The second day of Lakme Fashion Week started with introducing the Next Generation Fashion Designers or the segment better known as ‘GENNEXT Designers’ where many new talent from our country emerge to showcase their creative works………….I must say that many at times we do discover a ‘gem’ of a designer too. These young guys & gals do have a lot of potential in them, which was also relevant from their collections. I am really happy that I got to watch the shows ‘live’ thanks LFW TV where you can catch the fashion as it happens. Let’s take a look at what the designers had in store for us.
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Anna-Liza Ganguly & Anita Walia
‘Deux A’ the label by designer duo Anna Liza Ganguly & Anita Walia called their collection “Samo was Here”………… inspired by the work of American artist Jean Michel Basquiat and the Hollywood star Joan Crawford. Exaggerated shoulders, the sharp cut of the fabric with the ‘fit’ close to the skin………..was the highlight of this collection which had a medley of fabrics like chiffon, silk, viscose, mesh, organza and leather. Of course with so glitter in form of sequins on the outfit or the leggings. The collection had primarily short dresses but I wish the duo had some knee length dresses & pants. That would have completed the look. My verdict : I like the fashion forward collection which is very young & chic.
Manas Das named his collection ‘Modern Tribe’ inspiration for which was recollection of his childhood memories………..colourful with Orissa’s Pattachitra paintings all over the silhouette in flowy fabrics. The collection had different styles of pants with dresses & tops, but few outfits in it were better off for Lady Gaga. I usually like the use of colour but when thepattern with the cut does nothing to compliment the colourful background……………..it is not very pleasant to the eye. For a photo shoot, I do understand these outfits……………but for a normal person like me, I feel only few flowy dresses can be worn on a sunny summer day. Rest I leave to stage performers. My verdict : Beautiful inspiration which was not translated that well into a collection.
Miriam who has come from Germany and now is based in Goa, presented a collection which had shades from our country……………..bandhani, leheria and batik were pretty evident. The collection was very feminine with jackets combined with summer dresses and flower power was strong in terms of styling. But some outfits lacked the element of ‘Fit’ and ‘Cut’ …………..the outfits would have worked better if the same was considered……………some drapes were used very loosely which would make the wearer look bulkier than fashionable. My verdict : Liked the jackets alot with the skirts & dresses. But not a fan of outfits where alot of layers are used.
Timsy & Siddhartha
Timsy & Siddhartha’s label ‘I know’ presented menswear collection………………outfits were basically in black, brown & white with interesting cut outs. I liked the way they designed the shirts with buttons placed in an unconventional manner similarly the designs of the trousers were also new. But the outfit where the pockets were on the outside rather than inside plus the shirts & jackets cut up somehow did not go down that well with me in terms of wearability. My verdict : Unusual collection with some new designs, if more creative work is put in…….the future collection can be better.
Chaitanya Rao’s recent collection was a creative relief with abundance of colours seen on the outfits and the women’s wear was a very feminine yet demure. A fusion of orange, pink, peach with deeper colours like black, blues & green was quiet a sight. The entire collection was split into two parts where the softer floral patterns blended with the more demure outfits. I got to see summer on the runway through his collection. Dresses, Skirts, flared pants & shorts, jackets for women………….while menswear had pants with jackets. My verdict : Beautiful collection especially his work with sheer fabric like chiffons & lace. Menswear needed more newer elements.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee presented his latest collection which was inspired by ‘Save the Tiger’ mission undertaken by ‘Aircel’ , he had displayed the beautiful forest of Sunderbans in his collection. Crafts from Rajasthan & rural Bengal were used to create the outfits. The styling was very early decades with hair tied up in a ‘Do’ & the ‘nerdy’ spects gave an edgy look to the entire ensemble. Long dresses & skirts were in majority but what I liked were the dresses combined with half saree drape…………..that was different & very creative. As I have maintained, Sabyasachi’s outfits can be easily mixed & matched with other silhouettes………………there is a kinda off flexibility to them. Individual pieces if worn separately will look amazing too.My verdict : Very summery, bohemian chic collection yet I love the fact it is very Indian w.r.t to the beautiful prints used from various states of our country.
Priyadarshani Rao showcased a very feminine, floral, fun collection at Lakme Fashion week, the fact I love about this collection that it is very wearable………….it had pants,shorts, tops, pinafors, bay doll dresses, shirts………….the fact that it had something to offer for women of all ages. I would definitely wanna wear these outfits which are very neat in terms of design & cut. Though I am not much into the check print pants, I love the florals to the core. The shoes were very stylish & perfect for summers……………I really wanna have one of those. With the summer beach bags the styling was complete as per the theme. My verdict : My favourite for the day, very wearable. Loved the ankle strap shoes in different colours.
Kiran & Meghna
Kiran & Meghna’s label ‘Myoho’ showcased their latest collection ‘Crytic Link’ which is Moroccan architecture inspired. They had printed pants which I suppose is a first in this fashion week, flowy jackets, skirts & dresses, ponchos, pinafores……………..all in muted colours like black, grey, brown & olive with a dash of bright colour. the styling was very 1960s with the side parted hair done up in a huge bun…………..reminded meof the Asha Parekh & Sharmila Tagore era. But I craved for better fit in these outfits……………though the prints wee classy. My verdict : Better fit would have scored more browny pointsplus some drapes were very loosely fit which spoilt the entire look.
The Indian way is back on the runway with Preeti Kapoor displaying her collection………….I suppose this was the first Indian wear I got to see on the ramp,till nowhave seen mostly western or Indo-western fusion. I am all forthe detail work and the colours used for this collection………….the peach, greys, reds, maroon, black, mustard, bronze & golden. Thankfully the collection was not that ‘blingy’ and was what I’d say very soothing to the eye. Fabrics like silks, net, satin, velvet & chanderi were used to create elaborate lehengas, saree, kurti churidhars, Anarkali………but the velvet trimmings and the layered anarkali were so last season. My verdict : Loved the detail work on the short kurti and the sarees…………wearability & the fit get my points for the collection.
Paresh & Jai
Paresh & Jai had ‘Resort wear’ on their minds whenthey designed this collection which had swimwear, kaftans, sheer dresses & skirts & sarees all done up in light fabrics like chiffon & Georgette. Geeta Basra walked as the show stopper for the duo wearing a lehenga in blue with Madhubani motifs all over. Like the Western wear more than the Indian wear plus the colours are very soothing for the summer. I like that Madhubani painting was fused into their designs which is unique but find the sequin fish & feathered birds quiet over the top as summer wear. My verdict : Something new on the runway which is totally as per the Resort theme…………..just like few pieces.
Fresh & totally summery is what I can call Arpan’s collection ‘Sail Away’ which was inspired by the Sailor & Sea. The transition of outfits from daywear to evening wear was very well done. The collection had crisp white turning blue & green then going more colourful with reds & black. I like this collection where the ‘Fit’ was excellent even in flowy dresses. My verdict : Pretty, pretty, pretty…………young, hip, sexy, flirty & wearable. Riya Sen walked as show stopper in white short dress for Arpan Vohra.