Monday, March 08, 2010

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

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