We all know that time of the year in Paris, when suddenly the streets are teeming with extravagantly dressed fashion folk, the photographers and bloggers are lurking in every cobbled street corner. It’s fashion week. Moving over to India – a country bubbling with style effervescence and stooped with cultural heritage lies a plethora of local talent worth international recognition. To showcase the designs of India’s skilled designers, Lakme Fashion Week is held at India’s own fashion capital, Mumbai. The event is a joint collaboration of leading cosmetics brand – Lakme and The Fashion Design Council of India. This bi-annual event takes place in the posh confines of the Palladium Hotel where a series of runway shows are staged throughout the day interspersed with cocktails, entrees and mingling of the who’s who of the glamour industry. Designers usually pick a Bollywood celebrity to walk the ramp as a showstopper that seals the showcasing of their collection. The following are four fashion shows showcased at the Summer Resort 2015 edition, that were true spectacles and breathtakingly original.
Valliyan by Nitya Arora
Nitya Arora is a Mumbai based accessories designer. Her jewellery consists of large chunky baubles with tinges of semi-precious stones. For her Summer-resort 2015 she presented a collection called ‘Iridescent space’. The models walked down the runway all clad in virginal whites, while her armor-like jewelry took centre stage. Valliyan is a label that breaks through the barriers of conventional accessories. It has been a pioneer for many innovative jewelry trends such as ear-cuffs and knuckle-harnesses. This collection stuck true to its theme. It consisted of encrusted metallic obi belts, nose-bridge rings and galactic halo-like headgear. Coupled with clean-cut sheer clothing the models definitely resembled space beings with exaggerated earrings and statement neck-peices.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee aka the bridal dream-weaver is known for his coveted festive and marriage couture. His ‘sarees’ and ‘lehengas’ are so exquisitely crafted that every bride-to-be lusts after his creations. This season he chose a path away from his traditional Indian fineries as his collection reeked of gilded glamour, seventies disco and just some bad-ass attitude. Move over the blushing bride, his women were Femmes fatales inspired by old Bollywood cinema. They walked down in dark glasses and slicked back hair. He reinvented the typical Indian silhouette with some chutzpah. There were little sequined blouses, sheath dresses, plunging jumpsuits cinched at the waist. He even sent in a row of florals in fluid shapes. Dark glamour and sex appeal – his pieces are the sure shot formula for being a head-turner.
Nikhil thampi‘s designs guarantee to make a woman feel edgy and in the limelight. They are daring, sultry and beautifully tailored. His resort 2015 collection did not disappoint. It took off on a sunny note with what can be best described as a Grecian saree dress in a catchy shade of marigold. There were metallic lamé wrap tops, flared trousers and Madona-like cocooned bustiers. The strap detailing resembled horse harnesses in muted leather that added an edgy vibe to the glamorous collection. As usual, he saved the best for last with foiled metallic floor length gowns with thigh-slits. A delectable finale.
IKAI BY RAGINI AHUJA
Designers have constantly resorted to the Orient as a style influence. Ragini Ahuja‘s aesthetic is unconventional, she designs garments with depth, her clothes bear textures and intricacies on a very minute level and give a whiff of nonchalance. Inspired by Japan’s rising sun the collection consisted of relaxed tunics, shirt dresses and palazzo pants all replete with painterly polka dots and embroidered dragon motifs. There were no geisha silhouettes or kimono tops that are the typical interpretation of the east. Here was a collection for the ethnic city girl who wears her ‘kurta’ with as much sass as she dons her metallic slip-ons.
Written by Tanya Mehta