The Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 commenced with a day specially listed, for experimental and new generation fashion. With an array of energetic displays and colorful vibes all over the ramp, the first day of this season’s execution has won many hearts. Be it babies on the ramp with Karishma Shahani Khan, or women flaunting their curves and greys for Wendell Rodricks, fashion is breaking all stereotypical approaches this year.
The Gen Next shows started by Lakmé Fashion Week in 2006 have been the launch pad for top designer brands in the country. The 22nd batch of six stunning talents presented by INIFD dazzled the audience with their high octane creativity and fashion statements.
Giving men’s wear a stylish twist, Delhi’s Abhishek Paatni presented a premium wear line of prét and bespoke clothing under the ‘Nought One’ label. The collection called ‘WarfareXStreetfare’ had a considerable action packed look on the ramp.
Chandigarh’s Anupreet Sidhu’s label ‘Sidhu Ji’ started in 2014 was aimed at the modern 21st century woman who wants to make a definite style statement. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘Starry Night over Rhone’ Anupreet brought forth the celestial bodies like The Great Bear into the colour scheme.
From the Capital, designer Diming Rubu gave women’s wear a great feminine twist. Her collection ‘The Missing Piece’ for her label ‘Dming’ was a great semi-formal offering when classic silhouettes came alive on the ramp for the fashion conscious women in the age group 25-40 years.
Giving men something vibrant and fun to wear, Gaurav Khanijo’s collection ‘Morpheus’ was a fantasy of Indian handlooms with a vintage touch, inspired by the dragon fly.
Paridhi Jaipuria presented a sleek women’s wear line called ‘Bunai’. The collection created a mélange of garments with a high level of craftsmanship that projected great urban work wear.
Vaibhav Singh’s men’s wear called ‘Hybrid’ was a line of sharply cut and tailored garments, which revealed minute detailing.
The Grazia Young Fashion Awards 2016 in its sixth edition presented the fabulous collections of eight award winning stars.
Winners of the Urban Wear Category, Amrita Khanna and Gursi Singh for their label ‘Lovebirds’ presented a line rich in vintage clothing and accessories.
Winning the Accessories Jewellery Category Suhani Parekh’s label ‘Misho’ had jewellery with an outstanding identity.
Winning the Accessories Bags Award the designing duo, Neha Singh and Pranav Guglani for their label ‘Cord’ revealed a stylish line of bags that moved from cross body to saddle and hand bags in fabrics of multicoloured designs as well as quality leather.
Winner in the Label Alert Category, Sohaya Misra’s brand ‘Chola’ has made waves ever since its entry in the Gen Next Show last season. Inspired by the anti-fit Japanese designs, Sohaya’s collection called ‘The Wanderess’ was an abstract look at easy fashion construction.
Winning the Indi-Cool Category award, Shivangi Sahni is renowned in favouring cross stitch for her garments. Shivangi’s ‘Nomad’s Chant’ was inspired by the bazaars of Morocco and had that effortless bohemian appeal that spelt ‘Indie Chic’ and Middle East opulence.
Kriti Tula’s label ‘Doodlage’ won the Sustainable Category award, which is a favourite segment of the designer. Kriti enjoyed the jigsaw puzzle concept in fashion with no definite colour card.
Winning the Innovation in Textile, Construction and Silhouette, Category, award, designers Shikha Grover and Vinita Adhikari have been renowned for their label ‘ILK’.
Winner of the Menswear Category, Sahil Aneja’s label ‘Sahil Aneja’ showcased the dandy look in men’s wear with the Savile Row Style of Bespoke tailoring.
Bollywood heartthrob, Arjun Kapoor, the showstopper, looked dashing in a leather jacket with chain detailing. The silver studded shoes and aviator sunglasses further added an edge to the look.
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‘Trapezoid’ by Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks, gave a quick lesson in amazing geometric cutting.
Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks experimented with this ancient shape as she gave the garments touches of the same.
Presenting a unisex, unisize, unique collection for Indian women, the line was aimed at all levels of the female buyers. The USP of the show besides the stunning collection, were, 8 women from different sections of society who were achievers in their own right.
Wendell Rodricks also pioneered the release of the Indian Size Chart for women, which has never been done before and has been needed ever since the fashion business started in the country.
Inspired by the aerial views of landscapes, Karishma Shahani Khan’s label ‘Ka-Sha’ unveiled the ‘Navya’ collection.
Highlights of the show were the multi layered garments each topped with tasselled scarves that are a specialty of Karishma. The designer also ended her showcase by walking down the ramp with her own baby in arms accompanied by two more moms.
Revealing a romantic, nostalgic journey of the 1920’s fashion, ‘Myoho’ by Kiran and Meghna presented ‘Sandalwood’ a collection that left its fashionable fragrance on the ramp
Simplicity and innovative construction has been the hallmark of Ujjawal Dubey’s ‘Antar-Agni’ label that has given men’s and women’s wear fashion experiments.
The Quirkbox label bsy Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev has been known for its experiments with art, prints and fashion. ‘Madness’ by Quirkbox was the first ever mix of Motion Imagery, Fashion and Image Mapping Fashion, shown in India.
This very high tech visual adventure turned the venue into an Art Gallery when art, fashion technology and music were fused to give the audience an unforgettable fashion thrill. With projections as the main elements of the happening, Quirkbox displayed four garments along with face mapping, motion graphics and projections. A few models featured were visualised for the Motion Graphic Imagery by Anibrain; while the other segment had ‘Madness’ with Art Prints presented by Quirkbox as Wearable Art.