India Wants To Know What These Things At Lakme Fashion Week 2019 Were. Because We’re Confused
Lakme Fashion Week 2019 ended not two days ago, but we are still on a high of all that went down during the #5DaysOfFashion! The show as a whole was we would call “safe”, with few ‘out of the box’ moments sprinkled throughout. A few exceptions like the cool #StreetFeat show, Gaurang Shah’s sindoor-wearing models, graphic makeup moments from Narendra Kumar etc managed to keep attendees at the edge of their seat. While we love ourselves some innovation on the ramp, if done right, they become an add-on for people to talk about apart from the collection itself. But if done wrong, it has the opposite effect!
While LFW Winter Festive 2019 gave us some fabulous collections and looks to talk about for days, there were a couple of moments which left us confused. Whether it is an out of place accessory or repetitiveness that people missed to spot year after year, these moments were a bit of a letdown. Honestly, we could have done without all of them!
The Out Of Place Headdress
Pinkey Agarwal’s label ‘Purple Feathers’ showcased their collection “Mystical Curves” with a show-stopping number on TV actress Adah Sharma. The collection featured off-white and ivory drapes in satin and crêpe. The models were styled in minimal accessories and simple makeup, so OTT headdress on Adah was quite the departure and inexplicable at that. This loud detail did no favours to the rest of the designs, or even Adah’s outfit, really. Why would you send your showstopper down the ramp in a bulky headdress that looks out of place and cancels the vibe of the rest of the collection? We need closure!
This Saree On Athiya Shetty
Day 2 of LFW 2019 brought together the best in sustainable fashion in the country. Closing the day were seasoned designers Abraham & Thakore who presented their collection “Kurta 2.0”, which celebrated the beloved garment. The clothes were created with an age-old system of cutting developed over centuries to prevent wastage but allow for great movement. It is indeed a great initiative, slightly dampened by the underwhelming saree on showstopper Athiya Shetty. The drape is unflattering and the print reminds us of old-timey prison uniforms from 90s animated shows. It is hard to believe that this saree came from the minds of these genius designers! Also, wasn’t the collection called kurta 2.0?
All The Big Hair
Don’t get us wrong, we love a wild hair moment. But only if it is consistent with the rest of the show. Kangana Ranaut turned showstopper for Disha Patil’s bridal and occasion wear collection. Featuring a variety of options for the lehengas, cholis, and dupattas, the models were styled in sleek back hair and barely any accessories. That is why Kangana’s big hair at the ramp seemed completely off-kilter with the theme of the show. The frizzed out mane made her outfit look shabby and we wonder what went wrong in the makeup chair. We spotted Genelia Deshmukh in similarly odd hair look.
Given that the rest of the models were in sleek buns, Genelia’s messy hair look complemented Saroj Jalan’s inspiration from Roma gypsies and Indian Banjara community. But why make it so different from the rest of the models?
The Repeat Showstoppers
The phenomenon of bringing out a celebrity showstopper at the end of a show is very popular in Indian fashion. Usually, it is someone who mirrors a label’s style aesthetic. But seems like LFW 19 was facing a drought of celebrities to become showstoppers. Malavika Mohanan walked for both Vineet Rahul and Padmaja. Then we had Shibani Dandekar pulling double duty for Payal Singhal and Bandana Narula.
Shibani Dandekar shares a special connection with Payal, having walked for her very first show 13 years back, so her being showstopper makes complete sense. It would have been perfect if it stayed unique to LFW 2019, which it was not. Is having a big-name showstopper so crucial that it ruins the novelty of it?
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Kareena Kapoor Khan In Black AGAIN
Fun Fact: Kareena Kapoor Khan has made the walk down LFW ramps quite a number of times, most of them being in all black. From her Anamika Khanna all-black belted saree to the Shantanu and Nikhil show-stopping gown, Kareena pulled the same theme this year as well!
Is there a memo that we missed? Kareena’s underwhelming Gauri & Nainika gown made for a lukewarm last walk for LFW 2019. But what is up with all the monotone black looks? Can anybody please enlighten us because we are completely perplexed!