11 designer collections we vouch for from the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017
ABHISHEK PAATNI – ‘STREET ALPHA’
Making the Street-smart wearer his prime buyer who opts for street culture despite societal restrictions, the outfits are geared for comfort, utility and large doses of fun. Working with an assortment of fabrics, prints and silhouettes, Abhishek ensured that the colour card was vibrant and full of excitement. When it comes to stylish but statement-making fashion wear, the ‘Zero.Zero’ label by Abhishek Paatni definitely had the right options with the ‘Street Alpha’ collection.
AMIT AGGARWAL – ‘MONACO FROM THE HEART OF KASHI’
Inspired by the gorgeous island of Monaco, Amit’s bridal couture collection called ‘Monaco from the Heart of Kashi’ was a lush story in line with the mood of magnificent celebrations and destination weddings. Keeping the color card rich and drawing his designing thoughts from the art, culture, and architecture of palaces and Opera De Monte Carlo, the motifs, carvings and drapery was cleverly matched with brocades of Benaras.
ANUJ BHUTANI – ‘WOOLLEN WINTER WONDERS’
Keeping to his characteristic clean, relaxed lines, Anuj Bhutani used the fabrics from Geetanjali Woollens in a comfortable, fluid, style that will appeal to both sexes. The colours were neutral but deep, while the collection offered separates in varying styles with discreet detailing.
MONIKA AND NIDHI – ‘VICTORIAN INDIAN FUSION’
The collection had all the elements for a perfect fairy tale, right from the extravagant ensembles to the fragile embroidery and the vintage style quotient, which added to the oomph. The silhouettes were an ode to the Victorian era, a contemporary twist was given to the outfits.The Monika and Nidhi successfully orchestrated the marvellous presentation with elements that amplified the diverse persona of the 21st century woman in a regal demeanour.
SANYA AND RESHAM – ‘THE BANDHEJ STORY’
From Gujarat the name Shohel Khatri means the Master of Bandhej or Bandhani. Giving this Indian tie-n-dye technique, brilliant touches, the result was a palette of designs in all the rich Indian hues that were ideal for the trendsetting.
Redefining the feminine craft, which is predominantly used for wedding trousseaux, the designers showcased easy gender fluid garments with a versatile appeal.
KUSUM AND KARISHMA LUHARUWAL – ‘UNCONVENTIONAL FASHION AESTHETICS
Bringing the glow in the dark elements, the silhouettes were inspired by moody, moonlit florals mesmerizingly blended to show the lighter side of the day. Enjoying this concept of the beautiful changes of day and night, this line was an interesting amalgamation of offerings entwined with a language of the Rajasthan royalty making the ensembles romantic yet feminine.
SAAKSHA PAREKH AND KINNARI KAMAT – ‘UNDERSTATED GLAMOUR’
Presenting ‘Amourage’,which was a symphony in chiffon and Chanderi that merged beautifully with metal woven sheets and was highlighted with thread and cut work. Inspired by the life of Tomoe Gozen the 12th century warrior woman whose feminine Samurai attitude was a blend of grit, tenderness and grace along with temerity, the rigid stripes over dazzling creations were the designing pair’s apt offering.
DIVYAM MEHTA – ‘THE BLACK MONK’
The designer dreamt the collection predominantly in black and cement grey. The effortless styling was interpreted with layered drapes, skirts, and relaxed wide leg monk trousers, an assortment of wraps and robes that exuded easy fluidity with a hint of comprehensive angle.When it comes to effortless fashion, which has a skilful touch, then worshippers of style will love ‘The Black Monk’ collection by Divyam Mehta.
RAHUL MISHRA – ‘FESTIVE HERITAGE’
Rahul Mishra’s textiles did all the fashionable talking when he showcased his fine motifs. The result was a majestic colourful festive explosion with all his intense designing details. The very interesting silhouettes as well as the fabulous embellishments & festive explosion on the color card turned the garments into timeless pieces that will be cherished by the wearer.The grand amalgamation of Indian textiles was a perfect end to Day Three with Rahul Mishra’s Festive Winter 2017 collection presented by Project Eve.
UJJAWAL DUBEY – ‘DISOBEDIENT’
His new line amalgamated the timeless quality of eastern classic silhouettes with international trends, thus bringing a certain amount of disobedience to his collection.Setting aside traditional cuts and the production of men’s and women’s wear, Ujjawal brought in an intelligent merger of the rough textiles and sheen along with his characteristic flowing, straight or crooked, light with heavy structures.
NARENDRA KUMAR – ‘THE MARRIAGE OF SHAYLA PATEL’
Inspired by his imaginary muse, Shayla Patel,Narendra dreamt up exotic and enchanting, western silhouettes for the cocktail creations that were inspired by Art Deco with a hint of ethnic appeal.The bridal trousseau unveiled in four chapters, each signifying a colour.‘The Marriage of Shayla Patel’ offered the audience a dual bonus – a great film as well as a glamorous collection aimed at strong-willed women.