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Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 5, 2012

I am happy the way this LFW is proceeding after Day 2…….budding designers impressing the audience while the established ones getting better with time. Inspirations are galore, which have resulted in newer designs. We have given our verdict on earlier collection……..IFP’s pick for Day 3 are:

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Gaurang Shah

Kanjeevaram combined with prints………..now that is a rare combination which I have seen. ‘Ardhagini’ a collection by designer Gaurang Shah had alot of traditional Indian styles like Kanjeevaram, Kalamkari and zardosi incorporated. The look given was of 1950s & 1960s………actually reminded me of the Eastman colour Bollywood movies. The colour palette had bright hues like saffron, vermillion, red, hot pinks, green & blues. Sarees were combined with printed blouses & stoles while kurats were paired with ¬†printed patiala salwars. Actress Kirron Kher walked the runway in a beautiful ivory-golden saree and depicted sheer elegance. Perfect styling, beautiful show-stopper and homage to Indian textile heritage……..Gaurang Shah has managed to win the runway on Day 3 ¬†ūüôā IFP likes the collection for portraying the traditional weave in a contemporary manner on the ramp.

Deepika Govind

I also happen to like few creations from Deepika Govind’s collection ‘Pop Patola’. The clothes had loads of vibrant color and fun prints. Traditional weaves like ikat was used to create short dresses and jackets. Sarees had prints on the border and blouse…..IFP would like to see more of Deepika’s work in future.

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta’s collection ‘Encore’ had loads of detail work in form of cutwork, embellishments, lace, embroidery and zardosi. ¬†Fabrics like chanderi, lace, georgette, velvet , tulli created magic on stage. Kurtas were combined with pants and voluminous lehengas while the look was styled with zari belts. This was an extension of Krishna’s Resort/Summer collection but had slight twists & turns. Though few pieces had too work of detailling….how I wish the cutwork at the hemlines would be restricted. Few pieces were indeed beautiful and my love for florals did make take notice of Krishna’s collection.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre presented her recent collection ‘Urban Goddess’ which had weaves from Benaras, Ikat from Andhra Pradesh, blok prints from Bhuj, The show started off with western wear that had a range of dresses, pants, jackets, skirts and top. This time around I am not a big fan of the western section since this is something that I have seen in Anita’s earlier work. But Why she is IFP’s pick is because her Indo-westerns always are a cut above………..something that any person like myself would want to go to the store and buy. The voluminous skirts paired with the sexy tops did appeal to me. Also the jackets and the cute party bags looked caught my eye…………loved the jewels. Preeti Desai was a vision in white from Anita Dongre ‘Timeless’ Bridal collection. Menswear was kept simple with Jodhpuri jackets in colors like grey ad blue. ¬†Overall I am neither too happy nor too disappointed as I expected more out of Anita’s work. ¬†Wish she would incorporate a bit of fun and glamour in her next work.

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Lakme Fashion Week Resort 2012 – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 5, 2012

It is hard but I am yet to find outstanding work from budding designers. As for the established ones, I am not at all disappointed with their Resort collection……….there is color, better fit and newer style that I have got to see plus cocktail dress designs¬†have been my favourite so far. So let’s catch up who lured us with their creation on Day 3 of LFW.

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Anita Dongre

‘Waves of Joy’ which is Anita Dongre’s¬†recent collection was inspired from Indian textiles. The show was in collaboration with Godrej¬† Interio¬†Design HQ for which Anita has designed a line of furniture. The color pallette¬†ranged from lighter pastels to brighter colors. The outfits had a very retro look in terms of designs with dresses, gowns, sarees, pants, shirts. Anita also launched menswear collection which had a range of blazers, trousers and jackets. IFP¬†likes the look of traditional weaves used to create contemporary look and gives a thumbs up for the flirty short dresses.

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta’s recent work was a fusion of bright oranges, hot pinks and bold reds with beige, cream and black………now that actually caught my eye. The floral motifs which had mostly rose detailwork¬†looked beautiful on the runway…… the touch of lace here & there added a touch of class. The collection had sarees, kurtis¬†with churidhar¬†sleeves, tunics, bolero jackets, wide leg pants, anarkali, skirts & lehenga. There was a lot of sequin¬†detail seen on the blouse but the bling¬†on the sarees were thankfully kept muted. IFP¬†recommends Krishna Mehta’s collection for the upcoming summer season………..wear it for a daytime party, a summer wedding or a cocktailevent, you can never go wrong with this collection.

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Van Heusen India Men’s Week 2011 – Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 4, 2011

Day 2 had many designers showcasing their work and we have few favourites from the event.

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta added the element of fun & color in her recent collection which had a range of jackets, achkan, trousers, scarves, bandhgala¬†and distressed denims…………….though distressed denims combined with classy jacket were not my taste, but maybe that is just me. The collection otherwise was smart and thankfully not over the top. It was fashion forward yet trendy enough to be worn everywhere. Love the colours used in the collection which were not too bright yet very masculine. I feel Krishna Mehta has re-invented her designing style……….this one will have many takers.

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Ashish N Soni

Last year one got to see a vintage inspired collection by Ashish¬†Soni………..this year was an entirely different story though. Ashish¬†choose to design a range based on resortwear¬†theme and played around with bright summer colors. The jackets & blazers had an amazing fit, the blues were soothing to the eye but I found some colours too bright to be worn especially for men. Maybe I am still in awe of Ashish’s¬†vintage collection which he had showcased last year. But nonethless the collection was smart and the younger generation would definitely love flaunting it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 – Day 1

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 18, 2010

I have to say this that it is easier to cover and write about Lakme India Fashion Week events than any other fashion week held here…………..the reason – proper updates about the designer and their recent collection is given on their official website within hours & not days of the events. Wish other fashion weeks would update their websites properly and quick for better coverage.

It is the same time of the year to get busy and immerse myself completely in fashion. I love fashion weeks that I think everybody would be knowing by now and wish to attend the same live someday…………I wish with all my heart. Is someone listening?????

So time to post a review about the designer’s recent collection. The day 1 started off with GenNext¬†designers and ended with Manish¬†Arora’s collection. Let’s have a look at who made an impression on the minds of fashionistas and who left a dent!!

Gennext Designer РFasal Mahmood & Akanksha Arora

Fasal¬†& Akanksha¬†started their label ‘Wardrobe 101’ after graduating from NIFT, presented a collection for menswear which was kinda of futuristic age¬†meets iron age. I liked the styling of the clothes which was pretty macho with a¬†likes of metal accessories¬†and the colour palette was dominated by browns, blues, blacks and greys. The collection consisted of ¬†jackets, pants, funky shirts, T-shirts……………but as usual missed a pop of colour. Though I dig their jackets but a bit of maroons or purple would have added the much-needed¬†spice to the collection. There was plenty of use of zippers, liked the pants which had different patterns. My verdict is that the duo might have to push away from too darker shades since they are looking very gloomy to me¬†and incorporate more of colour………………I do agree it is for winters but why can there not be colour in winters. Some winter formals with smart fits would have also helped………….but maybe that’s just me.

Gennext Designer РJelin George

Jelin’s¬†collection actually reminded me of the ‘Moulin Rouge’ especially those tilted gentleman’s hat………….while she said her inspiration was Grace Jones, those exaggerated shoulders explain well why she was inspired by Grace. The silhouette was well cut, shoulders pieces took the centre stage, colour black was dominant, sequins shimmered on the dark palette……………..now my question is ‘Why there is no colour???’ Grace Jones and the era of 1980s was definitely all about colour. The only black collection left me desiring for more drama in the outfits though the styling was amazing and different from what I have seen on the Indian fashion runway. My verdict : More colour desired and some outfits were not very wearable………….for a Costume Ball……………maybe???

Gennext Designer РJuilee Bendkhale

Juilee¬†Bendkhale’s¬†collection focus was drapes…………………..and loads of it. She created skirts, pinafore, draped pants which I can say were inspired by patiala¬†salwars¬†by the looks of it, short jackets, dresses which had pointed shoulders. The drapes in some outfits looked very feminie¬†and graceful but the rest looked bulky. I liked the way Juilee has tried to put in some life in the black colour silhouette by adding sequins and accessories. My verdict : The designs are wearable, loved the ash grey dress displayed below but avoid too much of layering since people these days want slim fit outfits than too much of layering…………….unless it is a gown.

Gennext Designer РPragya & Megha Samor

Mother-Daughter duo Pragya¬†& Megha¬†Samor¬†named their collection ‘The Daily Rag’ which was very, very 1980s inspired…………..hmmm we are having a lot of 1980’s come back are we???? The newspaper prints were the main element in this collection as it was seen in the skirts, the lycra leggings, the jackets and the jump suits……….very innovative and very punk rock style. The collection had wearable pieces which is my primary concern whenever I glance through the collection……………..thankfully there was loads of colour. My verdict : The pieces will look fabulous when worn separately with understated silhouettes……………..will look forward for this duo’s next collection.

Gennext Designer РRiddhi & Siddhi Mapxencar

I think I just saw a building structure on the runway……………………….that is something that inspired the designer duo Riddhi¬†& Siddhi¬†since they said their inspiration was American architect Daniel Libeskind. Geometric designs combined with exaggerated shoulders was the main element of this collection. Loved the combination of warm colours with cool gloomy shades………………very fashionable. Jackets, shorts dresses, jodhpuri pants, tops were included in this collection. My verdict :¬† The collection was different, wearable, original and smart……………I liked it very much.

Gennext Designer РRuchika Sachdeva

Ruchika¬†Sachdeva’s¬†futuristic collection was not for the faint hearted……………the elements were black, white, grey and silver with designs like jumpsuits, skirts, top, pants, jackets, short dresses………………..but why does futuristic have to be so colourless??? This is my question to all designers out there………….new & old ones. But I am definitely digging Ruchika’s white jump suit featured above………………..very funky!!! I also liked the way tie & dye fabric was blended with the outfits. My verdict : I like her designs especially the jumpsuits and sequined jackets¬†but need to see more of her creativeness.

Abhishek Dutta

Abhishek¬†Dutta¬†was the first established designer to showcase his work on the runway at the Lakme¬†India Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2010………………but somehow some of his outfits had me confused…………am I seeing the winter collection or summer with the whites, blues, greys???? The collection titled ‘Neel Bidroho’¬†better known as ¬†protest against indigo………………….I liked the menswear in this collection. Amazingly classy and fashionable……….as for womenswear¬†the designs were elegant. Loveeeeddd the detail work in silver……………..but some outfits needed better fit. A fusion of Indian wear with contemporary west yet the collection had a very vintage air to it. My verdict :I liked the collection but am yet to love it. The plus point is that it is wearable.

Soumitra Mondal

Soumitra¬†Mondal’s¬†collection inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Khadi’ fabric takes handloom¬†textile to a different level altogether……….the¬†colourful prints, the nature inspired motifs, the flowy¬†drapes and the magic of layering. The clothes were very ethnic and very, very wearable. I could wear each one of the outfits in his collection for women. The khadi¬†lehengas, kurtis, short dresses, churidhar¬†kurta, dupatta, shawls, kurtas¬†for men, pants…………….the fascinating thing here was that Soumitra gave a defined cut to all the outfits………………..the khadi fabric had a good fit be it a blouse or a simple shirt. My say about the collection : I would wear these outfits from a buyer’s point of view.

Asmita Marwah

Asmita¬†Marwah’s¬†collection ‘Evolution of Maya’ was again a bohemian presentation…………but this time her collection was slightly better than her last resort collection. There were check¬†patterns but florals¬†were also included…………..now this collection seemed less like winter wear¬†more of¬†¬†summer wear. The cut & fit of the outfits was still lacking…………..there was no definition given. Fabric like cotton were the focus………………My verdict : Still need to do better. You can check out her earlier collection here.

Digvijay Singh

Digvijay¬†Singh’scollection¬†named ‘Tidak¬†ada¬†lagi’ which as per my knowledge in Bhasa¬†Indonesia means ‘there are not more’ ………………funnily this expression is used in Indonesian/ Malaysian stores when they don’t have anymore stuff???? I wonder if the same happened with Digvijay’s creativity……………………….there were no inspiring pieces left. The organic fabrics used was a good thought behind the collection but if the fabric lacks the looks how will it end up selling??? The styling was bad with those flat black shoes, dishevelled hair………………My verdict : I am not impressed. If you would like to see his earlier collection please check here.

Krishna Mehta

Thankfully Krishna Mehta’s show was a very refined affair this time around¬†unlike the previous show during LFW¬†Resort 2010. The glittery collection had every bit of regal feel to it with¬†he heavy embellished sequin¬†work and chikan¬†kari. The rich vibrant colours combined with the muted shades gave an amazing effect to the outfits. The collection which was primarily Indian wear also had western wear like short dresses but every silhouette had that ethnic Indian look. My favourite were the sarees with embroidered jackets, now that is an original piece. The motifs on the lehengas¬†and sarees were very, very contemporary. Lovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeddd the colours with golden thread embroidery. My verdict : Amazing collection, vibrant colours suitable for the festive look.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre¬†better known for her retail label ‘AND’ proves time and again that she is one of the most amazing designer that we have seen. In short she always delivers what her customers want from her. In her festive collection¬†also vibrant colours took centre stage and fabulous block prints left¬†fashionista wanting for more…………….Anita made it look effortlessly glamorous. The collection divided in 2 segments ‘IINTERPRET’ & ‘TIMELESS’¬† both were inspired by the culturally rich state of Rajasthan. The combination of cool colours like blue, greys and greens with fiery hues like red, golden and orange set the ramp on fire. The detailing work was ‘Oh la la’ , the slim fit cut of the outfit was alluring…………………I can say one thing : Yoohooooooo………..we have the collection¬†of the day!!!! I was mesmerized by Anita’s Summer/Resort 2010 collection and am equally mesmerized now.

Manish Arora

Manish¬†Arora¬†closed the first day of the LFW¬†Winter/Festive 2010 with a lot of Drama……………not just in the show but also in the clothes. The psychedelic¬†prints in vibrant colours with a futuristic age¬†meets the hippie era background made all the stuff look amazingly funky. I literally thought¬†of Austin Powers, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso all combined in one when I saw the designs…………………….the outcome was Manish¬†Arora. Though the styling with neon make up & blond wigs was a bit scary but it helped to put the entire focus on the outfits…………..but unfortunately I have seen these designs earlier on the international arena when Manish had presented his show abroad and on celebrities as well. To some extend I found his work a bit repetitive……………………..My verdict : The collection was fun and very lively but the element of ‘new’ was a miss in this collection.Manish, Would expect something totally innovative next time around.

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 Day 1

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 5, 2010

Lakme Fashion Week is to held from 5th to 9th March, 2010 at Grand Hyatt Hotel In Mumbai. Suneet Verma has been selected as the Designer for the Grand Finale of the Lakme Fashion Week. Here are some Fashion highlights designer and daywise.

Rocky S presents Queenie for Giantti

Rocky S and Queenie Dhody¬†kicked off the star of¬†Lakme¬†India Fashion Week Summer/Resort Collection 2010. The palette of colours were kept towards pastels with beautiful floral hues like peach, pinks, yellows and sky blues took the stage. The Attire was Indian where the models walked down the ramp wearing ensembles and hair adorned with floral patterns. The embroidery on the silhouette¬†was mostly done with sequins and silver threads. The scallop¬†cut look¬†is a common feature in India’s fashion scene as is a fish tail skirt. But one could not stop mesmerizing the moment Bipasha¬†Basu walked in as the show-stopper in a beautiful beige colour Saree having work on the border. Honestly the Saree was tad simple but when coupled with the eye-catching ruby diamond necklace created by Queenie Dhody¬†and worn by Bipasha the result was divine. My take on Rocky S collection – It is wearable, colours are fit for summer day wear but there was nothing innovative or new in this creation. Have seen such creations numerous times on the Indian Ramp.

Babita Malkani

Babita’s¬†Boho¬†chic line was inspired¬†by the beauty of Bhutan………………..well I must say she did remind of the mountains merging with city. The styling was totally for the summers but there pattern was prints, checks, etc. Somehow the look of the same felt very casual and not very fashionable.¬† Though the shoes were worth looking at the entire look was very dry and needed more……………..Harman Baweja and Pankaj¬†Advani¬†walked down the ramp as show-stoppers but the entire collection looked as if bits and pieces were stuck together to create a look. Boho chic…….yes………..but something different……………..definitely not.

Riyaz Gangji

Riyaz Gangji’s¬†had designed his collection for both men and women. The clothes were summer wear formal¬†as well as casual. Pooja¬†Bedi was the show stopper wearing an elegant beige colour gown looking radiant. Colours ranged from pure whites to pastels to shades of blue.¬†I somehow found the men’s wear more creative and modern which an Indian male will be happy to try out. The women’s wear was more glamorous something that celebrities would opt for red carpet.¬† My say is that Men’s wear looked smart and very wearable whereas women’s wear was more demure. I will look forward to see Riyaz in next season.

 

 

 

Shyamal & Bhumika

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collection of Shyamal¬†and Bhumika¬†was inspired¬†by the colours of ‘Holi’ festival since their clothes were colourful and many models had their face and hair smeared with gulaal. The clothes were colourful with a lot of graphic patterns but the collection was mostly targeted at youth. The clothes were ill-fitted and there was no ‘cut’ to the design. Why would a woman try to hide her curves behind layers and layers of fabric…………………I just don’t get flowy¬†gowns with no fit. Again the element of ‘something new’ was a miss though I kinda liked their idea of getting inspired from Indian Festival of ‘Holi’ but the prints looked as if someone really messed up the clothes with fabric paint¬†and decided to make a collection out of the same. Advice to the duo ‘Fit’ of the dress matters a hell lot.

Nikasha Tawady

Nikasha Tawady kept her collection simple actually way too simple with fiery colours and lots of gotta work. But somehow the collection felt a bit incomplete. Maybe a lot of heavy accessories would have done the job since the outfits were pretty plain. Nonetheless I loved her way of mixing earth tones with fiery tones where the plain clothes are creatively given pop of colour to draw attention to the entire outfit. The clothes are fit to be worn for a day time wedding or event. Nikasha add a touch of glitter maybe that will work next time you roll out your new creations.

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta simply visited the streets of ‘New York’ , saw the clothes there, came back for designing and put the creation on the models. And what was Rohit¬†Verma¬†doing on the ramp striking poses……………….I just don’t get the inspiration behind this collection and it’s target audience. ‘Power Dressing’ as the collection was themed seem to be powerless.¬† This collection lacked creativeness and the show stopper was a mess on the ramp. Krishna was inspired by the beautiful city of ‘Paris’ but the same could not be reflected in her collection. The pallette was colourful and few prints were worth picking but the combination of all these elements somehow the collection left¬†thinking why were rainbow colour fabrics just draped around the models.

Pria Kataria Puri

‘Royal Rajputana’ was a tribute to the fashion Icon and Maharani¬†late ‘Rajmata Gayatri Devi’ with royalty reflecting in every piece. Be it the work of palaces or the royal jewels reflecting on the silks, the prints were different and ‘Unique’. It was something new on the ramp with models sashying¬†down in bold rich colour giving a feel of ‘party under the sun’. The collection was very tropical and wearable…………………loved the colours which reflected every bit of Indian Heritage. Mugdha¬†Godse¬†looked like a modern-day¬†Rajputana Princess in the Pria¬†Kataria Puri Ensemble. My say on¬†the ‘Royal Rajputana’¬†that the designs were very refreshingly new and very creative.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

The day came to a close with Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection ‘Afro/Parisian’ was¬†a fusion of ¬†African jungles¬†with the streets of Paris. The head turbans were very african inspired and thankfully very different form the rest. The colours were more earthy tones but I feel the clothes in this collection will look better if every piece is worn separately rather than together as shown on the ramp. He has tried to bring the a kind of hippie era back in his collection but somehow I find the prints quite repetitive. Of course I cannot deny the fact that this beautiful motifs are a trademark design of Sabyasachi. As always this collection also reflected an old world charm…………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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