Pallavi Singhee for her label “Verb” presented a flawless compilation called ‘A La Suite’, at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 which was an extension of her previous Spring/Summer line ‘J’aime La Vie – I Love Life’.The objective behind the collection was to make exquisite clothes with a single aim – to make women feel more confident and gorgeous, which was reflected in the silhouettes and functionality of the ensembles.
The show commenced with three groups of looks ranging from brunch attire, youthful blacks and whites to evening and resort dresses. The apparel were textured and color blocked with limes and blues that merged into blacks and whites, which were finished off with baby pinks, lush blossom and mint pinks.
The fabrics encompassed materials like sheer Chantilly to organza, mul, chiffon and satin. The whimsical and sheer qualities were teamed with quilted silks and lace detailing. The silhouettes started with midi dresses, culottes, strappy tops, and went on to pleated quilted dresses. To add a dazzling touch, mirror work and zardozi gave the western silhouettes a desi feel.
The flamboyant Sagarika Ghatge star of the block buster “Chak de! India” graced the stage as a showstopper wearing an off-white organza, sheer midi dress heavily embroidered with Jaal in flower and leaf motifs.
Yogesh Chaudhary’s label ‘Surendri’ thrilled the awaiting audience with his latest collection ‘Mithu’ at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015. Delving into the inspiration drawn from colorful birds that had been haunting the mango trees near the ‘Surendri’ studio, Yogesh created ‘Mithu’. He made a conscious effort at designing a line that not just produced day dressing and resort ensembles; but also stayed true to the ethnic roots for bridal wear.
Varied fabrics and embroidered materials were used to form a vintage aesthetic. Drawing musings from parrots, the collection sported elements like jharoka backs, actual parrot motifs, feathered tails, and employed techniques like appliqué, foiling, flocking, hand and machine embroidery. The silhouettes paid homage to the modern Indian women and were greatly influenced by the past for a costume-like presentation that is usually admired in Indian evening wear.
The silhouettes featured looks like Sherwani trenches, kurta saris, jacketed lehengas, and a reinterpretation of the omnipresent dupatta in materials like net, satins and cottons with hints of parrot prints. The twin lehenga sets were featured with two models wearing a complete yellow and red lehenga with gold embroidered parrots and deeply cut backs on the blouses. Another combination that stood out, was the simple black sari with gold embroidered parrots paired with an elbow grazing blouse that looked both elegant and chic.
Shikha Grover and Vinita Adhikari displayed their romanticized collection “Love me, Love me not” for their brand ILK during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Both the designers expressed their philosophy in a very poetically themed collection of apparel. Their designs took the audience to a world of duality and paradoxes, deceptions and illusions. The designs questioned the viewers to look beyond what they saw, to find empowerment in the unknown and invoke a love for the risqué.
The collection showcased a unique technique of relaxed silhouettes, embellished with transparent fluidity, floral textures and seam inserts. The designer duo was consistent with their ILK signature style of adding textures to their fabrics of cotton, net and gauze while preserving the feminine feel to their designs.
The highlight of the collection was the white and black printed sari with a mint undertone. Another outfit that was attention grabbing was the body-con suit entirely embroidered with flowers and styled with a belt making it look effortlessly glamorous.