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Day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week S/R 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 23, 2013

Lakme Fashion Week – Day 1 had an interesting line-up of designers. From the Gen-Next to the well known names like Manish Malhotra, Masaba, Narendra Kumar & Shivan Narresh. IFP takes a look at the collection that impressed this season.

Photo Courtesy : http://www.lakmefashionweek.co.in

Masaba Gupta

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Designer Masaba’s Spring/Summer 2013 line from her signature label was titled as ‘Postcards from Benaras’. Unlike her earlier works which had loads of colour, this one was primarily done up in black & white with neon shades popping up here & there. The prints this season were table fans[unconventional], roses, tulips and people. The collection had a range of dhoti pants & skirts, palazzo pants, shirt dress, jackets sarees and many more.

The collection was a  fusion of Indo-western and the light fabrics are suitable for the upcoming summers. I am slightly on the edge with this collection as I do like the prints but I was looking out for more dresses in different types. I felt that Masaba’s sarees were beautiful in her collection for ‘Satya Paul’ while the sarees in this collection left me confused. The sheer blouse coupled with chiffon sarees devoid of detail work or embroidery did not create a lasting impression. As for the western wear the collection was done up amazingly especially loved the shirt dresses.

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Manish Malhotra

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Designer Malhotra paid an ode to Indian Cinema for completing 100 years through his Spring 2013 collection. Manish showcased the designs that reflected the black & white era to the colourful 1970s till the present day. Sarees were a prominent feature of this collection followed by kurti churidhar, anarkali, lehenga, achkans, sherwani & jackets. Numerous celebrities like Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Hema Malini, Asha Bhosle, Zoya Akhtar, Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap,  designer Bhanu Athaiya and many more walked for the designer.

I liked this collection for the fact that it had a lot variety to choose from. This showed the versatility of the designer where he is able to create designs from any given era. Loved the cocktail sarees which were not overloaded with too much of embroidery work. The sequin details were limited to the hemlines only. Beautiful sarees just got my vote for Day 1.

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IFP also liked designs from these collection by

Narendra Kumar

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Suhanie Pittie

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Gen Next Designer Shubham Kumar

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Gen Next Designer Ragini Ahuja

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Day 1 at WLIFW Autumn/Winter 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 14, 2013

Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 started in New Delhi yesterday. And looking at the list of designers who will showcase their work simply makes me even more eager to look forward to new fashion in store for us. IFP takes you through the Day 1 at WLIFW and reviews the collections which we adored & few IFP felt failed to create an impression.

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Collections IFP loved on Day 1 were………..

Masaba Gupta for ‘Satya Paul’

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I was excitingly looking forward to see Masaba’s new designs for the fashion house ‘Satya Paul’ and boy I am glad that the show was fashionably so fabulous. The colours as predicted earlier for this year by IFP were Sorbet & Neons combined with metallic grey, black & white. There was a range of prints in form of lipstick, abstract art, ink blot stain, phone booth door & even city map blueprints……imagine these on a saree. Now that was something new seen on the Indian ramp & new is what we absolutely love.

The collection had a range of sarees combined with contemporary blouse, sheath dresses, long skirts, short dresses all had been styled with a jacket or cape. The printed suitcase, vanity case as well as handbags served the purpose of accessories on the ramp. Neon suspenders with a saree…….. that had me surprised for sure. The looks of the models had dark eyes & neutral lips with hair pulled back in a pony. Overall IFP likes the new look of Satya Paul sarees this season and the contemporary designs by designer Masaba were commendable.

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Vineet Bahl

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The show started with soft pastels making their way on the runway…….Chikankari kameez combined with wide leg Pakistani salwars which I admit had not been seen at fashion weeks for quite some time. Short Anarkalis, hemlines with black velvet & gotta, floral print dupattas, printed sarees with shimmer blouse, velvet cholis with pastel lehenga………all of these looked very beautiful and I was left admiring this collection. It reflected the pre-independence era where elegance stood out in a women’s dressing style. The embroidery details were very alluring and thankfully not over the top. Vineet Bahl has impressed me with the beauty of this collection.

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Pankaj & Nidhi

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Designer duo Pankaj & Nidhi’s new collection ‘The Music Box’ inspired by the musical instruments had bright colours infused with black. The collection consisted of dresses, cape style tops, jumpsuits, pencil skirts, sheath dresses, wide leg pants. Most of these I loved the sheath dresses that were so ‘red carpet’…..would love to see celebrities don these outfits. The dresses were combined with ‘Mary Jane’ shoes, a belt & slick back neat hairdo. Detailling was limited to peplum and asymmetrical trail. The designs stood out, the colours were fascinating and the look spelt ‘sophistication’. IFP gives a thumbs up to this creative collection by Pankaj & Nidhi………..I am sure we would get to see many outfits from this collection at future celebrity events.

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IFP liked these collection……….

‘Indian Fashion Police’ also liked the collection of these designers. The collection were beautiful but few pieces missed the element of ‘surprise’. So these collection were just near to perfection but looked like an extension of their earlier collection.

Other designers who have not featured in this reviews is because their collection left me desiring for more in terms of new designs & patterns. I found their work very repetitive and could not find anything ‘out of the box’ in their creative works.

Nikasha Tawadey

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Nikasha’s vintage inspired ‘Raat ki Rani’ was divided in 2 sections w.r.t colours. The first one had ample of pastel hues while the second edition had loads of bright colours. Shimmer, sequin details & brocade were highlighted in this collection. Really liked the dhoti salwars which were combined with short kurtis. Overall the outfits in this collection were fabulous but the ‘fit’ in few needed a relook especially the kurtis. Also was not crazy about the velvet salwar.

Namrata Joshipura

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Metallic and sequins were the highlight of Namrata’s collection ‘Wings of Desire’. The collection done up primarily in black had colour in form of sequin details. The look was very gothic in this collection which had a range of pants, dresses, skirts, tops and gowns. I do like this collection but few pieces were seen in Namrata’s previous collection as well.

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Lakme Fashion Week Resort 2012 – Day 1

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 3, 2012

LFW is here! LFW is here! I might not be able to attend this event but I am always excited to see the new, alluring fashion on the runway. The fresh designs, the flowy silhouette, the styling trends………….IFP can’t get enough of it. So without wasting much time, let’s see what is new in store and which collection does IFP simply love.

Photo courtesy : http://www.lakmefashionweek.co.in

Vikram Phadnis

Vikram Phadnis presented his Resort 2012 collection which majorly had pastels combined with prints and golden detail work. The Collection was very regal with use of rich fabric to create jackets, lehengas, kalidaars, pants and sarees. Vikram also had showcased traditional menswear collection as well which consisted of sherwani & churidhar. Amrita Arora Ladakh and Malaika Arora Khan were the show-stopper for Vikram…….both dressed in beautiful Lehenga and looked every bit like a princess. IFP likes the the pastel colors which fit the bill for Resort-wear. Though not too fond of the prints, Vikram has designed a subtle collection for the summer weddings.

Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta showcased her recent work ‘Sorbet’ after a year at LFW. The funky prints formed patiala salwars, kurtis, stoles, tops………..there was a fusion between western and traditional Indian styles. The yellow color infused with black & white was new from Masaba this time. but the fit of the silhouette did take browny points. The styling was neat and the clothes were mixed-n-matched to perfection. IFP likes Masaba’s ‘Sorbet’ collection for it’s uniqueness and fun element which is sure to appeal to the younger at heart kinds.

James Ferreira

Tie & Dye was given a new leash of life by designer James Ferreira by his recent collection’ Save the Air’. Love the bright colours of dresses, shirts, tops, jumpsuits, gown, maxi that were showcased. The collection also had a lot of white outfits but I am more attracted towards his colorful range which are perfect for the upcoming summer season. IFP sure gives thumbs up for the bright hues in western silhouette…………..James once again proves tht western designs are his forte.

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011 – Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 13, 2011

Day 1 was pretty satisfying in terms of designs with experienced designers going wild with their creativity, I loved the outfits which were much more wearable than last years Summer Resort. Day2 had loads of designers I was looking forward to see their latest creations. I must give credit to the team of Lakme Fashion Week for uploading the photos so soon…………..this shows their commitment to their work. Kudos to them……..

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MANISH MALHOTRA

Who does not look forward to seeing Manish Malhotra’s latest designs on the runway, despite the India – South Africa match I’d say seeing his work made me happier than seeing the stressful match……………..but I saw both live……..could not keep myself from catching the cricket fever. Coming back to fashion, the Maestro was back with inspiration from Kashmir famous for it’s Kashmiri Kadhai……………he also designed pieces with chikankari and Gotta work. This time around I am very impressed with this menswear collection which had elaborate Kashmiri Work – the shawls, the kurtas, the bandhgala all in vibrant colours were very alluring. Love the use of Kashmiri Kadhai & Chikankari on the sheer fabrics like net & chiffons, love the knee length anarkalis, lehengas all done up in pastels. What I had expected is for Manish to make floor length anarkali’s in sheer fabrics but honestly that reminded me so much of his last season collection. My verdict : Menswear was an absolute surprise…………loved it instantly. All for the colour, the detail work and shorter length of kurtas. I do expect him to surprise his audience with a new creation in womens wear though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I just found few new designs on the runway…………..of course the credit goes to Anand Kabra for being so creative. Though I was not a fan of his collection last year, this season tell a different story all together. He had an array of summery colours & prints, fused together to form this collection. The collection was divided into five parts – first part had mustard yellows with grey, black & white, the second part had prints which were kinda very 1970s, the third part had bold prints in purple,magenta, grey & black, the fourth was more of a party wear style with glittery silver combined with grey and the last part was in black & white. The asymmetrical cut and beautiful use of sheer fabricis what set his collection apart from others. My verdict: Surprisingly fresh in terms of designs………..Love the collection which again is very wearable yet contemporary. Had a range of designs for women of all age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASABA GUPTA

The young and hip collection ‘Straight from my soil’ by Masaba had vibrant colours which was inspired by the Masai tribe. But unfortunately what lacked this time was the ‘Cut’ & ‘Fit’ of her outfits and the drapes too were wrapped pretty much in a hurry. The jumpsuits were impressive, the short dresses were fashionable, the sarees draped as resort wear still were stylish…………….but the styling of the entire collection left me high & dry. Some outfits still reminded me of her earlier collection. My verdict : Something absolutely fresh required here, the fitting of outfits should be given more focus next time around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHIVAN & NARRESH


The talented designer duo granted my wish by presenting wearable outfits with pants & shorts………………….I am liking it for sure. The collection had swimwear, cocktail dresses, jackets, tops………the colours were all for the summer, turquoise blue was my favourite. Styling was chic, the jewellery were awesome…………..the collection had a very real life feel to it. The duo was not presenting a fantasy which thankfully many designers go wrong at. My verdict: Neat & clean lines work for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIIA BY VIVEK KARUNAKARAN


If you are thinking of going for a holiday at a beach resort, check Vivek’s latest collection. The sheer fabric worked for this Resort wear and the colours were radiant. Alot of white was used in shirts, dresses, swimwear, pants…………….nice, nice very nice indeed. On the wear-ability front, it is suitable for the young ones but I wish he had some outfits for women above 40s & 50s with some summer dresses in flowy fabrics. By far his collection was way, way better than his Winter festive collection showcased last year. My verdict : I like this collection alot for keeping up with the theme of the fashion week.

JATIN VARMA


Jatin Verma’s aptly titled ‘Gelato’ because of the way the drapes were used to create a delicious designs. The collection consisting of primarily gowns & dresses were suitable for parties. Some dresses however gave me the feel of bridesmaid’s dress……………..in few dresses the drapes were not set and in some places looked crinkled. To work with drapes is not an easy job, if one can pull off the look it is worth amillion bucks. Unfortunately the colours were beautiful but some places the drapes left alot to be desired. My verdict : Some outfits will work, some won’t………needs more refined finishing to the ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LITTLE SHILPA

Did Little Shilpa actually get lost in a fairy land and found it difficult to find her way back to normalcy………………Yes she absolutely did that. She is an accessory designer who flaunted floral head gears, neck pieces, scarves and many more……but I wish that the styling could have been way better than this. What spoilt the entire look was the way it was presented…………few floral pieces actually were very beautiful but somehow never came to be noticed because of the poor styling. My verdict : A fairytale that could have been brought into life, just turned into a nightmare.


EMERGING DESIGNERS

PAMELA & ARCHANA

The sister duo Pamela & Archana began started their collection ‘Pam & Arch’ in London showed off floral prints in bouquet of colours that reminded me of the 1970s. I got to see summer dresses mostly in halter or boat necks……………..I sorely missed pants, tops, shirts & shorts in this collection. The prints were commendable but what lacked in this collection were the designs & the cut. My verdict : Need newer designs but find this designer duo talented……..will look forward to their collection next year as well.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SABBAH SHARMA


“Tempestivitas’ a collection designed by Sabbah Sharma had fusion of bright colours especially in darker shades. Geogettes, silk, cotton and many more fabrics to take form of a knee length dress, flowy dresses, pants, tops. Bollywood actor Tusshar Kapoor in a grey double breast biker jacket  & Ex Miss Britain Preeti Desai in a black short dress which had a colourful detail work on the front &  a half trail flowing from the waist behind were the show stoppers for Sabbah. I liked the styling and the jewellery used to accessorize the outfits. My verdict : Lovely colours, unique designs especially the cut work. Like the collection which was relatively fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JELIN GEORGE

Pencil skirts, shirts is elaborate collars, puff sleeves, visible buttons & bows…………..I felt as if I am attending a Sunday mass at a church. I have seen women wear these stuff on my walks in Mumbai, I just did not find the collection creative or new. Plus the colour combinations were too boring to hold my interest in the outfits. I was not impressed by her earlier collection, still have the same feeling for this collection too. My verdict : Found the designs too old fashion. This is the fashion week where the designer is expected to showcase something extremely creative…………….elements of which were totally lacking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless Awards – Red Carpet Review

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 7, 2011

The well known Cosmopolitan magazine had organized a Fun,Fearless Award events in Mumbai with many A-List celebrities gracing the red carpet. For our dish of the event, let’s see who fared well and who was a disaster on the red carpet.

Kareena Kapoor

Somebody who looked different has to be Kareena Kapoor in a beautiful peach colour with shimmer ‘Elie Saab’ gown. She looked very cute but wished she would have tied her hair up since she is wearing a halter neck. But nonetheless this look works for me since it is chic yet effortless…………Like it from the short dresses that she usually wears at such event. Refreshing change for once….

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


The lady in black i.e. Aishwarya wasnot looking exactly what I would expect her to wear. She is into wearing pants off late but all black looks very boring on her…………black trousers with a smart top with some ruffles would have looked good on her plus more colour with some open toe pumps. But hey that is just my opinion………………For someone who had rocked the red carpet at the Oscars, this is way too ‘bland’……more colour required here.

Imran Khan & Avantika

Imran Khan walked in with wife Avantika, both dressed in black with Imran wearing a neat black suit and a clean shaven look while Avantika went for a very lady like ‘Gauri & Nainika’ gown. Love the simple look and think that as a couple they look great. For the event this style is very appropriate given their young age. Like it………..absolutely.

 

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma wore this simple black gown that actually lacked imagination……………….for an event where one can be dressed in fun colours and fashion forward designs why go retro with simplicity. I would have liked her wearing a knee length dress like a ‘Prabal Gurung’ in bold colour coupled with killer heels………….Not liking this since have seen her do much, much better earlier. She has the bod, the grace and the naughty eyes………why not flaunt it???

 

Malaika Arora Khan

Malaika Arora Khan who is dressed to the nines on the red carpet, this time around seems a little out of place with straight hair, traditional Indian jewellery, the bandage dress and the shoes……….especially the shoes which is ruining the entire look. I do love her jewellery but feel it would have looked better with the gown in same colour rather on this short dress. For now, not into this look………….hope to see a great one in future.

 

Ramona Garware


Ramona’s dress colour reminds me of egg yolk or mangoes and not fashion forward. The colour simply washes her out with the blonde hair and the peacock blue open toe pumps. Even the all gold bling is not able to save the look. A darker shade would have worked but this is not my cup of tea………anybody liking this look???

 

Masaba Gupta

Designer Masaba Gupta looked quite dapper in the black short dress with matching shoes and a turquoise blue clutch to add that pop of colour. The sheer fabric detail at the waist does get our focus but in a subtle manner, just wish if she would tie her hair up and experiment a bit with longer earrings. Like the look which is age appropriate and just right for the event.

 

Shahid Kapur


Unfortunately I cannot find the handsome Shahid Kapur in this pic………..what I see here is someone who has come straight from work and is tired to dress up for the event. The stubble, no belt, the unpolished brown shoes and the crinkled pants……………need I say anymore. For someone who looks good, this is unfair……….next time Shahid Wrap up the shooting hours before in order to dress up for the red carpet or drop coming to such events if you wanna be dressed like that. Hate it………..

 

Neelam and Sameer Soni

Did somebody wrap Neelam in a silver foil and present her on the red carpet???? Yup that is what they did………..the newly weds though look made for each other, their dressing is not very appealing. Sameer Soni walks in wearing a blazer and denims, a style which I quoted as ‘out of fashion’ in ‘Fashion for Menswear‘…………….read this site Sameer!!! As for Neelam, the dress is too flashy for she oozes loads of grace & elegance. Wish to see her in a more diva-like avatar in pastels, peach and pinks.

 

Simone Singh

 

Peaches and cream is what I call Simone for her flawless skin, she came dressed in this shimmer number combined with black leggings. I like her look for it is glamorous but very stylish……….I like the way she dresses up at certain event and is totally comfortable in her skin. Though personally I would have worn stud earrings instead of a chandelier ones which Simone is seen wearing here, she can carry it off well. Like this ensemble………

 

Ranveer Singh

Leather jacket that too folded, pressed in half, faded denims and the red shoes coupled with bad hair do……………..a perfect recipe for red carpet disaster. Ranveer Singh simply forgot to see the mirror before leaving his home…………… his boots might be any big label but with the jeans tucked in so badly they spoil the entire look. A talented actor but definitely needs a stylist when it comes to red carpet………anyone interested in applying for the job????

 

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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 Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 Day 4

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 10, 2010

Day 4 was a bit disappointing since could not find anything that appealing or new. I felt the emerging designers were giving more emphasis on the fabric and not on design. Got to see a lot of oversized outfits which truly does not enhance much in a woman’s curve but hides the best features. For menswear there was absolutely no one who could do justice in creating a fabulous look. However ‘Sarees ruled the day where one got to see mesmerizing colourful creations.

 

Purvi Doshi

I saw a ‘pop of colour’ in every outfit of this collection which was pleasing to the eye but the fit of the clothes were an eye sore. Purvi’s creative line titled ‘Kahchindo’ which means a chameleon in Gujarati language had an array of colours which looked very soothing. The geometric designs in greens and turquiose blue were nice, still the mixing up of designs was not as elegant as it was intended to be. Like the Saree displayed below is beautiful but the entire look is marred by the pallu which looks more like a separate shawl and does not blend in that well. I would have prefered the piece to be left as a single pattern rather than having more add-ons. The drawstrings used in the outfits were creative but too much of them were unecessary. My verdict is that Purvi has talent and a lot creativeness but I wish to see her garments with a better cut and fit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shashikant Naidu

Goddess Parvati was the inspiration for this collection of Shashikant Naidu…………….well I must say it was different from the rest that I have seen in the past 3 days. I loved the sarees in this collection which also had dresses both long and short, fabrics were khadi, muslin and tussar………………..but what was striking were the prints with flower motifs and the colours even though they were dull in nature but ?I worked really well with the type of fabric used. The dresses however seemed too indianised to my taste but the plus point here was that each and every outfit was wearble. The styling of the attire was very much old time south indian, still it went well with the clothes. I would love to see more of Shashikant Naidu’s creations in future…………….but of course with some pants added in the collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta’s creation titled as ‘Chhalni’ somehow felt incomplete…………………….the outfit starts well from the shoulder part but as one gazes towards the hemline you get a feeling ‘What went missing here??’  I think she was the only one to use polka dots in her collection which blends oh so well with the colourful jackets. The beach wear is smart…….but the dresses are too loose.I do understand that there was a lot of inspiration from the ‘Banjara’ era but the outfits could have been better in terms of fit. The mens wear was kept way too simple making me think why should I buy a designer wear when I can just ‘D-I-Y’ for my man…………………….secondly the ‘Anarkali’ kurta with a bikini top was another outfit which left me thinking ‘It is incomplete’ even though the embroidery work near the hemline was beautiful…………..Masaba you should try more to concentrate on women’s western wear since I feel that would be your ‘Strong point’ after seeing the beach wear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neha Agarwal

‘Game that people play’ as this collection was titled was full prints of trees and kites…………….the attire was casual and sporty. To me it seemed more like a collection made out of recycled and leftover fabrics. There is nothing new in it only the casual dresses have been given a sporty look by adding a jacket or shorts to them……………….Neha is you are creating a line make it either casual or sporty………………………fusion of both did not go well here……………plus these days women irrespective of their size like to wear well fitted clothes……………..baggy pants with many pockets makes a women look bulky not fahionable and are very 80s……………….My advice is that Neha should g back to the designing board and work out something much, much much more creative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paromita Banerjee

‘The Laal Paar and other stories’ was a tribute to Bengal and it’s textile industry. Fabric consisted of khadi, mul, silk, tussar, cotton and many more…………….but was it wearable…………i definitely do not think so……………I fail to understand why is there more emphasis on the fabric than design. A designer is known for what he or she creates with that said fabric. Bengal definitely has beautiful handlooms available in such rich colours but just draping them does not make a design. There is nothing new in the design…………………seen it already……….need something new. If as a designer one is getting inspired from a part of India that is commendable but you have to make a good work out of that creation. Only then it will be remembered for ages………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rimzim Dadu

Gothic’ is the very word I would use to describe the collection and fit for a rockstar…………….but why so much of black??? This collection looked very early 90s to me and was not at all for the summers. Messed up hair, ankle length flat boots which reminded me of Urmila Matondkar’s ‘Rangeela re’ song and metalic touches to the outfit all oh so 90s……….but again there was nothing soothing to the eye and have already seen such erre looking clothes on the amp before also. So what made this collection special……………….in my opinion ‘nothing’ would be the answer. This outfits could have been styled in a much better way by adding high heels and having hairstyled well in a party look. On the whole notvery impressed by this collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anand Kabra

‘She was so dark that she was blue’ left me wondering did someone get left out in snow…………………the clothes were simply drapes and more drapes which even I could do sitting at home. Then why should I look at this gothic collection in which some pieces are not at all wearable. First of all the fabric was just cut in a asymetrical way and stitched up together with lack of refinement………………the colour as the title suggests was dominated by black and blue with spalshes of grey, yellow and orange. I am unimpressed by this creation and feel if the designer has to emphasize on the splash of colour than cut then shouldn’t i buy an abstract painting instead of a designer wear. My apologises to Anand Kabra but I feel he should work out a better creation next time rather than something with dark elements only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vikram Phadnis

Creme and black colour with touch of metallic hues ruled the scene in Vikram Phadnis collection. The collection was wearable unlike other creations seen on Day 4 and I liked the way Vikram used golden and copper shades with cream colour. There was layering, ruffles, embroidery and symetrical prints which made the look stylish………………however there were few pieces which I felt were just off the rack and had not creative input of the designer. The black and cream colour fusion looked well only in few outfits and who wants to wear the all feather look gown after it has been written off by fashionistas as a ‘Fashion disaster’. My pick in this collection will have to be the short summer dresses which I feel are well fitted and look beautiful. By the way the head thing that the models wore made them look more like an alien. People might say I don’t understand fashion but I do understand when it is overboard……………….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satya Paul

Satya Paul’s key designer Puneet Nanda presented ‘Zen, Zest, Zip Zap and Zing’  collection which not only have sarees but also dresses both short and long flowy ones. There were splashes of colour on fabrics like organza, voile, georgette, crepe, satin, net and chiffon with loads of detailing and embroidery work. The colour palette included both feiry and watery tones. The dresses were dreamy but the sarees with a touch of metallic were very impressive. I love the fact that Satya Paul has always given new look to the saree over the years making it more of a fashion statement rather than just regular wear for Indian women. They have continued this trend this season also thanks to Puneet Nanda for his creativeness.  Mandira Bedi, Ex- Miss India Amrtua Patki and Sarah Jane Dias along with  Jacqueline Fernandes graced the ramp in Satya Paul creations.

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