Monday, March 22, 2010

Akaaro by Gaurav Gupta at WIFW AW 2010 March 24-28th


Is a textile design studio based out of New Delhi having its origin in a sanskrit word which means the letter "a".
Hand woven and made in India producing Innovative textiles which are engineered & cutting edge. Marked by a generic concept of material and colour which corresponds to an innate human need to embellish and personalize own self and surroundings. Akaaro is intent on producing woven classics.

Set up in 2007 Akaaro is a highly individual design studio based out of New Delhi. Akaaro has its origin in a Sanskrit word which means the letter "a". Hand-woven and made in India we produce works which are engineered and cutting edge.

Marked by a generic concept of color and material which corresponds to an innate human need to embellish one's self and surroundings, Akaaro is intent on producing woven classics. Internationally Akaaro debuted at the prestigious Origin: The London craft fair in October 07.

Akaaro products now retail from selected galleries, stores and museums across England.

Gaurav Gupta

Trained at Chelsea College of Art and Design London in Woven Textiles and National Institute of Fashion Technology in Fashion and Graphics Delhi. Gaurav makes clothes, accessories and product for interior spaces which are all
hand woven and sustainable. A finalist of British Council and ELLE s YOUNG CREATIVE FASHION ENTERPRENUER AWARDS 2010 INDIA, he debuted at the prestigious

The London Craft fair in 2007 under his studio AKAARO and has been regular ever since. His approach towards his work and commitment to revive appreciation for contemporary Indian textiles has earned him both critical acclaim and a list of high profile customers with in U.K with likes of Emma Thompson and Dato Jimmy Choo. SELVEDGE the coveted English textile magazine termed his work "as much a cultural regeneration programme as a
textile label". In 2009 Gupta was selected for the prestigious "Shared Talent India" Project for promoting Indian sustainable textiles an initiative by Centre of Sustainable Fashion, London which was exhibited at London Fashion Week. He was invited to co-curate and exhibit in a show called London Calling in Tokyo on the commemoration of 150 years of British and Japanese Friendship in October 2008, the same was inaugurated by Professor Jimmy Choo. Following this he was asked by Professor Jimmy Choo to design a fabric for a pair of sling back. He was also commissioned by the prestigious Central Saint Martins London as a trend forecaster from Delhi in 2006 for PREVIEW TREND.

He has recently been invited to exhibit at ALL TIED UP a special curation which showcases works of 14 most contemporary textile designers internationally. The work is on display at the moment at the Ruthin Crafts Centre in Wales till March which will be followed by another showcase in Bath where he has been invited to exhibit at Bath Festival in May

His graduation show at NIFT Delhi won him the most innovative textile development award followed by the same award from Fashion Design Council of India at Fibers of Fashion in 2003. A fair amount of his design practice address issues with in the context of design education in India; as a part of which he regularly conducts workshops, do talks, juries and teach at various design institutes. With in his capacity as a graduate ambassador for University of the Arts
in India and a fellow of Royal Society of the Arts he has been successful in establishing a platform for young designers like himself to connect to the right audience and develop networks which are inclusive.

Most innovative textile development: Fashion Design Council of India: 2003
Most Creative textile development: National Institute of Fashion Technology:


January 2010 : ALL TIED UP : Ruthin Crafts Centre, Wales
November 2009: THINK +- MAKE, The Hidden Gallery, New Delhi
October 2009: The Great Contemporary Northern Craft Fair, Spinningfields, Manchester
October 2009: Origin the London Craft Fair, London
September 2009: Esthetica, London Fashion Week, the Somerset House, London
March 2009: Royal society of Arts in India, The Hidden Gallery, New Delhi
December 2008: The Big Bang, British Council, New Delhi
October 2008: Origin the London Craft Fair, London
October 2008: London Calling, Tokyo
April 2008: Royal society of Arts in India, British High Commissioner's residence,
New Delhi
January 2008: Scenes and Encounters, Quest Gallery, Bath, England
November 2007: London Calling, the Stainless, New Delhi
October 2007: Origin the London Craft Fair, London
July 2005: New Designers, Business Design Centre, London
2004: Indigo Salon, Paris
2003: @Design, Park Royale, New Delhi
2003: Fibers of Fashion Design Council of India, New Delhi

Akaaro A/W 2010 ( Womenswear + Scarves ) at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.
Stand No: 67
Date: March 2010 - 24th- 28th)

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Designers & Schedule / Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2010 (March 24 - 28)

March 24 - 28, 2010, NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, India

Day 1, Wednesday, March 24, 2010

12 noon Littleshilpa , Nida Mahmood

1:50 p.m. Alpana Neeraj . Atsu by Atsu Sekhose

3:10 p.m. Rahul Mishra . Rahul Reddy

4:25 p.m. Monapali . Swapan & Seema

5:40 p.m. Satya Paul

7:00 p.m. Ranna Gill

8:15 p.m. Ritu Beri

9:30p.m. JJ Valaya

Day 2, Thursday, March 25, 2010

11:20 a.m. Aastha Bahl . Gaurav & Ritika . Ritesh Kumar Ridzyn

12:35 p.m. Tarun Tahilliani

1:50 p.m. Koga by Jenjum & Jasleen . Masaba .
Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan

3:10 p.m. Kotwara by Meera & Muzaffar Ali

4:25 p.m. Ashima - Leena

5:40 p.m. Kavita Bhartia

7:00 p.m. Gaurav Gupta

8:15 p.m. Label - Ritu Kumar

9:30p.m. Spice Mobile presents ANKY by Ankita & Anjana Bhargav

Day 3, Friday, March 26, 2010

11:20 a.m. Joy Mitra . Preeti Chandra . Tanvi Kedia

12:35 p.m. Vineet Bahl . Virtues by Ashish Viral & Vikrant

1:50 p.m. Pashma . Rehane

3:10 p.m. Morphe by Amit Aggarwal . Pankaj & Nidhi

4:25 p.m. Cue by Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

5:40 p.m. Sanchita

7:00 p.m. Shantanu & Nikhil

8:15 p.m. Payal Jain

9:30p.m. Rocky S

Day 4, Saturday, March 27, 2010

11:20 a.m. Abhi Rahul . Chandrani Siingh Fllora . Debarun .
Jaya Rathore . Soltee by Sulaksha Monga,
Zurkhe by Rajdeep Ranawat & Naresh Chauhan

2:35 p.m. Charu Parashar . Preeti S. Kapoor. Risa Abhijeet

1:50 p.m. Puja Arya . Sanskar by Sonam Dubal

3:10 p.m. Kiran Uttam Ghosh . Taika by Poonam Bhagat

4:25 p.m. Mynah's Reynu Taandon

5:40 p.m. Niki Mahajan

7:00 p.m. Abraham & Thakore

8:15 p.m. Lecoanet Hemant

9:30p.m. Fiama Di Wills Show

Day 5, Sunday, March 28, 2010

11:20 a.m. Ashii by Ashima Singh . Dozak by Kartikey & Isha . Prama by
Pratima Pandey .
Shrea by Shreya & Nirali . Smriti . Taniya Khanuja

12:35 p.m. Ekru by Ekta & Ruchira . Hemant & Nandita . Reve by
Khushali Kumar

1:50 p.m. Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal . Nandita Mahtani

3:10 p.m. Rabani & Rakha . Siddartha Tytler

4:25 p.m. Rishta by Arjun . Prashant Verma

5:40 p.m. Nandita Basu

7:00 p.m. Varun Sardana

9:30 p.m. Wills Lifestyle Grand Finale by
Rajesh Pratap Singh

Ishita Singh - Hyderabad Designer Week "Feb 22nd -24th" 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010

Lakme Fashion Week - Summer Resort, Day 5, 9/3/10

Accessory Show
4 Accessory designers came together to present a variety of creations for bags, jewellery, accessories and shoes meant for the Summer/Resort 2010 season at Lakmé Fashion Week

Eina Ahluwalia
Jewellery can also be divided into two sections and given two distinct looks as Eina Ahluwalia did for her Show “Breathing Space”. The “Truth” collection comprised of the most exquisite agate and fretwork in silver combined with semi precious stones. Adding on corals, jaspers, citrine, amethyst and calcite the necklaces with rings, cuffs and bracelets were a visual treat with the large abstract designs. The “Sunset in Nice” line was a mix of scarves with silver bringing together fabric with metal to give a new perspective to necklaces. Semi precious stones, shells and silver ended with a frothy orange organza and silver neckpiece that was truly eye-catching. Eina Ahluwalia created one of the most interesting accessory lines with striking innovations.

Malini Agarwalla
Presenting a colourful line of bags, totes and clutches teamed with beautiful belts, necklaces and shoes, the “Flamore” line by Malini Agarwalla for her label Malaga was a feast for the eyes. Using crafts like vibrant embroidery in floral patterns the multi hued leather was used as appliqués on soft nappa in shades of white and ecru for day time and gold and silver for formal glamour. Shoes added to the beauty of the bags as flats, stilettos and wedges in gold and silver were accessorized with flowers and sashes. Gold chains gave a touch of class to the collection. Clothes for the jewellery, bags and shoes were by James Ferreira and actress Simone Singh the showstopper glided in with a gold clutch with leather appliqué and crystals, a stunning necklace and gold and silver stilettos The “Flamore” collection fitted perfectly into the Summer/Resort 2010 look as the designs moved effortlessly from dawn to dusk.

Sonali Dalwani
Sonali Dalwani of Crimzon was inspired by the Papillion or butterfly for her collection of jewellery, shoes, bags and belts and the result was a multi-coloured line with the butterfly motifs flitting on the bags and necklaces. Large duffels, clutches and totes had beautiful embroidery while the jewellery was a mix of bobbles, tassels and stones. The colours ranged from green, purple, blue, red, orange and yellow and appliqués gave the bags a beautiful theme. The footwear comprising wedges matched the morning wear collection. For night time glamour it was black Lurex with woollen tassels, gold mesh teamed with large gem stone belts and stylish Roman sandals. The show stopper MTV VJ, Anushka Dandekar, carried a technicolor butterfly embellished beach bag with matching jewellery and high heel shoes. A really glamorous and colourful line for the hot months.

Suhani Pittie
Stunning jewellery that will thrill the contemporary Begum was Suhani Pittie’s offering titled “The Grunge Begum”. From Hyderabadi Jhumkas, kasulaperu old coins, Nawabi insets and carved wood blocks on copper, silver and dull gold metal, Suhani used chains, zipper fabric and vintage motifs for the fabulous necklaces, cuffs, earrings and revived the anklets. Chokers had intertwined wire and carved wood with chalcedonies and uncut crystals. An interesting innovation was the exposed zippers with textured gold plated silver balls for necklaces. An impressive choker of uncut crystals and chain on fabric was an unusual piece. Here was a mix of the retro with the contemporary in the jewellery section of fashion presented creatively and beautifully by Suhani Pittie.

Show: 12:00 PM

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Debarun Mukherjee

Inspired by the tasty chanachur or Bombay Mix, a Kolkata snack, Debarun Mukherjee’s collection called “Miracle Mix” had all the spicy touches of fashion that livened up his garments. Creatively blending a touch of the rustic with the contemporary, Debarun had a delightful mélange of silhouettes that ranged from classic western but dazzled with the beauty of ethnic embellishments and clever texturing.

The colours of mustard and saffron matched the theme of the snacks as a rich mix of orange jackets, dresses, tops, skirts and two suits for men came down the ramp. A wrap dress, a mid length will-power dress with mirror work, raw silk maxi with embroidery in a mix of traditional craft and a stylish oversized collared jacket were eye-catching. Men’s wear had one suit and a sherwani both with tonal embroidery.

Here was an officering of ensembles that had the best of both worlds along with creative styling to spice up your wardrobes with hand embroidery that was regal but with hints of Boho chic for the beautiful silk ensembles.

Show: 1:30 PM

Nidhi & Divya Gambhir

Women- you can't define them, you can't ignore them. Each one is uniquely stylish in her own way.” Designer duo believe in this philosophy. Their label ‘Walnut’, based on this insight and aimed at complimenting every woman's individuality. The concepts and innovations vary from Indo-western to western. For LFW S/R’10, their inspiration is Romance which is why they have named it- ‘Is this love?’ “It recycles the age-old emotion and creates an abstract painting of ethereal love in an unreal world. A place where a myriad of textures fuse with contemporary artistic expressions and create a newer fantastical version of Romance”, said the designer sisters. The line consists of silhouettes which have a practical and desirable ease in their simplicity. The use of stiff structures combined with delicate feather like hand-painted organza further strengthens the line. The collection uses silk, organza in white, ombre, blue and purple along with hand painted strokes of absolutely all the beautiful colours coming together. The fabric used are silks and organzas where the silks are textured with various techniques like tucks, cords, ruffles, and played around in different pleating forms. And the organzas are hand painted to bring about the romance in a fantasy world. “We target people with different age groups and our clothing line is for all sizes but the label intends to design for women with a deep fashion sense and high level of confidence from within, which lets them experiment with our designs that are classic yet contemporary”, Divya expressed. According to the designers the U.S.P. would be the contemporary take on classic silhouette, along with the hand painted garments. The look and the feel of the model will be that of a lady in love and in a different world altogether, with subtle emotions and fun reflecting through her clothing.

Show: 1:30 PM

Rimi Nayak

All set to showcase a romantic tale of unfulfilled love and endless wait of a young woman who fell in love with a seafarer. Azure Amour - a tale that was depicted in her S/S collection last season. “Drawing inspiration from the different stages of the relationship between a sailor and his muse, the collection is divided into 4 basic looks”, said the designer.The first look is “Fatal Attraction” which is drawing references from the sailor’s uniform with a structured and chivalrous look, alongwith drapes and deconstructed detailing in the silhouettes. Next is “Casual Courtship”, which comprises free flowing dresses in a nautical colour palette with an air of chic nonchalance.

“Separation & Solitude” consists of the ever popular Nautical Stripes that have been used in an unconventional manner as the iconic stripes have been recreated with pin tucks textures, layering and buttons. The linear divisions of the stripes are used as a metaphor for separation. “The Endless Wait”, consists of classic silhouettes with Grecian drapes, impeccable cuts and gorgeous falls. “I believe in looking at mundane things and giving it a fresh new twist to it. This season, I am introducing a few new silhouettes which I call ‘fusion fashion silhouettes’. It’s my take on the Indian style kurta which I have draped and deconstructed along with boyfriend shirt, kalidars and long coats. Along with these new silhouettes, my collection has a range of different types of dresses in draped, classic fits and casual styles”, she added.

Keeping the season in mind, fabrics like georgette, crepe, chanderi, linen have been used in abundance in a nautical palette of blue, white and gold. The designer has used her signature style batik crack on silk and crepe in a nautical palette of blue and white. Interesting graphical motif of compass has been applied as embroidery on the garments and as badges as add ones. The ever popular nautical stripes have been recreated with buttons, pintucks and layering.
“A simple, chic and classic look defines the mood of the collection along with uniform inspired style and detailing on the models” the designer signed off.

Show: 1:30 PM

Payal Singhal

With new addition of resort wear, presenting a compilation of recent trends, her collection can be perfectly described as a mixed bag of current cutting edge silhouettes that every woman needs in her wardrobe. Enhanced with pleating and draping the assortment will be suited best as an occasion wear, be it a day or evening wear. Offering more options to her target group of women between the age bracket of 20-40 years, her collection can also be flaunted on a beach wedding. Creating a whimsical yet practical effect, the resort couture collection has been highlighted with simple yet crisp crepes and tulles, embellished with crystal embroidery which brings out a clean and sparkly collection for the girl who wants to dress up. The collection has easy clothes for a jet setting lifestyle with inter changeable pieces, making your wardrobe always look fresh. Muted colours like ecru, sand, gold, silver, cream and shimmer make it more timeless and classic. “The crystal-encrusted pieces add the touch of fantasy,” said Payal. The designer is geared up to take this fantasy to the runway with cowl skirts, jewelled tanks and maxi dresses fused together, which in turn will represent her mantra of ‘easy comfortable and effortless clothing.’

Show: 3 PM

Lina Tipnis

Istanbul, not Constantinople is more of an invitation to celebrate Istanbul, the place of glorious heritage, the splendid jewels of Topkapi palace, the serenity of the Turkish people and the intricate detailed Iznik tiles. Her collection revives the energy of the 14th century grand bazaar and the history that engulfs you and takes you to a different journey that city has witnessed over a period of time. Utilized the technique of Trompe L'oiel to make garments for a Princess at a resort. It replicates the carpets and jewels of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. The term Trompe L'oiel originates from the French word which stands for 'trick the eye' and is known as a highly appreciated art technique that involves extremely realistic imagery in order to create an optical illusion which presents the object in three dimensional, instead of actually being a two dimensional painting. Elsa Schiaparelli was the first designer to utilize trompe l'oeil in her designs in the 20's and 30's, and then Roberta di Camerino popularized this style in the 60's with her clothing, bags, men's ties, and umbrellas. Her finish, innovation and distinctive look, combined with classic elegance, highlight the sensuality. Colours; nudes and skin tones juxtaposed with deep colour tones of semi precious stones, Ivory and mahogany. Summer dresses in trapeze and tent silhouettes, cocktail dresses in sheath and shift, contemporary kaftans are paired with low fork trousers.

Show: 3 PM

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Christopher & Anthony

What’s fashion without fashionable hair? This is the exact sentiment which has seen the coming together of iconic hairdresser Anthony Mascolo and fashion’s hottest property, designer Christopher Kane. The duo will present a must-see show titled Catwalk

The synergy between Anthony, TIGI’s founder and Christopher is electric and perfectly illustrates the bond between hair stylist and designer. Anthony’s unrivalled hair expertise has been cultivated over a career that spans the most exciting decades in hair fashion. His expert approach to hair combined with Kane’s carefully considered styling has generated a series of images that illustrate Catwalk’s unique, fashionable take on volume and curls.

Show: 5 PM

Anita Dongre

Her passion for her art continues to find meaningful expression and tangible existence with the showcasing of her labels titled ‘ANITA DONGRE TIMELESS’ Diffusion Collection ’10 & ‘ANITA DONGRE IINTERPRET’s ‘10 Collection at Lakme Fashion Week ‘10. Revisiting her roots once again, the designer treads through nostalgic memory lanes of Jaipur, the regal pink city in search of creativity, insight and vision. There was a predominantly all white mix of garments in the show with the Timeless Collection that reflected the beauty of Rajasthan architecture.

Kurtas swirled with gota embroidery, jackets added elegance and class, the cholis appeared in all their traditional glory, net and jersey with gota work was turned into sexy body suits, dresses and skirts were embroidered with the dazzling motifs of the desert region all beautifully blended to complete the collection. Silk jumpsuits with hand embroidered pitta and organza jacket, and organza pitta skirt with a raw silk jacket in sheer organza were some of the beauties. The embellishments were mainly chikan work with touches of sequins to add glitter. The long skirts were lavishly embellished with tonal white and highlighted with silver work. Mul kurtas with gota work were worn with silver tights. Jodhpuris and harem pants, churidars, and ghagras with interesting drapes. The IInterpret line on the other hand was a more stylized modern look in varied fabrics. Using modal knits, organza, linen, georgette and mul, Designer worked on a white base adding on gentle pink and blue. From jumpsuits to jackets, dresses and kurtas it was a collection that could move effortless through different occasions. Dresses in this section were in linen with sheer organza yokes at the back with chikan work, sheer white jacket with bikini shorts, linen shift with organza sleeves and cream silk jumpsuit with a stunning jadav necklace.

Saris came in shades of palest of pink, blue and of course crème with twinkling work all over.

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Show: 7 PM

Suneet Verma

Lakmé sweeps in the spirit of the night with the designer as the Grand finale designer for Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2010.

An ode to the anticipation and excitement of dressing up for the night, Night Fever, the theme for LFW Summer/Resort is inspired by the woman that works abandoned adventure with an easy sophistication. The palette of looks from Lakmé and Suneet will bring alive a blaze of confident color and graphic expression with the electric energy of the night spirit.

Designer Suneet Verma comments, “Colour has so many moods - you have muted colour, dramatic colour and then you have the confident colour, a statement of individuality, passion and subtle panache that women will indulge in when wearing the Lakmé Grand Finale Look this summer. I can sense women re-discovering the excitement of getting dressed up for the night, be it a night out on the town or a simple coffee with friends.”

Show: 9 PM

Lakme Fashion Week - Summer Resort, Day 4, 8/3/10

Purvi Doshi – Geometric Collection
Bringing together a mix of culture and craft Purvi Doshi’s geometric collection titled “Kahchindo” the Gujarati for Chameleon, was an innovative concept as the garments changed their shapes and colours like the chameleon. Using two rectangular fabrics tied with a string, Purvi had created several garment options as drapes played with colours and shapes and the reverse of garments turned into something exciting.

Adding a touch of Indian embellishments with geometrics, Purvi’s colours ranged from yellow and white to rust and red adding an ethnic touch to the ensembles. Drawstrings played the main role in the collection as they rouched the sides, shoulders and hems of the garments and also acted as dangling embellishments on the different parts of the creations.

The Kahchindo collection by Purvi Doshi gave several options to the fashion follower and the most wonderful part was that they were from single garments.
Show: 12 PM

Shashikant Naidu – Resort 2010
The inspiration was the Goddess Parvati so the collection by Shashikant Naidu was dedicated to fashionable women around the globe. Using comfortable cotton, mul, and tussar, Shashikant worked with fluid silhouettes that swayed around the models.

Keeping the style very modern but adding on hand painted motifs in the kalamkari form, the ensembles had the organic feel of tree barks. The colour story played with nature’s shades as yellow, turmeric, off white, beige, blue, jade, milk and red were transformed into flowing kaftans, tunics, skirts and saris.

Swirling full circle one-shoulder tents, printed bias dresses, slim sarongs, sari kali tubes and a collection of very ethnic and traditional saris with ornate pallavs and borders with rouched cholis in the collection were an ode to Indian heritage prints. The fabrics were specially woven khadi, muslins, silks and tussars and the simply designed line was a perfect offering of the beauty of Andhra Pradesh from Shashikant Naidu for the humid summer.
Show 12:PM

Masaba Gupta – Breezy Contemporary Collection
With net as the base fabric, Masaba Gupta’s collection aptly called “Chhalni” was a breezy line of layered women’s and men’s casual wear playing a fashionable peek a boo with prints and embroidery.

Using the net to veil her garments the silhouettes were draped with flounces adding a feminine touch. Masaba has always loved the beauty of tribal Banjaran women and the crushed muls, net and ikat with silk reflected their art. Colourful embroidery added a dramatic touch as beads and zari came together.

Cowl linen shirt, hems attached to shoulder of mul drape dresses, multi fabric jumpsuits, patchwork blue and yellow net jacket over sexy polka dot bikini, beach mul maxi, palm print men’s silk jacket with dhoti pant, a sexy full sleeve net beaded anarkali and the famous Masaba patch pocket sari over a printed petticoat were part of a rustic but very funky young trendy collection. Aimed at the international and Middle East clients, the “Chhalni” collection by Masaba Gupta will definitely have a lot of takers in India as well as across the seas.
Show: 12 PM

Myoho – Kiran & Meghna Agarwal

Titled “The Butterfly Effect” was a breath taking line of elegant garments.

Soft and feminine the creations floated around the models in fabrics as light as air. Delicate appliqués on silk and prints of beautiful floral motifs, in kaleidoscopic colours like electric blue and fuchsia were embellished with lovely 3D sheen prints while appliqués came in and danced on the fluid feminine garments some with shimmers of gold.

The fragile beauty of the butterfly came alive in the light as air silks in dual shades that complemented each other perfectly. Long and flowing asymmetric gowns in silks with mix of prints, fabrics and colours like beige, rust, blue, jade, brown and saffron created a pleasing presentation of women’s summer wear. Front and back contrast fabrics gave the dresses an interesting touch of duality. There was fluidity and a lot of flounce as the dresses glided down the ramp.

It was a breezy feminine collection from Myoho which will appeal to the holiday makers as well as the formal dressers.

Show: 1:30 PM

Neha Agarwal – Trendy Sporty Line

Her collection “Games People Play” and it was a sporty casual trendy line for the fashion watcher. Adding cute prints like kites and trees, Neha used a mix of colours like white, grey and black adding on green, red and preach for a fun filled prêt line.

Easy to wear, very airy and light creations sailed down the catwalk. A printed voile shirt dress with a net sports jacket, a wrap net jacket with voile top and loose sloppy chiffon pants and a balloon dress teamed with a textured jacket with appliqué checks gave the collection the right direction. Maxis, mini, pleated Lurex jackets and dresses with multiple pockets and a play of opaque with solid completed the look.

It was fun, it was sporty and it can be definitely worn off the field to make a fashion statement said Neha Agarwal with her collection for the hot months.

Show: 1:30 PM

Paromita Banerjee

It was an ode to Bengal and the handlooms of India from Paromita Banerjee. In her refreshing rustic youthful range called “The Laal Paar and Other Stories” the show revolved around a tale of muls, khadi, handlooms, silks, tussars, chanderi, gamchas, mix and match prints and gheras. With a mix of delicate floral and bird outlines including a rooster, the “Laal Paar” which is the traditional red border sari of Bengal, ran through the collection as the focal point of the garments.

Divided into three segments the show started with the “Off White Red Black Story” where kora handloom tangail sleeveless dress with the Laal Paar red border was teamed with a ghera yoke dress. The kimono sleeve kaftan with temple border and the chanderi leaf green sleeve less tunic were sprinkled with floral and tree of life embroidery.

“The Print Colour Block Story” had wrap over jackets, jama style kurta with chintz printed yoke, ejar pants, and chogha style kalidar jacket kurta with side pockets.

The final “Drape Story” had hints of Chinese baroque prints on kurtas and blouses. The silhouettes were loose and flowing and the mix of fabrics, embellishments and patterns made a pretty rustic collection from Paromita Banerjee for not only the Indian but international summers too.

Show: 1:30 PM

Rimzim Dadu

The theme of the show was a trifle morbid with death, guns, and cold steel bullets; but the collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 that emerged from the studio of Rimzim Dadu was feminine, beautiful and meant for autumn in all black except for a hint of teal, nude, beige, brown, rust and blue. The garments spoke of a very high level of surface texturing for bomber jackets, cocoon coat dresses and texturing that resembled broken zip.

Fabrics were specially woven and twisted to bring forth a new and more abstract form and the mix of faux leather with shredded cotton, along with deconstructed garments turned into an amazing collection. Sexy flapper shorts were teamed with knotted and looped leather vest, while a metallic spaced rings dress and a shredded dress along with chorded leather jacket made an unusual style statement. Shimmer came in the form of a blue sequined dress while zipper embroidery worked really well for a shredded top. The owl was the leit motif of the show appearing in a sequined draped dress and for a beige metallic thread top. Leather took on a crazy weave for a jacket with a junk rivet jersey dress. Two long dresses gave elegance to the line and the final leather chord dress in rust and brown and the leather weaving draped dresses were works of amazing designing and craftsmanship.

From metallic laser cutwork creations last season to another winning collection for the coming months, Rimzim Dadu once again scored with her innovative treatment of fabrics and embellishments.

Show: 3 PM

Kallol Dutta
Continuing his long term association with LFW, all set with his latest collection for the Summer/Resort’10, it’s mix of influences ranging from works of Francisco Goya to seemingly everyday objects which were used as symbols for death by past civilizations. He calls it ‘Remission- Fall 2010’. “This will mostly be a shape based collection - sleeve centric, the arm of the wearer would have to adapt itself to fit into the shape of the garment, also controlled volume with my own take on transparency will be featured”, said the designer. One can see various forms of cottons and silks used in the garments. Colours like blacks reign supreme in the line coupled with Indian flesh, de-saturated greens, whites and tempered reds. Visual texture in form of Kallol's signature prints will be seen. The line has 4 series being featured, among which, one series is in collaboration with Mumbai based artist Indraneil Ram Kamath. Talking about the target buyers for his collection, the designer said “I have stopped asking myself that question a while back; rest is for you to guess.” Well, that’s interesting!. Passionate about bubble tea and everything three dimensional, his garments echo- a subtlety vis-à-vis details and patterns and this time also Shapes, Prints, Layering of pieces are going to the highpoints of the entire range. “The models will exude a grunge vibe hair and makeup and the music tracks will enhance the aura during the runway presentation”, the designer shared revealed.

Show: 3 PM

Anand Kabra - ‘She was so dark that she was blue’ at the LFW SR. Along with narratives of Draupadi in ‘The Palace of Illusions’, by Chitra Banerji Divakaruni, Collection draws parallels between the River Krishna and Lord Krishna. “For whether it was the River Krishna, whose anger unleashed treacherous floods, or Draupadi whose fight against injustice redefined the world of warriors, Gods and fate, it was their darkness that changed the course of many lives and history ie being conveyed through the collection”. Showcasing a line-up of Resort, Fall and Indian separately, the collection seeks to interpret the many layers and moods. The Resort line is marked by free flowing separates in unrestricted kaftans, wrap around throw ons, ingenious jumpsuits and tapered skirts. Streamlined jackets, shrugs and trenches stay close to the body but flow sensuously at the lapels. Uni-directional asymmetrical simple flowy dresses in various shapees. Slouchy and feminine pants in steadier cottons or satin prints. , Tough, mercurial trousers, juxtaposied suede and jersey. Shadowy blue, black and the neutral nude, Calmer violets, purples, vibrant greens, electric blues and bursts of yellow in prints. acrylic elements, gemstones, metal & embroidery. A resort wear jewellery line by Bunty Bajaj of Krsala. These will also form embroidered motifs in the Indian collection.

Show: 5 PM

Vikram Phadnis
Bollywood’s glamorous designer revealed a new side to his creativity when Philips presented his truly international collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010. The look was simple and sensuous unlike the usual Vikram Phadnis offerings; as the designer moved from shimmer and shine to beautiful elegant creations.

Working on a line of cream and black, Vikram’s interpretation of the resort wardrobe was practical and stylish giving the wear the comfort that holiday attire must have. The choice of fabrics was georgette, chiffon, jersey, crepe, linen and lace. The show opened with comfortable morning wear comprising cream panelled swing tops, layered blouses, lace dungarees, Bermudas, summer jackets, jumpsuits, jersey Afghan pants, puff sleeved smocks, raglan belted chiffon dress with lace bell sleeves, capris and minis. Gently introducing just a hint of glitter in the form of striped lame for minis, Designer brought in black for collar edges and then moved further with black tights, a swirling black print on white chiffon cape, an interesting black mini with a white U-shaped inset and then added some very controlled gold and bead work for yoke, bodice and corsets.

The evening gown section had flowing skirts with black and white bustier detailing, which varied from drapes to flowing chiffon trails around the neck. The final white full skirt shredded gown with a glittering black bodice was a fitting end to a very compact and controlled show. The eye-catching sequinned skull caps as headgear added a touch of retro appeal, while footwear was simple gold sneakers.

Philips presented a very refreshing trendy line by Vikram Phadnis.

Show: 7 PM

Satya Paul

The collections of exquisite saris and cocktail dresses and gowns was a vision of beauty and the Bollywood stars on the ramp added to the glamour of the fabulous Satya Paul show on Women’s Day at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010. The collection from the 25 years old label of Satya Paul was just perfect for the summer/resort 2010 season. With a title like “Zen, Zest, Zip, Zap and Zing” the show proved to be everything that the theme promised. Opening the show was the lovely Mandira Bedi in a green orange splashed sari with a flame red halter corset. Colours, textures and shapes in varied forms floated down the catwalk in an easy fluid mode. Crushed fabrics, textured tones of soft smooth easy silhouettes in pastels, ranging from blue, pink, peach, lemon and soft orange gave the saris and clothe the perfect mood for the season.

Puneet Nanda, the designer of the label cleverly dreamt up lehengas and saris in abstract designs while the fabric line up of organza, voile, georgette, crepe, satin, net, chiffon and brocade had the right touches of embellishments as mirror work twinkled and chikan work and aari embroidery, sequins and prints gave that glamorous fashion touch. The sheaths, sack dresses, gowns, kalidar kurtas and the gorgeous saris, some of them worn with churidars, glittered and dazzled with shading, colours and embellishments. There was a certain 60s touch about the western seductively fitted minis while the saris were opulent with lavishly embroidered pallavs and hand painted floral patterns or abstract forms. The collection of lehengas, cholis and dupattas added to the glitz of the purely ultra formal line.

Ending the show was the statuesque Amruta Patki, Miss India Earth 2006, in a full gold and crystal lehenga, choli and lush dupatta and Sara Jane Dias, Miss India World 2007, in a fiery red crepe sari sparkling with stunning embroidery and bustier. Jacqueline Fernandez also joined designer Puneet Nanda as he took a bow for a very successful collection. Undoubtedly the Satya Paul zippy collection on Women’s Day was a dream offering that will thrill the hearts of women in India and across the seas.

Show: 9 PM

Lakme Fashion Week - Summer Resort, Day 3, 7/3/10

Shantanu-Nikhil - The duo will be presenting their young, sport-inspired line of garments titled ‘S&N’, under the exclusive Adidas Style Essentials line. Casual wear line with footwear, accessories and apparel, reflecting the style statement followed by teenagers. Fresh colours, silhouettes and styles define the new collection with apparel, footwear and accessories for both men and women. An amalgamation of the original S&N style of drapes with a sporty influence. Celebrating a decade in the fashion industry this year. Baptized as ‘Moto Chic’, inspired from the black and yellow diagonal stripe caution boards, New York City cars, people and energy on the streets.Checkered details have been used extensively in the garments. Keeping in mind the young, and the well-travelled, the experimental global Indian. Our philosophy of strong tailored silhouettes and drapes, both for men and women, will be high on style. Targeting the fashion-alert youth, the collection is chic and modish with a fresher and brighter colour palette, giving a break to the dull neutrals. The assortment is divided into three lines namely Urban Traveller, Tee Time and City Bike. The cuts allow comfort as well as utility; for women, the tops are fitted on waist and longer in length, lending a lean look. For men, the tees highlights well fitted shoulders and bicep hugging sleeves, with interesting hidden details like printed tapes, loops, mobile pockets, mesh insets and more. The collection offers a diverse range of tops, t-shirts, polo-necks, tunics, track pants, shirts, skirts and shoes along with accessories comprising bags
Show; 5 PM

Neelanjan Ghosh with the theme inspired from ‘Colonial Influence on Kolkata- past or present’. “Babu, Bibi Aar Keta” “The title reflects on the theme, literally as well as conceptually. The motifs used are both visual and iconographic representation of how Kolkata has a strong Colonial influence on every aspect of life and how it has blended to become an indigenous 'Kolkata-ian' culture. Using edgy and hard drapes and strategic placement of pleats and tucks. Using light fabrics and the 3-D feel to the Silhouettes has been credited to creative and smart patternmaking keeping in mind the commercial viability as well as extremely fashionable free thinking - subtle hint of deconstruction. Chanderi, cotton silk and cotton striped fabrics have been played with light thread embroidery and bold appliqués. Motifs like Durga faces, horse carriages, vintage cameras, boats, fishes, playing cards, Buckingham Palace guards, Burlington checks used for embroidery n hues of teal, charcoal, navy, olive, brown, wine bottle green, grey with bold appliqués and multi striped borders using bright colours. Targeting the well travelled, fashion conscious, elderly clientele. with a deconstructed look of the models.

With motifs that wove icons of the city, the garments had a contemporary 3D feel with interesting drapes and cleverly placed pin tucks and pleats with a touch of deconstruction which revealed the designer’s use of innovative designing. Easy comfortable feel with Chanderies, striped cottons and silks which were embellished with appliqués and resham work. In shades of olive, brown, jade, grey, charcoal, navy and teal, images of Durga faces, Burlington checks, Buckingham Palace guards, playing cards, fish, boats, vintage cameras, and horse carriages came alive on the garments in the form of appliqués and prints. Intricate designing with double lapels, trousers looped to shirts lots of drop crotch cowled pants saris with wide embroidered borders teamed with empire line coats or low lapel coat dresses. Add-ons like cowl scarves and drapes at the shoulder of dresses gave a retro Raj look. Men’s wear was as picturesque with cross over blouson kimono shirts, kurtas with multi fabrics and appliqués all over and jackets that had some intricate designing for the lapels, shoulders and pockets. Collars were exaggerated and there was a marked rear interest for the women’s wear.

Show; 1:30 PM

Asmita Marwa -‘Maya' - ‘Boho Resort’. inspired Collection meant for the all free-spirited globetrotters who are Bohemian at heart and also have dreams which are limitless. Lady - independent and confident enough to wear a drape with the same sanguine ease as a pair of Samurai paints and shorts & her wardrobe is perfect example of diversity mixed and matched in quirky abandon. imagination of every modern women is matched perfectly with checks, tie and dye & roses in shades of leisure coming together to tell a story on a canvas of muslin, linens & chiffons. Working around long lean silhouettes in cotton, linen and mull; inspired from Turkish styling, with touches of Indian tradition. Splashed with kalamkari in red, mustard, yellow, olive and earth tones blended with ivory, beige and tea (Vibrant Turkish markets)for stylish day wear garments. Hip belts with attached side pockets with jumpsuits, skirts and dresses Kalamkari print on yokes, pockets, bibs & dresses. Crinkled fabrics, at times crushed carefully for asymmetric tunics & skirts added to the summer silhouettes.
Show; 3 PM

Amalraj Sengupta's Collection ‘Decode’- caters to the young generation who are ready to wear something different. Elders are not expected to be experimental with their clothing.” Inspired from the action packed movie ‘Transformers’; the designer has worked out his garments and creations on a theme of transforming the garments comprising both menswear and womenswear (which can be transformed). Quirky and wearable structured ensemble with surface orientation with quilting and stitch lines highlighted with detailing comprising piping & open metal zippers. Neutral colour palette consisting of grey, black, white with a tinge of blue. A blend of modernity and futurism. Helmet covers and dark and chic sunglasses accessorize the whole theme.”

An excitement by giving some interesting changes on the catwalk for the garments which were quite unique. Made from pure linen, the outfits on the ramp transformed from bags to jackets and reversed around from short to long or ended up having four armholes to effect quick change. With excellent innovative construction techniques, Amalraj Sengupta projected on the ramp a line which was a clever use of fabrics, style, cuts and extreme pattern making.

Show; 12:00 PM

Vijay Balhara unveils his collection called Borala Nautch derived from two words Borala and Nautch- the first word refers to the ornamentation which rural women in the North use as headgears while, and the later has been derived from the word Sanskrit word, Nritya. Borrowing the inspiration from the culture of the performing art of Nautch dance style performed by young girls known as Nautch Girls which finally rose to prominence during the latter half of Mughal Empire and went on to become a rage with the Princely states and Nawabs .Collection is replete of rural silhouettes, motifs and the culturally rich clothing style of the Nautch Girls. I have tried to blend it with subtle contemporary elements to suit the style of urban women. Glamorizing the fabric cotton and urbanizing the Rural Chic giving an exotic look to the contemporary Indian women wear. Shade highlights of ivory cream, beige, yellow, orange, fuchsia pink and gold, with fabrics like satin to add sheen to the garment and also mul or voil to bring out the transparency of the ensembles. Silhouettes comprise skirts, tunics, churidaar pants, dresses, jumpsuits, shrugs and caps embellished with rural Indian block printing motifs. The USP is the organic colour prints.Detailing and embellishments on & around Cords, loops, potli buttons, loops and gold sequined craft, gold sequined kantha work, resham thread embroidery, pipe work or cut daana work are slated to create an ambience of rural village with a contemporary touch to it (as simple embellishments). Models will be accessorized to complement the rustic beauty of rural India with big headgears.

The choice of fabrics Added a story of transparency and solids. It was a collection that brought together the glitz and glory of rural Indian with western chic.

Creating an interesting rustic line, there were batwing olive cotton jumpsuit, racer back anarkali tunic with gold kantha work, cape jacket, two tiered yellow tunic with tassels and a one shoulder jumpsuit with brocade polka dots, had the inspiration of the collection very cleverly woven into the silhouettes.

It was a feminine traditional line with very contemporary touches in perfect harmony.

Show; 12:00 PM

Swapnil Shinde Showcasing the 2nd edition of his SS line showcased at LFW in Sep 2009. "The Transformers" movie inspired Summer Resort is Inspired from video games, derived from techno inspirations, portraying a futuristic look. Iconographic images, transformers, pop icons - a collection that accentuates robotic and android like pictures. Part of hot wheel cars in some parts of the garments have been used. Keeping in mind the mechanic effect.- a mix of detailing and techniques from pleating, layering, acrylic cut work and hand work embroidery designed in hexagonal shapes juxtaposed with crystals and sequins. Embellishments with paneled detailing with in numerous pieces of fabrics stitched together. 200 pieces of fabrics stitched together in one garment, highlighted with uniquely developed acrylic embroideries. Fabrics: cotton with lycra cotton and chiffons; all infused together with patent leather placed on the fabric with the use of laser cutting. Shades of beige, satin grey; aqua.

Show; 3 PM

Anand Bhushan - ‘RUST’ is an ode to winter fairytale widows & soldiers (sombre and deep ). Rusted foliage on tombstones, Uniform’s stripes and antique wallpaper’s patterns. 3D surfaces, abstract patterns and luxurious reliefs blend into the murky hues of chocolate, wine, beige, burnt lilacs and greys. Silhouettes: more of Straight Line Clean garments with the usage of finest of fabrics like Silk Taffeta, Luxurious Wool and a lot of chunky knitwear, heavily textured pieces, reflecting rusted flora & fauna combined with intricate embroidery details. Collection exhibits a play of sharp cuts, embellishments and surface detailing indicative of high voltage glamour and luxury.

Matching colours which remained dull with chocolate, wine, and grey, beige and burnt lilac; being the palette for taffeta, rich wool and heavy knits. Garments intricately textured with 3D flowers and embroidery detailing. Silhouettes-simple and basic allowing the surface treatment to take centre stage. An appealing distinct touch of haute luxury. Dresses, short jackets and coats allowing the construction and the intricate embellishments to be the focal point of each garment. The show opened with a full foliage jacket and woollen sweater. Leaf embroidery restricted to the pencil skirts of the dresses, while pleats appeared neatly at the back of the silk zip dress. Lavish bead-work but in muted tones, an opulent gold threadwork on the boyfriend jacket .Tucks given gently to give fullness to the skirts and the final rusted foliage wool jacket with flecks of gold was a end result of finishing, embellishment techniques and design. High on fashion with that sharp edgy stylish feel form the designer.

Show: 1;30 PM

Harangad Singh - An embellished eclectic theme based on the Celtic arts and myths and was called “Seanta”. Using natural fibres and delicate colours of the spring flowers, Harangad had a mélange of creations with hand work, crafts, customized textiles and handlooms that moved from Mashru, matka silk, organza in drapes and interesting cuts that added style to the garments. Pretty mini dresses in shades of pink, lavender, lilac, crème had interesting detailing like relaxed cowls, pleats and tucks which were often finished with light quilting on the hemline. Embellishments were restrained with delicate appliquéd flowers strewn carefully on the simple silhouettes.

Pretty mini dresses in shades of pink, lavender, lilac, crème had interesting detailing like relaxed cowls, pleats and tucks which were often finished with light quilting on the hemline. Embellishments were restrained with delicate appliquéd flowers strewn carefully on the simple silhouettes.

The show stopper Bollywood actor Ashmit Patel in a brown velvet jacket with a jauntily tied matching organza scarf at the neck.

Show; 12 PM

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Friday, March 05, 2010

Lakme Fashion Week - Summer Resort, Day 2, 6/3/10

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Pooja Kapoor
“Nip and Tuck” was the title of the collection by Pooja Kapoor and the designer proved her expertise with layers for chiffon dresses, very free flowing and relaxed in silhouettes for summer wear. Pleating details appeared on shoulders while cowls on jersey necklines with pin tucks added to the glamour of garments. Dhoti draped skirts, asymmetrical jackets and wrap around dress and summer coat with voluminous sleeve interest added to the charm of the collection which was high on construction but utterly feminine to behold.

Sabah Khan
For something very funky, quirky and wacky, Sabah Khan showed a colourful cotton collection of separates with prints of women on the blouses, skirts and dresses as the focal point of the line. Colour blocking played an important part of the sun dresses which were often teamed with churidars or pants. While appliqués added excitement to the long bubble tops with maxi bias skirts. Patch work also came into the collection which at times had the retro French musketeer influence or a touch of harlequin fun aspects.

Sandeep Sarkar
Showing a pure prêt line of white with touches of shaded green and yellow for breezy summer wear, there were touches of sheer and opaque in the layered creations by Sandeep Sarkar. Pastel colours with delicate embroidery added to the feminine charm of the garments as chiffon, organza, net and voile was turned into shirts, blouses, cool jackets and tiny shrugs. A great mix and match look for summer that could sell well.

Siddhartha Upadhyaya
Calling the collection “As you Like It” Siddhartha Upadhaya allowed the wearer to choose between the regular or upside way of wearing his creations which gave two options for the price of one; as all the eight creations were completely reversible. Red, blue, rose, grey, white for fabrics like satin and silk had intricate detailing on one side while the reverse showed another look of the dress. Net edged some of the hems, while fan shaped fringes added interesting detailing to the will-power edges of the cocktail creations. A very interesting line in these days of recession
Sougat Paul
Swirls of fabrics, appliqués, tonal embroidery was cleverly used for summer skirts and dresses and innovative texturing which gave the collection by Sougat Paul a very highly crafted extreme look. Shades of purple, maroon, beige, and cream, satin and silk were meticulously crafted. The detailed origami touches and 3D texturing of fabrics for all the women’s wear was beautifully done in an unconventional and dramatic manner. Here was a collection ideal for cocktail glamour.

Sukhwant Buttar & Aastha Sharma
Called “Auction of Humanity” and the inspiration from the slaves of Africa the eight garments by Sukhwant Buttar and Aastha Sharma was a story in grey, beige and black for silhouettes which were a mix of lean and slim with wide and voluminous along with touches of the bondage look and detailing like gathers, cowls and strapped belts. The fabrics were coarse and slubbed with frayed seams to give a rustic look to the garments. It was a stylish collection with a touch of the contemporary. Short balloon one shoulder dress, a dress with interesting knife pleats, asymmetric cuts in skirts and a one loose batwing sleeve flared dress will make good conversation pieces in fashion.

Surbhi Chawla
It was a story of drapes and elegant evening wear by Surbhi Chawla in shades of nude pink, peach, tan, pale moss, white and dark grey. Cowls added style to long shirts with kimono sleeves and pleating was the centre of attraction for gowns with embroidered neckline. Oversized shirts worked very well with striped pants and a very hep dungaree with floral embroidery in fuchsia georgette was a great addition. Georgette and chiffon were the favoured fabrics for the collection and at times used cleverly for the rouched trousers. Very stylish and at times avant garde in appearance the outfits had a trendy youthful appeal,

Vipin Batra
Presenting a well designed all knit line of minis and slinky gowns in shades of blue, grey and rose, Vipin Batra’s beautiful but simply designed cotton knit creations with the wonderful geometric abstract swirls and designs that highlighted the outfits was aptly called “Swirls of Light”. The silhouettes were very basic to allow the designs to make an impact and the line was a perfect option for summer/resort 2010 which will have amazing mass appeal.

Show 12 PM

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Anupama Dayal
The explosive colours and burning thirst of the ancient sands mix with the seductive distraction of resort living perfectly defines the look of my collection - As said by Claude Monet, “Colour is my day long obsession, joy and torment,” .Her collection draws inspiration from the vivacious city of Jaisalmer but with a twist, where Jaisalmer meets Ibiza. Collection is for the nomadic, freedom loving, green conscious, fearless and liberal but, at the same time, very feminine woman. Well described as the strong minded woman of today. Palette is more mad and crazy. The colour sensibilities and the unique spirit of Rajasthan has been well highlighted and I’ve never gone more crazy with colours - it’s all about spicy greens, dancing reds, fire pinks, kingfisher blues and marbled colours.” Free flowing, voluminous, loose dresses, kaftans, tunics, skirts, saris, resort dresses and floor sweeping dresses in a medley of signature prints, Rajasthani embroidery, tie and dye, embellished with gota work, patch and appliqué work. Draping, pleating, and wraps offer the idle look of resort wear line, woven in variety of fabrics, mainly layer upon layers of sheer fabrics to offer transparency and light feel. Tie and dye leheriyas, shiboris, chiffons, silks, chanderis, and georgettes have been treated with organic dyes to provide a soft feel to the garments. Models on the runway will be featuring bronze faces, couture with minimal makeup - overall a Sun Goddess meeting a warrior princess look, well accessorized with jewellery, designed by the desginer herself.

A riot of colours exploded on the ramp as a flowing resort line dazzled the audience with hints of nomadic silhouettes. Dresses, kaftans, tunics, saris, skirts, resort gowns were dappled with prints and twinkled with Rajasthani embroidery and gota work. Drapes, layering, pleats and wraps gave an utterly feminine touch to the sheer translucent fabrics. The simple green shirt dress in marbled colours, the wrap dress constructed by using leheriya and marbled dyes in shades of pink, the pretty layered long dress with layers of prints, front wrap dresses, the long desert dress in georgette with slit bell sleeves and tiny fitted waist coat, the hand printed pleated backless halter with a front cross over and dresses with drapes and knotted strategically at the waist and shoulder were part of this very festive and utterly fluid collection.

The bronzed sun goddess look for the models.

Shilpa Chavan (The Little Shilpa)
Her models were uniformly clad in long sleeved white shirts but it was their head gear that had the audience applauding all the way. Shilpa Chauhan’s Little Shilpa label’s summer/resort offering for extreme head gear was titled “Life in Technicolor” and that is exactly what it was with multi coloured acrylic pieces in varying geometric shapes arranged on the head, shoulders, wrists, arms and even ankles. Inspired by the Apache Red Indian look there were feathers, leaves and assorted pieces arranged imaginatively on the head. Sling bags matched the look and white stockings which even covered the shoes kept the attention on the millinery skills of Shilpa. Her finale was an almost alien monster look in a white bodysuit covered with colourful pieces that got a standing ovation from the audience.
Show: 1:30 PM

Shrivan Narresh - Beachwear was the focal point of the summer/resort collection by designers, Shrivan and Narresh. Body suits, maillots, slinky sarongs, pareos, even a beach sari were in controlled colours of blue, grey, black, white, yellow, coral, mauve, blue and orange. Beautifully tailored and innovatively designed, the look of the creations was sleek and elegant which would work wonderfully on the beaches of Rio to the Riviera and from Goa to Mumbai. Blocked bandeau bikinis, tube dresses, one shoulder maillots, and sari drape sarongs, added glamour to a very well crafted collection that would be a great seller for relaxed wear on the beach or off.
Show: 1:30 PM

Didier Lecoanet and Hémant Sagar
Designer duo are all set to unveil- ‘GREEN’- their S/S line Monsoon Collection for Men and Women - “What you wrap around your body is what you wrap around your soul and this collection is a reflection of our green philosophy and our deepest belief that eco-friendly and luxury gel well together”. Adding silhouettes to their latest bevy in order facilitate a rare alliance of East and West. “A lasting continuation of yesterday and tomorrow”, Their concern towards environment, the collection will be a step towards sustaining your style while adorning oneself with sensuous naturalness. “Balancing fashion with substance. Earthy feel of the collection which consists of elegant and glamorous silhouettes like knee length dresses, shift dresses and trademark jackets is highlighted through the choice of material and nature-inspired designs like organic cotton, poplin, khadi, wild and handloom silk in colours of red to rust, cream, beige, black, and moss green, with lots of bleached and unbleached denim.

Trousers, jackets and knee length dresses, Drapes and flowing necklines, embroidery cut outs mimicking bamboo and frangipani leaves, metal mesh.Embroidery used in an innovative manner by the designers as the camouflage motifs of bamboo and frangipani leaves, Morse code and X-ray prints, & floral themes to further promote the environmental look.

Men's Wear; The sharply cut one-button men’s Mao jackets, leather jacket with front zip, hooded mesh sailor shirt, blue denim trousers with knee darts, and the extended waistband trousers in red synthetic duchesse. Women’s wear: glamorous and intricately constructed with interesting detailing. The white cotton rouched buttoned shirt, the silk chiffon textured jacket, the organic cut out apron top and paneled shorts, the crème leather box bolero, the silk faille pleated dress with mesh neckline, the leather macramé neck plastron, and the black mesh sequined skirt, cocktail dress with beaded shoulders and the stunning black chiffon plisse evening gown.

Show; 5 PM

Digvijay Singh
Showcasing an innovative and organic collection. Go green with bhu:sattva. With the usage of best organic fabrics, excellent designs, natural herbal dyes, and finest designers from all across the traditional land of the country, bhu:sattva perfectly represents this mission of using eco-friendly clothing unveiling his creative designs to match the taste of today’s youth. Inspired from the concept of ‘Anekantavada’ – the fundamental doctrines of Jainism, the collection represents simultaneous transformations or organic growth of any form which can be perceived differently by each individual. “It speaks of the two different aspects that exist in everything around us that is eperceived differently each time - an ode to the ever changing points of view. With a mission to empower the craftsmen and technicians socially and economically, this initiative will encourage the multicultural and ethnical influences by reviving the ancient and languishing arts which in turn will collectively and significantly alter and shape the Indian textiles. Collection - a blend of Indian and Western cuts and silhouettes has been crafted out of a variety of fabrics mainly organic cottons, silks and cotton silk blends, dipped in shades of whites, reds, purples, grey and greens, with a tinge of brick reds and maroons, beiges and mustards and blacks.

The interesting ensembles that caught the eye were the opening black silk slashed kurta with orange appliqué on one side, the balloon sleeved cross front blouse, the two tone grey silk jacket, lavender checked blouse, skirt layered over Jodhpuris, wrap around skinny pants, the gold two toned Elizabethan collar jacket and the wrap around silk blouse with permanent pleated sleeves. Detailing was restricted to partial side layers for jackets or blouses or a flowing attached cape to shirts and belts for blouses and jackets. The Showstopper was Bollywood hottie “Prince” Vivek Oberoi who regally strutted down the ramp in a cream textured high collar Banjara inspired kurta with wrapped pre-stitched dhoti.

Show: 3 PM

Abdul Halder
Collection focuses on wedding trousseaus, garments targeted at both men and women - All about bridal creations .
with antique Victorian elements, Mughal inspired motifs; intricate embroidery, the collection can be aptly described as a blend of modern and traditional elements. Abdul has played around with polkis, kundans and Swarovski elements. - rendering the perfect bridal look to the urbane woman. Drapes used offering slimmer slender look, Highlight of the show - beautiful lehengas inspired by the combination of the Mughal and the Victorian eras. The collection comprises lehengas, achkans, suits, shararas, sherwanis, making for the usual menswear line. Colour ;vibrant hues like pink, orange, fuchsia, green, blue, yellow, red and purple. Fabrics: tulle, voiles, georgettes, satin, velvet, raw silk and brocade. Look of the models - a blend of both worlds, more like east meeting the west. A modern Indian bride with a touch of traditional elegance.

Luxurious tulle, shimmering brocade, slinky silk and satin, sheer georgettes and voiles and lush velvets in an exotic colour story of purple, red, blue, yellow, green, fuchsia, orange and pink, dazzled on the catwalk. The polkis, kundans and crystal work completed the opulent bridal wear. The very dramatic and exotic jewellery by the M B Group was breathtaking. Stunning saris in jade with cholis or corsets short embroidered jackets with velvet Patiala pants, strappy flared long empire line kurtas, lush bridal lehenga choli and dupatta trios were dazzling creations. The men’s wear was regal with cross over sherwanis and churidars which complemented the feminine garments
Show: 3 PM

CellDesgn - Smitha Singh Rathore & Himanshu Shani
‘A la mode a la mort’ – a French word which can be translated into the term that defines, Fashion until death at the LFW Summer/Resort 2010. "No matter how crazy things go, you need to be fashionable," Collection highlights similar Victorian influences with a twist of gothic, punk and dandy look. The assortment has a darker side accentuated by the use of handmade lace and net to offer a destroyed image. The collection is feminine with a darker twist (mostly inspired from the Alice in Wonderland look).- It is a portrayal of a whimsical fairy tale line of clothing gone wrong and turned gloomy with splash of grey emotions. Monochromatic shades of beige, whites, grey with a tint of red and green over a wide range of fabrics like silk, tulle, gauze, cotton, light voiles and cotton silks along with lace and net. Draped dresses, shirts, shorts and skirts will be developed into a new identity with hand spray, hand prints, dying techniques and over dying. & bleaching. Showcasing the necessity of fashion in everyone’s life, the designers target the young and the restless, all set for experimentation. Look of the models - a magical feel, blend with a futuristic and vintage look.

English rose hand prints and sprays, bleaching and over dyeing added a surrealistic touch to the creations. The collection was worn over painted full body suits to give the creations a special emphasis. Lattice work shift, draped linen jersey dresses, gauze shirts with floral cutwork, and draped silk tulle dress with print, handmade lace and watch dial embellishment were some of the highlights of the show. Aimed at the trendy adventurous fashionistas, the collection was an interesting dramatic presentation of style and elegance.
Show 1;30 PM

Manish Malhotra
With his collection "Glam Slam - San Tropez" he is all set to prove & break the myth "that only western tunics and floory dresses make for a resort wear collection". He wants to make people see that Indian wear can gel well with the theme of resort wear. He showcased his Bridal Collection inspired by resort wear at the Couture Week in Mumbai last year.

Pants with cowls, kurtas paired with leggings - A well ccessorised show with beach bags, summer hats etc. Unlike most designers who consider resort wear to be restricted only to women, Manish has laid enough importance on pieces for men as well. (cleaner. Beige pants, linen shirts, comfortably structured bandhgalas. Inspired from the French province of San Tropez, In stark contrast with the way they dress down during the morning, oozing out glamour in there dressing sense.
The Collection offers a Glam-Slam look while on having a night out on a holiday, Georgettes, satin and crepe have been used to essay the story.

Kurtas one shoulder in shape, and while the dupatta went missing, there was luxurious layering. Leggings with sparkling touches teamed with kurtas. pastel with a hint of shading (colour), net as the base fabric, worked for a pair of dhoti pants and sheer floor length covers over sexy bikinis and transparent anarkali kurtas. Geometric jersey additions, diaphanous kurtas edged with velvet borders or embroidered touches swirled down the ramp. Net and chiffon saris were teamed with churidars and the ‘net over prints’ concept created a great sexy effect for the garments; while satin and silk worked for micro shorts in shades of old gold. Distinct partiality towards the creativity around bundgala. Trousers cowled in different textures. Casual wear moved from white shirts with billowy sleeves to T-shirts and pastel coloured bundgala jackets with a variety of collars and closures which ranged from one to two buttons and clusters of three. Contrast piping edged collars, pockets and plackets.

Models in clean but sexy look. & bear ‘Bed Head’ hair(woken-up look).

Show: 9 PM

Nachiket Barve

Nachiket Barve's Ensemble "Abstract" (Theme) interpretation - for the thinking woman who wants something extraordinary. His Fall/Winter 2010/11 in colours of white, grey, black, red, azure, scarlet, sapphire blue, gold, silver, purple and metallic green.

Fabrics traversed from sheer chiffon, georgette, organza to crepe, shot silk, Lurex, resist dyed silk and Dupion silk. Sheer over solid magic for layered dresses, tunics and blending fluidity with construction; Designer played with silhouettes and lengths. Appliqués, graphic effects, 3D and thread embroidery, cutwork, patchwork lace, hand work with silk, bugle beads and sequins for his embellishments. With an emphasis on graphics and using fabrics as embellishments. Squiggles, Shibori, shading, crimping, petal skirts, hems & vanishing circles embroidery details. The Shibori pleated shift with squiggle appliqué, degrade dyed silk panelled dress, gilet with patches of cutwork in Lurex, an another in asymmetrical organza one with sequins, appliquéd circles and cutwork, black chiffon bias cut dress with asymmetric hem and yoke embellished with bugle beads, the very elegant draped layered belted gown with deep ‘V’ neckline and the dramatic organza bolero with a chiffon front overlap gown.

Appliqués, graphic effects, 3D and thread embroidery, cutwork, patchwork lace, hand work with silk, bugle beads and sequins for his embellishments. Opposites played a major role throughout the collection but with an emphasis on graphics and using fabrics as embellishments. There was skilful erosion of fabrics to show the layer below. Detailing included squiggles, Shibori, shading, crimping, petal skirts and hems as well as vanishing circles embroidery. Each outfit was a work of exquisite construction and timeless in its beauty. The Shibori pleated shift with squiggle appliqué, degrade dyed silk panelled dress, gilet with patches of cutwork in Lurex, an another in asymmetrical organza one with sequins, appliquéd circles and cutwork, black chiffon bias cut dress with asymmetric hem and yoke embellished with bugle beads, the very elegant draped layered belted gown with deep ‘V’ neckline and the dramatic organza bolero with a chiffon front overlap gown were part of a collection that was painstakingly crafted and designed to perfection in easy shapes.

Show 7 PM

Thursday, March 04, 2010

FLAMORE - Malaga by accessory designer Malini Agarwalla @ LFW SR - March 9th 2010

Malaga by Accessory Designer Malini Agarwalla

latest Resort Line - Flamore at the forthcoming LFW
on the 9th of March at Noon at The Grand Hyatt, Mumbai


Malini Agarwalla, Malaga will unveil her Spring/Summer 2010 accessory line at LFW on March 9th , 2010. A resort line with bags, totes and clutches, in varied sizes in happy colours matched with contrasting belts, neckpieces and beautifully crafted shoes. The collection is a happy pleasing line with its plethora of artistry, craftsmanship and colour and fun. Bags, clutches , hobos teamed with flowers in bright colours all combine to make summer bright and playful yet chic all the way.


The Spring Summer –Resort ’10 collection by Malini Agarwalla ~ Flamore ~ is symbolic of the wondrous and beautiful ways in which nature enthrals and captivates us. This frothy and fresh collection is casual, flirtatious, easy to wear and blends effortlessly with any ensemble for the quintessential resort outing. Yet, the creativity of the designer and the playful wicked element is in the detail with which craft and technique has been used to impart a zestful energy and feel of muted luxury.

As a result, the collection can be adapted to a variety of styles- from resort to luxury to evening chic. All the bags have been painstakingly handcrafted and embroidered patterns of floral designs in various textures and colours of leather have been appliquéd on soft nappa; white and off white for the day and gold and silver for the evening. Deluxe leathers with classic silhouettes have been used to create a look of subtle elegance with designs are which contemporary and utterly feminine.

“Flamore is the perfect look for this season teaming flower power with resort chic, “ says Malini.

Malaga specializes in carefully handcrafted bags, belts, and footwear and fashion jewellery. The vast range encompasses designs for women with both traditional and contemporary tastes. Rich embellishments of jewelled pieces, swarovski crystals, embroidery, beadwork and zardosi (gold thread work) are interwoven with use of materials such as fiber, leather and various fabrics (silk, brocade, jute, linen, denim, velvet, cotton etc.) to create a stunning array of formal and casual line of accessories for women.

Malaga bags have also been shown in accessories shows and trade fairs in Paris, Milan, London, and Dubai and met with a great response. Malaga bags are exported to Europe, UK, the Far East, USA, Japan, the Mid East and Africa.

Malaga recently launched their prêt line Pimento.

Malini Agarwalla launched the label in 2004. Malini started her company as a manufacturer of quality handbags to fulfill the demanding and continuously evolving taste of the contemporary woman. Bringing her artistic and designing skills to the fore, combining different styles, she was determined to make her bags affordable reflective not only of the rich cultural heritage of her India, but also of all the exotic visuals she encountered in her travels all over the world.

Malaga Available at:
Palladium Mall – Phenoix mills Lower Parel, Aza, 21, Altamount Road, Mumbai,
Malaga, Crystal building, 36 Altamount Road, Kemps Corner, (under the flyover)
Malaga, Palladium, 3rd floor, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Stores available- Malaga Stores in Mumbai-Kemps Corner, The Palladium, Malaga at Juhu. New Delhi- At Select City Walk (Saket),Aza-Mumbai and Delhi
Ensemble-Mumbai, Delhi,Melange-Mumbai, Kimaya - Mumbai ,Delhi
85 Landsdown – Kolkatta, Evoluzione - Chennai and Bangalore and Samsaara

For further details contact:
Aashish Hiramanek: Tandem Communications: tel: 66615041 / 24985973.

Lakme Fashion Week - Summer Resort, Day 1, 5/3/10

Rocky S - Showcasing the the Bridal Line extravaganza (for girls who dont want to leave behind their tradition with hints of modernity in their trousseau). For this season his couture line uses vibrant colours and traditional Indian motifs, a perfect mix for the blushing Indian bride, Silhouettes are traditional and classic with a modern and contemporary twist. Mainly comprising of heavily hand-worked saris, kurtas, churidars, sherwanis and lehengas adorned by exquisite georgettes, assorted blends of magnificent brocades, nets and beautifully textured fabrics in a combination of soft, shaded pastels, bright solid pastels, traditional jewelled shades and the signature ivory and blacks. Sari’s in traditional Indian colours teamed with interesting blouses. Collection is decorated with embroideries and Swarovski elements, brocade patchwork on georgettes, silk on sheer nets and applique work with sequin highlight the collection is a true image of Indian traditional techniques and will surely make the bride-to-be look like a Goddess he added. Needless to say, his models will bear the ultra glam look and his clientele will be the brides to be.

Show: March 5th , 12 pm

Babita Malkani - Inspired from her travel to Bhutan - brings a line of garments which will represent the happiest country of the world. Vibrant, lively and colourful are words synonymous to the collection – The Kingdom of Bhutan. A Boho chic collection inspired from the monasteries and architecture and colourful clothing of the country. Collection comprising structured pieces accentuated with drapes offering a modish look. Targeting women between the age group of 18 years to 40 years. Collection desinged under 3 spectacular looks inspired from spiritual haven- 1st - All hand woven attires in multi-collared fabrics, 2nd Emphasizing the geometric patterns incorporated with checks in red, black and white & 3rd line highlighting the funky blues, oranges embellished with Sanskrit prints. Rich and regal geometric construction in weaves, prints and drapes bringing out a contemporary, wearable and funky line of clothing which aptly reflects the mystical festivals and pristine culture of Bhutan. Colour palette highlights shades like green black, purple, pink, yellow, white, black, military green, navy blue, nude, ink blue and coral. Collection paired with funky custom made accessories which borrows inspiration from the elegant Bhutanese Dzong architecture. Accompanied by Buddha inspired music as the background score on the ramp.

Show: March 5th , 1:30 pm

Riyaz Gangji
The Designer, who was recently in news for his highly embellished saris, lehengas and sherwanis designed for the Salman Khan starrer Veer, will be showcasing his resort wear line at LFW Summer/Resort 2010. Riyaz Ganji, the man behind the label Libasâ™ which specializes in contemporary and ethnic Indian men's and womenswear is all excited about this new line. Female models on the ramp will be seen sporting flowy and relaxed garments…starting from lightly embroidered evening wear, long fluid dresses, and all. Men on the runway will be sporting linen pants, waistcoats with minimalistic embroidery, kurtas and slim pants in stretchable materials. Always known for his elegant styles and cut from richly woven fabrics, Riyaz™s bridal lehengas, saris, chaniya cholis and salwar suits have been quite impressive. Specializing in ethnic wear otherwsie Designer goes by the theme of Resort Wear, a completely different . Collection will mainly consist of bright, flowy garments. Colours: bright and fresh hues like corals, pastels, mint, lots of beige and purple splashed on different line of fabrics like chiffons, cottons, linens, satins and georgettes.

Show: March 5th , 1:30 pm

Ayush and Shradha Murarka - Vizyon, a husband and wife team showcase their debut collection, called ‘Celestial Bodies’. Spotlighting an elegant and bold collection & showcases the line dedicated to the celestial world of planets. The Contemporary wear line (for the hip & global Indian women) dedicated to the beauty of stars, planets and galaxies in their purest form and stays true to its style ethos. Oscillating between organic and mineral, the pieces for the latest line remind you of the texture of natural elements. Colours reflect the theme of the season, whether icy and galactic or warm and solar. Pleating, layering, zippers and textures make the collection more feminine and classy. From structured to ethereal, pleats and drapes and from glitz to fine detail, the garments are unconventional and will make the season high on classic chic. Sheets of Organza create celestial hues and Satin corsets fall fluidly to give birth to hybrid silhouettes. Bandage like dresses wrap around the body like the rings of a planet. The collection radiates energy and warmth with a combination of geometric and fluid shapes. ‘Celestial Bodies’ is a perfect blend of vintage style with contemporary look. Fabric: varieties of silk, satin, georgettes and chiffons are the fabrics ruling the assortments.

Show: March 5th 1:30 pm

Shyamal & Bhumika
There Collection is an exploration of the Indian festival of colours. They have designed a line of summery dresses and glamorous resort wear attire for the globetrotting fashionista- be it men or women. “Get set to be smeared in colours. The collection offers an exuberant graphic display on simplified silhouettes”, Floor skimming summery dresses, splattered with Holi-style colour, voluminous drapes for an easy breezy feel, bikini tops with satin hot pants, beautifully printed tie back blouses, beachy sun dresses with flirty cut outs, printed tunics, ruffled dresses, flowy halter gowns, high-waist pleated Capri trousers, sumptuous printed tunics on satin & romantic mini dresses for cocktails.In menswear. Plethora of garments to offer: printed blazers with splatter and prints, recycles style casual kurtas with a handmade feel, paint smeared waist coats, easy fit linen trousers, white office shirts with hidden splashes of colour, casual shirts with rolled up sleeves and colour washed denims. Bright yellow, fresh orange, oasis green, glam pink, sparkling grape, scuba blue, gold fusion, flame scarlet to fuchsia purple and jet black. “The collection is made up of a bright palette of fresh colours echoing opulence with electric citrus tones breaking the gloom of recession and sending a strong message that it’s about time for a bit of joie de vivre”. Cool linens, summery cottons, luxurious satin, sheer georgette, shimmering crepe and dramatic prints in scatter effect; are also some of the highpoints of the collection.

Show: March 5th , 3 pm

Nikasha Tiwadey

All set to showcase her newest offering titled Siuliâ which actually is a small, pretty flower, and woven around this is a romantic story with relaxed resort weddings. An exotic and highly perfumed flower which according to Indian mythology is a heavenly tree brought to earth by Lord Krishna. The story woven around the tree is about Parijakata, the Princess. She fell in love with the Sun but when he deserted her she committed suicide and the tree sprung from the ashes. Unable to stand the sight of the lover who left her, the tree flowers only at night and shed them like tear dope before the sun rise. The Collection is dipped in white and creame, coupled with Pitambari yellow, Haldi, rusty reds and coral. Fabric consists of woven Benarsi silks, Chanderi, mul mul, silk chiffon and georgette. The designer has used embroidered textures from little buds in love knots to blossoming flowers in Chikan mixed with antique mukaish and karchobi- a rare combination of techniques. Feminine with its eclectic and essentially Bohemian spirit a interesting resurrection in the form of Patiala salwar, and starched Benarsi Dupattas, coupled with swirly blouses worn with saris, also the dropped shoulders and side tie details in tunics and blouses, ombre dyed lycra silk churidars, asymmetrical hemlines with net frills and gota lace pattis; are some of the highpoints of the bevy. A delightful juxtaposition of ethnic and contemporary.

Show: March 5th , 3 pm

Krishna Mehta - Cultivating a gentle revolutionary spirit, challenging the values and principles of elegance, delighting in the uncertainties between, Retro and Virtual her womenswear line inspired to conjure up a dreamy scenario, evoking a portrait of the late 50’s through the collection on the ramp the veteran designer hands over a collection composed at will, with unending creativity and artistic dynamism. Relaxed yet bold lines keeping up with the pace of contemporary life, Modern contrast in strong tones, with a torrent of prints and embroidery & textured movements (fabric effects and an abundant mixes of proportions). The models will be seen in an ultra glamorous Bohemian look. “Bold abstracts, sensitive textiles, enhance the silent energy of the fluid material, with a calm dynamism in deep darks disturbed by caustic bright. Inspired by the late ‘30s - ‘70s with bohemian feel to the model” Glamour and comfort will be unleashed in the form of pretty dresses, tunics to halters on fabrics like cotton voile, silks and light weight fabrics in the colour tones of purple, blue’s , yellow and all. Natural fibers with acidic chemicals spreading into whiteness lit up by snappish, glamorous reds, sinking into dense dark ink blues , greens, and captivating yellows, dressed with a touch of fruity liveliness with plum and purples, ready to carbonize on contact with over fresh opulent blacks, which gently oxidize into browns and ambiguous naturals.Interspersed with rigorously cut jackets are the fluid tunic shirts and taut detailed pants, pushing brilliance into overload, maximizing structures and liberating enthusiastic outburst.

Show: March 5th , 5 pm

Pria Kataria Puri - Rich and royal collection, Gayatri Devi-the royal jewel of India highly inspired from the eternal and elegant Gayatri Devi of Jaipur. Geared up to bring fore a fashion display by the play of bling, classic cuts, rich colours and apt accessorization. Using various influences from the classical beauty and fashion statement of Maharani Gayatri Devi, PKP has designed feminine and body hugging silhouettes mainly comprising saris and a resort wear line. She emphasized, “Gayatri Devi has gracefully maintained her Indian look with her European touch of styling which I can identify with in my own Indo-western collection. Presenting her evening wear line which can be can also termed as a Couture Resort Line. With in numerous tiny pleating and draping details with a shinning effect, the collection is a perfect for festivity and occasions. Colour palette boasts of jewelled tones of aqua, emerald, smoky topaz, coral, golden and black onyx used on fabrics like French chiffons which was quite popular with Gayatri Devi. Inspired from Rajasthan prints and hand embroidery using the intricate and delicate design of kundan work, the embroidery on saris highlights a jewelled effect. Collection can be termed as a happy and vibrant line of clothing created mainly for the NRI destination wedding. A lot of bling was missing in the fashion front from 2008-09 with this collection - a personal effort to bring it back by taking fashion to its glory.” The models will have side parted hair representing the old fashion of the ‘40s, clean face and red lipsticks. “Since Tresmode are our official partners, shoes will be from their house of fashion,” she added. Pria has also designed semi-precious earrings and bangles which will be used for accessorization.

Show: March 5th , 7 pm

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabya's Summer-Resort’10 line romanticises folk inspirations with exotica. It’s a heady mix of ‘70s rock star look meeting a ‘20s Parisian salon style. Ghana and Guatemala in Africa make for the folk feel.

A Contemporary take on resort. Flowy, fuss free, bling-less attire, infused with light structures and heavy bling into the bevy & still a resort wear.One can carry resort wear generally during holidaying, when one wants to travel light. Hence, garbs which can serve multiple purpose occasions, spell the order of the luggage. “Each piece can be treated individually. What you have worn for a brunch can be teamed up with a pair of shorts and worn to the night club as well!”. His presentation high on functionality this time. A more modern version of the flared ‘50s skirt with sporty elastic that makes it fuss free, or the elongated t-shirt like, floor touching dresses leaving enough scope for experimentation & improvisation in his collection one can mix and match and then dress it up or down, the way you want it. Models al dressed up pn the ramp as - a younger version of the ‘70s rock star!

Show: March 5th , 9 pm