New Delhi, March 14 IANS | 7 months ago

Karishma Sahani Khan, Lalit Sengar, Mrinalini Chandran and Sidharth Sinha Friday opened the Indian handloom and textile day with their collections at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week summer-resort 2014.

Focusing on the craft of Ajrakh, block printing and natural dyeing from Gujarat, Khan's collection called "Kaam Kaaj" was an ode to the tradition at the fashion gala.

Inspired by the attire of local vendors, workers and tailors, the collection had gamchas, shirts, and lehengas with utility pockets.

Keeping the silhouettes feminine with an androgynous influence, the slightly flared waisted dresses had large embroidered patch pockets in pure white or navy hues and looked classy over white flowing long skirts.

Sengar's debut collection titled "Sylvan Swain" was inspired by the Art Nouveau era when ornamental style and architecture was prevalent.

Combining form, texture, space and colour, the asymmetric lines were perfect with the right touches of style and creativity.

Presenting a predominantly men's wear collection with just three printed layered silk gowns for women, the designer brought an old world charm to the garments with the use of Indian textiles like cotton, chanderi and linen.

Ending the show was VJ and actor Purab Kohli who walked the ramp sporting a printed jacket with button detailing, worn with baggy salwar pants.

Sinha presented the beauty of northeast India through his designs at LFW.

The designer revealed his collection under his label N & S Gaia featuring the amazing textiles of Meghalaya and crafts of northeast. There was the dominance of hand-woven fabrics like dakwanda cotton on every design.

Chandra's accessory collection was a creative blend of metal and semi precious stones. The grand singhasans of the past, the peacock throne, the comfortable rocking chair inspired the elements of the collection.

(Posted on 14-03-2014)

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