Day 4: Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016
Ashish N Soni
Ashish N Soni offered an interplay of black and white prints on fitted yet boxy silhouettes. The oversized and exaggerated cuts took inspiration from the 70s, 80s, and 90s fashion. A stark contrast to the well-tailored clothes was the volumious hair, in the form of beehive blowouts and overly-done Monroe curls.
Lovebirds and Blot brought fun and flirty numbers to the ramp. Colour-blocking added another layer of charm to this streetwear collection.
The off-shoulder tops and dresses will make for great holiday companions.
Shantanu and Nikhil
Shantanu and Nikhil’s collection that paid homage to India’s freedom fighters was naturally inspired by warriors and had a strong military aesthetic. However, the utilitarian details were balanced by an opulent silhouettes that had a regal air.
We weren’t particularly excited by of a few of the tiered, ruffled womenswear numbers because they lacked the sophistication we have come to expect from the designers, but we did like the short and structured jackets. We also loved the menswear, which included draped kurtas, belted coats and jackets, Patiala pants and fur-lined shoes.
The Label by Ritu Kumar
The Label’s vibe this season was sports-inspired fashion, without being athletic. The streetwear staples blended Indian textiled with western sensibilities. Pieces included the brand’s usuals — maxi dresses, skirts, blouses and off-shoulder tunics.
Even though we like the athleisure trend that is all over the ramps, we appreciate that The Label went with a more feminine approach to sportswear.
Titled Blue Jean Baby, the collection looked to explore the special relationship between a person and their denim jeans. Functional, clean lines in modern silhouettes, the pieces were made interesting with the addition of textures like patchwork, fringes, raw edges and ruffles.
We’re on-board with this modernised nod to the 80s, denim-loving aesthetic.
His colourful collection wove a story of its own through its vintage Indian prints and motifs inspired by folk tales. We like the trendy silhouettes including matching skirt-sets and off-shoulder maxis.
While we like the busy floral print, we’re not big fans of the more kitschy prints.
The collection saw sleek silhouettes with colour-blocked separates. The sequin work gave the otherwise fuss-free looks a city-girl sophistication.
We especially like the sequins on denim looks.
Payal Khandwala’s The New Emperor was a fitting collection for the fiercely modern bride. From the power-oozing suits to the full lehengas, the jewel-toned collection had strong metallic accents throughout.
We love the powerful lion motif that showed up on the jewellery and brocades used in the collection. It was also refreshing to see the dupatta replaced by her trademark capes.
Pinakin Patel’s collection Seamless Loops featured flowing silhouettes from the 70s with separates that could be dresses up or down. The large floral print was the running motif of the collection that included capes, jumpsuits, long dresses, full skirts and pre-draped saris.
We like the pre-draped saris and the delicate floral print.
Shivan and Narresh
Shivan and Narresh’s Honeymoon Story was a beautiful take on resort wear. They used a rare technique called Skein work for their embellishments. Like last season, they found inspiration in Henri Rousseau’s work, and this time the results were oozing with luxe high fashion.
We’re digging their 70s glamazon vibes!
Ekam showcased a Japanese-based collection, taking inspiration from Kimonos and the bright red sun associated with the country.
The bombers looked cool and should definitely be added to your winter wardrobe. Reminding us so much of downtown Tokyo, we’re also fans of the Frida Kahlo illustrations that somehow found their way into these clothes!
Asa Kazingmei was all about hard core utilitarian wear, including jackets and leather wear. From zippers that made their way to trousers and badges that embellished outerwear, we’re just hoping we have an adequate winter to sport these garments.
Ajay Kumar’s signature quirky prints were given a Benarasi twist. The playful collection once again saw blazers layered on kurtas and sleek trousers.
We think the Indian twist to his usual aesthetic was a refreshing touch.
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