Mumbai,Aug 27 IBNS | 2 years ago

From the 'House of Chic' by Jinali Sutariya and Heena Surani came the "Dark Angel" collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013.

The accessory line was a mix of skulls, crosses, black ties and laces - very punk and Gothic in nature and aimed at the modern day princess who has outgrown her girly desires.

Manufactured in Los Angeles and Turkey with Swarovski crystals and imported from Germany, the jewellery made a striking fashion statement. Made from an alloy with an antique gold finish, the eye-catching pieces were created for formal wear. Adding linen, lace and gunmetal paintings, the designer pair showcased a dark fantasy world of jewellery.

Intricately crafted hoops for the ears in gold, necklace with multi pendants, chokers with pointed tendrils, cuffs with crosses and hand ornaments with finger covers - the collection was very New Age in design and concept. Tasseled stone necklaces, shoulder dusters, multi bracelets, beaded skull evening bag and clutches completed the glittering line of jewellery and accessories.

Ending the show was former Miss India Universe and actor, Pooja Gupta who modelled a very unusual body vest sparkling with skulls and spikes.

When it comes to accessories that are outstanding, the "Dark Angel" collection by Jinali Sutariya and Heena Surani made an exotic impression on the ramp.

'Samor' by Pragya and Megha Samor Showcase

The 'Samor' label by the mother and daughter duo, Pragya and Megha Samor presented their glamorous collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. Inspired by the extinct exotic birds, the garments spoke a sensuous language of fabrics and prints as well as vibrant colours, drapes and cuts, which were a hallmark of the ensembles while surface texturing highlighted the construction.

Colours moved from candy hues of mint green, lemon yellow, Parma violet, pretty peach to pink along with black and white. Multi panelled hems and luxurious drapes were splashed with digital prints and innovative embroidery inspired from the designer's paintings.

From a circular silk high waist skirt with multi-coloured embroidered birds, green satin Lycra top and black georgette shrug; the show moved on to reveal chiffon/satin Lycra swimsuit dress with brown leather straps and zipper detailing. Digital prints were a constant, featuring more birds and the double circular skirt with peacock embroidered flying species was a great semi-formal creation.

Adding a jungle birds printed Anarkali with a wide circular skirts with lots of embroidery, the collection offered a variety of silhouettes and outfits. A solitary sari with printed swirls and embellished choli, the designers offered the ethnic dresser an option. The finale was a black satin Lycra and net dress with florescent ribbon on a never ending trail with tiny fairy lights circling around the model's body which was definitely a very striking end to the show.

Experimenting with construction, Pragya and Megha Samor's label allowed their imagination to blossom on the ramp with a fabulous feminine line.

'Sva' by Sonam and Paras Modi

From the land of the Rajputs and Maharajas came the 'SVA' label by Sonam and Paras Modi with their collection "Aangan" at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013.

Opening the presentation with a very energetic dance by actress Amanda, the first entry set the mood as a white long skirt with dramatic peacock embroidery floated down the ramp. The asymmetric peach kurta with a contrast green yoke was followed by a navy gown with sheer back. The brown panelled dress with a beige bodice and the multi coloured printed lehenga, and the blue cutwork long creation over a white skirt were a colourful rustic line.

Detailing was restricted to prints embroidery and little tiny cloth buttons, which edged dupattas, hemlines and sleeves or covered the garment.

Men's wear was basic but with colour - white sherwani with woven front border, a cream one with embroidered epaulets, printed dhoti with brown jacket - gave men's wear that simple rustic charm.
Choosing the perfect showstopper Bollywood actress, Prachi Desai in a lehenga, a crafted encrusted choli with multitude of tiny cloth buttons and dupatta was the perfect end to the show, which was a tribute to Indian hand work.

"Aangan" by Sonam and Paras Modi for their label 'SVA' was an exotic collection from the wonderful state of Rajasthan that will appeal to women who want to add that majestic touch to their wardrobe.

'Charkha' by Rahul and Shikha Mangal

Bringing to the forefront of fashion, the ancient soul and inspiration of traditional craftsmanship, the 'Vrisa' label by Rahul and Shikha Mangal presented "Charkha" at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. It was a collection that revealed the beauty and hand crafted techniques of garment tailoring that had long been forgotten.

With old techniques blending seamlessly with contemporary styling, the designer duo used natural fabrics like cotton, silk, linen and turned them into utterly wearable creations that will appeal to the global buyers.

It was a line of magnificent kalidaar kurtas, wide circular skirts, long angarkhas which layered over the kurtas for a swirling fluid collection. The dress with bolero and lehengas with side slit kurtas were initially in shades of white, beige and ecru, which later moved to grey/black for Jodhpuri pants, short tops, kurtas and lehengas. The intricate embellishments and fabulous craft of India was the focal point of the garments.

For creations that present fashion and style backed by socially responsible movements, the "Charka" collection by Rahul and Shikha Mangal had a lot of soul and emotion.

(Posted on 27-08-2013)