Lakme Fashion Week winter/festive season 2012, has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. True its vision, the fashion week which is held twice every year, caters to all your fashion needs. We take a look at some of the designers who made an impact.
One of the most commercially successful Indian designers today, Anita Dongre is a fashion house catering to varied interests and needs. Her signature labels include Anita Dongre Timeless, Anita Dongre linter-Pre’t, AD Man & Grassroot. Anita is also the creative director of high street brands AND, Global Desi and Clay Wellness. With this list of successful labels under her belt, this show was a simple depiction of how she has won such commercial acclaim. Lehenga skirt dresses, long dresses worn over trousers, men’s bandhgala top and jodhpur pants in Indian traditional fabrics. The colours symbolised the Indian tradition of festive wear in purple, orange, peacock blue, maroon, red, and gold. Her strength lies in designing fuss free formal attire befitting the needs of the modern Indian customer.
Shift by Nimish Shah
Mumbai-based designer Nimish showed a collection for the urban, laidback woman. Graphic print fabrics and knitwear seamlessly blended in and the result was cosy yet smart winterwear. Nimish’s designs can easily be separated and his clothes can be worn as shown on the runway or very easily with basic wear like blue jeans, or black trousers. The detailing on the garments like the overlapping skirt and visible stitching is a new look in daily wear in these times of innumerable street shop brands. This collection designed for the ‘festive’ season could be worn for dressed up occasions like meeting friends or even when alone at home. The versatility of Nimish’s designs makes the designer worthy to invest in.
The designer’s collection release cited the theme to be “Encore” and rightly so, as it took the celebrated pieces from traditional Indian wear of renowned expert craftsmanship, arts, and textiles and curated it differently for the current season. Romantic notions of the Indian sari came through with the soft colour palette and embroideries. The silhouettes were layered, such as a sari worn under a wrap jacket with an obi belt. The gold tones made the collection very festive and will make an appearance season after season for a much-deserved encore.
Karishma Shahani Khan
A fairly new label by Karishma Shahani Khan aims to evoke the sense of India in the young Indians’ wardrobes. With the use of varied fabrics like plaid, brocade, net, fringe, metal, this is not a run-off-the-mill collection. The frame of the garments was fairly simple to wear and hence would be best for the different shapes of women. The designer’s vision is unique and her sensibility to mix and match different patterns, fabrics, colours will make for a memorable fashion moment this season.
Wendell Rodricks showed his usually minimalistic flowing garments inspired by the elements and the purity of mountain water as guaranteed by the sponsor Himalayan water brand. The seamless ability to leave very little to the imagination of the beholder, whilst not revealing much skin is one of the innate skills of this veteran designer. For the festive season, expect bright orange, fuchsia, and turquoise in natural silky fabrics that will look great when worn for those cocktail parties. Menswear was a refreshing change to the basic silhouettes, with the introduction of long asymmetric kurtas and gaped bandhgala jackets. This collection though not traditional Indian, will appeal to those who are accustomed to wearing ethnic wear because of the inspiration being the sari, kurta, and dhotis.