All The Looks That We Loved From Day 1 Of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019
Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 kicked off to a great start. Spanning old-school glam to edgy street style and boho-chic, a myriad styles took over the runway. Right from get-go, the models meant serious business, and we were taking copious fashion notes. Starting with a young brigade of Gen Next designers who impressed with their new-age clothes, the theme quickly transitioned to body inclusivity as Half Full Curve showcased their size-inclusive designs which were all kinds of wonderful. The Pot Plant and Poochki stood out for melding fashion with art, and then it was all-out Gatsby vibes courtesy of Pallavi Mohan. And before we knew it, we were in the midst of a bohemian fashion landscape as Payal Singhal celebrated 20 years in the industry and unveiled her collection inspired by gypsies. For us, one of the biggest highlights of the evening was street-fashion hitting the runway with the #StreetFeat show, which spotlighted some of the best streetwear designers in the country. From there, we hopped across to Saaksha and Kinni’s show where it was all about breezy prints and summery looks. And ending the night with a bang was Amit Aggarwal with his space-inspired collection, as he reinvented luxury-pret right before our eyes. So, what were the best looks from an explosive first day? Here’s taking a look at them all.
L-R: Ura Maku, Anatomy, Noié Noéi, Little Things Studio
LFW’s platform has always been a great launch pad for new faces in the design world. With big-ticket names like Nachiket Barve, Masaba Gupta, Rahul Mishra who were all discovered thanks to the Gen Next shows, it was no wonder that this year’s selected crop of young designers looked really promising and boy, did they put on a good show. Gaurav Singh’s label ‘Anatomy’ showcased a collection called Kadali Patram, which drew inspiration from the design of the banana leaf, and was a stroke of pure ingenuity. Meanwhile, Ankita Srivastava’s ‘Little Things Studio’ celebrated diverse women wearing printed saris paired with basic tees that lent an understated yet chic look. We were big fans of Noié Noéi by Akanksha Aggarwal who gave us a glimpse of interesting silhouettes and gorgeous embroidery. Manjushree Saikia’s label ‘Ura Maku’ showed how power dressing in today’s time is all about relaxed fits. We especially loved the suits that were made of Eri and Muga silk.
Half Full Curve by Rixi and Tinka Bhatia
It’s a well-known fact that plus-size clothing is going through a boom in the industry. With women being more empowered and comfortable in their bodies, they aren’t afraid to dress the way they please. And that’s exactly what Half Full Curve celebrated this time around. Real women strutted their stuff on the runway with great confidence, wearing flowy kaftans, saris and more. The collection, inspired by the interiors of oriental palaces, was swathed in jewel tones. Safe to say the ‘Gulab Bagh’ collection scored some major style points on Day 1.
Vineet Rahul by Vineet Kataria and Rahul Arya
Titled the ‘Pichwai’ collection, Vineet Rahul displayed India in all its glory by playing with prints, fabric and embroidery that epitomise traditional splendour. The show kicked off with models sprinkling mogra flowers all along the runway. Bold prints and traditional weaves were the main highlights of the collection, along with applique and intricate zardozi work.
Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan
Glam, drama, glitz and loads of glitter and shimmer was the memo at Pallavi Mohan’s Not So Serious show. Her collection titled ‘Simply Studio 54’ paid homage to the infamous nightclub, that goes by the same name, and was once known to host some of the biggest ragers in the 70s. The collection was all-out disco-fever. Think flouncy hemlines, gigantic sleeves, satins, rich velvets and a whole lotta feathers.
Rara Avis by Sonal Verma
Inspired by renowned painter, Jacques Linard, Sonal Verma named her collection ‘The Still Life’. Art was the main agenda throughout the show as the clothes on the ramp were bathed in charcoal-hued shades. The silhouettes looked grand and impeccably constructed. A blazer with a leather shawl collar made for an interesting look and stood out among the midi-dresses and pants.
Completing two decades in the fashion industry is no easy feat, and Payal has managed to do so with grace and style. Her newest collection which she aptly named ‘Gypsies and Bohemia’ was all about the ancient folklores of gypsy wanderers, along with a splash of colours and architecture inspired from Turkish and Moroccan souks. The fabrics used were free-flowing and in the shades of pastels, neons and blacks. Tassels, patchwork, pom-poms and leather embroidery were some of the standout elements. The collection also saw a play between bohemian silhouettes and western wear.
L-R: Biskit, Gundi Studios, Six5Six Street, Jaywalking
The day that we have been anticipating all this while, where the streets make its way to the ramp is finally here, and we couldn’t be happier. For the very first time, indie streetwear designers made their debut on the LFW runway. The show got off to a great start as the new kids on the block made their presence felt. First off, was Six5Six Street who featured androgynous clothing like baggy pants, hooded trenches and bike shorts. Following suit was Gundi Studios which displayed summer dresses, pinafores and a whole lotta sass. But what really stole the show, was rap artist, Raja Kumari bursting on to the ramp to belt out a wicked performance as the Gundi girls sashayed down the ramp in a mix of streetwear with a strong Indian vibe. Next up, was Biskit, who showed off their space-inspired range that encompassed boiler suits and unisex clothing. And finally, it was Jaywalking that made its way on to the ramp. Using neoprene and corduroy as their main fabrics, Jaywalking gave us a blast from the past with exposed G-strings, constructed bralettes and comfortable pants.
Saaksha and Kinni
Known for going all out with prints and colours, it was no wonder that Saaksha and Kinni left no stone unturned with this collection. The prints featured covered flowy leheriya from Rajasthan and ikat from Gujarat. The quintessential traditional prints blend in with millennial fashion in a fluid way. Strapless dresses, oversized blazers and embellished sliders were the standouts for us. We loved how they managed to do justice to power dressing by using relaxed fits and rippling fabrics. Bhat let us in on how they wanted to create a line using old classic prints, while still catering to a younger audience.
For Amit Aggarwal, LFW has always been a sort of stress-buster (that’s if you call designing an entire collection a way to relax). This time around Aggarwal decided to derive inspiration from the cosmos and the mystery of space. Named ‘Flux’, the collection was a play on light and how it creates the harshest shadows, but also has a prismatic effect. That was evident in the collection that showcased voluminous caped sleeves and iridescent elements along with metallic components. Right from the start till the very end, there was a glitter bonanza in the form of structured gown and dresses which sparked our imagination of what lies out there in the vast expanse that is space.