Mumbai, Mar 13 IBNS | 7 months ago

Known for her unusual variety of prints for several seasons starting with doodles, then moving onto legendary heroes and Indian heritage followed by musical instruments and animals, Aarti Vijay Gupta's collection at Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2014 was a "Indian Miniatures" story that created maximum impact on the ramp.


Inspired by the paintings from 16-19 centuries there were portraits, court scenes, flora and fauna which were all cleverly juxtaposed to create a visual story of those eras.

Using habutai silk and bright eye-catching colours like brown, sun yellow, emerald, orange and many more, the designer kept the silhouettes basic with sheaths or flouncy summer dresses. Haridas, Tansen and Akbar were seen relaxing in Vrindavan; while a leaf from Jaipur's Krishnagarh dated 1750 AD came together for a shirt waister with bone pockets. For another creation it was Prince Shree Raga that mesmerised with music while a sheath dress featured the Ragmala paintings.



Style detailing was interesting with keyhole halter peplum blouses, waisted frocks, long lean tubes, asymmetric mini smocks, tailored sheath with short sleeves and cholis with flat collars.

With the solitary men's jacket, Aarti also gave the male dresser an option to choose from her collection. When women want to make an artistic statement with their fashion, then Aarti Vijay Gupta's stylish "Indian Miniatures" will achieve it.

Prem and Khushboo visualised for their label "Khem" a collection that brought the colour blue to the forefront at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. Called "Dreams in Prussian Blue", the duo's collection was a sensuous evening wear line of cocktail tunics and floor kissing dresses.



Keeping the silhouettes comfortably loose, the creations literally floated down the ramp in their ethereal beauty. The dip dyed fluid lines at times in asymmetric forms were a refreshing aspect of the collection. With white as the base, the navy ombre effect worked brilliantly for the panelled midis sprinkled with tiny florets.

Softly moulded sheaths were highlighted by cascading motifs on bodices and skirts. Chandelier pleated sleeves added a new dimension to slim dresses, geometric tops were patched/layered and a velvet petal dress was a stunning addition.

Horizontal and vertical colour bands played a fashion medley for simple gowns; while placement embroidery and shaded hemlines for pleated midis gave summer wear a refreshing touch. Floral embroidery was selectively placed to turn the basic garments into stunning visuals.



The final line-up of gowns, some with ombre effects and embroidered to perfection were ideal for premiere evenings.

Stopping the show was Rakul Preet Singh star of the latest movie "Yaariyan" who looked ravishing in a shaded white/blue tulle gown with embroidered bodice.

"Add blue in all its glory", declared Prem and Khushboo for women who want fascinating summer wear.

Since 2007 Pallavi Singhee's label "Verb" has been a hot selling women's wear brand. At Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014, the designer presented her collection called "Poetic" which was a stylish blend of sharp tailoring and clean lines aimed at the modern jet setting women.



Washed out shades of beige, off-white, claret and grey had large doses of black for fabrics that ranged from mul and chiffon to tulle, voile, satin and lace. Pallavi paid attention to detailing as she added appliques, French knots, pearls and ribbing to highlight the garments.

When it came to the silhouettes, they were structured constructions that revealed some interesting quaint drapes and shapes. The overall look of the collection was very fragile, feminine, romantically vintage and somewhat whimsical in nature.

Detailing like the looped hemlines around the neck, the cluster of pleats at the back of short trendy blouses, boleros with intense surface texturing and the 3D flowers added to the beauty of the collection



For a "Poetic" collage of style, elegance and design, Pallavi Singhee's collection struck all the right chords.

Taking a cue from nature, the designing duo Shikha Grover and Vinita Adhikari presented an exciting collection called "Beehive Yourself" for their label "Ilk" at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

Using the natural geometric hexagonal shape of the beehive, the pair creatively played with the textures, embroidery and shapes that appeared on the ramp. Soft, sheer, white organza was dappled with hexagonal flowers for a tunic worn over salmon pink wrap pant, skirt and top.



A black and white bee print buzzed all over sexy shorts, loose jacket and midriff revealing blouse. A two tone sari - with black net and dusty pink mesh had the floral motifs sprinkled on the pallav while the ornate raglan sleeves and back of the black choli were in total contrast.

The blue pleated skirt cum pants, mesh embroidered sweat shirt, sari with cropped choli, grey lapel jacket with wrap skirt, swirling blouses in net were all given a hint of the theme in the form of embellishments.

Allowing their imagination to run free, the "Beehive Yourself" collection by Shikha Grover and Vinita Adhikari will be a great addition to the stylish wardrobes for the coming summer season.

(Posted on 13-03-2014)

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