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Lakme Fashion Week

Lakme Fashion Week
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First Published: Tue, Sep 15 2009. 07 11 PM IST

Updated: Tue, Sep 15 2009. 07 11 PM IST
From 18 to 22 September, 50 designers will be camping at the Grand Hyatt, Santacruz, Mumbai to showcase their collections. As always the glam quotient will be high with stars taking over the ramp and Bollywood designers like Manish Malhotra, Neeta Lulla, Vikram Phadnis showing their Spring Summer 2010 collections. The designer for the grand finale will be Tarun Tahiliani.
Mandira Wirk
Luscious fabrics, sensuous cuts and attention to detail make Mandira Wirk’s collections luxurious and modern. Humble Luxe is the name of her collection that plays with vivid colours inspired from faded rust, tea stains and even an ink smudge by combining gently crumpled fabrics with smooth glossy sheer with fabrics such as linen, organza, silk jerseys and chiffons.
Suhani Pittie mixes old and new and combines contradicting elements. Using buttons, toy clothes pins, coins, wood slivers, glass, rubber bands, lace and ghungroos she will showcase accessories that are quirky and whimsical.
Kunal Rawal
It’s all about the freedom of expression with Kunal Rawal’s men’s collection this season. He has retained his signature style of military influences while combining influences from Cuba. There are kurtas, shirts, double breasted summer suits, cool Cuban hats, salsa shoes and boots in organic muslin, linen, denim and organic cotton.
Nikasha Tawade
Bright colours are the focus of the collection, ranging from lotus pink, lilac, peach, terracotta, lavender and moving on to fuchsia with the explosion of coral. The silhouettes are easy and free with asymmetrical hemlines and the embroidery has been recreated from the Kimono.
The designer revisits her roots with her collection titled Timeless—Jaipur. She finds inspiration from the cultural heritage of Rajasthani textiles and embroidery art that makes use of traditional weave and fabrics such as brocade, bandhini, velvets and hand woven silks in red, royal blue, steel gray and black.
Wellness takes on a whole new dimension as the designer duo introduce their new line called Ayurganic™— organic clothes with ayurvedic treatment. The garments are treated with special herbs and oils making them free of synthetic chemicals and toxic irritants. Wearing these garments is supposed to restore balance within the body and strengthens the immune system. Is it time to ditch the spa treatment for a coat?
Nachiket Barve
For this collection Nachiket Barve found inspiration in the striking colours, graphic organic patterns, glowing surfaces and skin textures of the poison dart frogs, sea anemones, blue ring octopus, lion fish, box jellyfish, neon slugs and coral polyps. The collection highlights a play of contrasts with bright and deep colour, fitted and flared silhouette, translucency and opacity, matt and shiny, rough and smooth.
Bring joy to your life this season with Anupama Dayal’s collection titled Joie with bright floral prints and geometric patterns in a palette ranging from blue, lavender and violets to nudes, tender greens, burnt toffee, scarlet, crimson and pink. Take a pick from day and cocktail dresses, formal long dresses, cropped and harem pants, tunics, skirts and saris.
Gauri and Nainika
Their name has become synonymous with red carpet glamour with flowing gowns in luscious fabrics. For their first show at Lakme Fashion Week, they take the classic and refined to another level with a luxurious collection mostly set in classic black and white with a strong focus on detailing.
Fashion is a game for Swapnil Shinde whose collection is high on sex appeal and inspired by fantasy. Think video games, think princesses in high towers who needs to be rescued and strong androgynous women. The designer is reinventing classics like the little black dress, the blazer, the pea coat and the formal evening gown with a touch of idiosyncrasy.
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First Published: Tue, Sep 15 2009. 07 11 PM IST