Meeting the Summers Head-ad-On!
Meher Castelino reports from the Summer/Resort 2017 Edition of Lakmé Fashion Week
A report on the Lakme Fashion Week S/R 2017
THIS SEASON, IT WAS FASHION WITH SOCIAL MESSAGES ATTACHED TO IT.
The latest edition of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 (LFW S/R 2017) changed its venue to Jio Garden, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai. The event was spread over the spacious 13,000 sq mts area under Air-conditioned tents between February 1-5, 2017.
A GREAT BEGINNING AND END
The great beginning of LFW S/R 2017 started a few days prior to the event on January 20, 2017, when resort wear specialist Monisha Jaising’s glamorous Spring/Summer 2017 line was unveiled on the top deck of the luxe cruise liner Costa NeoClassica, which had docked in Mumbai. Luxurious cocktail and resort wear creations were the highlight of the show.
The Grand Finale by ace designer Anita Dongre was a collection called ‘Alchemy’ inspired by the Lakmé Absolute new ‘Liquid Gold’ with Argan oil range was a dazzling line of white, gold, silver, embellished tunics, dresses, lehengas, cholis, dupattas, and gowns at the grand and rustic Bandra Fort’s surreal and lush green gardens.
FASHION AND SOCIAL MESSAGES
This season, it was fashion with social messages attached to it. A ‘Dharavi Dialogue’ anchored by Parmesh Shahani, Head, Godrej Culture Club, featured Dharavi artisans who had teamed up with top designer Jay Ramrakhiani for his line of elegant formal evening wear.
The Kranti with Mandeep Nagi show featured the girls from Red Light areas who presented their lives in an interesting dramatic manner, wearing Nagi’s Bagh Collection of sustainable clothes.
The ‘Tag Free’ show featured 23 models of diffdifferent shapes, sizes, genders and skin coloucolours, wearing creations from seven top desigdesigners with the message that there was no stereostereotype tag in fashion.
The ‘NotWhatIWear’ show by Ajio.com was aimed at making a strong fashion statement encouencouraging women to wear what they want, where and how.
LAKMÉLAKM SALON SHOW
PresentingPrese the latest styles in hair and makeup, LakméLakm Salon tied up with top Delhi designer Amit AggarwalAggar whose ‘Seamless’ collection for his label AM.AIT of recycled, reused, old Patola and ikat sasaris was a visual treat for the eyes.
The 66Degree Studio showcased a variety of designers’desig shows as well as ‘walk through’ presentations.prese WALK THROUGH PRESENTATIONS. Dev r Nil were inspired by the misery and strife in Kashmir for their display of interesting garments with delicate work.
Anuj Bhutani’s men’s and womenswear collection was stark and simple; while Quo presented elegant women’s looks. Maku Textiles and Oshadi, both labels with a strong sustainable fashion background unveiled organic garments with easy silhouettes. Sanjukta Dutta’s Mekhela Chador saris were stunning weaves; while the Splash label showed its latest Spring/Summer 2017 collections. Pinakin’s stylish cocktail line called ‘Champagne’ was formal evening wear. Goa’s Saviojon Fernandes displayed anti-fit and resort wear shapes. Fahd Khatri’s tunics with innovative fabrics and Nandini Baruva’s relaxed look were the ideal summer wear. Karn Malhotra,
once again, brought semi-formal glamour to the forefront and Abha Choudhary, Vidhi Wadhwani and Sashi Vangapalli made destination wedding attire. Paridhi Jaipuria and Jayanti Reddy gave casual and bridal wear some interesting touches.
When it came to jewellery, the designs were mind-blowing. Radhika Jain’s MiRA and Eurumme created jewellery, which was inspired by nature. But the Outhouse collection called ‘Imago’ was based on the caterpillar and butterfly theme. The brand Wandering Whites presented jewellery from stones and junk from shop floors; while Smriti Dixit created jewellery from fabrics and waste.
SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND THE INDIAN TEXTILES DAY
One of the most popular days at LFW S/R 2017 was Sustainable Fashion and Indian Textiles Day, expertly curatedd by Gautam Vazirani. The opening show by the Artisan’s Centre supported by Mantra Foundation showcased I Was a Sari, Jambudveep, The Stitching Project, Wandering Whites and Smriti Dixit with a variety of garments and accessories.
Sailesh Singhania displayed his collection of khadi woven saris, Galang Gabaan and House of Milk had creations from sustainable fabrics with the latter having healing properties s in the fabrics. Naushad Ali, Indigene and Padmaja Krishnan ensured that eco-friendly, handwoven and hand-treated fabrics played a part in their collections. Amrich had Shibori and specially woven fabrics, Sayantan Sarkar had Gamcha weaves from West Bengal; while Soham Dave had natural organic fabrics from weave to tag. The IMG Reliance ‘Artisans of Kutch’ show was a spectacle with seven designers from Somaiya Kala Vidya showing
amix of Bandhani, Ajrakh and Suf- embroidered saris. Chaman Siju showed his woven be a beauties, Sufiyan with Madame Hall. These had a mix of wester styles with Indian Kutchi work. Shurjan’s Patel and Pamela Easton brought an Indo-West fashion fantasy to life.
The five INIFD Gen Next designers dazzled the audience with their creations. Pallavi Singh, Nakita Singh, Soumodeep Dutta, Resham Karmchandani and Sanya Suri, Ishanee Mukherjee and Anirudh Chawla brought style merged with eco-friendly fashion to the ramp.
MENSWEARMENS TO THE FOREFRONT
Menswear made a great mark as well—with Kunal Rawal’s show in the car park of Jio Garden being the highlight. Lots of tonal embroidery for the kurtas, churidars, sherwanis and bundies ranging from pastel to rich colours with traditional fabrics made an impact. The ‘Sustainable Man’ show by Pero, Abraham & Thakore and Rajesh Pratap Singh was all about textiles that were recycled, rreused and reworked with waste materials, old denim and plastic bottles turned into fabrics for impressive unconventional menswear. Narendra Kumar’s ‘The Millennials’ show for the boys-turned-men between the ages of 18-25 years had colour and style for the young and trendy. Raamz and Chandrika Raamz presented stylish menswear that was ideal for the 21st Century male.
Ethnic Splendour came from Gaurang Shah. His all white ‘Muslin’ collection of ethereal saris, lehengas, cholis, kurtas, pyjamas and magnificent dupattas were breath-taking. Kotwara’s white and black creations with
chikankari work took the craft to a different level for bridal wear. Tarun Tahiliani’s ‘Chashme Shahi’ collection of saris, lehengas, fusion garments, draped sari gowns and kurtas were visions of absolute beauty. Divya Reddy presented a line with pleated detailing for the resort wear bride;
while Amoh by Jade showed its ‘Amaat’ diffusion collection that will thrill formal dressers. SVA’s ‘Noor’ collection was a tribute to the nautch girls so the swirling creations were gorgeous, while Anushree Reddy’s ‘An Indian Summer’ collection was aimed at summer bridal events.
THE ANTI-FIT STORY
This is a silhouette, which is ideal for summer so the label 11.11/eleven-eleven presented ‘The Khadi Way’ and had relaxed looks for both sexes; while Karishma Shahani Khan presented a colourful multi-layered collection. Antar Agni went for a white/black collection and Urvashi Kaur’s ‘Vasa’ collection in an earthy palette moved from dusty fawn to faint blush and then deeper shades of indigo and olive with khadi and cotton; embellished with Ajrakh, Shibori, Leheriya dyeing, micro-pleating and handtucking. EKA by Rina Singh had an ethereal line with delicate flowers splashed on it, while Chola, Rara Avis, Nishka Lula and Divya Sheth had relaxed shapes for the hot summer.
When it came to Red Carpet glamour, Falguni and Shane Peacock with their ‘Rebel’ collection of tulle and sequinned sheer long gowns and Amit GT’s royalty-inspired ball gowns were the ultimate creations. Farah Sanjana offered a holidayy line with her ‘Halcyon Days of Spring’ collection and the Madsam Tinzin label brought the beauty of Ladakh with the ‘Brok-Pa’—a beautiful mix of culture and fashion. Payal Singhal’s ‘Lady M’ collection on (inspired by Agatha Christie’s ‘Death on the Nile’) had retro glamour on display. Rituitu Kumar’s ‘Maharaja Pop’ was a colourful line ine with military detailing. Arpita Mehta went the Instagram way with her ‘Island Life’ creations tions in soft pastel shades of ivory, peach, and white. Shweta Kapur’s serpent inspirationsns and Nupur Kanoi’s African look were beautifully created. Urvashi Joneja, Vrisa and Vineet-Rahul brought colourful printss to centre stage.