colour tones moved from bold neon to dark blacks and the pieces which stood out included a metallic jacket with neon pink skinny pants and the ostrich feather shrug teamed with a gown.
Masaba’s ‘Sorbet’ collection showcased icy colours like pinks and pistas that were confessedly out of her comfort zone. Silhuoettes remained her main focus which she wanted to be classy and sophisticated yet edgy. Maxi dresses, pallazo saris and Patiala dhoti pants featured greatly. The camera print featured in her collection quite a bit as well lending to it an eclectic feel. She also tried her hand at gold embroidery which gave her collection added depth. Actor Prateik Babbar was the showstopper for Masaba . A man of few words, he summed up the whole collection in a single word - “sexy.”
Shrivan and Narresh truly had a ‘resort’ feel as a result of the culmination of colours, styles in swimwear as well as the music and styling of the show. Mosaic was inspired by Kandinsky’s art from the 20’s and 30’s. Colour blocking was a huge part of their collection which was played up immensely by the complementary accessories. Colours showcased were ochre maroon sky blue and white playing up resort. They showcased jumpsuits and rompers, shirts, trousers, jackets and sarongs along with a Maillot sari and the bikini teamed with the traditional Indian sari, trikinis and bodysuits. Their skeletal lampshade hats and sleek pulled back ponytails put the finishing touch on the collection.
Hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani teamed with Sukriti Grover to debut their collection SoFake in LFW. The collection was a quirky mix of Indian Kathakali dance wear with the structure and form inspired from the Victorian era. aptly titled Kathorian.
Retarded Velvet by Theresa James and Roger Prince was as bold as ever with a lot of western silhouettes such as printed leggings, jumpsuits, dresses, free flowing jackets with intriguing prints in pop art style.
Reve by Khushali Kumar was inspired by a fairytale and each and every garment embodied that inspiration. Swishing down the runway in long versions and having their short counterparts of the same design gave two interpretations to the same style. One classic and romantic and the other modern and edgy. Tiaras, feathers, and tassels among other embellishments added to the romance of the outfits. There was intricate use of crystals, sequins, beads and embroidery. And the fabrics of appliquéd tulles, special metal chipped surfaces, feathered and metallic nets and sheer chiffon were complemented greatly by the colours of chrome, silver, gun metal, bronze, gold, sand, skin and off white that were used. Dia Mirza took to the ramp with aplomb as the show stopper for Khushali.
Vikram Phadnis’s show was brimming with celeb presence. The front row had the likes of Karisma Kapoor, Sonu Nigam, Arbaaz Khan, Ameesha Patel and more cheering on for the show stoppers Amrita Arora and Malaika Arora Khan. The line was resort bridal wear filled with colour, texture and silhouettes with his classic Indo-Western touch. There were neutral shades of off-white, creams, fancy bright gold and even black. Even the fabrics showcased were ranging from linens, georgette to sheer net and pashmina. Edgy jackets coupled with palazzo pants, cigarette pants, skirts. Loose kurtas, Raja coats with heavy embroidery, wide legged jumpsuits, floral prints and a ecru net Lehenga worn by Amrita Arora and Malaika Arora Khan wore a beautiful black, heavily embroidered lehenga. Hairdos were very high fashion up-dos with bangles used as hair accessories.
James Ferreira who replaced Manish Malhotra as the opening day’s finale designer showcased easy flowing, colourful tie-dye outfits, which were fitted but easy silhouettes and his whites which ranged from short dresses in different cuts, to jumpsuits and long maxis. All in all it was comfort and style personified. The designer humbly took a bow with the entire team that had helped put the show together with him.
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