Day 1: Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016
Elektrocouture presented an electrified performance with glow-in-the-dark and electrically lit up garments such as structured dresses, trousers, skirts, graphics suits and gowns.
Walking hand in hand
A collaborative endeavour to bring artisans and designers together, ‘Walking hand in hand’ saw a feast of garments made of indigenous textiles and techniques. Angelic white separates at Péro; ethnic lehengas and saris by Anupama Bose; saris paired with metallic jackets by Hemang Agrawal; printed salwar suits and sherwanis in sophisticated hues by Asif and lastly metallic magic with trenches and twin sets at Rajesh Pratap Singh left us mesmerised.
Models were a vision in white and gold at Anand Kabra who sent out kurtas, jackets with shararas, floral embroidered pyjamas, mirror work blouses and glittering lehengas created using traditional zardosi, resham, gota and pitta works. We loved the ultra feminine silhouettes on printed kurtas.
Poco & Jacky
Military greens paired with camouflage inspired prints set the tone for Poco and Jacky’s collection which was a mix of waist cut dresses, suits, tank top dresses, utilitarian rompers, laid back separates and a sari.
Kanika Goyal presented athleisure inspired creations in the form of embellished jackets, slogan t-shirts and net hoodies to live it up in style during those long summer days.
Doodlage turned up the quirk with a stunning lineup of signature patchwork numbers, hooded capes and minimalistic dresses. Botanical accents and hints of lace infused a flirtatious touch to the collection.
For Surendri, Yogesh Chaudhary takes inspiration from galaxies and the life beyond. Titled ‘Dot’, the collection showcased an exquisite foiling technique, moon surface prints, futuristic fringing and mechanized knits. Indigenous textures and prints define the core of this collection.
Sneha Arora’s collection titled ‘Find your wild’ was a breezy trip into the grasslands. Feline whites, rugged peaches and printed animal line drawings made their way on long shirts, open back dresses and summer jackets.
Taking athleisure to the next level, Huemn showcased a strong fall collection of neoprene jackets and bombers spilling into kaftans with an adequate amount of fur. We loved the metal hues, zippers and gorilla motifs, which are enough to warm our winters.
Sahil Kochhar’s collection titled ‘Sangamar-mar’ is an endeavour to explore forgotten crafts like parchin kari (which is the art of marble inlay and carving). Delicate floral patterns were juxtaposed with geometric jali work and signature ivory, hand-cut embroidery. We love the bright colour palette of aquas and oranges on ivory and black.
The French-inspired summer collection by Quirkbox showed fun prints of sewing machines and household items beautifully laid on light fabrics. The show aptly titled ‘This is not fashion’, portrayed a strong take on arty prints and breezy clothes.
Inspired by the fictional character Lolita, Archana Rao’s collection was an exciting take on this effortless and carefree character, coming of age. Titled ‘a petticoat’ and inspired by inner-wear, we spotted vintage petticoats, and garments with small rosettes, crochet lace, polka dots and romantic pinstripes.
Pinakin’s collection was almost like a walk in wonderland. Models posed on swings, and were seen wearing heavily embroidered lehengas in pastel hues. Tulle, sheer fabrics and intricately designed ensembles were coupled with dark gothic make-up for a twisted spring look.
Gen Next Show
Renzo Rosso of Diesel kickstarted Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week with an inspirational quote that said, “Do less but make it big!” Introducing Gen Next, 5 young designers showcased their summery ensembles with interesting inspirations and playful textures. From Japanese influences at Sohaya Misra’s collection to Islamic cuts and structures at Aqdus Saleem, the summer palette of pastels and beiges stayed constant. We’re obviously favouring the fun picnic stripes, ladybugs and tartans seen at Naveen Naaz Shaikh. Agrima Batra’s resortwear and Chirag Nainani’s indigo prints gave summer a flavourful twist.