#LFW2017 Day 1: Stand Out Looks At Lakmé Fashion Week 2017
Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2017 kicked off with a bang yesterday. The 5-day fashion event that usually used to take place at Palladium has now shifted its grounds to Jio Gardens and boy, did it impress us. Starting on a rather fresh note were the Gen Next designers who impressively showcased contemporary designs that were minimalistic yet edgy. The designs that stood out for us were by Nakita Singh — the predominant fabrics used were khadi and linen, with monochromatic tones and lines. It was interesting to know that the designs were actually inspired by techniques of sketching and hence, were reflective of the outlines used when drawing. Breaking away from the minimalism element, Poochki seemed to bring in that quirkiness to its collection. Layering and big sleeves being the key trend with these designs, it focused purely on textiles in the form of jumpsuits, frilled dresses, and skirts. With fauna prints and hand blocking in subtle shades of powdered blue, red, and yellow, the designs were reminiscent of orient animals. Moving on to the last designer, Pallavi Singhended the Gen Next showcase with her collection inspired by Tokyo. Pairings of crop-tops with knee length skirts and jackets just made us go wow — she somehow managed to fuse Katha embroidery into her Indo-Japanese inspired designs, which actually worked really well on fabric.
Urvashi Kaur did not fail to impress us, as usual. Using earthy coloured fabrics, the intricate details that went into each piece was what really caught our eye. From leheriya dying to hand block printing, to minimal chikankari, the pieces were an inspiration of her travel experiences across India. Sheer fabrics and subtle layering undoubtedly trended through almost all of her pieces! Proving that less is always more, Urvashi Kaur left us in awe post the show. Another designer to redefine Indian colours was Shahni Himanshu of 11-11, whose hues of indigo blue, white, and mustard brought the designs to life. The purely khadi based collection once again brought along that Indian voice to contemporary fashion. The off-beat element being the headgear worn by the models, that were made of feathers and broken watches. Yes, head accessories are back this spring, peeps!
Ka.Sha and Antar Agni took us by surprise this season with their respective collections. Karishma Shahani’s label made a slightly different statement on the ramp yesterday — the use of sarees layered with a trench coat was a rather interesting take. The structured silhouette of the trench-coat added great finesse to an elegant and flowing ethnic piece. Along with the obvious layering techniques used to put together each ensemble, the essence of vibrance against blue and white fabric was added along with brightly coloured tassles, frills and embellishment, which fused classic and contemporary seamlessly together. Antar Agni by Ujjawal Dubey is known to be trendsetter for unconventional fashion — neutrals being a fave this time around. A stand-out piece for us had to be the buttoned-up tunic with a one-sided shawl-esque sleeve. We loved how a conventional fashion statement was spun around to look different and wasn’t overtly OTT at all.
Eka by Rina Singh was another label that stood by the spring vibe, giving a vintage Parisian touch to it. Unlike the other labels that struck a chord with us, Eka wasn’t Indian inspired at all. The pastel shades, light fabrics, and subtle prints undoubtedly reflected the upcoming warm season. Bringing that warm summer breeze on to the runway, Eka was melange of cross-stitch embroidery, florals and lace, giving it a modern yet rustic feel — the designer incorporated that ‘that’s what my grandma wore’ vibe into the pieces, at the same time maintained a trendy feel. We spotted the handkerchief hair-tie and totally dug it!
Ending the day on a different and OTT note was the Seamless by AM.IT showcase! Now, you might have noticed that most of the day revolved around Indian-inspired fabrics, minimalism, neutral colours, clean layers, and wearable silhouettes. Not with this collection, it wasn’t. While most of the shows on day 1 followed a similar structure, Amit Aggarwal’s was completely the opposite. With metallic colours, loud prints, and chunky accessories, the pieces were reflective of Indian tribal-esque fashion. The collection drew inspiration from unused pieces of saree, which also features the iconic Indian patola — reviving vintage weaves that have been forgotten over the years, by upcycling them voluminous pieces.
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