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
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.
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 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.
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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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
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
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
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
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
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