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Looking Through LFW

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Missed Lakmé Fashion Week this year? Don’t worry, because the Woman’s World Team is bringing you a run-down of some of their favourite looks, collections and designers from this year’s four-day fashion fest

GETTING FLORAL WITH NEHA AGARWAL
Debutant Neha Agarwal’s Mille Fleurs — a thousand flowers collection, was one of the most wearable designer showcases this year, with a series of outfits inspired by 17th century French embroidery. The dresses were our favourites, and we can see them looking great off By converting authentic Indian organic tussar, ahimsa, gicha and muga silk into pretty, French-inspired silhouettes, the Hyderabad-based designer has created a line of very pretty,
fusion outfits.

GET NOSTALGIC WITH ARPITA MEHTA
With her collection, inspired by her grandmother’s cocktail looks, Arpita delivered a dose of nostalgia through a very pretty Indian collection. While her layered lehenga-jackets were not our favourites and the greys were a bit dull, the strong black brocade looks were a good fit, especially with the flower embroidery and winged sleeves. However, what made us look twice was the showstopper outfit, modelled by Ileana D’cruz (right). The pink cut-out blouse and box pleated lehenga were both well-designed, but the foil work, coupled with the elegant silver body chain, is what made it so gorgeous.

TURN HEADS WITH LAILA SINGH
That Laila Singh is a jewellery designer was apparent from her Flight of Fancy collection for her label, Social Butterfly. The black-and-white themed collection is not too impressive if you look at just the outfits — it’s heavy on fitted and bodycon dresses, maxi skirt and top combinations and halter, strapless and keyhole necks. But, what makes the collection work strikingly well on the runway, is the accompanying jewellery, including cuffs, earrings, hand harnesses, palm bracelets and neckpieces, which add pizazz to an otherwise dull line. The semi-precious stones and metals do what Laila hopes they will, drawing attention to the outfit and encouraging a peacock-like aesthetic when it comes to jewellery.

HEAVY ON BLING WITH MANISH MALHOTRA
There’s no doubt that Manish Malhotra’s Gloss collection was meant to be one long show stopper. However, while a lot of the Indian cocktail outfits stood out, none were breathtaking. The purple lehenga, worn by showstopper Kareena Kapoor, was too metallic and blingy. The menswear, with its Chinese collars, was much more appealing to us. The materials were impressive, with flowy chiffons and soft nets taking centrestage and we preferred the sofer shades and translucent, shimmery pieces. However, a few pieces from the elaborate collection did catch our eye, including Karisma Kapoor’s black brocade ensemble, the models draped in pale pinks and this glamorous, backless draped gown with its wine red skirt (top).

SOFT AS PEACH WITH SONAAKSHI RAAJ
While Malaika Arora Khan looked great in the ruby red gown designed by Sonaakshi Raaj with an elaborate tulle trail, that was not our favourite ensemble from her opulent collection. The rest of the collection was refined and chic, featuring reds, nudes, charcoals and metallics. Our absolute favourite though was the opening outfit, a soft peach sari-gown that channelled a modern, chic and feminine look with the elegance of a traditional sari.

ROYAL TOUCHES BY JADE
If fashion that highlights Indian heritage and culture is your cup of tea, you will love the In The Temples of Hoysala collection, presented by JADE at LFW this weekend. The attention to detail on each part of every outfit was commendable, along with the moulded motifs and almost bridal themed jewellery. While dull golds and silvers seemed predominant, we preferred their brighter coloured outfits, including this regal jacket and lehenga outfit in coral red. If you missed seeing it at LFW, it will be on view at their flagship store from next month onwards.

A REAL SHOWSTOPPER WITH MASABA
Most of Masaba’s collection was just alright. Titled Wandress, the ramp was filled with bodycon dresses that we quite liked the look of. Inspired by Roman Payne’s poetry, the collection is filled with oversized florals and we like that she kept her colours simple and her design lines clean and uncomplicated. We preferred the dresses to her skirts, but showstopper Shilpa Shetty’s cut-out dress and white drape was gorgeous, fitting her like a glove and really standing out without looking gaudy, even with its dark navy blue colour and gold border.

PRETTY IN PINK WITH ANUSHREE REDDY
There weren’t too many collections that could rival Anushree Reddy’s feminine Portobello collection. Another Indo-Western fusion of Hyderabadi outfits and Victorian era prints, Portobello: The Indian Chapter, was heavy on pastel shades of pink and blue and vintage floral prints. While showstopper Nargis Fakhri looked almost ethereal in her predominantly pink lehenga and choli, her makeup was too heavy. The tulle, chiffon, raw silk and organza gave the collection a romantic old-world charm. Although colours were as light as rose pink, sea green, beige and lavender, the collection had a bold, royal feel to it.

SOFT SHADES WITH PAYAL SINGHAL
With a lot of Chintz work done in rich crepes, silks and linen, the deconstructed line by Payal Singhal called Excavations, was aimed at bringing back a range Indian-Western fashion, while tracing the rich history of the ancient technique of chintz printing. Although the collection was filled with pretty shades of cranberry, coral and sienna, we were more drawn to the more subtle, aqua and teal floral printed pieces from the collection.

GO INDIGO WITH PRIYADARSHANI RAO
All those who missed Priyadarshani Rao at last season’s LFW should be excited about this collection. The designer made a bold comeback with An Ode To Indigo. It featured pretty paisleys and florals that were softer and more subtly placed than most other collections. The silhouettes were vintage, with palazzo pants, overdresses and tunics featuring strongly, along with contemporary layering. We love that this collection was so wearable, but also runway-appropriate.

GET EDGY WITH VARUN BAHL
Talk about wearable fashion and you can’t skip the Reliance Trends collection by Varun Bahl. Comprising of mostly of western wear, the collection was not out-of-the-box, and featured quintessentially western silhouettes with jackets, dresses, trousers, skirts and shirts that incorporate Indian design techniques, while the black, silver, grey and ivory palettes make it quite edgy. The rose, blue and pale pink add a feminine touch that is enhanced by the use of silk, tulle and crepe. The silk digital printed dresses stood out, as did Priyanka Chopra’s edgy runway look, with the currently trending crop top, statement neckpiece, high-waist pants and sleek silver jacket.

BEAUTIFUL BLACKS BY SHRUTI SANCHETI
Textiles showed up again with Shruti Sancheti’s work, a collection titled Strands of Silk. The collection was a mixture of rich fabrics, with woven Benarasi work in vibrant colours. The entire collection had a bold and festive vibe, and although it featured a range of saris, palazzo pants and lehengas, our favourites were the belted maxis, where the fusion element was particularly apparent, with bold embroidered bodices and cut-out necklines.

PRISTINE WHITES BY PURVI DOSHI
With an abundance of textiles, mirror-work and hand-embroidered outfits with Aztec prints, designer Purvi Doshi really went all out with her LFW collection and it mostly works. We usually love colour, but when it came to this collection, the pristine white Indo-Western outfits done up with mirror-work were our favourites. The showstopper outfit in particular, worn by actress Sonal Chauhan, managed to take a complete mirror-work outfit and make it look ethereal, without looking the least bit overdone.

MIXED PRINTS WITH URVASHI JONEJA
Think mixed prints, bold, strong designs, sharp lines, bricks and black, white and red and you’ve got Urvashi Joneja’s collection down to the T. Titled Guarded, the collection impressed us purely because of the armour-like look and the way she uses mixed prints without going overboard. Her pantsuits and maxi dresses, in particular, really impressed us.

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