The third day at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 saw some of the most exquisite festive collections studded with glitz and glamour. Be it Gaurang’s eccentric Indian wear or Payal Singhal’s bridal couture, the ramp was a celebration of fashion in all aspects. The presence of Bollywood’s famous personalities like Lara Dutta, Manisha Koirala and Mughda Godse added more sparkle to this day.
Known for her relaxed sporty fashion, Kanika Goyal ensured that the collection offered easy dressing. Colours and tech fabrics have always been a part of Kanika’s collections and this season too she brought interesting permutations and combinations. Kanika’s inspiration was the architectural style of Frank Gehry that is known to disrupt expectations.
It was a young at heart almost childlike and playful collection that Kriti Tula showcased under her label ‘Doodlage’. Called ‘Hopscotch’ Kriti used imperfections to highlight her garments, and added her favourite patchwork and innovative placket detailing or surprised the dresser with an extra pocket.
The collection was called ‘The Dark Matter’ by Sonal Verma for her label ‘Rara Avis’ but she ensured that the look was ultra-dramatic. The styles were classic but edgy as layers and collar detailing vied for attention.
Around the world, throughout all forms of design, nature has served as one of our biggest inspirations. The fashion industry too has often drawn inspiration from the vistas of the natural world. Designer Aartivijay Gupta’s “Winter Garden” left the audience spellbound with its portrayal of the eponymous garden.
Divya Sheth’s “Nijmandir” infused a magical touch to the age old art form of the pichwai paintings of Nathdwara, Rajasthan. The paintings, which essentially depicted the different moods, postures and attires of Lord Krishna, were elegantly etched in naturally dyed, hand-painted and block-printed motifs on the garments.
‘Char Chinar’ from Vrisa by Rahul and Shikha narrated the story of the intricate Kashmiri hand embroidery on beautiful Persian and Ikat fabrics. Keeping alive their USP of revisiting and reviving ancient arts, crafts and traditions, the collection redefined ethnic opulence.
Shikha Ghalsasi, the vibrant new designer on the block is known to be a free spirit that draws inspiration from life and that is what exactly mirrors her brand ‘Whimsical by Shica’. ‘Aesthete’ is her attempt at bringing a piece of wildwood in her inspired collection.
Bollywood powerhouse performer, Swara Bhaskar commanded the runaway in a long, figure hugging salmon gown with elongated sleeve detail and minimal surface ornamentation on the bodice.
Dipti Sawardekar’s ‘Zoraya’ label showcased Prêt and Diffusion wear with its own classic twist. Inspired by traditional crafts like Gadd block print and jaali windows of the Amer Fort in Jaipur, the geometry was given a contemporary feel.
‘Forest Noir’, the Diffusion Winter/Festive 2016 collection by Eshaa Amiin, enchanted the audience with its perception of the deep dark forest.
Former Miss Universe 2000 and well-known Bollywood diva, Lara Dutta graced the ramp in an elaborate, pitch-black, fish-cut gown with sequinned off-shoulder detail and an exaggerated flouncy hem that made the pageant holder look ultra glamorous.
Known for her dramatic bridal, fusion and diffusion collections, Payal Singhal’s ‘Pakizah’ collection explored simplicity and beauty in design. It was contemporary Indian wear all the way that evoked a sense of timeless elegance on the catwalk.
Making a show stopping entry on the ramp was Bollywood’s new sensation Saiyami Kher who looked dazzling in a blush dupion silk embroidered lehenga and off-shoulder choli.
Presenting a line of utterly, beautiful resort clothing, Priyadarshini Rao brought oriental glamour to the forefront with her collection called ‘Sashiko’. Using Sashiko, a Japanese embroidery technique of simple running stitches that is used to repair tears or worn out pieces, Priyadarshini incorporated it in white thread on indigo.
Sohaya Misra’s label “Chola” known for its relaxed fashion, celebrated the experimental angle of fashion. Favouring the free unstructured forms for her clothes, Sohaya added a hint of balance with structure, thus bringing in a perfect synergy between the two.
Renowned Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala graced the ramp in Sohaya’s signature asymmetric midi dress worn with deep blue palazzo had a striking impact on the audience.
Chirag Nainani reinforced his mastery over women’s wear with his ‘Coup de Grace’ collection.
Every season top textile designer Gaurang Shah has dazzled the audience with his fabulous weaves. From Patolas, to Jamdanis and Banaras weaves his show has been a cornucopia of fabrics.
Celebrating the tales of Lord Krishna, Radha and the Gopis, Gaurang Shah unveiled ‘Vrindavan’ a fashion collection, inspired by the enchanted garden at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016.
The show opened with the melodious voice of classical vocalist Pandit Ratan Sharma and Gargee Siddhanta Dutta who regaled the audience with haveli Sangeet on Raas-Leela and tales of Vrindavan.
The graceful Bollywood star Mugdha Godse, glided down in an ivory and gold lehenga, green choli and printed dupatta to start the gorgeous collection from Gaurang.