Day 4 And 5 Of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 Decoded
The final days of Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2019 had us at the edge of our seats as some of the best collections made their way to the ramp. From experimental lines to all-out Bollywood, there was a mix of drama, glamour and consciousness on the catwalk. As the week came to a grand close, these were the shows that will stay with us until next season.
Jajaabor by Kanika Sachdev and Neelanjan Ghosh
Jajaabor took layering to a whole new level with their ‘Chai at Mughalsarai Jn’ collection. The duo turned to fabrics like khadi, chanderi silk, tussar silk and more to create dramatic silhouettes in shades of yellow and orange that lit up the ramp with a riot of warm colours. Lapelled jackets with asymmetric kurtas and loose pants were central to the collection.
Our first look at Nanda’s collection instantly reminded of reclusive graffiti artist, Banksy so we weren’t surprised when we discovered that the designs were inspired by his protégée Mr Brainwash’s work. Abstract prints, pop art and graphic prints were the mainstay of the collection. We loved how Nanda showcased vibrant street art on sheer blouses, shorts, PVC trenches and more.
Tahweave by Sweta Tantia
The brand that’s known for doing good by age-old traditions did not disappoint this year either. Titled ‘Kandisha’ derived from the story of ‘Aisha Kandisha’, a mermaid who features in Moroccan folklore, the collection has a whimsical spin to it. Hand weaves and jamdani detailing accentuated each look, that featured tartan patterns, block prints and stripes.
Mehta’s showcase was all about bringing the modern bride to the fore. Part of the Blockbuster Brides segment, her creations were straight out of a scene from a Bollywood film. The colours were bright and fresh, featuring pops of fuschia, bright yellow and pastel pink on silk organza and crepe silk. Embellishments played a massive role throughout the collection.
Anushree Reddy’s take on the Blockbuster Bride segment saw flared, voluminous skirts and heavily embroidered blouses. The designer started off with lehengas in baby pinks, powder blues and muted beige before exploring a richer colour palette of bridal reds and royal blues. The show-stopping outfit was a gorgeous ivory lehenga with detailed embroidery across the entire bodice.
Rawal’s show which was a star-studded affair saw models flaunting outfits from his new collection titled ‘Confluence’. The collection was inspired by Rawal’s love for rodeo, military and industrial rock. The diverse group of models sported eclectic looks and the textural fabric played a major role in the form of quilting throughout the line. Straight cuts and cigarette pants were the elements that we loved. His collaboration with bOAt culminated into each model sporting a pair of cool earphones/headphones that matched with the outfit.
Athleisure is quite possibly one of the biggest trends that has made its way off the runway. So, how do you up the ante on it? By going all the way and coming up with a functional yet edgy line. Kumar’s collection featured oversized hoodies, graphic prints, bomber jackets and separates with monogrammed belts, that reminded us a bit of the wildly popular Off-white waist belts. However, the highlight of the show was models, not walking to musical beats, but reading out poetic lines encapsulating social issue and walking to the rhythm of the verses. The collection titled FKNS by Narendra Kumar was a commentary on the divisiveness that exists within our society and the world.
Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna
The last show of Day 4 saw designer duo, Gandhi and Khanna showcasing their ‘Interstellar’ collection. As the name suggests the range was inspired by the vast galaxy and had a lot of glitter and shimmer going on. Evening gowns with illusion necklines and sequins were on the agenda, as well as light and flowy fabrics.
Day 5 kicked off with Disha Patil showcasing her collection ‘The Interpretation Of Love’ which captured the new-age bride. Structured blouses with just a hint of tradition held a vintage yet nouveau appeal. The motifs and prints in the collection were heavily inspired by the splendid architectural delights of Turkey.
aLL Plus Size Store X Rina Dhaka
aLL collaboration with Rina Dhaka (aLL Primero by Rina Dhaka) made a strong statement to promote inclusivity. Body positivity made its presence felt in a big way as plus-size models dazzled on the ramp in airy and easy-going outfits that instantly put us in vacay mood. And the glamour quotient wasn’t too far behind either, as constructed gowns and jackets were also a part of the collection.
Gauri and Nainika
The grand finale of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 was nothing short of enthralling. It was all about lush, vibrant fits and exaggeration, as designer duo Gauri and Nainika sent models down the ramp in the poofiest gowns, big shoulders and ample skirts. Dramatic sleeves paired with edgy gumboots and rubber gloves lent the collection an Oscars red carpet meets grunge vibe. And of course, the show-stopping outfit worn by Kareen Kapoor was a sleek black number that gave us major Black Swan feels.