PUNIT BALANA AND NEHA AGARWAL SHOWCASED THE BEAUTY OF INDIAN CRAFTS AT THE STUDIO DURING LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2018
Punit Balana Created A Collection That Exuded Charm And Beauty At The Studio During Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018.
Proud of his hometown Jaipur, Punit Balana wove the charm and beauty of the Pink City into his “Gulabi Chowk” collection at The Studio during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018. Inspired by the memorable architectural wonders of Jalebi Chowk, Sheesh Mahal, and Amer Fort, Punit’s creations came to life with the use of the 500-year-old Sanganer hand block printing technique. Natural organic dyes, colors, and eco- friendly techniques were given the perfect balance when Punit used the intricate wooden blocks, designed by the Chippas.
The versatile actor Jim Sarbh opened the show looking suave in a steel-grey trouser, shirt teamed with a long structured jacket. The Dori work, as well as the glass embroidery, was turned into motifs inspired by the traditional monuments. With pinkish maroon and greyish blue being the dominant colors, it was complemented ably with Robin, egg blue, and steel.
The fabrics revolved around luxurious textures that were turned into interesting dhoti jumpsuits, the swirling festive kedia, traditional ghararas and the ever-favorite saris with dramatically structured blouses; the same textures also appeared on elegant footwear to complement the garments.
To give the women’s wear collection the ideal coordinate, Punit entered the realm of men’s wear for the first time. The garments for the stylish male dresser had Punit’s signature hand-block printing for the relaxed shirts and pants that are ideal for a fun outing or a destination wedding. Bollywood’s talented actor, Radhika Apte, known for effortless style, looked chic in a beautiful, steel-grey halter gown with an embellished bodice as she walked down the ramp. The “Gulabi Chowk” collection by Punit Balana was aimed at dressing trendy men and women, who enjoy combining traditional crafts, textiles and styles with a creative twist.
Neha Agarwal’s Agami Label Brought An Artisanal Fashion Mix To The Studio At Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018
Neha Agarwal one of the stars of the Lakmé Fashion Week Gen Next Winter/Festive 2014 show has moved speedily up the ladder of success each season with her innovative fashion ideas. At The Studio during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018, Neha’s ‘Agami’ label presented “Pushtaini” inspired by the wondrous age-old traditional craft of Madhubani. Neha’s fashion experiments have always brought forth some admirable results and for the coming season, her attempts to merge Indian art and fashion proved to be a thumping success.
This was creatively processed in the form of surface ornamentation, which was the driving force of the ensembles. When it’s a question of an artisanal mix that comes from dual worlds, there have to be some dramatic consequences that could push fashion on a more exciting level.
Neha reinvented zardosi into contemporary designs that in turn brought the buyer closer to her roots. The luxurious panel and patch embroidered ensembles, with interesting silhouettes of concept pre-stitched saris and dhoti skirts which glided down the catwalk were stunners; and the live music set the right atmosphere for the looks.
Many were ideal Red Carpet offerings that would turn the lady into a fashion Diva. The gorgeous Bollywood actress, Kiara Advani, sashayed down the runway in a backless, beige and pink, extreme high-low tunic with an extended train and beige pants; both intricately embroidered.
Neha Agarwal’s ‘Agami’ label turned the “Pushtaini” collection into a ‘must have’ offering for women who want to push their inner diva to greater heights.