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Day 2 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 26, 2013

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

Photo Courtesy : Vogue India

SOUP by Sougat Paul

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

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

Shantanu Goenka

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

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

Talent Box featuring Arpita Mehta & Harshita C. Deshpande

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

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


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


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Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 Day 2

Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 7, 2010

Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 started off with new designers showcasing their designs in the Gen Next section where they are given an opportunity to showcase their creation. However all designers are not displayed here since the photos of their entire collection was not available. Will keep you all post once I get more content.

Gen Next Designer Showcasing

Pooja Kapoor

Pooja Kapoor’s creation ‘Nip and Tuck’ had the emphasis on layering of fabrics. The collection is young but could have been made more colourful since the theme of the show is summer. Nonetheless I liked few pieces and know that young women would dig it. The dhoti looks given to the skirts was new but my only wish that this collection should had more hues in it coz since day 1 I have been seeing a lot of pastels. Personally loved those gladiator shoes and as a new designer Pooja has done well accessorizing her clothes.

Sabah Khan

Sabah has a wacky sense of style since in her collection there was abundance of colour but the fusion of colours made it difficult to pay attention on one piece of creation only. Skirts, dresses and pants were made of check prints and colourful fabric was stitched together. Actual photos which were printed on fabric gave a very ‘Manish Arora’ type of look. My advice to Sabah will be to concentrate on creating one eye-catching piece only rather than a mish-mash of hues and prints.

Sandeep Sarkar

I liked the sheer transparent sleeves and the blending of hues in his collection though the cut and fit required a lot of work to be done. The dresses were cool and had that summery feel to them. Something ‘new’ was a miss here as there were only dresses and to some extent all looked alike. I wish Sandeep would have put in some pants or shorts along with the sheer transparent sleeved tops. Still the feel of summer and proper layering of fabric was done well by Sandeep.

Siddhartha Upadhyaya

I was looking out for something new and I guess I have fou nd it on Day 2 of Fashion week just that the problem is I am not much into Siddhartha’s ‘As you like it’ collection. It is fun but why is it there are a lot of angular designs. I do not find the clothes very wearable since there is too much of satin used for a casual wear line. Satin as you know is better off in formal wear or evening gowns. Another thing I wished was the styling of these clothes with stilettos instead of flat open toed shoes which would have helped to add that glamour element.

Sougat Paul

First look at Sougat’s collection and I am floored. Love the rich colours like plums, ink blue, peach, burgundy and lavender on the runway. For a first time designer to showcase his work in LFW, I think Sougat has done a very good job here. There is geometric pattern in the prints yet this wearable line has the summer quotient to it. The clothes were fitted very well to give emphasis on very curve. The wedge heels perfectly match the silhouette both in style and colour. I would love to see more of Sougat Paul’s creation in future fashion weeks and definitely feel he has a lot of new designs to offer to this fashion hungry world.

Surbhi Chawla

Surbhi’s collection had alot of pleats which worked well in some outfits but not in all. Georgette and chiffon were the dominating fabrics which are also fit for summer wear. Hues of pink, peach, tan, white and grey ruled the colour scene. Surbhi tried to add pop of colour on the earthy tones by adding shocking pink flower motifs. The idea of having a pop of colour on a matt background was a brilliant one but the flower motifs could have been stitched well into the fabric instead of hanging out since it did not blend in that manner. But I did find her pattern on pants as displayed here very creative and new. hope to see similar designs from her in future.

Vipin Batra

Vipin reminded me so much of old-time ‘Versace’ creations with those asymmetrical colourful abstract patterns. The collection was named ‘Swirls of Light’ had the mix up of hues like blue, grey and reds. The clothes were young yet not at all flashy. Wearable yet very fashion forward, the only thing I would have done is not added the stoles since the patterns are good enough to be worn alone. I do look forward to see more of Vipin’s new creations since I find them refreshingly new.



Abdul Halder

The Essence of Victorian look to the bridal wear was well captured and Mr. Halder did not disappoint us……….thankfully. I liked the colours. the blending of fabrics and the classic embroidery work. It had  a traditional look with a twist of modernity. The line is very wearable for both the bride and the groom. The collection was displayed very gracefully, styling was elegant reminding people of the 50s ear and the jewelery was vintage which completed the look. Silks, Brocade, satin, Georgette dominated the fabric part with every garment looking unique on the runway. This was one of the good collection seen on Day 2.

Digvijay Singh

Digvijay Singh’s Collection ‘Anekantvada’ which means the dictates of Jain theory of absolute relativity has posed a big confusion for me since I am not able to make out if the collection is for ‘Men’s only’ or was it Uni-sex. If the collection is for guys then how will modern men carry off these clothes in daily life or as a matter of fact for functions/events. If it is made for both sexes…………………………..I am surely never gonna wear and end up on the streets looking like that.  Even for the heck of fashion, I don’t think women would want to wear such creations. Vivek Oberoi looked like a cute desi babu dressed in all cream banjara inspired kurta and dhoti. But on the positive side the clothes were eco-friendly and herbal dyes were used.  The idea of environment friendly fashion does get points from me but the clothes could have been much, much better designed since I do not find them customer-friendly.

Lecoanet Hemant

The Indo-french designer duo Didier Lecoanet and Hemant Sagar presented their collection titled ‘Green’ which is made of organic fabrics. The colour palette ranges has reds, rust, cream, beige, green and black. The clothes displayed on the ramp were more of casual. I loved the guys collection which had a lot of colour. Honestly it is high time that guys start adding bright hues to their wardrobe. The women’s collection was not as creative as the men’s collection since the cuts and silhouette were kept rather very plain. Lecoanet and Hemant have done a good job and how to see them expand and get more creative with their men’s wear.

Nachiket Barve

Geometrical designs in this collection was the highlight of this collection which consisted of evening wear and day wear for women. What struck me the most is the fusion of colours in the asymmetrical patterns of print that came across very unique. His collection was very fashion forward with simple silhouettes yet had a touch of sexiness to it. I am allured and am sure women would love to try Nachiket’s colourful creation. The clothes were fitted well and for a young lady looking demure has never been so easy. My take on Nachiket’s creation is you have arrived and put that much desired pop of colour in western wear from India.

Manish Malhotra

In my opinion I feel Manish should design more for women and only on demand for men. Secondly he is a pioneer in Women’s Indian couture but can do better in western wear. I could not understand the fusion of colours in men’s wear which seemed to be made out of women’s wear fabric. I do understand that these days guy are confident enough to carry any colour but ladylike hues is not what looks good on a guy that too in blazers, vests and coats. A hint of such colours is acceptable but the entire thing is not desirable at all. The women’s wear was nothing creative either since I have seen better designs from Manish on and off the ramp. By the looks of it I had expected a lot more exciting stuff from Manish but sadly seeing this creation I was disappointed. Hope to see the Manish Malhotra element again on the ramp next season.

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