LFW: Nupur Kanoi, Payel Khandwal showcase uber fashion
Moving into the past when seduction in vintage cinemas of Europe, Hollywood and Bollywood played a major role, Nupur Kanoi's collection called "Noir Jahaan" for her Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 was inspired by the feminine femme fatales of yesteryears.
Referring to boudoir elements along with the hourglass figure and inspirations from hints of men's wear, Nupur created a melange of contemporary designs. Drawing ideas also from North Indian dancers and courtesans, the collection was enduringly beautiful in style and structure. Opting for sensuous lace, sheer chiffon, satin, crepe, corsetry, abstract fishnet and scallops prints along with Chikan Kari, the designer worked her magic for separates and wearable ensembles.
Dividing the collection into three colour stories of black, grey and taupe, Nupur created utterly feminine creations that kept the audience thrilled with the designing touches. Black crushed chiffon and lace embroidered jumpsuit, the egg shaped maxi dress with eyelets, the "U" kurta, printed baby doll top with ultra wide trousers and the sari-shirt dress were impressive.
The sari-skirt, kurta-dress, angarkha jacket worn over circular skirt/straight trousers and the final embellished plunge "V" blazer-like kalidaar kurta with georgette churidars were superbly crafted.
The crisply, carefully edited collection was ideal summer formal wear with its easy comfortable silhouettes, which will add to the practical requirements of fashion conscious women. Adding a slight risque touch, Nupur ensured that the line of garments had the perfect blend of exotic sex appeal and effortless ease.
Aimed at the bold uninhabited sensuous elegant woman, Payal Khandwala's collection called "A Perfect Fit" was totally apt for the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 season. Drawing inspiration from men's wear, the creations had feminine elements but keeping them in the neutral category.
Silhouettes were soft and fluid emphasised with perfect proportions. Adding geometric draping and pleating, the focal point was the architecture of the garment. With natural fabrics as the central choice, there was cotton and luxurious silks that swayed easily with the body allowing a relaxed movement.
Creating hand woven textiles and rich saris with master craftsmen of Bengal, Payal ensured that there was exclusivity in her creations. White was the colour that remained in the forefront of the collections, while other shades like deep blue, turquoise, magenta, orange, sun yellow, red and maroon added a colourful medley.
With the white shirt as a constant in the collection, Payal teamed it with saris; super wide pleated palazzos and crinkle wrap skirt. Keeping the silhouettes very Zen-like as always, with samurai pants appearing occasionally; Payal added shirt waister dress, asymmetric tunics, jackets, crinkle wrap skirts, shirts with off-centre openings and drop-shoulder tops.
Saris although stark in their design and beauty, were offered by Payal in multi-coloured jewel tones of colour blocking, which will appeal to the ethnic dresser.
(Posted on 17-03-2014)