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Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 Grand Finale: Sabyasachi

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How can classic timelessness ever disappoint? And that’s where designer extraordinaire Sabyasachi Mukherjee nails it. Every single time. Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 had a rather glittering curtain down at the Grand Finale show held at an offsite at Mehboob Studio in Bandra last night. Appropriately titled ‘Illuminate’ (inspired by the latest Lakmé Absolute range), the regal collection saw influences from the 1920s to the 70s. From minis, maxis, chic dhotis to the signature Sabya lehengas and saris — the line was dominated by baroque crystals, faux fur and feathers, zardozi, and Parsi and Kashmiri tilla work. Revolving around shimmer, the colour palette ranged from dusty and smoky to shimmery metallics seamlessly blending with contrasting rich jewel tones of emerald, maroon, and even oxblood.

saris

The stage was perfectly set. Vintage chandeliers and a live orchestra by the Symphony of India Orchestra transported the audience to an era of old-world regalia. It’s here where a designer transitions into an artist, creating a vision that has the innate ability to enchant. The bridal couturier aces it.

long-dress

Kareena Kapoor Khan looked every bit the magnificent showstopper in a beautifully embroidered olive green lehenga-kurti. Her look completed with a maang tika and the lovely baby bump. If you’re looking for regal inspiration when it comes to bridal wear, this is where you should be headed!

minis

What was different in this time’s yet another Sabya Finale was his play with silhouettes. The micro-minis stood out with equal grace and elan as the A-line maxis, hand-in-hand with his trademark lehengas and saris. As always, embroidery played a crucial role in this sartorial resplendence and signature Sabyasachi [read: floral] patterns were abound. What caught our attention was the Taj Mahal embroidered micro-mini dress that stood out in all its glory — celebrating Indianness and Indian craftsmanship in the truest sense, in a modern, western shape. A lovely merger of the east and the west. And those faux fur bags are definitely up on our ‘It’ list, come winter!

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