Haute and Hap­pen­ing!

Me­her Castelino of­fers a glimpse of the lat­est in fash­ion, straight from the Lakmé Fash­ion Week Sum­mer/Re­sort 2018 show.

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The lat­est in fash­ion from the Lakmé Fash­ion Week Sum­mer/ Re­sort 2018

The 25th edi­tion of Lakmé Fash­ion Week took place for the Sum­mer/Re­sort 2018 sea­son from Jan­uary 31 to Fe­bru­ary 4, 2018 at JIO Gar­dens, Mum­bai and was a fash­ion­able and glam­orous event, with nearly 100 de­sign­ers pre­sent­ing their lat­est looks for the com­ing sea­son.


The INIFD Gen Next Show fea­tured five de­sign­ers whose cre­ativ­ity ranged from fem­i­nine, lay­ered, em­broi­dered, printed, cre­ations to an­drog­y­nous gen­der-neu­tral fash­ion.


Anita Don­gre’s bridal wear show on the star­lit ter­race of the ITC Grand Cen­tral Ho­tel, called ‘Songs of Sum­mer’, had prac­ti­cal clothes for the bridal cou­ple, made from the new R | Elan fab­ric with the ‘Tree of Life’ mo­tifs and Anita’s trade­mark pock­ets for the lehen­gas.

The Lakmé Ab­so­lute Grand Fi­nale by Anamika Khanna at the pic­turesque Ban­dra Fort ended the fash­ion sea­son. In­spired by the ‘Nudes Rein­vented’ theme, the col­lec­tion fea­tured tra­di­tional em­bel­lishe­ments with a modern twist on un­con­ven­tional sil­hou­ettes and dra­matic fab­rics.

Gau­rav Khanijo’s ‘Circa Mal­gudi’ col­lec­tion was held at the Cen­tral Av­enue of JIO Gar­dens. The menswear line with just two wom­enswear en­tries was nos­tal­gic and in­spired by the TV se­ries ‘Mal­gudi Days’.


Giv­ing menswear its due fame, Fal­guni and Shane Pea­cock launched their menswear brand. The col­lec­tion called ‘Louche’ was a daz­zling for­mal of­fer­ing for men who are bold and dare to wear glit­ter.

Naren­dra Ku­mar’s Bur­goyne linen line for men had a hu­mor­ous ti­tle called ‘The Fake Show’. Cre­ated in just black, white and red, it was a ca­sual ath­leisure of­fer­ing. Amit Wad­hwa’s menswear col­lec­tion called ‘Trea­sure’ brought Slow Fu­ture fash­ion in spe­cially wo­ven fab­rics in pas­tel hues, with dis­creet em­broi­dery and his amaz­ing re­versible shirts and jack­ets.

UN­CON­VEN­TIONAL PRE­SEN­TA­TIONS The first of its kind show ever done at a fash­ion week was The Show­room Edit, that fea­tured the 25 brands in the Show­room which did not fea­ture on the ramp, but dis­played one out­fit each to a packed au­di­ence. The cre­ations ranged from semi­for­mal to bridal wear, with in­ter­est­ing cuts and em­bel­lish­ments. The Princess Pea and Love­birds pre­sen­ta­tion called ‘Born of Fire’ was a short thought pro­vok­ing event that pushed an emo­tional and so­cial mes­sage with dance, speech and fash­ion.


As al­ways, the Sus­tain­able Fash­ion Day was the most awaited. This time the North East Re­gion de­sign­ers from six states pre­sented their tex­tiles, turned into modern cre­ations. The de­sign­ers were Daniel Syiem, Megha­laya; Sonam Dubal, As­sam; Jen­jum Gadi and Ex­otic Eco So­ci­ety, Na­ga­land; Kuzu, Sikkim; Tilla, Tripura; and Khu­man­them, Ma­nipur. De­signer Pad­maja Kr­ish­nan dis­played her sim­ple, lyri­cal line of spe­cially wo­ven, nat­u­ral dyed, or­ganic cot­ton and linen. The award-win­ning GoCoop showed ‘the good loom’ brand of its saris and menswear. Pankaja Sethi’s ex­per­i­ments with the Odisha weaves for saris were ex­cit­ing; while Maku by San­tanu Das dis­played the ‘In Tran­sit’ col­lec­tion of spe­cial hand wo­ven fab­rics with an em­pha­sis on Indigo. He­mang Agrawal’s ‘Un-Re­vive’ line was a grand show­case of modern weaves from Be­naras in Tar­tan Checks, hounds tooth, polka dots and con­trast­ing stripes done with pre­cious metal yarns in Tanchui and Katar­waan weav­ing tech­niques.

The Usha Si­lai show was the launch of the La­bel Usha Si­lai pre­sented by the man­u­fac­turer of the sewing ma­chines, fans,

and home ap­pli­ances. Four de­sign­ers teamed with Usha Si­lai schools in four creative hubs. So­ham Dave with the Dholka Clus­ter, Gu­jarat, Sree­jith Jee­van with the Puducherry clus­ter, Sayan­tan Sarkar for 24 South Par­ganas, Mastikari Clus­ter West Ben­gal, Amit Vi­jaya and Richard Pan­dav for the Kal­ad­hera Clus­ter, Ra­jasthan. The de­sign­ers cre­ated modern styles that could eas­ily be cre­ated by the women from their clus­ters.

The fi­nal show by Ra­jesh Pratap Singh fea­tured the Ten­cel™ fi­bre pre­sented in amaz­ing weaves, colours and styles to suit the com­ing sea­son.


The Lakmé Sa­lon’s ‘Free Spir­its - Colour Cock­tail’ col­lec­tion in­spired de­sign­ers Ragini Ahuja of IKAI and Dhruv Kapoor whose easy, re­laxed, lines matched the theme of the show.


There was a cross-sec­tion of fash­ion at the 6Degree Stu­dio where de­sign­ers un­veiled their looks for the com­ing sea­son. The ‘half/Full/CURVE’ la­bel cre­ated for plus size women showed colour­ful gar­ments. Naushad Ali’s in­no­va­tions in nat­u­ral fab­rics ended with a col­lec­tion of stripes and dots called ‘When the Dot Took a Walk’. Rara Avis had a col­lec­tion called ‘Koya’ that fea­tured sa­fari dresses, jump­suits, coats, skirts and blouses. Shriya Som’s ‘Sum­mer of Love’ look was ded­i­cated to the Red Car­pet dresser, while La­jjoo C stayed true to tra­di­tional, for­mal eth­nic cre­ations. Pu­nit Balana’s ‘Rose Gar­den’ line was all about em­bel­lished western wear but Neha Agar­wals ‘Lost in the Woods’ col­lec­tion was a fu­sion of Indo-west en­sem­bles. The 6De­grees brand fea­tured eight de­sign­ers, who show­cased a va­ri­ety of gar­ments that moved from ca­sual to for­mal, bridal and menswear.

FU­SION FASH­ION For its cre­ations ‘Ties that Bind’, the Am­rich brand worked with loose shapes in Khadi and silk cot­ton blends with a metal­lic feel and Shi­bori. Ur­vashi Kaur’s ‘Pra­hara’ line fea­tured Le­heriya dye­ing along with Shi­bori for tai­lored shirts, skirts, jump­suits and dresses. Ritu Ku­mar went feisty and full of colour for the col­lec­tion ‘Hip Hop Baroque’. The Bloni la­bel paid homage to ma­rine life with the line ‘Mourn­ing of the Ma­rine Life’ with Ja­panese lace, and re­cy­cled fab­rics. The gen­derneu­tral cre­ations by Su­mi­ran Kabir Sharma for his la­bel Anaam will thrill both sexes, while Shreya Oza’s ASA con­cen­trated on fab­ric de­vel­op­ments for the cool sum­mer wear.

Vrisa pre­sented ‘Chap­ter of the For­est’, which was full of flo­ral bou­quets for the al­lur­ing Chan­deri cre­ations. Ka-Sha by Kar­ishma Sha­hani Khan was a lay­ered look with mul­ti­ple gar­ments, but Sh­weta Ka­pur’s line for the 431-88 la­bel pre­ferred high fash­ion evening wear.

The colours of Gu­jarat and its gar­ments in­spired Saak­sha & Kinni. Aikeyah by Isha Dhin­gra had the ‘Yin-Yang’ cre­ations in just white and black but Ve­ran­dah’s ‘Cruise 18-T91’ col­lec­tion had a dual in­spi­ra­tion – the tiger and Ch­ha­tris for re­sort wear.

‘Bageechas’ in­spired the Vi­neet Rahul brand, so flo­rals ap­peared lav­ishly on their cre­ations. The la­bels Tah­weave, Crow and Nakita Singh went for pas­tel colours and ex­treme lay­er­ing. Shan­tanu and Nikhil show­cased ‘The Tribe – The In­dia Story’ in black, white and chrome with mi­cro-pleat­ing and drapes for both men and women.


Amoh by JADE brought a grand line called ‘The De­scen­dants of Niyam Raja’ in in­no­va­tive de­signs. Gau­rang Shah ex­per­i­mented with indigo for the ‘Neel’ col­lec­tion of saris, kur­tas, lehen­gas, cho­lis and du­pat­tas. Anushree Reddy fo­cused on ‘Pink the new Navy’ for her bridal wear line. SVA’s theme was ‘Dahlia’, so the flower ap­peared for glam­orous bridal wear.

Ro­man, Byzan­tine and Per­sian in­flu­ences on Is­lamic de­signs in­spired Payal Sing­hal’s col­lec­tion for a very ori­en­tal line called ‘Saira’. Kot­wara brought Awadhi glam­our with the ‘Sa­man­zar – A Gar­den of Flow­ers’ col­lec­tion with chikan work be­ing the fo­cal point. Ridhi Mehra Sekhri’s ‘Cinco’ col­lec­tion was in­flu­enced by Is­lamic, In­dian, Spanish and Chi­nese art forms for her bridal wear.

Jayanti Reddy pre­sented ‘Life in Mono­chrome’ – a line of for­mal eth­nic en­sem­bles. Shya­mal and Bhu­mika’s ‘Won­der­land’ was true to its name, with lav­ish em­bel­lish­ments for gor­geous, ethe­real In­dian bridal wear. Tarun Tahil­iani’s ‘Tarakini’ bridal wear was feather light and weight­less with sparkling ce­les­tial mo­tifs splashed all over the men’s and wom­enswear.


Be­sides fash­ion shows, sem­i­nars were the high­light of the five-day event. The dia­logue on North East In­dia catalysing sus­tain­able fash­ion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with United Na­tions in In­dia fea­tured in­sights from global ex­perts and new ini­tia­tives that will drive the north East Re­gion fash­ion for­ward.

The ‘Fash­ion Funda’ event with Parmesh Sha­hani of In­dia Culture Lab had an in­ter­est­ing theme – ‘Weave the Na­tion’ – where two films were screened on the weav­ing of fab­rics and the story of weavers.

‘In­no­va­tion in Sus­tain­able Fash­ion’ by the Len­z­ing Group was an in­ter­change of ideas on fab­rics like Ten­cel™ and Mo­dal.

The Wool­mark Com­pany and Man­ish Mal­ho­tra un­veiled the ‘Inaya’ Merino Wool in­spired col­lec­tion and cap­tured the essence of sus­tain­able fash­ion.

@He­mang Agrawal

@Amit Wad­hwa

@Jen­jum Gadi and Ex­otic Echo

@AGAMI By Neha Agarwal

@Dhruv Kapoor

@Ikai by Ragini Ahuja

@431-88 by Sh­weta Ka­pur @ASA

@Ur­vashi Kaur



@In­no­va­tion in Sus­tain­able Fash­ion by Len­z­ing Group

@Shya­mal and Bhu­mika

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