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Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016: Sanjay Garg

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Known for his love of Indian textiles and celebration of ethnic wear, Sanjay Garg fittingly closed day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016, christened Sustainable Fashion and Indian Textiles Day. The collection, named ‘Monkey Business’, was a stunning display of Sanjay’s usual finesse — silks, crepes, muslins, chanderi and kadhwa in a metallic finish, and monkey motifs and embroidery.


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The designer played with a burst of winter colours from blacks, whites, and greys to metallic silver and gold, emerald green, ochre, and rich plum. True to his desi style, the show started with a madaari playing his dumroo, much to the delight of those attending. Presented by Monaco Tourism, Sanjay’s was one show that all eyes were on, and he did not disappoint.


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While saris are Sanjay’s mainstay, the designer branched out this season and gave us a plethora of slip dresses, tulip tunics, palazzos, tailored shirts, maxi skirts, and flowy yet structured evening gowns. Of course, it’s not like he kept us away from his love for saris — saris with jackets, and with cropped and off-shoulder blouses were spotted on the runway. Most of the garments reflected the stunning metallic glean, with many being heavily embellished and stand-out pieces thanks to his loyalty to brocade. The monkey motifs on select pieces undoubtedly stole the show — Sanjay’s expression of humankind returning to the animal world.


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This season’s LFW is all about celebrating unstructured and flowy silhouettes. While many of Sanjay’s key pieces were so as well, there was some form to the madness, some fit to the fall — which was refreshing.


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Expectedly, a number of Sanjay’s loyal B-town patrons came to cheer him on, including Mini Mathur, Tisca Chopra, and Ratna Pathak Shah. However, Bollywood did not make an appearance on his parking lot-turned-ramp, as he chose to go with a non-filmy showstopper.


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All in all, Sanjay’s show was a treat for the eyes and sartorial senses, and it won’t be long before most pieces will go from ramp to red carpet.


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