From last week we continue to highlight the designers and brands that stole the limelight at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
Inspired by the pin-up girls from 1950s, Sailex NG highlighted the womanly curves with the use of clever designs and tailoring he is known for. Nipped waists, flowing skirts, cleavage highlighting, shoulders accentuating, this collection aimed to put the wearer in front and the centre of attention. Without making it blatantly revealing, Sailex’s pieces could be added to your wardrobe staple festive and evening wear with ease. The winning pieces were the metallic jackets that were tailored beautifully to be worn with dresses, saris, or basic t-shirt and jeans. Speaking of saris, the designer introduced Indian wear to his collection paired with a silver choli and a long- sleeved peterpan collar blouse.
Kallol Datta 1955
Chosen as the finale designer for the Mumbai-based fashion week, Kallol had a big crowd to support him through this big accomplishment. Inspired by the sponsor’s theme of ‘monochromes’ the collection was predominantly black and white. But in a Kallol Datta rebellious style, there were more than a couple of coloured garments in blue, camel, green, and silver. Prints of snails mating, melting faces and bats & birds left the audience intrigued. The construction of the garments was signature Kallol Datta 1955 style with further editing and cleaner lines from last season. A surprisingly new development was when Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor walked hand in hand with the designer in his garment to take a bow.
Bodice by Ruchika Sachdev
Young designer Ruchika is another testament to Lakme Fashion Week for bringing up new and young talents into the limelight. Brand BODICE has in a short while defined their forte in tailored-menswear-inspired womenswear– spilling out into easy jackets, trousers, and shirtdresses. The detailing is unexpected and separates her from other labels trying to do similar androgynous urban collections. This collection is inspired by the Indian Maharaja and the Sadhu Bodice, combining the two contrasting themes with sharply cut garments. Shades of maroon, burnt orange, olive and mustard were used as hand woven pure cotton denim, crepe, wool and tulle formed the base. An obvious brand extension was to diversify into menswear. Easy separates with shapes this time inspired by womenswear, looked extremely wearable by men.
Shivan & Narresh
Young and famous resort wear designers Shivan & Narresh designed a collection based on their show sponsor DHL’s tag line of ‘Speed’. The designers cleverly adapted the brand’s theme into a non-cliché depiction titled Equus – Latin for horses. The shiny fabrics used for the ‘Festive 2012’ collection resembled the sheen of a horse’s skin translated into one-piece swimsuits and cover-ups. The detailing of the braiding of fabric, cut outs to resemble the mane of Equus, prints of horses onto garments, Swarovski tassels hanging from the back, took the inspiration forward. Collection of maillot, bikini, dress, gown, sari, tankini, trikini, jumpsuits and shirts as well as the duo’s newest addition after their bikini sari and Kaftan sari the “Kafsuit” comprised the collection.
Extremely feminine Drashta Sarvaiya always showcases something that the modern women would want to wear. This collection was a season ahead of the official season that the Lakme Fashion Week endorses. Drashta Spring Summer 2013 collection is a pastel shade card dream of lightweight dresses, skirts and trousers. With draping used on most of her fabrics, she managed to keep the looks light, airy and non-fussy. Fabrics like lightweight brocade with flower motifs, double georgettes and crepe were used. Crystal embroidery and raffia added to the charm. The winning looks were the white silk-layered crepe tunic and trousers that highlighted the clever construction and tailoring clearly.