The summer/resort 2018 edition of Lakmé Fashion Week starts tomorrow. Before your Instagram feed is assaulted with images from the many shows, here’s an edit of the designer collection to watch out for.
Ikai by Ragini Ahuja
Inspired by the tales of displaced tribes that are searching for a cultural identity and are living as refugees, Ragini Ahuja’s collection captures the sentiments of the free spirited. The collection, titled ‘Free Spirits’, features relaxed silhouettes and tailored separates in tones of ivory, navy, black and red in a line that celebrates self-expression.
Label Ritu Kumar
A blend of street and rap culture is the mood for Ritu Kumar’s collection for spring/summer 2018, which features asymmetric silhouettes, gemstone detailing and long, frilled dresses. The colour palette will be ruled by blacks, blues and metallics, with a touch of baby pink and ochre.
Veteran designer Anita Dongre will be closing the first day of Lakmé Fashion Week with her collection titled ‘Songs of Summer’. Capturing the essence of summer, the collection is packed with skirts, jumpsuits, wrap tops, classic lehengas and draped saris in lightweight handwoven silks and cotton fabrics, with the label’s signature gota patti detailing on Indian ethnic silhouettes. With this line, the designer aims to cater to the needs of contemporary brides.
Adding to the growing movement of designers creating clothing supporting causes, designer Akshat Bansal’s collection ‘Mourning of the Marine Life’ draws focus on the plight of our oceans and destruction of marine life. “The bereaving marine life calls for help and it is time, we hear its voice, before it is extinguished under wraps of plastic. It is this agonising moment of our progress in science yet a social regress that my collection encapsulates. The destruction of marine life reflective in the deconstructive mix of linens, delicate Japanese lace and sustainable fabrics that are 100 per cent regenerated from marine plastic waste,” he says the designer. The lineup will comprise of androgynous silhouettes in tie and dye.
AMOH by Jade
AMOH by Jade’s collection’s collection for spring/summer 2018 draws inspiration from the royal descendants of the mountain god, Niyam Raja. The lineup features lightweight silhouettes in malmal, khadi, variety of cotton, chanderis and fine silks that are perfect for a summer wardrobe.
Falguni Shane Peacock
Occasion wear designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock are normally associated with sparkling lehengas and floor-grazing gowns. This season, the label will be launching their debut menswear collection. “After years of wishful thinking, negotiations and a decision we decided that our brand will finally launch our first ever menswear line at Lakmé Fashion Week. The collection titled ‘Louche’ focuses on relaxed suiting in light greys, pastel pinks, blues and blacks featuring leather jackets, tight trousers, high shine pompadours, fur collared jackets, epsom coats in cashmere and embroidered velvet slippers,” Falguni Peacock tells us.
Master couturier Tarun Tahiliani has been dedicated to creating occasion wear that does not weigh down brides. “For some time now, since we did our Tarakanna collection, which meant stardust, I have been thinking about fashion’s role, especially in evening wear and bridal and how it has failed the modern Indian bride because the clothes are so heavy and stiff, that they are almost worn like torture costumes, never to be looked at or repeated again,” the designer explains. The result is a ready to wear collection inspired by the Milky Way, resplendent with Swarovski crystals, and promises ease and effortlessness to the wearer.
The inspiration for Anjali Patel Mehta of Verandah’s cruise collection comes from the renegade tiger of Ranthambore named ‘Cowboy Tiger’, also known as T91. Patel Mehta has dedicated 10 per cent of the proceeds of the global profits of the sales of collection to the cause of rescuing T91. The collection will feature flowy dresses, macramé jackets and kaftans. The designer will also be introducing menswear this season.
Shantanu & Nikhil
Designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil’s collection titled ‘Tribe – The India Story’ draws references from the tribes of Rajasthan. The label aims to promote gender-neutrality with clothing featuring pleating, bold colour blocking and aged textures.
Payal Singhal is best known for her modern take on Indian ethnic wear. Her new collection ‘Saira’, traces the rise of Islamic art on textiles and architecture in various parts of the world like Turkey, Morocco, Persia, Mughal India and Iran. The collection features luxurious silks, jamavars and brocades, accentuated with delicate organzas and tulle with traditional embroideries like kasav, mukaish, fardi and zardosi.
Anamika Khanna is the chosen designer for the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale. Drawing inspiration from the new collection of nudes from Lakmé, the Khanna’s lineup rests on the idea of individuality. “We started with the colour palette by Lakmé and it struck me to make a collection that is diverse in its own nature. I’ve been inspired by the thought process of millennials who are not bothered by social norms and literally wear their attitude on their sleeves. The collection is an amalgamation of both,” says Khanna.