India is becoming the latest fashion hub for the fashionistas. Indian designers are no longer confined to the domestic fashion and apparel market; they are gaining recognition and fame worldwide. The various government policies and a boom in the fashion industry have made it possible. One of the breakthroughs provided to Indian designers to showcase their talents is through fashion shows. Lakme India Fashion Show is the most popular fashion show celebration of India where the talents of already established and upcoming designers are showcased.
This event is a fashion celebration laced with lots of glamour and national and international media coverage. This time Lakme India fashion week was held in Mumbai from 31st Oct- 4th Nov. Many high-profile designers and the audience witnessed this fashion fiesta. Famous Bollywood celebrities were part of it.
Eminent designers like Surily Goel, Narendra Kumar, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Nalanda Bhandari, Nandita Mahtani, Anand Kabra, Abhishek Dutta, Wendell Rodericks, Anupama Dayal, Vikram Phadnis, Chaitanya Rao, Sanchita, Savio Jon, Payal Singhal, Sanjay Malhotra, James Ferriera, Priyadarshini Rao, etc. presented their spring/summer 2007 collection. Also, South African designer duo Sun Goddess and Clive Rundle presented their collection.
Brief descriptions of some designer’s creative work are as follows:-
Nalanda Bhandari designs a simple yet attractive and wearable collection under the brand name ‘Nasha.’ She named her spring/summer 2007 collection ‘Free Spirit.’ She covered all patterns and styles of contemporary women’s clothing, dress patterns like- tunics, kaftans, tube dress, skirts, shirts, and burnt gold evening gown dominated her show. She played with glamorous clad fabrics like chiffon, silk, georgette, voile, cotton, and crepe. Her collection was largely ruled by animal prints and embroideries like African embroidery, sequin embroidery, etc. She also presented her men collection. She included her logo of rose embroidery in almost every outfit.
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The very famous designer Narendra Kumar presented his spring/summer collection 2007 at Lakme Fashion Week. The collection was named ‘Love Touches You.’ He presented a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary designs paired beautifully with each other. The women’s line of the western collection had smocked & pleated skirts, balloon skirts with shirt dresses, half collars, bloomers, chiffon with appliqué sleeves, etc., which were created with the designer’s unique touch and details. The designer’s preferred fabrics were cotton, georgette, net, silk, mull, and linen. The collection was unique but wearable in terms of design and pattern.
The men’s collection was very stylish and appealing in nature. Men models walked the ramp with elaborate embroidered batik styled shirts paired with stylish trousers completed with patch pockets and shiny zippers. The fun element of feminity to male garments was provided by showcasing sophisticated floral printed baggy tops paired with tight fitting pants and capris. The choice of colors was dull jade, beige, blue, brown, saffron, and white. Complicated embroidery, smocking, appliqué work, and shadow work were part and parcel of his creative design. The fun element was when the famous model turned actor John Abraham walked the ramp in a white linen suit. Thus he compiled every bit of creativity and entertainment to his collection, which gained him a standing ovation by the audience and showering of red carnations.
Surely Goel is a young and talented designer who even designs for film personalities. Her latest creation on the big screen was for actress Preity Zinta for the film ‘Jaan-e-Mann.’ Her collection presented the carefree and sensual side of women’s clothing. This year’s collection was marked by knee-length skirts of georgette, crochets, chiffon, light silks, and organdy, highlighting pleats and waist gathering with satin belts. Also, single piece bubble outfits are created in a wide range of colors and fabrics. In this time’s collection, she used more small colored stones.
The presence of film personalities like Dino Morea, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari, Fardeen Khan, Sameera Reddy, and Tara Sharma in the audience during her collection put the star element in the show.
Chaitanya Rao’s collection was like an early morning breeze with booming petals of budding roses. The delicate fabrics like georgette and chiffon provided that sexy feminine look to her collection. As her signature, she included moth in embroidery or appliqué in all of her garments. The models took over the ramp with her mesmerizing feminine collection comprising of hem blouses with theme embroideries, pleated mini skirts with batik prints, moth appliqué blouses, long frayed double hem dresses, pale grey chiffon tunic, cream color chiffon bubble dress, dolman sleeved hipster blouses, the list goes on. To accessorize her collection, she used thin and broad belts.
Sanchita’s collection presented in Lakme Fashion Week was bold yet wearable. She divided her collection into three segments- Punk chic, Copacabana, and Swinging deco. The stunning designer pieces of bikinis and pareos, Hawaiian inspired kaftans, small balloon skirts, floaty dresses, and minis provided the feeling of the beaches of Copacabana, St. Tropez, and Riviera to the audience. Her collection was quite glamorous, consisting of outfits like grey T-shirts with silver leggings, lycra T-shirts having sleeve ornamentations, strapless dresses accompanied with necklaces, earrings, and brooches.
The men’s collection was marked by casual wear T-shirts, poplin trousers with detailed embroideries, and white tuxedo jackets.
The garments were decorated with semi-precious stones or with attractive patchworks. Her collection line was dominated by colors like white, apatite, agate, jade, opal, and black onyx. The garments were accessorized with intrinsically crafted jewelry and bags.
This designer emphasized the comfort factor of the garments heavily. Savio Jon is well known for his simple yet attractive clothing lines, high on value and seductive quotient. Unlike other designers, he preferred his garments to hang loose around the body instead of body-hugging/tight-fitting clothes. He used free-flowing fabrics like a fishnet, mul, chiffon, georgette, and crepe.
Pinafore silhouette, long, lean maxis, oversized blouses, deep shoveled armholes, low back and front necklines were some types of garments he presented. In evening wear, he glamorized the tubular silhouettes with shimmers. The ranges of colors chosen by him for his collection were beige, grey, brown, black, pale yellow, and white. Thus the colors were also sober and subtle.
Payal Singhal, for the first time, presented her collection at Lakme Fashion Week. Her designer collection for women was designed keeping in mind today’s working women’s needs and comfort level. Stylish yet affordable were the key elements associated with her collection. She beautifully used cutwork, satin, georgette, jacquard, tulle, cotton, crepe, taffeta, brocade, and seersucker in club and partywear for dresses and tunics. Her display of outfits on-ramp descended gracefully from daywear to glamorous evening wear. She started her showcasing of oyster-white color designs then, tea rose, yellow, coffee, watermelon to grapefruit color. Display of tunics and blousons were coupled with melon, gold, or silver tights. The signature outfit was the oyster-white kaftan embellished with golden embroidery.
Sanjay Malhotra named his spring/summer 2007 collection -‘Dejavu.’ The key phrase which inspired him for this collection was -Life through my rose colored glasses. Instead of sticking only to free-flowing usual feminine fabrics, he experimented with fabrics like fur, leather, voiles, denim, suede, and laces, which were highly appealing to today’s power packed independent women. The beautiful mix-n-match of these fabrics in sober and striking colors presented a bold enough collection yet stylish and wearable. A few of the many outfits displayed by him were- an ivory-colored mirror jacket with chiffon sleeves, a colorful corset skirt accompanied with a net petticoat, a tunic with a fur edge, etc. His collection was for the woman who likes to seek the attention of the crowd and be different.