Mumbai, Aug 25 IBNS | 2 years ago

When a collection is called "Half Alive" one has to expect the unconventional on the ramp. DRVV by Dhruv Kapur's range, with the quirky title at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013, played a staccato like tune of unbalanced asymmetry that gave a sense of abandonment to the silhouettes.

Using straight lines, the designer brought a new angle to create the traditional stance to clothes. Ignoring symmetry for the centre of an ensemble, Dhruv worked with varied textures of woven fabrics like double georgette, angora, silk crepe, Egyptian cotton poplin, wool crepe and double cotton jersey that aimed at comfort wear. Perfectly constructed and executed, the garments had techniques that created an awesome impact on the audience.

Women's wear was lean with jumpsuits having rear zip closure and zip hem detail; while coats with roll collars and cuffs gave a hint of angular interest. The pillar dress with extended sleeves, the scarf collar bolero, tuxedo jacket and off-shoulder side placket dress were great formal options.

Dhruv's four men's fashion offerings were monochromatic in solid colours like black and white and aimed at deconstruction with simple lines, which were impactful visually but comfortable to wear. Adding a tube jumpsuit, long cardigan, a pillar dress and hooded lounge wear; the designer wanted to remove the stereo typing of men's garments.

Zippers played a major role in embellishments and appeared in unconventional positions for men's and women's wear.

When the fashion seeker aims for style and comfort along with technical finesse, DRVV by Dhruv Kapur's collection "Half Alive" will create a wholesome but unconventional impression on the racks around the globe.

Huemn by Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty

Aimed at the sophisticated New Age woman the Huemn label by Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty presented an androgynous line that morphed into contrasting textures and colours at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. The classic masculine look was redefined for feminine separates, which were the mainstay of the range.

Oversized coats, parallel trousers and leather separates gave an interesting dimension to women's wear. Sleek skirts and gowns had striking embroidery, while rounded shoulders were an eye-catching detail. Shades of grey, navy, moss highlighted the leather, along with cotton, silk and classic suiting fabrics. The richness of the silk and cotton also revealed subtle finishes, which gave the garments a timeless appeal to most women.

Opening the show with a jacket in grey with mini cape, skirt and silk pants; the collection moved on to reveal vertical stripes for tunics worn with slit pants. The vertical striped blazer with floral applique, grey dolman sleeves dress and the other version with a centre leather patch were stark fashion offerings. The bias skirt with boxy blouse, maroon silk creation with 3D rosettes in black leather, red skirt with black patch, long sleeve blouson marked with petal applique and the red gown with black and dull yellow yoke were well finished with discreet detailing and an emphasis on "less is more" as the base of the designs.

For classic styling with an androgynous yet feminine appeal, the collection by Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty for their Huemn brand will create an arresting impression.

Fusion Fashion Concept by Richa Aggarwal

When it comes to creating unconventional fashion with popular fabrics, the collection by Richa Aggarwal, was a fusion of "sportswear with couture ideals", which made an unusual impact at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013.

Experimenting profusely with traditional hand embroidery and bringing in an eclectic mix of fabrics like rice sacks and hand block printed jersey; Richa explored the limitless possibilities of surface ornamentation and construction.

Bringing in a colourful, folksy, peasant girl look with Indian inputs; there was comfort and volume in the garments, which offered numerous mix and match options. Plastic hem pinafore dress, tissue shirt and parrot stole were teamed to present fun dressing while a printed single jersey tunic with shorts had subdued glitter.

A pair of gilets worn together in bright hues was an interesting dressing style. Hand embroidered, foil printed shirt, reversible embellished bomber jacket, printed jumpsuit and high waist palazzos were a wide cross section of western wear with marked ethnic influences.

Following the norms of her label that presents contrasts on all fronts, Richa's collection offered unconventional blends of Indian culture from the vibrant streets of cities to the recycling of everyday fashion by the common wearer.

For style that was stylishly reinvented with a modern perspective, Richa Aggarwal's collection offered a simple, traditional yet at times complicated trend story.

Square Loop by Kanika Sachdeva

From stylish modern bags to creative clutches and swinging slings for men and women, the collection by Kanika Sachdeva, for her Label "Square Loop", inspired by the theme "Recomposed Reality" was a strong style statement at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. The look was minimal but structured with chic aesthetics that featured digital rendering and offered the desired perfection.

The interesting detailing were closures with loops and proportions as well as layers of bags bringing to the forefront an unconventional shape. Colour blocking appeared in brown, dusky pink, beige, tan, grey, olive green, dull yellow, deep purple and dull blue. Using nappa, nubuck, suede and crackle; the trims were the highlight in dull silver or gun metal finish.

Displaying satchels, backpacks, portfolios, totes and shoulder bags the collection had a great mix from the colour chart to suit the masculine and feminine wardrobe.

For "arm candy" that can create a lasting impact, the "Recomposed Reality" collection from "Square Loop" by Kanika Sachdeva had it all.

(Posted on 26-08-2013)