Day two at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2012, saw a great mix of trends and talent.
Komal Sood- The opening show was that of Komal Sood and Pia Pauro. Komal presented a range of evening wear that was representative of grandeur. It was an exquisite blend of an ancient, vintage look that was twisted around a little with a modern touch. The collection was youthful and had an array of apparels with fluid silhouettes, distinct cuts and assorted style of embroidery.
Pia Pauro- Her collection exudes the feel of a nomad. It’s romantic, truly adventurous and gives you a sense of thrill as you the transformation of styles within the range of these garments. Eclectic with the coming together of all elements in the universe, these garments imparted a sense of travel, motion and movement. They were full of energetic hues and vibes. After all she drew her inspiration from one of the greatest travellers, Ibn batuta and his journey.
Suhani Pittie- The famous jewellery designer who has won several accolades for her work did a great work by the display of accessories that stood out in every possible way. She kept the colours simple. All clothes were created in black and white with the latter showing predomination. Wide legged pyjamas, transparent shrugs and shirts and long and plain silhouettes gave a chance for the gold adornments to outshine the garments. Not only was gold embroidery noticed on the side slings and bags that lit up the ramp but also the belts, chunky neck pieces, head bands (mostly in hues of gold) clearly defined her chic style that could go off the ramp and be converted into wearable accessories.
Payal Khandwala- Her clothes were surely a display of the latest trends as her first few garments were all off shoulder dresses or tops. One saw the use of natural fabrics like linen and khadi. She had used multiple layers by putting together three separate block colours; one would be a long, free flowing net skirt, another a short inner above which would be a knee length fitted shirt or dress. The cuts were all asymmetrical. One saw the blouses were worn with long skirts with pleats aplenty.
Shift- The immediate attention was drawn to these hats that had leather straps which could be tied around the chin. All apparels were accompanied by this distinctive head gear. Boat necked tops and dresses were noticed and one also saw that she had made use of high waist shorts and trousers in her collection. The dresses were loose and didn’t carry any streamlined fitting. The shades were pastels and earthy and the look was very appropriate for summers.
Bhairavi Jaikishan- Pooja Bedi was seen attending the show. The true touch of Indian traditions was felt in the show. She displayed some impeccable saris and lehengas. A lot of them were created out of net and showcased an extensive use of heavy work and embroidery. Shimmer and bling was seen in each and every garment, though used distinctly in each piece. Embroidered waist bands and blouses that had heavy work were the highlights of the show. While the first few pieces displayed tones of peach, cream, light blue, pink and the like; the second half of the show was the brighter side with magentas, bright yellows and orange, red and electric blue. The show stopper was the beautiful Amy Jackson who had a hard time ensuring she didn’t stumble on the ramp. She wore a beautiful lehenga that was resplendant in silver.
Mineral (Priyadarshini Rao)- Dipanita Sharma was one of the attendees of Rao’s show. She displayed her apparels from her recently launched range ‘Mineral’. The clothes were day wear and very summery although when accessorised could be worn at a lounge or a pub. Raw shades of florescent green, blue, pink, orange and purple were seen on the ramp. She wanted a very graphic look so she customised the models’ eyes with shocking blue eye shadow, coral nails and buns that gave an indo-western feel. She had several layers in her clothes. Interestingly a pink tunic was worn over a blue blouse under which purple leggings were sported. The mix of bold colours couldn’t go unnoticed. Belts were used greatly. Spectacles were used to add the sexy, geeky look.
Disney Couture (Little Shilpa & Nitin Bal Chauhan) - This was my personal favourite. If one has to learn how to adapt from cartoon characters; there’s no better way than witnessing this show. The show opened with lit up head gear (neon lights and other electric lights) and the crowd welcomed it with generous applause. Each garment wass given an abstract head gear that in some way was reflective of memorable character of Disney's Mickey Mouse. The outfits were black, white and red and carried silhouettes of Mickey whether they were imprinted on the garment itself, taken in the form of a stole or just worn as an accessory on some part of the body. The second half of the show created the look of a Café where a waitress walked in with coffee and quick bites, a musician accompanied her to lure the customers at the café. All models now sported eyes and lips painted with red glitter. The outfits showed digital prints and the like on dresses and gowns. This was followed by a display of sporty tees with Mickey Mouse prints- a range both for men and women. Denim dresses and jump suits were also seen. The use of suspenders was a great idea. The show ended with Minnie Mouse popping from back stage. Yes, she was the show stopper and blew kisses to the audience, performed a little jig on the ramp and left everyone nostalgic.
PS- An outfit that left most people dumbfounded was the one which had a front extension of a kettle and a cup and saucer that were a part of beige, cream dress. It showed several layers and while the dress may not be wearable off the ramp, it was the stunner of the show.
Bibhu Mohapatra- Jaya Bachchan, Nargis Fakhri, Rohit Bal, Amrita Puri were seen attending his show. A collection of 36 garments which had everything from dresses, gowns, skirts, dhoti pants, jackets to trousers. He had a complete mix of garments and it were his trademark the gowns and dresses that were the highlight of his collection. Tangerines, oranges and corals dominated the collection and all the fibres were natural. Laser cutting details and geometry were predominant. A collection which will keep you fully covered yet sexy.
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