The LFW 2016 was exceptionally sublime showcasing talent form the design fraternity with established as well as emerging talents. The Winter Festive startled exuberance with Tarun Tahiliani. It also witnessed a Cult Line from Asa Kazingmei to a mix of fluid and constructive silhouettes from Shantanu and Nikhil.
Ajay Kumar stood out with its prints showcasing the temples and skyline of Benaras the holy city. Little Shilpa did things differently with her “Plus Size Fashion”.
With Winter and the festive season setting in, one could see the interplay of warm yet vibrant colours .LFW ended with a lot of grandeur and opulence at the finale with Kareena Kapoor Khan sashaying down the ramp for Sabhya. Definitely, again it proved a good launch pad for fresh and emerging talents.
To sum it up the collections were edgy, fluid, non-discriminating and of course fashionable.
A SPELLBINDING GRAND FINAL BY SABYASACHI AT LFW 2016
The Winter/Festive edition of Lakmé Fashion Week saw a spectacular showcase of shimmering silhouettes on the runway, and Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s ‘Illuminate’ Grand Finale at Mehboob Studios was a befitting tribute to the trend of the season. Walking down for her most special Grand Finale ever, Kareena Kapoor Khan, the face of Lakmé Absolute, made for a glamorous vision of Illuminate, in a striking Sabya creation. Adding grandeur to the show was a spectacular performance by the Symphony Orchestra of India, which truly brought the magic of shimmer to life.
GAURANG SHAH CELEBRATED THE BEAUTY OF THE ‘VRINDAVAN’ COLLECTION AT LFW 2016
Every season top textile designer Gaurang Shah has dazzled the audience with his fabulous weaves. From Patolas, to Jamdanis and Banaras weaves his show has been a cornucopia of fabrics.Celebrating the tales of Lord Krishna, Radha and the Gopis, Gaurang Shah unveiled ‘Vrindavan’ a fashion collection, inspired by the enchanted garden at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016.
For the groom there were bold patterns and colours as Paithani dhotis vied for attention on the ramp with Kanjeevaram kurtas. The Banarasi sherwanis were arresting in their cuts; while the Patan Patola ones looked splendid on the ramp. Gaurang’s design sensibilities reflected the Vishnu-Purana in a contemporary form for the New Age man
For the bride, the sky was the limit when it came to the selection of the rich textiles. Gaurang traversed the length and breadth of India as he created masterpieces of woven splendour in Kanjeevaram, Paithani, Patan Patola, Kotah and Banarasi fabrics.
NUSHREE REDDY’S “THE WEDDING CHRONICLE” PRESENTED A BREATH-TAKING ASSEMBLAGE OF BRIDAL WEAR AT LFW 2016
“The Wedding Chronicle” by Anushree Reddy was a treat for the eyes of any bride-to-be at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016. It was everything that a modern-day girl dreamt of when it comes to how her wedding attire ought to be. The collection drew its inspiration from the new-age bride.
The elegant, flowing lehengas glided down the runway in the designer’s signature pure raw silks. The collection blossomed in shades of tangerine, sunset yellow, Rani pink and fiery reds. The use of gold and silver embroidery added a regal touch to the designs.
Bollywood beauty Shilpa Shetty looked ethereal as she walked down the ramp to the foot tapping beats of the dhol in a ravishing red zardosi lehenga and golden embroidered choli with tassels completed with a matching ornate dupatta.“The Wedding Chronicle” by Anushree Reddy was a visual extravaganza, which echoed her design philosophy of creating elaborate silhouettes infused with subtle prints and surprising embellishments. The ensembles were a perfect fit for wedding trousseau and would definitely make the bride-to-be feel like a royal princess on her big day.
THE “ITVARA” COLLECTION FROM AMOH BY JADE ENCOURAGED THE AUDIENCE TO EMBRACE THE SIMPLE PLEASURES OF LIFE AT LFW 2016
The stunning collection “Itvara” from Amoh by JADE is designers Monica’s and Karishma’s new luxury prét label. The brand urged the audience to break free from the shackles of unrealistic expectations, and embrace life unconditionally. Inspired by the idiosyncratic life of a wanderer, the collection explored the exquisite allure of Mother Nature, found in simple things such as the beauty of a blooming flower, melodious chirp of birds and the cool, crisp wind.
THE ‘SARI IN US’ BY ANAVILA MISRA WAS AN INTERESTING PRESENTATION AT 6DEGREE STAGE ONE DURING LFW 2016
Known for her beautiful hand woven linen saris, which have now turned into the staple choice of the fashion trendsetters, Anavila Misra made an interesting presentation at 6Degree Stage One during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016. Her presentation called ‘The Sari in Us’ rekindled the beauty and the tradition of the sari, which has for long been relegated to the festive and bridal wear segment.
The installations by Anavila Misra undoubtedly proved that the sari, which is an integral part of Indian heritage, is the perfect drape when a woman wants to emerge as the star during work or for celebrations at any age or era.
MAYANK MANSINGH KAUL AND MONISHA AHMED PRESENTS ‘CLOTH AND INDIA – FASHIONING HISTORIES’ AT LFW 2016
At the start of the presentation Monisha Ahmed informed how the need for documenting textiles led to the start of the book. Mayank Mansingh Kaul happily declared that although people said that books are out of fashion; the first print run of the book ‘Cloth and India’ had sold out and the second print run had arrived.
PAYAL KHANDWALA AT LFW 2016
Sensational heritage saris, traditional ghagras, stylish kurtas, swirling anarkalis and floor skimming lehengas, gave the fashionable bride ample choice.A refreshing take on the Indian bride, The New Emperor, focuses on allowing the non-conformist bride to ‘Illuminate’ on her special day.Sensual and strong, the eyes maintain a velvet-like depth of kohl around the lids and lashes stay extended.
Using the Lion as the integral motif of the line, Payal used this perfect icon to also bring forth courage and bravery as the underlying concept of the outfits.
The New Emperor’ fashion range by Payal Khandwala was a geared for the bold, adventurous, daring woman who embraces opulence with confidence on the most important day of her life.
AJAY KUMAR’S ODE TO BENARAS WAS A CAPTIVATING COLLECTION AT LFW 2016
It was a vibrant collection of men’s and women’s wear that will create drama during the coming season. Ajay Kumar’s fashionable tribute to Banaras was a timeless line of creations for his collection called ‘Banaras – The Golden Dawn of Time Eternal’
While the lotus was Ajay Kumar’s base motif last season, the prints for the Winter/Festive 2016 look were inspired by temples, skyline, waves of the Holy Ganges, the Marigold and of course once again the lotus.
‘THE LABEL RITU KUMAR’ WAS A GREAT VINTAGE SPORTSWEAR EXPO AT LFW 2016
Showcasing a delicate, feminine, sporty, street wear line at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016, ‘The Label Ritu Kumar’ merged Parisian and Indian textiles to create an innovative fashion footprint. Boxy silhouettes, panel detailing, prints and stripes along with surface embroidery and multi colours played a major role in the collection.The collection called ‘Vintage Sportswear’ was inspired by Tennis. Colour splashes and layering, sleeve detailing and asymmetry added to the design elements of the garments. At times there was a fashionable clash between checks and stripes and tribal prints for the easy, comfy silhouettes.
ff-shoulder or cold shoulder blouses and dresses, racer back minis, pleated tennis skirts, drop-waist lacy mini and cutwork pinafores were perfect sporty wear. Jumpsuits, drawstring pants and hoodie, will- power blouses, flared maxi, track pants and blouson, Capris, gypsy blouses, frilled tiered flapper dresses, biker jackets and loads of full flared printed maxis added to the semi-formal look of the collection.
For an easy fun filled wardrobe selection ‘Vintage Sportswear’ by ‘The Label Ritu Kumar’ will be the perfect choice for jetsetters around the globe.
THE LOVEBIRDS X BLOT SHOW WAS A ROCKING MUSIC, ART AND STYLE PARTY AT LFW 2016
The ‘Lovebirds X BLOT’ show had feisty dresses, funky shirts and cool pants with the characteristic Lovebirds touch. The label started by Amrita Khanna and Gursi Singh in 2014 had a contemporary take on fashion, which was visible in the pure simple lines that focused on shapes and forms. The colours that gave strong highlights to the looks moved from neutral white, ivory and blue to pretty peach. Hand woven cotton as well as cotton silk along with the popular Japanese rage – Cupro – created the base for the clean silhouettes and architecturally inspired geometric details with classic undertones.
Foot tapping New Age music, great fashion and loads of stunning visuals made the ‘Lovebirds X BLOT’ show a memorable happening, at 6Degree Stage One during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016.
PLUS SIZE FASHION TOOK CENTRE STAGE WITH THE ‘aLL’ COLLECTION EXPERTLY CURATED BY LITTLE SHILPA LFW 2016
Size Zero has been the favoured measurement in fashion, but the first Plus Size fashion show in India for this category was pioneered at 6Degree Stage One during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016. Presented by the ‘aLL’ label and expertly curated by Little Shilpa, the show was a colourful look at fashion for the ‘not so slim’.
The indigenous designer Little Shilpa styled the show to perfection; she raised the bar of the street look by layering it with chains, hoops, studded B-boy caps, beanies, chunky belts and ankle-high sports shoes. Shilpa exhibited the fun and carefree side of the generally underrated size category by styling them like the back street hip-hop stars performing with their high voltage confidence.
‘aLL’ as a brand has revolutionised the size myth in a vital stat consumed society, where body shaming is pretty ordinary. Breaking the barriers by creating these avant-garde attires for the inside-out power house personalities, was a victorious move by ‘aLL’, the New Age brand.
FEARLESS FASHION CAME TO CENTRE STAGE FROM ASA KAZINGMEI AT LFW 2016
When it comes to fearless fashion not many can compete with Asa Kazingmei whose EOIO (Each On Its Own) collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 was a daring dramatic offering that wanted the 21st century male to Vroom Away with this pumped up lookThe very futuristic “I will do my own thing’ look was replete with leather and denim that was given a fierce treatment with quilting, padding, shredding and a stark ‘out of this world far out feel’.Here was a collection that was not meant for the faint hearted man as Asa Kazingmei declared boldly EOIO ( each on its own ) and if you don’t agree with him, then you are not in trend during the coming season.
THE ELEGANT STRIKING COLLECTION BY RAJESH PRATAP SINGH AT LFW 2016
Day Three at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016, ended with the elegant striking collection presented by Reliance Trends from Delhi’s popular designer, Rajesh Pratap Singh. Known for his minimalistic styling and intense construction, the designer revealed an interesting and innovative look for the coming festive season. Going Indian for his inspiration, Rajesh called his collection ‘The Punjabi Suit’ and gave it some high tech futuristic treatment.
Rajesh Pratap Singh’s ‘The Punjabi Suit’ revealed the designer’s mantra that the look was definitely ‘not for the Red Carpet’ but it would surely fit into the wardrobes of women who want clothes that are impressive, eye-catching and very edgy.
KUNAL RAWAL GAVE MEN’S WEAR A STYLISH DRAMATIC ‘ROLE PLAY’ DIRECTION AT LFW 2016
Get set all the fashionable men who want to make a stylish splash with the trendiest upbeat ethnic men’s wear seen for the coming season from the designer who knows how to dress the stronger sex.Kunal Rawal the favourite of A-listers ever since his entry on the Indian fashion scene at the Gen Next 2007 show for Lakmé Fashion Week has been giving men’s wear some dramatic fashion directions.Making a heart stopping, show stopping, entry to close this high octane men’s wear show was Bollywood hot star, Ranbir Kapoor, in a champagne beaded bundi over a chocolate textured kurta and champagne silk fitted pants.Working around an easy, breezy, outdoor look of grass, flowers and jungle inspirations woven into fabrics for the rugged look, the Kunal Rawal collection ‘Role Play’ was a bold wardrobe offering that will delight the New Age male dresser with its style, detailing and edgy construction.
Making a heart stopping, show stopping, entry to close this high octane men’s wear show was Bollywood hot star, Ranbir Kapoor, in a champagne beaded bundi over a chocolate textured kurta and champagne silk fitted pants.Working around an easy, breezy, outdoor look of grass, flowers and jungle inspirations woven into fabrics for the rugged look, the Kunal Rawal collection ‘Role Play’ was a bold wardrobe offering that will delight the New Age male dresser with its style, detailing and edgy construction.
SHANTANU AND NIKHIL DUAL FASHION PRESENTATIONS AT LFW 2016
THE MATADOR’S MISTRESS
Drama, sensational colours and mind-blowing embellishments were the mainstay of the collection that was romantically titled ‘The Matador’s Mistress’. Here was fashion decadence at its ultimate best as a fantastic mix of couture ball gowns, wafted down the runway leaving the women in the audience speechless.
Texturing played a major role as cords, ruffles and frills added to the drama of the creations. Shades of flame red, burnt blue, emerald green and dark plum played with the stunning intricate tonal and rich gold embroidery. . The fabrics were a rich choice of tulle, velvet, silk and satin
The most beautiful senorita in India, Bollywood beauty, Malaika Arora Khan glided down the ramp in a cut-out at the waist, long-sleeved black mermaid style gown with gold bead work that was totally mesmerising.
When it comes to couture women’s wear ‘The Matador’s Mistress’ by Shantanu and Nikhil; was the ultimate offering with drama, style, elegance with a hint of romance and beauty, just ideal for the show stopping Red Carpet entry.
THE MUTINY 1919
If the women’s wear show was full of feminine, glamorous, seductive, elegance; then the men’s wear offering by Shantanu and Nikhil was a high octane, totally masculine, regimental offering inspired by history.
Creating a fashion mutiny on the ramp, Shantanu and Nikhil presented their very Avant Garde men’s wear line.It was definitely a stylish rebellion on the ramp as the Capital’s well-known designer duo gave the stronger sex an innovative fashion direction for the coming season.
Double breasted Jodhpuri jackets, wide floppy pants and shaded angular draped kurtas looked stylish with churidars.Jodhpuri jackets had a military touch over asymmetric kurtas. Long or short sherwanis, bundi with dhoti pants regimental kurtas, the battle- ready leather bundi and off-centre zippered sherwanis created the perfect action-ready garments. Faux fur appeared as capes to add a winter wear look.
Closing ‘The Mutiny 1919’ was top Bollywood star Riteish Deshmukh turbaned and bearded in a black textured jacket, flared kurta and churidars.When the Indian male wants to make a strong traditional fashion statement but with a stylish twist then he can go for ‘The Mutiny 1919’ look by designers Shantanu and Nikhil and create a fashionable war cry.