Stilettos, high slits, pastel hues, beach wear, shimmery lips, bold eyes… these were the buzzwords at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016. As with every season of this celebrated Fashion Week, this style extravaganza ushered in a new crop of designers who showcased their work along with the doyens of the fashion world. HOT looks at what the trendsetters had in store for us for the upcoming season.
The top five designers at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 were…
The fashion veteran returned to the grand finale stage at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 after four years. This stunning collection for the season made the wait totally worth it. The spectacular event was held at the iconic St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Bal’s collection was inspired by the ‘Illuminate’ range by Lakmé, which was beautifully epitomised by the dazzling beauty and face of Lakmé Absolute, Kareena Kapoor Khan.
Bal’s collection banked upon the haute couture leanings of traditional Indian heritage with trimmings of contemporariness. He used floral motifs with his signature ivory and matte gold palette to underscore the ‘illumination’ of the Indian woman. The venue matched up to the extravagant collection, what with Swarovski crystals adorning the mannequins, mesmerising light effects and 3D mapped projections on the building.
Malhotra kickstarted the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Elements – his Spring/Summer 2016 Haute Couture collection. In an off-site event at Mehboob Studios, Mumbai, Malhotra’s show was presented in association with LYF Smartphones. As the name suggests, the collection was based on the four aspects of nature – Earth, Water, Wind and Flame. The 70 ensembles for a summer wedding were spread across these themes. Malhotra’s sartorial experiments brought forth glamorous variations of Indian bridal couture. His collection included tailored ponchos and overlapped trousers, cocktail dresses with graceful sari drapes and off-shoulder jumpsuits with Victorian trails. He played with rich fabrics such as organza, tussar and crepe with colours that ranged from baby pinks and powder blues to mint greens and sunset oranges. The garments in the collection were embellished with uncut rubies, diamonds and emerald accessories by Anmol Jewellers. Malhotra also added a range of choices for the groom with sharp jackets and kurtas, tailored pants and churidars in shades of blue and ivory. Jacqueline Fernandez and Arjun Kapoor closed the show in their outstanding showstopper outfits.
Geometry was the theme of Khandwala’s collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016. She opted for an open air venue and showcased her collection at the poolside of St.Regis Hotel, Mumbai. Her collection sported a mix of shapes, geometric lines, symmetry angles and asymmetry. The silhouettes were strong with androgynous undertones. However, her colour palette was as feminine as they come. With white being the dominant hue, Khandwala’s collection was like an ode to summer with colours such as coral, cetrine, chartreuse blush mint and metallics. She worked with a combination of summery and rich fabrics like cottons, linens, airy silk organza, brocades and neoprene. She introduced expert perma pleating for glamorous effects.
The collection included one-shoulder tops, long kurtas, asymmetrical maxi, cross-over micro pleated tops, long cowl shirt dress, wrap jumpsuit, pleated long cape and pant, will-power tunic and kaftans. The pleated kurta, dual coloured tie-up gown and brocade skirt with a simple white shirt rounded up her show at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016. Khandwala’s resort wear collection definitely had a tone of unconventional to it.
The lady who dressed a duchess, Anita Dongre wowed the audience with her ‘fresh as a summer shower’ collection called Love Notes. Exploring the journey of a young woman experiencing changes in her life as she finds love, Dongre interprets her many moods with a touch of royalty. The stage was transformed with carmine pink bougainvilleas and cyan green foliage, thereby recreating the grandeur of a Rajasthani palace. The silhouettes were defined by free flowing fabrics both for men and women in colours such as white, blue and muted coral. The collection featured the designer’s signature gota-patti and resham embroidery. The rich textiles used for the ensembles reiterated the royal heritage of the collection. The ethereal love of a royal princess was brought to life by Sonakshi Sinha who walked the ramp in Dongre’s showstopping outfit. Like the modern Indian woman, the pieces in this collection were strong with feminine lines, opulent yet graceful.
Trust Rodricks to make an out-of-the-box move! In an unprecedented experiment, Rodricks introduced his Indica Emporia collection on the Indian Textile Day at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016. As the audience entered the main show area they were surprised to see the place transformed into a museum of sorts. The ramp and seating had been done away to make way for white platforms for the models to stand on and display the collection. Amid an air fragrant with roses, jasmines and marigolds and a milieu enthralled with the Shillong Chamber Choir, Rodricks put forth his interpretations of 20 iconic Indian garments. The styling of the models was inspired by the tribal culture. They showcased slicked, oil black eyes, tattoo dots on faces and pierced nose rings, parched lips and shimmer peacock blue nail colour along with seashells woven into their hairdos.
Every Indian outfit was turned around its head. So, ghagras became capes, pajamas turned into off shoulder blouses, dhotis morphed into saris, cholis hit the floor and capes skimmed over kurtas. Rodricks created this extravaganza with khadi cotton, silk tussar, mugha, noile, dupione and organza in colours such as fuschia, ivory, pomegranate, indigo, jamun purple, peacock blues and greens, turquoise, haldi yellow and saffron gold.