Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 concluded this Sunday. Over the course of the 5 day long fashion week, we saw a number of designers bringing great and surreal collections to the ramp. While most left us spellbound, here are the Top 5 show that are pretty high for me:
1: Wendell Rodricks – aLL – THE PLUS SIZE LABEL
Wendell Rodricks’ plus size bonanza show said forget the Zero, look happily towards the Plus sign. Being his second ‘Plus Size’ show at LFW, he broke myths about Plus Size fashion where colour, style and fabrics were concerned and created a rocking sensation on the ramp.
Varonica Campabell, India’s first transgender plus size model, opened the show.
Adding glamour to the garments were the ‘Love Your Curves’ appliquéd hearts that brought a fun and humorous element to the collection.
2: Gaurang – Chitravali
Using the frescos from Ajanta caves as hand-painted Kalamkari on Kanchipuram silk; Gaurang blended the beauty of the two traditional mediums in ‘Chitravali’.
Opting for natural dyes obtained from the bark flower and root, the final result was a kaleidoscope of red from pomegranate seeds, yellow from harde, blue from indigo, black by blending iron and jaggery green by fusing indigo and myno-balan for the magnificent colour story.
The Kalamkari technique was incorporated cleverly on brightly coloured Kanchipuram silk brocades with glittering golden borders. Gaurang undoubtedly has an heirloom in the offering for fashion connoisseurs to treasure, because of his ability to combine tradition, heritage and fashion together.
3: Manish Arora – Cosmic Love
Etihad Airways presented the glitzy and glamorous collection of the internationally renowned designer Manish Arora, ‘Cosmic Love’ on Day 4 of the fashion week.
What sets his show a notch higher is its venue. The show was held at the atrium of the Palladium Mall. 40 models moved up and down the escalators in their intergalactic creations leaving those gathered there in awe of the designers’ fantabulous creative genius.
The designer unleashed stunning velvet appliqués and optical illusion peacock embellishments in gleaming gold and green. Astrology played a major role for the embroidery, as shooting stars and golden sunrays appeared on silk crêpe drawstring dresses and cropped denim jackets. The Swarovski crystals used looked magnificent. Colours played a celestial symphony as mustard, tangerine, midnight blue, violet, fuchsia and royal blue turned into the ideal basis for the collection.
4: Narendra Kumar – The Marriage of Shayla Patel’
Narendra Kumar’s The Marriage of Shayla Patel, was nothing less than a visual movie incorporating the dreams of a bride.
His creations this time featured a wardrobe for all members of the bridal entourage. Inspired by his imaginary muse Shayla Patel, Narendra dreamt up a winter wedding trousseau for her.
With a glamorous ivory gown with gold embellishments for Shayla and an ivory double-lapel/vent jacket for her groom-to-be, Narendra dedicated beige to people of honour. Besides beige, the designer also put forth outfits in greens, blues and reds.
The embellishments were in the forefront, as rich embroidery in shades of forest green, blue and red glittered the runway. The sharply cut tailored jackets; stylishly constructed jumpsuits and memorable grand Red Carpet worthy gowns completed the scintillating trousseaux.
5: Sonali Pamnani – The Meraki Project
There was a childlike innocence in the ‘Little Hearts’ collection by Sonali Pamnani for her label ‘The Meraki Project’.
Inspired by the carefree life of children filled with fun, frolic and fantasy without a care in the world; those happy-go-lucky-days of childhood were evident in the ethos of the garments. The ambience of the show was very childlike as the models hopped, skipped and jumped in and also sat on swings as they enjoyed and relived their childhood.
What was really awesome was that Sonali ensured that the left over ikat materials from her previous collections was put to good use and up-cycled as lining for the garments this time.
Dangal actress, Sanya Malhotra, who was the show stopper, made a skipping entry and rocked the grey knotted jacket, with the quotes, “Saving the World” and “Super Woman” on it. It also sported childlike drawings turned her into a chic trendsetter.
While, all 5 rate pretty high for me. But, if I had to choose 1 as my favourite it would be Sonali Pamnani – The Meraki Project. Why, you ask? Who doesn’t want a piece of their childhood back? I definitely want mine. The kiddy drawing on the outfit is a soft spot for me. Plus, this line can be worn every day.
Close on heels will be Narendra Kumar – The Marriage of Shayla Patel. After all, every girl wants a dream wedding trousseau like that.