Day 1: Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 | Verve Magazine
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August 24, 2016

Day 1: Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016

Compiled by Tanisha Choudhury and Sadaf Shaikh. Photographs by Prateek Patel and Sparsh Batra

Catch the best looks and hautest trends straight off the runway

Manish Malhotra

  • Manish Malhotra (1)
  • Manish Malhotra (3)
  • Manish Malhotra (2)

Manish Malhotra’s collection highlighted Indian craftsmanship combined with modern silhouettes for a stylish, young bridal entourage. Also seen, were the designer’s signature resham threadwork, clustered sequins and intricate hand embroidery on dramatic trails and off-shoulder capes, alongside floral motifs.
We liked the contemporary twist on traditional garments; jacket-saris; lehengas paired with sheer crop blouses and draped dupattas on anarkalis.


The unlikely inspiration for Atsu Sekhose’s collection was Naga shawls.  He deftly converted the black and white weave of the shawls into a graphic element on his very sexy, contemporary silhouettes.  deep, plunging necklines, sheer panels, shimmery embroidery, fringes and tassels, and high slits made for a very sultry, glamorous collection of mostly evening wear.
We loved that the extremely modern, red-carpet friendly dresses still featured Naga symbols in their graphic embroidery.


  • Shift 2
  • Shift

Nimish Shah’s collection moved from minimal, single coloured, bold looks to printed ones in sandy hues. Titled ‘Housewives of Alibaug’, the collection of mostly daywear oozed a subtle, conservative sexuality.
We loved the silhouettes which included sharp, clean cut ones as well as flowy, romantic ones.


Quirkbox’s collection, aptly titled ‘Madness’ had a clash of prints, colours and metal structures juxtaposed with relaxed silhouettes.
We liked the live installation where polychromatic art was projected onto the garments in a very novel presentation technique. The attires were fun, youthful and offbeat. Only when the psychedelic projections were dimmed down did we notice that the garments had a whole lot of pop-art on them with metal details adding to the spirit of the collection.


  • Myoho 1
  • Myoho 2

Vintage vibes ruled the ramp at Myoho. From gathered skirts and lace hand-fans to ruffled and pleated edges — the 1920s were the mood of the moment. The sophistication of Indian society women under the British Raj blended with decadent European fashions  to create a unique kind of flapper-chic.
We especially liked the hand-fan like earrings and Indo-European vintage vibes.


Ujjawal Dubey’s label presented an all-black story with innovative construction techniques.
We liked the essence of androgyny that was seen throughout. The asymmetrical kurtas, draped baggy pants, deep necklines for men and geometrical separates for men and women created an understated but stylish collection.

[Ka] [Sha]

Inspired by the aerial views of landscapes and by the geometry of organic natural objects, Karishma Shahani Khan’s label featured her trademark layered, soft silhouettes with plenty of tassels and tie and dye patterns. The colour palette included primary and secondary shades like tangerine, indigo, mustard, berry, purple and red.
We liked the unusual spin on a sari paired with a blazer. The collection which was replete with cropped jackets and fun casuals was good enough to wear right off the ramp. The boho-chic vibe that was seen in all the garments lent an air of freshness with its vibrant hues.

Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks

  • Wendell Rodricks 1
  • Wendell Rodricks 2
  • Wendell Rodricks 3

We liked the looks that used sheer layers innovatively, blending an ultra-feminine palette of pastels. The trapezoidal geometric shapes that were the defining theme of the collection were flattering to the Indian form with their unconventional cuts. Pairing them with metallic platforms lent an easygoing air to the whole affair.

Gen Next Show

  • Abhishekh Paatni
    Abhishekh Paatni
  • Anupreet Sidhu
    Anupreet Sidhu
  • Dming
  • Khanijo
  • Paridhi Jaipuria
    Paridhi Jaipuria
  • Vaibhav Singh
    Vaibhav Singh

From comfort-friendly silhouettes to smart layering and utilitarian jackets, Gen Next designers put a fresh spin on everyday dressing.
We liked the vintage, pleated herringbone wool pants from Gaurav Khanijo’s ‘Morpheus’ collection which lent a contemporary twist to the otherwise traditional collection. We also approved of Paridhi Jaipuria’s collection ‘Bunai’ which featured Indian artisanship and the beautiful craft of hand weaving.

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