When the inspiration is a 70 year old apartment in Paris with its treasure trove of memories, the collection has to have a nostalgic appeal. Archana Rao’s “The Apartment” for her ‘Frou-Frou‘ label at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 revived the memories of a bygone Parisian era as she creatively merged colors and fabrics with romantic nuances.
Shades of a soft palette started with nudes, blush pinks, pearly whites and moved to strong hues of military green and ocher. Matching the gentle beauty of the colors was the melange of fabrics that moved from versatile hosiery and frail nets, to pure cotton and sheer organza. Detailing played a soft symphony, as embroidered cut-work and pearl minutiae added to the ethereal touch but the silhouettes were kept relaxed yet regal.
Some interesting men’s wear appeared on the ramp where appliqued shirts and jackets were teamed with relaxed trousers. The showstopper was the very petite and beautiful, Aditi Rao Hydari who glided down in an empire line light maroon layered cut-work gown.
For women who long for that nostalgic Parisian touch in their wardrobe “The Apartment” by Archana Rao is what they will opt for.
Indigo is the eternal popular shade of blue loved by all from various walks of life. It has been at the center of fashion for decades. Paying homage to this eternal shade, Karishma Shahani Khan’s “Neel” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 moved from comfort with functional detailing and then gradually went into traditional Asian mending and repairing techniques.
Boro, Sashika and Kantha gave the ensembles a richness that was timeless. The motifs were inspired by the blossoms that garland the blue skinned Indian deities with hints of vermillion and kumkum. Using fabulous hand woven silks, cottons, medium weight recycled denim and reused remnants of fabrics starting with Malkha cotton, ikats and hand woven silk; Karishma brought in a symphony of colors like white, red and mustard to balance the indigo shade.
When traditional weaves and colors come seamlessly together, then the result is the stunning “Neel” collection by Karishma Shahani Khan.
From placement prints on black, white and grey last season, Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty for their “Huemn” label showcased a neo luxe collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015. Combining luxury in comfort and vice versa, the designers brought in stark femininity that had a flirtatious fascination for masculine coordinates. Classic silhouettes were revised with 3D futuristic fabrics and New Age print treatments.
Easy-to-wear summer apparel was layered with handmade techniques and finishes for suiting fabrics that enhanced the collection to a premium level. To match the silhouettes and fabrics the luxurious color story was woven around fuchsia and gold with sheer white for lush silk, cotton and knits.
Abstract prints in black and white looked great for sheer covers over sheaths, a khaki flared white blotch print skirt, jumpsuit with net trail, red maxi with bold shimmer and the final white maxi embellished with feather like shredding with a sheer hem was an innovative end to the very practical but trendy collection.
For the Summer/Resort season of 2015 Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s “Huemn” label offered a bouquet of exotic ensembles to the adventurous trendsetters.
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