One of India’s leading fashion weeks the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive kick started in Mumbai on an eclectic footing with styles ranging from western street chic to hand woven desi ensembles.
Pakistani designer Rizwan Beyg added a pop of colour on the runway with his collection of peppy and girly combinations like the off shoulder tops pleated skirts flared pants saris and dresses. Even the boys got a dose of colour with bright patterned jackets.
Meanwhile Anju Modi’s bridal wear Mahikarnika inspired by cave paintings and sculptures was a delight to the eye especially the lehenga with carriages embroidered on it. Showstopper Jacqueline Fernandez strutted on the runway with confidence in her eyes until her lehenga got caught in her footwear and she nearly stumbled upon it following which she continuously flashed her gorgeous smile and made sure people could not take their eyes off her as she cut a stunning picture in the outfit which had an embroidered full sleeved blouse with mesh panels and a net dupatta with red velvet and gold border.
Designer Divya Sheth on the other hand took to ajrakh prints and churned out some very chic designs in copper undertones. Sheth reinvented the ajrakh print mixed with hand painted kalamkari and her palette comprised muted shades of henna, and turmeric yellow.
At the fashion event the coveted House of Sania Maskatiya exhibited a new collection titled ‘Sakura’, inspired by popular Japanese culture and symbolism which endeavors to represent both the beauty and fragility of life.
Actress Nargis Fakhri walked the ramp for designer Anushree Reddy in a soft pastel hued pink printed net lehnga green choli and tulle dupatta. While the ensemble was well crafted Fakhri’s gold and emerald choker necklace and heavy smoky eyes looked out of place.
The designs in Anushree Reddy’s collections were simply marvellous stark detailing and appealing light colouring formed the major part of her collection. Her designs lived up to popular expectations. Meanwhile pastel shades featured by Soumitra Mondal’s ‘Marg’ acted as a palette cleanser with weaves like jamdani, khadi, silk and cottons. Her silhouettes ranged from stylish bandhgalas to anarkalis, lehngas, jackets, straight pants and churidaars.
Pakistani designer Zara Shahjehan showcased a vintage florals collection ‘City of Gardens’ which consisted of fusion wear. According to Zara her collection is the embodiment of harmony romance and femininity. With this new line of ensembles she infuses the serenity of vintage florals with modern silhouettes to weave together a collection that represents grace and femininity in the modern woman.
Vikram Phadnis has collaborated with an ethnic wear brand this time to surprise the audiences with his subdued and earthy collection which included shades of beige gold, maroon emerald green and navy blue. Stunning Bipasha Basu and Dia Mirza were showstoppers for his collection. Inspired from the rural tribe that does not believe in permanency Vaishali S’s collection ‘Rabari’ was a compelling enchanted offering. Her collection compiled of very peaceful hand-woven and handcrafted garments that focused on combinations of designs, textures, fabrics and silhouettes.
Shruti Hassan closed the show for designer Shehla Khan wearing a baby pink crop top and bustle skirt with silver lace thread work and crystal-embellished blouse. The collection ‘Nouveau Victorian’ was a mix of lehngas and dresses with a touch of new age Victorian style.
Ace Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra also walked the ramp at this year’s LFW. Dressed in a black crop top, black pants and silver jacket by designer Varun Bahl the exotic babe looked stunning in the attire. Her stilettos also complemented the outfit while the minimal jewellery looked smart.
Actress Diana Penty too stole the limelight as a showstopper for designer Rocky S. The actress walked the ramp donning a long black gown with detailed diamond studded sequined work on the top. With open hair and minimal make up she looked gorgeous in Rocky’s outfit.
The designer who has used more of black and white colours in all his outfit said his collections were timeless and could be worn for red carpets while the collection by Ekta Jaipura and Ruchira Kandhari’s label Ekru with its vibrant colours fabrics and embellishments earned great acclaim by the critics.
The grand finale of the fashion event was a memorable one as Kareena Kapoor who was the showstopper for designer Manish Malhotra looked classy and elegant in a metallic purple lehnga with grey shades and a complete diamond and silver studded open jacket which she teamed with a net chunni.
“I have used two versions of grey. I want this grey to be popular this winter,” Manish said.
His bridal wears were a blend of long gowns, skirts, saris, lehnga cholis with heavy diamond studded sequence and embroidery work.