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Grand Finale at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 30, 2013

Sabyasachi 

People who think that Indian Royals no longer exists, need to see Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection every single season. The grandeur and elegance seen in his outfits simply leave me speechless. This year I did get a chance to visit his signature store in Mumbai……….it felt as if I had entered a different era with fabulous outfits around me combined with beautiful architecture.

Vintage is a strength for Sabyasachi which he presents in numerous styles every year. This year too the collection was created out of loads of sequins, prints, lace, velvet, brocade with stunning embroidery. Rich colours like beige, golden, bottle green, peach, red and copper were used to create the outfits. I admire that one can seldom grow bored of Sabyasachi’s creation as they look amazing in any given season.

 

 

Photo Courtesy : lakmefashionweek.co.in, Vogue India

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Day 4 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 30, 2013

IFP loved these collection on Day 4 of Lakme Fashion Week.

Photo Courtesy : lakmefashionweek.co.in, Vogue India

Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar in collaboration with Reliance Jewels showcased the latest designs for Label & her signature line ‘Ritu Kumar’. The ‘Label’ collection was inspired by the beautiful land of ‘Bhutan’ as the livid colours were a prominent feature. While Ritu’s Bridal collection was done up in softer colours & had abundance of lace work.

Kaftans, Anarkali, Lehenga, knee length dresses, pants, shirts and jackets were the styles in this collection. I do like the colourful outfits but felt the Indianwear required something more creative…….the designs felt too simple. The lace detail work is what we have witnessed in numerous other collection. I am all for the ‘Bhutan’ inspired outfits but unfortunately was looking out for something new in Bridalwear.

Rahul Mishra

How to create an exquisite collection from Indian handloom??? This is what Rahul Mishra does best every year when he introduces his new collection on the runway. This season was no different where Rahul Mishra created an entire collection out of Chanderi & Maheshwari weaves. Sarees, cholis, Palazzo pants, Jackets, Anarkalis were the main highlight of his collection.  Floral Motifs were the beautiful designs weaved into the fabric in golden & silver.

This collection was devoid of any heavy embellishment or embroidery while emphasis was given more on the drapes. The bright colours like rani pink, saffron, haldi yellow were stunning and very ‘Indian’. Love the fact that Rahul can make Indian weaves come to life in such a contemporary way. Love the outfits!!!

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Day 3 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 26, 2013

The past 2 days prove that the same designs do not work every single time………..fashionistas only get impressed with something new. Many established designers seem to have forgotten this mantra………with so many talented designers out there, one has to offer new every single show. I was not impressed by the works of many established designers as their designs seemed regular & not even that creative. Hence only the designers who offer fresh designs, get featured in this space.

Here is a look at the collection which IFP loved on Day3

Photo Courtesy : Tandem Communications

 

Amit Aggarwal

Moulding, metallic & magic were the 3 aspects of Amit’s latest collection . There were plenty of futuristic gowns, sarees, jackets & flowy skirts with metal detailing. The colours were dark and the feel was ‘Gothic’……..the models were styled in pulled back hair that sported metallic maang tikka. Butterfly motifs were a prominent feature in some outfits which were presented in a very demure way.

Love the gowns in this collection……..Amit has experimented alot with metal for his latest work which leaves you desiring for more. The designer has stuck to the theme and not gone overboard with mixing other unnecessary patterns.  Very contemporary and different from what I have seen so far this season.

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Day 2 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 26, 2013

After a fresh start to LFW, Day 2 looked even more promising. The upcoming talent are ambitious than ever with their new creations and I must say they do impress in a good way. Here is a look at the designers who stood out of the rest on Day 2.

Photo Courtesy : Vogue India

SOUP by Sougat Paul

Sougat offered his latest collection titled ‘Decoding Zellige’ inspired by Moroccan architecture. Unlike other collections inspired by Morocco, this one came across as more subtle & thankfully not loud. The colours were a stunning blend of pastels with black, purple and orchard yellow. The detail-work & embellishments were kept limited to the bodice & hemlines while grand neck pieces completed the look with an elegance.

I loved Sougat’s latest works for the simplicity it had yet looked very contemporary on the runway. The new age sarees get my vote in this collection while the flowy skirts are a must have. The colours, the styling and the clothes were alluring………not much to complain about a neat & clean collection which has a feel good factor to it.

Shantanu Goenka

Though I have never featured Shantanu’s collection earlier on this blog, I just felt different about his latest collection ‘Kruhun’ for the sheer fact that the outfits oozed with richness. Though for some outfits I could just say it was a cross between JJ Valaya & Sabyasachi but I loved the heavy detail-work used in this collection. The regal collection was primarily done up in black & golden……….consisting of traditional menswear, sarees, lehenga, jackets & angrakha.

I loved the variety of menswear in Shantanu’s work………..I find it fits amazing for the upcoming festive season. There were plenty of animal prints. paisley  & floral details……….not a fan of the swimwear & knee length skirts in sheer fabric. The styling was royal, the clothes were rich and bet we would get to see many of these creations off the runway too.

Talent Box featuring Arpita Mehta & Harshita C. Deshpande

Two budding talents Arpita Mehta & Harshita Chatterjee Deshpande did manage to catch IFP’s eye for using ethnic Indian work in their collection.

Arpita’s collection had mirror work on the blouses while prints were used for the sarees & lehengas. The colours were beige, pista green, lavender & powder blue.  Soha Ali Khan took the ramp for Arpita at LFW

 

Harshita took inspiration from Maharashtra as her entire collection revolved around ‘Paithani’ saree. The jackets, Anarkali and drapes were made from ‘Paithani’ & combined with other numerous fabrics. Sonali Bendre & Isha Koppikar were the show-stopper for Harshita.

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Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 24, 2013

Day 1 was a blend of veteran designers & upcoming new breed of designers………..new ideas, new patterns, new silhouette is what we are hungry for every single season. IFP takes a look at the designers whose work stood out from the rest. Surely these designers will lay the ground rules for the upcoming Festive season.

Photo Courtesy : Vogue India

Nikhil Thampi

Nikhil Thampi had impressed us with his summer 2013 collection which had designs in sheer fabric, fish motifs & metallic accessories……that did indeed new trend. But this collection was based on contemporary Indian wear with faces of Kathakali dancers imprinted on the fabric………..there was no denying that Nikhil went back to his roots to draw inspiration for his recent works. And I thought the designer could make only western outfits………..feels good when  fashion-wise you are proved wrong…. 🙂

The collection consisted of Bolero jackets, Achkans, flare pants, sarees, demure gowns, flowy skirts etc. mostly done up in silk & sheer fabric. The colour palette had beige golden, white, black & ash grey.  My only wish would be to see more colours in Nikhil’s collection in future along with the surprise element of motifs which reflect his inspiration beautifully.

For this time, the designer has indeed has a good year as both his summer as well as festive collection have got noticed by the fashion circle. Hope Nikhil continues his fashion saga next year as well with his new ideas.

Payal Singhal

Payal Singhal has become a regular on IFP’s review of every season of Lakme Fashion Week. Her recent creations aptly titled as ‘Char Bagh’ better read as four gardens was Persian inspired was primarily done up in pastels, black, white & burgundy with hint of gotta patti work & embroidery. The motifs were a blend of monochromes & persian prints with a touch of geometry. Asymmetrical hemlines, patiala salwars & heavy detailwork around the neckline were prominent features seen in this collection.

I like the fact that Payal’s Indian wear designs are clean and contemporary. She blends the traditional well with modern and I am sure this collection will find plenty of takers.  Though the western wear is not a strong point in this collection, the Indian line makes up for it.  Payal has new ideas and is willing to experiment……that is a quality which impresses IFP.

Shilpa Reddy 

Shilpa Reddy showcased her collection ‘Suriyothai’ collection……….the name of the warrior queen of Thailand. The bright yellow & tangerine colours took centre stage while the exaggerated shoulder was a prominent Thai feature. The collection had sarees, evening gowns, skirts, lehenga, anarkalis and jackets.

Thai combined with Indians designs was a first for this season………something new is what IFP always like. Need to see more works of Shilpa in future too but this collection is a keeper for the festive season.

Anita Dongre 

There was a colour riot at the recent showcasing of Anita’ Dongre’s Timeless collection which had plenty of choices for the bride-to-be.  ‘The Jaipur Bride’ – title for Anita’s festive collection had loads of Lehengas, anarkali & sarees in bright neons colours which will make any bride stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Though I felt many designs were seen before in Anita’s collection but the heavily embellished Lehenga got my vote for this upcoming festive season. The colours were alluring and the detailing was inspired by Rajasthan.  Overall the collection was beautiful but require something off the usual  from Anita in the next fashion week.

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Manish Malhotra opens Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 24, 2013

Lakme Fashion Week which is one of the most awaited event in India’s fashion world, kick started with a grand opening show of designer Manish Malhotra in amchi Mumbai.  Unlike Manish’s summer collection which had loads of Phulkari work, this festive collection ‘Reflections’  reflected more of Manish’s signature detailwork. The colours had more of muted shades combined with bright hues…..the beautiful pastel colours like mint, moss, grey, baby pink with touches of maroon, rani pink, burgundy and black were the prime colours around which the entire collection revolved. The collection had lehengas, anarkalis & sarees while plenty of achkans & kurtas in menswear.

I am more in awe of Manish’s earlier collection since this one never really stood out from the rest of his earlier works. Beautiful designs indeed but I wish Manish would draw inspiration  from other parts of our country and blend more traditional fabrics from south & east India.

Here is a look at Manish Malhotra’s Festive/Winter collection.

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Bridal Collection IFP loved this season – Rohit Bal

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 5, 2013

Rohit Bal displayed his recent bridal work at India Bridal Week and the alluring designs won IFP’s vote for the best collection. Kashmiri embroidery work came alive in Rohit Bal’s designs. Here is a look at Rohit Bal’s Bridal collection for 2013.

 

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Bridal Collection IFP loved this season – Kotwara by Meera & Muzzafar Ali

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 5, 2013

‘Indian Fashion Police’ has been reviewing the Bridal Couture weeks held since the past month………IFP picks up it’s favourite designer collection and thinks these designers have set new benchmark for this year’s bridal fashion. First on IFP’s list is the ‘Kotwara’ collection by Meera & Muzzafar Ali which oozed with loads of royalty. They have kept the nawabi tradition alive through their work…………as for me I am in awe of their superb work. Here is a look at their collection displayed at India Bridal Week 2013.

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