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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive – Finale

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 22, 2010

The Fashion week went by like a breeze with amazing designs and festive colours.

Malini Ramani

Ms.Ramani was back with her latest collection ‘The Gypsy Collection’ which was an array of colours but unfortunately I found it much similar to her last collection. The collection was further divided into 4 sections – Mystery, Bliss, Cosmic and Nirvana. Mystery was done up in black with mirror and shell embroidery, Bliss was done up with batik prints with a dash of glitter, Cosmic was all about fether, coin and shell work, Nirvana was infusion of black with red topped with mirror work. Evening gowns, cocktail dresses, pants all were in this collection…….Lakme faces Indrani Dasgupta, Shraddha Kapoor, Lisa Hayden andAmrit Maghera walked the runway dressed in Malini Ramani creations. My verdict for this colourful collection : Beautiful, wearable and will make a woman look ‘hot’ but on the other hand required something different from tribal inspirations from Malini.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neeta Lulla

Neeta Lulla presented her latest collection which was fit for the upcoming Festive season………………now I am in the middle since I have mixed feeling for Neeta’s collection………………I liked it and I hated it too…………..Why??? Some pieces were like a dream with the beautiful Rosette patterns on the satin and silks……………..but when the outfits was simply ‘Dhinchaak’ with respect to the shine & shimmer part…………….it was too much Filmy. Though this was the Silver Jubilee Celebration of her Label, no wonder Sridevi walked the runway wearing a dazzling silver gown in which looked glorious……………actually I am not in for the all silver gown since it hurts my eyes quiet a bit. Nonetheless the nudes and the yellows were pretty…………..the saree inspired gown look was strictly OK!! While few gowns created out of net, sequins, shimmer and rosettes were not to my taste……………they were too over the top. My verdict : If you wanna end up looking like a shiny Disco Ball, by all means go for Neeta’s collection, but if you are the sober types………..stick to the pastels in her collection which were alluring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 – Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 20, 2010

Since the past 2 days I am quite satisfied that this time around I do get to see a lot of new designs and wearable clothes. Let’s have a look at what Day 3 has in store for us.

Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta presented a very colourful collection which reminded me of the beauty of handloom fabrics from Rajasthan and central India. I am all for colours which Masaba used for her collection………..the bright yellows, tangy orange, aquamarine blues, fucshia, greys………..this was the desired pop of colour which I was looking out in this fashion week. The layered sarees with detail work at the border was very, very unique. The fusion of Indian outfits with western clothes worked out well here…………..though some pieces will look better if worn separately.  The creations were very unconventional but very, very fashion forward. My Verdict : Better than her previous collection but I am still looking forward to see her design more western attire which I feel she can do justice very well.

Purvi Doshi

Purvi Doshi’s Collection titled aptly as ‘Bheed Bhaad’ which means crowd and in this case means hotchpotch [god I have started using that word like anything]. Why do I say so???? Because I feel there are too many designs clashing against one another in every outfit. Leheriya designs mixed with prints and brocades, chikankari, polka dots………..though I am more for Purvi’s western wear which had beautiful chikankari tops combined with colourful shorts and pants. But the Indian wear somehow left me high and dry……………needed emphasis on particular pattern or design since the sarees honestly looked like a mess. My verdict :  Clean up and remember that Indian fabrics are rich in colour as well as texture so blend well. The trick is to keep focus on one piece and work around it.

Satya Paul

Satya Paul’s new collection which had many Bridal wear outfits, was presented in Lakme Fashion Week with alot of panache…………Shruti Hasan walked the ramp with designer Puneet Nanda as show stopper wearing an alluring blue and green tone saree with sequin work at the border and sheer net blouse.  The collection was pleasantly different from the usual Satya Paul sarees…………….I am digging the bridal wear and the detail work is a must for the upcoming festive season. The western wear though needed better work since there was nothing new in it. My verdict : The Indian wear will do well, the western attire needs to be more contemporary.

Vijay Balhara

VJB is back and this time he presents ‘Bridal Renaissance’ collection which has a range of Indian ethnic wear, I also happen to discover that embroidery and detail work might just be the strong point of Vijay’s designs. This very wearable bridal wear had loads of juicy colours which are fit for a bridal trousseau and the silks were ‘oh so fabulous’. I am all for his new collection which is better than his previous Resort 2010 collection. Though I am not a fan of the sarees that Vijay had created but the Anarkalis make up for it. My verdict :  Very wearable yet fashionable. I am sure there will be many takers for this collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nachiket Barve

flower prints are ‘ in’ or so it looks after seeing Nachiket Barve’s new collection which had floral motifs……………but what left me a bit disappointed was the fit of the garments……….long gone are the days when women wanted to hide their curves, not anymore. Nachiket’s collection had an array of bright colours which is a positive aspect but the loose fits was a downer. I liked the short dresses but the Indian infused with western was not upto the mark. My verdict : Shorts dresses will sell, I am doubtful about the other stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arpan Vohra

Arpan Vohra’s glittery new collection was a dedication to old Bollywood Glamour………collection of flared pants, lehengas, fitted skirts, sarees, evening gowns, cocktail dresses……….the outfits had loads of crystal & sequin work. I liked the shimmer on the nude colours but some  outfits in red and pinks were too much over the top for my taste. few outfits lacked the element of wearability due to the fit and shimmer level. a little subtle shimmer looks great but too much will make the wearer look like a Christmas tree. My verdict : The nudes will do well so will the darker shades with minimal detail work.

 

Anupama Dayal

Anupama Dayal whose collection is already making waves in the international fashion scene, presented her very ethnic bridal wear this season. I am happy to see the colourful Indian Bridal couture which was classic and smart. The collection titled as ‘Bronze Begum’ had sarees, lehengas, sharara gharara, skirts, singlet top all made in rich fabrics like brocade, velvet, crepe, net, silks and georgettes in luscious colours complete with zardosi and gotta work……………….I am in love with her collection. The sarees & lehegas were fabulous and can be worn with separate pieces as well. My Verdict: Anupama has a ‘Hit’ collection in her hands. Kudos to her for this vibrant creation.

Debarun Mukherjee

Debarun Mukherjee latest collection ‘Dear Imagination’ reminded me of the 1970s era due to the styling and the flower power but I prefer his earlier collection which he had presented in LFW Resort 2010 & Wills Lifestyle 2010 both held in march this year. The reason is simple, there is nothing unique in this collection and I find some pieces a bit incomplete. I wish a talented designer like Debarun would have got something new for us which I was lookng forward to. The flower on flower designs are not working for me…………the butterfly sleeves, the evening gowns, the sarees, the bandghgala for men……………..the collection had a lot to choose from. My verdict : All outfits needed to be glamed up a bit since the retro look is too plain, wearability of all outfits is still maintained by the designer I am sure Debarun will not disappoint me next time around and give us an impressive collection.

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Lakme India Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 – Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on September 19, 2010

Day 2 began with the display of emerging designer’s creations and ended with Ritu Kumar’s ‘Label’ creations.

Amalraj Sengupta

Amalraj Sengupta’s collection titled ‘From the ruins of World War 2’ was an interesting combination of tie & dye with gloomy colours. Aimed at being perfect for winter wear, the collection consisted of dresses both long & short ones, skirts, corset, formal shirts, trousers, vests for men………………..apart from tie & dye there was a hint of crochets. The designs were unique but I felt it to be a bit incomplete. Maybe it could use some bling and accessories to bring out the best in those clothes. Overall the clothes were wearable but they were very plain. My verdict :  people who prefer understated styling might go in for his clothes………………but the collection needed some jazz.

Harangad Singh

Harangad Singh’s Collection titled ‘Khumor’ which means deep ecstasy in Persian had loads of warm colours and aimed at cocktail wear outfits. Harangad played with loads of drapes and the detail work were minimal…………….but I wished he would have added some more glitter……………………come on, cocktail dresses are meant t be a bit of glitter. I loved the fabric and the colours used by him………………but some pieces were too, too plain……………..how about styling it in a great manner with some jewellery and clutch purses to complete the entire look. I think that might have helped. My verdict : Nice but with more sequin detailing to be included.

Shrivan Bhatia & Naresh Kukreja

The duo presented their Resort 2011 collection ‘Gynoid’ which consisted of swimwear, beachwear, jackets, casual clothes……………….the assymetrical cuts and lines made an impact with excellent styling. Loved the head gear………..that went well with the outfits plus the jewellery, bags and shoes. The colours were more towards cool shades. But did not like the saree at all…………..maybe due to improper styling. My say about this collection : Smart, original and different, need more of shorts and pants. But did not find some pieces wearable.

Babita Malkani

Ms. Malkani’s new collection titled as ‘Ravishing Earth’ has been inspired by mountainous province of Turkey and Bhutan. The styling seemed like Greek inspired with the one shoulder dresses and hair tied up loosely into a bun. The focus was drapes, cool colours like blue was blended with brown…………….short dresses, long dresses, harem pants, tops were in the collection. Pooja Batra walked down the runway as show-stopper for Babita. My verdict :  Some outfits were well fit and beautiful………………but others needed more definition. Few outfits had too much of mix & matched fabrics…….end result was too much of hotchpotch.

 

Vivek Karunakaran

Vivek Karunakaran’s new collection named ‘ Urban Vagabond’ had loads of greys in silk fabric…………….the outfits were fit for winter wear. Ballerina dresses, skirts, corset, pants, tops………….the collection had clothes for men as well as women. Crimson and purple colours were also included, but some outfits were loose fits and needed so more finishing. Found some pieces too dull and plain…………….needed more bling and better styling. My verdict : some pieces were creative but few did not seem very wearable. The checks were too loud too……………..blacks were too gloomy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ritu Kumar – LABEL

Ritu Kumar’s ‘LABEL’ also brainchild of  her son Amrish Kumar showcased their recent collection ‘Summer Constellations’ dedicated to the upcoming hot Indian summers. Mulmul, silks, Georgette and crepe fabrics were the centre point of the collection with amazing prints……………and loads of colour. It was pleasantly better than their previous for Autumn/Winter. Gowns, funky summer dresses, asymmetrical tunics, pants………..though few pieces in the collection needed more finishing. My Verdict : wearable outfits, lovely colours and newer designs………..though some pieces would look better if worn separately.

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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 – Fasal 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 – Jelin 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 – Juilee 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 – Pragya & 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 – Riddhi & 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 – Ruchika 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 5

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 12, 2010

The final day of Lakme Fashion week kicked off with accessory show in which I think our Indian Designers have done a good work and we could very well have emerging designer labels for bags, shoes and jewellery from our country displaying creations internationally. In order to view the entire collection of all designers please visit the official website www.lakmefashionweek.co.in

Malini Agarwalla

Loved the bags which were ‘oh so in the trend’ these days…………I would love to have one of Malini’s designed bags they were so summery. The collection titled ‘Flamore’  had bags, clutches, totes, belts,necklace and shoes were beautifully designed for the woman of today. The colours consisted on whites, cremes, golden, silver, aquamarine, yellow, orange all blended superbly with James Ferreira outfits. Simone Singh who carried an eye-catching golden bronze clutch bag teamed with gold and silver stilettos was the show-stopper for Malini’s collection. The shoes were very ‘chic’ which had designs like wedge heels, flats plus a lot of frills. The accessories were fit for summer wear and the flower motifs on the bags were refreshingly different from the single colour dull bags we get to see on celebrities. My verdict on Malini’s ‘Flamore’ is very wearable, beautiful and has the makings of making big in international scene in the future.

Eina Ahluwalia

Eina Ahluwalia’s collection ‘The Breathing Space’ had a lot of new accessory on display as the models walked down the ramp. Semi-precious stones, shells, silver was creatively combined with organza made a very colourful exhibit. But my only worry for this collection is whether it will be wearable for all or only by women who are ready to experiment. Over the ages I have seen Indian women were large piece of metal jewellery with an ease but would they be very open with shells and stones. My say on this that this line will go down very well with the women in their 20s and 30s  but the rest might still stick to the traditional items.

Sonali Dalwani

One got to see a lot of butterfly motifs on the bags created by Sonali Dalwani…………………my pick would be the big travel bags which had golden butterfly patterns on them. The vibrant colours in bags, belts, jewellery and shoes are very well designed which women of all ages would love to flaunt. Take a pick from this collection coz Sonali Dalwani’s range will definitely feature in the ‘must have’ list soon.

Suhani Pittie

Suhani Pittie’s ‘The Grunge Begum’  had chokers, chain necklace, metallic cuffs, wood carved jewellery and kolhapuris………..the look was a fusion of Mugal Era with today’s metallic age. Creations in gold,copper,silver and crystal were worn by the models as they strode down the ramp. But somehow I felt I have already seen many creations like these in the fashion circuit……………….there were not many new pieces. I was not able to find anything ‘Unique’ in this collection and found some of them unwearable. Ditto with the shoes……….Kolhapuris have been available in the Indian market for ages……………there was no reason why I should not buy them from Linking Road than buy a designer wear.

 

Debarun

Even I looked at Debarun’s Collection ‘Miracle Mix’, I felt this was something ‘Different’ which I get to see on the last day of LFW 2010. The colour palette was inspired by Indian spices where one got to see chilli reds, yellow turmeric, browns like the sweet Indian chutney, coriander greens combined with silks for that regal look. Modern yet had that Indian ethnicity to it……….very wearable and reason why I termed it ‘different’ was because Indian masses are yet to wear western wear in these fiery hues. The range had a lot of variety like skirts, dresses, shorts, pants, sarees, jackets,  gowns to offer to all age groups. My take on this creation is that Debarun has done a good job and if I were a buyer I would definitely like to try out his creations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nidhi & Divya

Nidhi & Divya’s  designer label named  ‘Walnut’  was inspired by love. There were beautiful cocktail dresses for the women of today in gorgeous colours like plum, yellow, orange, purple, blue, white and of course black. I liked the layering of their outfits which were very subtle yet the entire outfit fit the models like glove. Loads of organza fabric is used to give the desired effect though I wish they would have been a bit more creative with white colour by putting a pop of colour of using crystal to get that glamorous effect. Actress Vidya Malwade looked ready to party in one of their creations as she walked down the ramp. Liked the styling on the ramp with awesome shoes…………..I just missed a bit of bling in this collection even though some hand painted gave a beautiful effect to the outfit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lina Tipnis

Lina Tipnis’s collection titled ‘Istanbul not Constantinople’ is inspired by the beautiful architecture and culture of Turkey. One got to see innovative ways of displaying jewellery pattern on the clothes in her creations. Loved the blue and white print which is usually seen on tiles of Turkish monuments. The colour theme was mainly whites, ivory and beige with a hint of teal. The collection consisted of skirts, short dresses, evening cocktail dresses, pants and shirts    My take on her creation is that the bejewelled outfits are very ‘Unique’ , I can predict they will be very much in ‘Vogue’ this season.

 

 

 

 

Anita Dongre

I don’t think anybody could make white look ‘Oh-so-fabulous’ except Anita Dongre……………..combining white with silver looked so gracious on the ramp. The best part about it was that each outfit was very, very, very wearable. The inspiration was the pink city Jaipur, hence the title of the collection ‘Jaipur Again’. One got to see loads of Gotta work, silver embroidery, chikankari, sequins in the silhouette. there were also colours like pink and sky blue in the collection which had Sarees, jump suits, skirts, evening gowns, summer dresses, kurtis…………………..Breath taking outfits which was designed keeping Indian Woman and Indian summer in mind. Nonetheless this collection will do very well in the overseas market. My say on Ms Dongre’s ‘Jaipur Again’ is ‘Wow’, love it………………..this collection will have may buyers……….even a person like me who is not fond of white colour will want to try out these clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suneet Verma

The Finale show of LFW 2010 was presented by Suneet Verma. Loads of shimmer, sequins, wild cat prints, ruffles reminded me of the 70s Disco era……….the collection started out with boho-chic outfits and proceeded into night party outfit.

The collection was divided in 5 segments

  • “Color my World” – Amazing mix of colour in form of patchwork and mix’n’ match which had designs like coats, tunics, dresses, ponchos etc. Though people liked this segment but somehow I don’t think the clothes were very wearable, it seems to cater to a niche clients only. The clothes gave me ‘Banjara’ feel……..
  • “Call of the Wild” – Loads of animal prints and motifs in chocolate, black, beige and hues of turquoise. But again haven’t we already seen animal prints on the runway.
  • “Pucchi Prints” was more graphic in nature with geometric patterns in designs like jackets, skinny pants, gowns……. liked this segment which was something ‘new’.
  • “Preppy Argyle” had hues of purple, lilac, beige and black in clothes like tunics, dresses, wide leg pants and gowns. I liked the western trend but was not very impressed by the Sarees worn with tights and minis. I think experimenting with a saree is fine but turning it into a western wear is something our Indian designers have yet to figure out.
  • “The Bold and the Beautiful” – Looked like a glamorous Hollywood Red Carpet event but the 70s era is something which I feel has been a ‘ground breaking decade’ for global fashion.Suneet was very much able to take the essence of that Era and show it in his collection.The floral motifs made out of fabric were an original style plus those dazzling colours of the night combined with shimmer of Swaroski crystals made the entire collection look sensational.

The show ended as the three faces of Lakmé, Lisa Haydon in a slinky red black gown, Amrit Maghera in a black gown with a net cover and Indrani Dasgupta in a gold gown walked down the ramp with Suneet Varma to thunderous applause as Saturday Night Fever by the Bee Gees set the night rocking.

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 Day 3

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 9, 2010

Day 3 began with the emerging designers showcasing their works on the runway. There was a lot of mixed elements and new designs one got to see. Creativeness of these designers was at it’s peak on day 3. Have a look at which creation was to die for and which had to go back on the designing board.

Amalraj Sengupta

Amalraj was inspired from the hollywood blockbuster movie ‘Transformers’ and titled his collection as ‘decoded’. He has designed his collection in icy colours like light blues, greys and whites. The attire is very much casual and is designed for men as well as women.  I found some clothes in this collection more suitable for colder climates than sunny days and the absence of bright colours made the clothes look rather dull in the spotlight. The movie ‘Transformer’ had alot of colour in it but in any way Amalraj’s inspiration was not seen on the ramp. The only plus point I could see were the cool jackets for men’s wear. As for women’s wear, I have already seen those designs and there is simply nothing new in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harangad Singh Jandu

Harangad had named his collection as ‘Seanta’ which was inspird by celtic art and myths. The line mainly had short dresses and shorts for women and was very girly but what I liked about this creation was that there was a touch of flirtyness combined with sober colours. The flower motifs were interesting aspect in the dresses but the outfit of the show-stopper ‘Asmit Patel’ simply looked as if it was designed just for the heck of it. Why put a burgundy colour velvet blazer with a mufler while the entire collection was more of summer fun………………..I just don’t get the element ofwinter-wear in this collection. Harangad with the women’s line you have done an ‘ok’ job but the show-stopper’s outfit could have been better if it was more towards the theme of the fashion week.

Vijay Balhara

From the label  ‘VJB’ the creator presented his collection ‘Bonala Nautch’ seemed to be inspired from the northern and eastern part of India. There were kurti like tops,  skirts, dresses, chuirdar pants and jump suits with a lot of block printing work done on fabrics like satin, mul, voile. Loved the skirts which had a very ethnic feel to it coupled with the head accessories worn by all the female models as they walked down the ramp. The collection had more emphasis on the prints and detailing rather  than of the fit.  Though I must give credit to VJB for including Indian ethnic detailing to his work. The clothes were very wearable and would like to see more creations from the label ‘VJB’.

Anand Bhushan

Meowwwwwwwwwwww is the first expression I had when I looked at the the styling of this collection. Anand was inspired by the dark side of life for creating this line which was targeted more for fall and winter season but showcased in summer/resort wear………………..I guess Anand is in quite a hurry before the next season arrives. Nonetheless the colours were rich with beautiful plum, lavender, fushcia, browns, shocking pink……………….loved the way the colours worked with the fabric. But I was taken aback by the styling of this collection which would have surely looked better it it was more towards the glamour side. The party wear dresses for the evening were ravishing but I did not dig in the winter wear jackets though since they woul make a woman look more bulky than stylish.

Neelanjan Ghosh

Neelanjan seems to love the colour blue since I got to see alot of it in his new collection. His inspiration was  the past glory of Kolkata city……………..and the colonial past of Kolkata did reflect in the clothes. Stripes,  flower motifs, nature inspired prints were the hightlight displayed on colours like teal, olive, brown, khakhi. grey and navy blue. But the styling and the draping of the clothes actually did not enhance the look. If the collection is colonial and one tries to give a futuristic styling to it, there is bound to be a lot of clash. I wish Neelanjan would have styled his collection with a vintage look. The only plus point I see in here is the colour which were rich. Neelanjan I hope we get to see better vintage looks in the future fashion weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asmita Marwah

Titled as “Maya 0° 36’0”S/73° 6’0”E” ………….it should have been titled as ‘Unfinished business’. Why should any woman buy a designer wear if all she has to do is just drape a piece of fabric in the same manner as given in the pictures below. There was no proper fit to the dresses…………..they seemed like over sized clothes bought from fashion street. Asmita this creation just does not make any sense to me and I think you definitely need to go back to the designing board to make some better creative designs.

Swapnil Shinde

‘Let’s play a game…..again’ was the title given to Swapnil’s futuristic collection which had a lot of geometric designs involved. Dresses were made of lycra, patent leather, georgette, chiffon with a lot of detailing but the hues were more of metallic to give that ‘Year 2050’  kind of look. Belts, high heels and jewellery were used to accessorize the collection which mainly consisted of short dresses and evening gowns. But only few outfits looked beautiful onthe ramp rest were more of the stuff you would have already seen in foriegn fashion weeks since some short dresses gave a feel of the ‘Herve Ledger’ look. Swapnil please get more creative since I do believe you have a lot of potential to present an entirely new creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shantanu & Nikhil

Shantanu and Nikhil have designed this sportswear creation titled ‘Motochic’ teaming up with international sports brand ‘Adidas’ . The background of the show created like the streets of New York city with the colour yellow and black being in focus. Deepika Padukone walked down the ramp as show-stopper for the duo in a sporty black shorts and yellow+ black sleeveless top completed with stilettos to give that ‘Girl from New York look’. the line was sporty yet trendy and youthful………………you can wear this not just to a sporty event but to meet up friends, go bowling or even party in them. I am sure this collection will go down well with the younger generations. My take on this collection is that it will seel like hot cake once it hits the shelves of retail stores.

Malini Ramani

If we are talking Summer/Resort wear then I believe Malini Ramani has struck gold. Lovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeee her creativeness and loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to see so much of colour in this collection. My eyes were in this fashion desert looking for a beautiful ‘Mirage’ and I actually found an Oasis in Malini Ramani’s Summer Collection. She has displayed jumpsuits, wrap dresses, evening gowns, pants, casual dresses, designer shorts and even swimwear making it a complete  summer-wear showcase. There were clothes which were inspired by holiday destination like Rajasthan, France, Mexico, Morocco and cultures like Aztec, Mayan. there were mirror work, loads of embroidery, animal prints, splashes of colour……………you name it and Malini’s collection had it. Every woman can easily find an outfit for themselves out of this wonderful collection. Malini stands out as one of my favourites in the entire Fashion Week. The show stoppers were Mehr Jessia, Maheep Kapoor and Bhavna Pandey wearing golden gowns, all of them looked like Greek goddess.Though I would have loved to see them in one of Malini’s colourful creation. My verdict for this collection is ‘Original Masterpiece’.

Narendra Kumar

Narendra Kumar made this futuristic collection in collaboration with the denim brand ‘Killer Jeans’. The denim wear was definitely given a new leash of life thru Narendra’s vision where he given a new look to the denim jackets, jeans and denim dresses. Long gone are the days where the stiff blue coloured denim which had a baggy look ruled everyday wear. the display as you can see was very futuristic with the display of laser lights, the style looked as if one was travelling in outer space. There was shredded look, acid wash finish, faded denim and spray painted jeans…………the collection is wearable with a variety of colour. Welcome to the fashion future…………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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