Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016: Rajesh Pratap Singh
Day 3 of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 ended befittingly with Delhi designer Rajesh Pratap Singh’s rather eclectic take on the Punjabi suit. “This collection is inspired by the Punjabi suit, which my friend, Rohit Bal, made me understand,” said the designer in a video recorded message as he himself could not be present on the runway due to a last minute personal emergency. Closing the star-studded show was Bollywood’s latest pin-up girl Jacqueline Fernandez. Donning an avant-garde and a rather futuristic version of the suit, Fernandez was decked in a buttoned-up shirt paired with cigarette pants and a flouncy skirt. The silver jacket with the golden border effortlessly thrown in with the overall silver ensemble added the required swag (a piece that I’m definitely eyeing for an au courant fashion statement this Fall!). Besides Fernandez, other celebrities who were spotted on the runway included actor Imaad Shah, supermodel Ujjwala Raut, racing queen Alisha Abdullah Singh, and musician Gaurav Raina.
Known for his clean-cut silhouettes and chic wearable men’s and women’s wear, Singh’s latest collection at LFW 2016 saw the designer experimenting with paper, silk, linen and cotton, all woven in-house. There were very specific trends that emerged from the show. Dominating among them was the entry of cropped pants–whether you pair it with a kurta or even in a pant suit, the season of crop is here! And team it with flats, please folks. Stripes were also found in abundance and the recurring colour scheme in the collection was the use of earthy shades.
Though not conventionally a winter hue (not that we are bound by norms!), white was effectively put in use in different silhouettes and we particularly loved the easy-breezy dhoti pants and the bandhgala jacket seamlessly paired with a dress. In menswear, there was a distinct departure from fitted shapes to more fluid cuts, with the drop crotch dhoti pants proving to be the pièce-de-résistance. Now, that’s a trend we’d love our men to master with grace and panache!