LFW: Designers create blast on ramp
Inspired by royalty, Preetika and Heeresh Zagjivan's collection "Egyptian Princess" for their label "Pretty Stoned" was a medley of colour, glamour and style at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.
Using a variety of different elements and mediums, the designers had metal, fabrics, beads and semi-precious stones that were dreamt up into the most exquisite jewellery. With Cleopatra as the glamorous reference along with historical subjects like the pyramids, scarabs, tombs, paintings and hieroglyphs, the pair offered a wide range of cuffs, bracelets, rings, imposing necklaces and even head pieces for the lady's crowning glory.
Featuring a dozen pieces the duo showed unconventional designs like the wrist shields, flat collars with long centre chains, necklace with body chains, double armlets with chains as well as armlet- cum-shoulder ornaments. Matha patties, earrings and even lip ornaments added to the glamour of the collection.
With blue pottery from the rich cultural Pink City of Jaipur as the inspiration, Kunal Anil Tanna's collection called "Indigo Summer" at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 was an interesting melange of classic construction and awesome silhouettes.
Opting for fabrics like Chanderi cotton, kota and jacquards for the ensembles, the colour palette preferred was obviously blue and white with a dash of yellow and orange to create the perfect mood of the inspiration. Keeping detailing rather discreet to digital prints, sandwiching, laser cutwork and couching, Kunal allowed his colour story as well as prints and textures to take centre stage.
Women's wear had prints for slim dress, wrap pants and crinkle cover. An interesting off-shoulder blouse with a gypsy inspired gathered printed blue skirt and a luxurious blue panelled slit maxi were ideal summer wear.
Men's wear was as colourful with the Jaipur prints evident on the woven machined jackets, printed pants, Bermudas, waistcoats, double breasted or striped bundies some with lapels and patch pockets and a blue jacket with comfortable shirt.
Ending the show was the dapper rising star Saqib Saleem in a printed waist coat, shirt and trousers that reflected the theme.
When it comes to a blend of the rich colours of Jaipur along with stylish ensembles, Kunal Anil Tanna's collection "Indigo Summer" had the right offering.
Blending work and resort wear in an unconventional manner, Nitin Chawla's "Urban Voyager" collection for Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 was practical with attention to meticulous detailing.
Designing under his label "Theorem", Nitin Chawla who was part of last season's Gen Next group, revealed his expertise in designing men's wear. Opting for linen, cotton, poplin, light weight and printed denim, cotton silk, printed linen and chambray, Nitin offered the stylish male a line of relaxed shorts, trousers, zippered blousons, cropped biker's jackets and loose duffle coats.
Colour blocking in bold hues added to the seasonal look of the ensembles. Zips played a major role for closures or as embellishments; while the silhouettes were wide and comfortable
Interesting entries were the raglan sporty jacket with shorts, denim coat with patch pockets, star printed resort collar shirt, the two way zip pocket bomber and the front zip double-breasted jacket. Introducing the voyager "Shacket" Nitin added a new dimension to the men's wear. The final four-button short slim suit with contrast printed collar shirt was ideal for formal holiday wear.
As the lights flashed on the ramp, Surya Sarkar unveiled his very lyrical collection called "Song of the Little Road" at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.
Inspired by the ethereal beauty of life, which is a wonderful journey, Surya wove his inspirations into stately gowns, dresses, saris, jackets and then added intricate drapes to highlight the garments.
When it came to colours, the palette was a symphony of vibrant hues like blue, gold, skin, pale yellow, dull orange and white which were perfectly blended with Indian motifs and cotton as the favoured fabric
Opening the show with a tonal appliqued romper, the show moved to sleeveless jacket and pencil skirt, sheer grey gown with strategically placed embroidery, a mini sheath with cutwork bolero and a pink rear wrap dress. A single sari was beautiful with silver border and an ornate choli.
Men's wear was basic with one-button jackets in shades of blue and white with tonal embroidery to match the collection's embellishments.
The show stopper was Bollywood actress Sonal Chauhan in a beige mini which had lavish embroidery.
For fabulously embroidered garments that put a song in one's heart, Surya Sarkar's collection called "Song of the Little Road" was indeed a fashion symphony on the ramp.
(Posted on 18-03-2014)