Mumbai, Aug 23 IBNS | 2 years ago

Fashion designers Debarun Mukherjee, Vijay Balhara and Shilpa Reddy showcased their collections on Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. To display his inspiration, Debarun Mukherjee's "Ba-Dastoor" (Like Always) collections worked around beige, ivory, red and nude tones for the traditional style story, which was being retold.

Showcasing a line of saris, lehengas, layered dresses, kurtas and churidars, the designer recreated the glory of the past on the ramp.

The retro story of the collection continued for the six menswear with short jackets, kurtas, bundgalas, long flared coats and suits. There was a marked 'sherwan'i inspiration to remind one of days gone by.

Geometric motifs had a touch of tradition, which came alive with block prints, over dyeing, hand embroidery and applique.

Vijay Balhara presented "Muted Monologue" collections at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013, which is a line of western wear .

Pure cotton, silk, chiffon, georgette and taffeta were splashed with hand embroidery using Indian craft techniques like Dabka, Nakshi, caviar beads and cut daana.

Matching the theme, the colours were used in muted shades of pristine white, olive, khaki, blush and mint, while the glitter of the embellishments added the touch of shimmer.

Gliding down the catwalk were models displaying maxis, gowns, skirts with provocative slits and minis, which were ideal formal wear.

Inspired by the 16th century warrior mother and queen "Suriyothai", the queen of Siam, Shilpa Reddy's collection of the same name at LWF showcased the aspects of feminine strength through the garments.

It was an imaginative, daring collection that offered several stylish options to women who want to make a firm personal style statement.

Creating bridal wear of the unconventional kind, Shilpa used fragile fabrics like tulle, as well as crepe, embellished them with embroidery and stone work inspired by Thai jewellery, which had large accents of gold with precious and semi-precious stones.

While bridal wear has been inspired in the past by African, Greek, Tribal and Roman forms, Shilpa brought to the forefront for the first time, the delicate beauty of Thai ensembles and inspirations.

(Posted on 23-08-2013)