6 Degree presented the versatile collections of Julie Shah, Arvind Ampula, Gaurav Katta and Sanjukta Dutta at The Studio during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018
Mumbai, 26th August 2018: Julie Shah is known for her glamorous evening wear with delicate embellishments that speak a language of craft, grace and beauty. For Lakmè Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018, Julie Shah unveiled her label ‘Julie’ that was an enchanting line of formal wear.
Inspired by the national flower the lotus, the collection was obviously called “Abjini”. Julie used it in multiple designs as well as colours and presented an ethereal line of ensembles. The lotus motif was creatively used in clusters as it appeared around the bodice, shoulders, waist, and on the long cape sleeves. The colours were a soothing choice of pastels and navy with beads, resham work and hints of glitter that added a much-needed sparkle.
The fluid shapes of the garments were almost Grecian in nature with plunging necklines, sheer tulle and georgette, draped gowns, asymmetric blouses with trailing front panels and elegant skirts. Pretty peach and pink played a major role, as it was the perfect base for the sparkly white embroidery that nestled in the folds of the dream-like creations.
The powder blue jumpsuit opened the show and the pink floral embroidery on the bodice and an asymmetrically draped detail in georgette added to style quotient of the ensemble. The pastel pink floor length gown was livened up with embellishment on the bodice. The pretty, perky Prachi Desai stole the show in a beautiful scarlet red lehenga, layered and pleated to perfection and had a thigh high slit. The asymmetrically embroidered choli had an attached dupatta, which also doubled as a train.
When a profusion of lotus blooms, artistically all over the garments, the “Abjini” collection by Julie Shah for her label ‘Julie’ will be a line coveted by women who want to surround themselves with the enchanting blossoms.
Giving his designer touches Arvind Ampula unveiled his formal collection at The Studio during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018
A graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Hyderabad, Arvind Ampula has been a well-known name in the fashion industry, having displayed his work at several fashion weeks. Working with intricate hand embroidery on naturally dyed fabrics, which were hand woven, Arvind’s collection at the Studio during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018 was a perfect balance of style, craft and construction.
The colours worked around a pastel palette, so soft green, lime; pale peach, olive, dusty blue and pink were ideal choices for the layered ensembles. Sprinkling his creations with a wide variety of garden blossoms that bloomed on different parts of the garments; Arvind paid particular attention to construction and cuts.
The gracefully, styled, maxis embellished with tiny peonies and clusters of golden beaded grape motifs, brought the drawstring in focus as it played with hemlines and sleeves. The loose tunics were coordinated with wide maxis, while the reworked version of the kedia blouse looked stylish with dhoti pants. Peplum tops, long gowns with sleeve tabs, layers of kurtas, pants, jackets and the contemporary tunic with a belt worked well in the mix and match category.
The cool fabrics were ideal for the day wear collection, while for after dark glamour, Arvind brought heavily embroidered lehengas with tiny ornate cholis. His treatment for the saris was different, as he teamed them with severely tailored coats or jackets.
The unexpected blend of a trench coat and sari resulted in a beautiful floral embroidered gold outfit. A tie-up belt cinching the waist created the perfect look for all the women looking for a modern twist of the classic staple.
The opening entry for the men’s wear was a blush pink sherwani with a gold placement embroidery. For men, wanting to impress, it was the antique gold kurta/pyjama worn with a mandarin collared jacket with zig-zag sali detailing setting the tone of the trends to come this season. Sophie Chaudhary made a glamorous entry on the ramp in an intricately embroidered pistachio green lehenga with pink ruffles, sculpted choli and a sheer nude dupatta, with scalloped edges and peonies on the hem.
A floral fantasy on garments is what women and men loved when Arvind Ampula unveiled his collection and even ensured that the selection was both ethnic and western.
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Sanjukta Dutta’s Mekhela Chador and Assamese textiles collection as a dazzling offering at The Studio during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018
Sanjukta Dutta’s love for the Mekhela Chador has been constant season after season. For Lakmè Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018 her show at The Studio called “Aboor” was a stunning display of Assam’s beloved textiles. Using the fabulous Assamese silks, Sanjukta allowed her imagination to run on a creative path.
Saris, lehengas, tops, skirts, and gowns were lovingly constructed to highlight the beauty of the fabrics. The amalgamation of traditional motifs from around India with Assamese silk was the cynosure of the show. When it came to the color palette, Sanjukta gave intense competition to the rainbow as she unleashed a magnificent shade card. There was a riot of hues along with orange, blue, yellow and traditional offerings like red, black and Muga.
For her ethnic and Indo-western collection, Sanjukta had a mind-boggling line of garments that were regal in drape and form. Sanjukta went a step further when she turned the rich black Assamese silk into fishtail lehengas with blouses and half saris. Dhoti pants were worn with black kurta and knee length embellished coat; while the stunning blue silk lehenga, choli dupatta and the heavily woven skirt with a white shirt offered a series of outfits that undoubtedly show stopping material.
The showstoppers were the eternal Dream Girl Hema Malini accompanied by her lovely daughter Esha Deol. For Hema it was an embellished two-toned sari in navy red and shades of orange and a cummerbund to cinch the waist. Esha glided in a white and pink flared lehenga, choli and dupatta also accessorised with a tasselled waistband.
The “Aboor” collection by Sanjukta Dutta no doubt had all the right options and choices for the festive season. The Gaurav Katta collection offered all the right trend directions at The Studio during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018
Gaurav Katta’s fusion line of British Royal era clothing merged with Rajasthani Royal age murals was a grand offering at The Studio during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018.
When the theme speaks of such regal inspirations then embellishments and materials have to be opulent. Reams of greyish tones of flowing fabrics were turned into floor kissing gowns, while tinselled satin, wool, and sables added to the 16th century inspired collection. The embroidery was drenched in gold and silver zari on luxurious textures like lace, organza, silk, velvet, and georgette. The minute embroidery with sequins, beads, and pearls for the floral motifs, gave the hemlines a glittering image. Zari work appeared for the glamorous creeper designs, against a red silk background with gold foil for tiny leaves. The regal swirling lemon-hued gown had to cascade floral embellishments; while the tiny black long-sleeved bolero looked flirty with placement work on sleeves. For a more fusion look, jackets were more favored than dupattas for the ensembles. For added drama, there was the paneled brown will-powered bodice gown that was highlighted with pearls, zari, resham and sequin work once again paying homage to the eye-catching floral motifs that snaked down from waist to hemline. While fashion had some restrictions for women in the 16th century, Gaurav’s line of Red Carpet creations was a showcase of unlimited options meant for the festive occasions during the coming season.
The beautiful Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin walked down the ramp turning heads in an off-shouldered, floor-length powder blue gown with a matching sheer dupatta and delicate pink, gold and white zardozi embroidery. For that grand event when women want to make a great sartorial impression with glamorous retro fashion, Gaurav Katta’s Indo-British fusion collection of formal wear had all the right fashion options.