Pratima, Swapnil showcase collections at LFW
Pratima Pandey, a NIFT graduate showcased her collection titled "Jack n Jill" at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 under her label "Prama" on Friday, which was an ode to true love.
The very feminine line of garments in silk Chanderi and pure cotton were ideal for romantic summer evenings when lovers stroll down the garden path. It was a story of three layers - churidars or loose pants, crinkled cotton midis and white sheer tunics with tonal or multi-coloured embroidery.
Layers of the luxurious fabric predominantly in shades of ecru with tiny hints of green, peach, orange, rust and flecked with gold Khari had a fusion look. The "A" line silhouette was the focal point of the collection while drapes for kurtas added a feminine touch. The intricate embroidery further highlighted the serene beauty of the ensembles as the models glided down the ramp.
Detailing was restricted on the sheer Chanderi covers in the form of cowl necklines, epaulets, appliques, churi sleeves, empire line shapes; asymmetric openings while most the garments were topped with refreshing off-white scarves.
It was glamour from the elegant beautiful era of Hollywood's 1950's that inspired Swapnil Shinde to create his collection called "An Affair to Remember" for Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.
Working around a gentle soft colour palette of beige, egg shell, jet black, mustard, berry and slate blue, Swapnil wove a web of glitzy mystery for his signature bold silhouettes. Keeping the heart motif as his key elements, the elaborate ensembles with voluminous silhouettes and tiny cinched waists had that Swapnil Shinde stamp of stunning drama as the models glided down the catwalk.
The fabric base was ethnic as Swapnil played with traditional Maharashtrian Paithani weave with its antique gold and orange borders by adding geometric peacock prints. The embellishments also followed the geometric story with unique glass, PVC, organza and glass nylon to include glitter on the creations.
Giant multiple bows were the centre of attraction at the back, while solid colours like black, white, purple highlighted the Paithani weaves. Micro pleating was the perfect complement for the skirts accompanying peplum bustiers, white organza blouses and the dolman sleeve tops.
Using Paithani borders for the skirts, Swapnil interspersed them with white to create an interesting palette. Skirts were mini, pencil or with drop waists while a pair of bubble shorts gave the traditional fabric a modern silhouette.
The final gowns with ornate bodices moulded from Paithani fabric with sheer tiered skirts, black corset gown with rouched bodice and layered skirts were drama at its best.The specially designed footwear added to the ultra-stylish appeal of the collection.
(Posted on 14-03-2014)