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URVASHI KAUR AND KARISHMA SHAHANI KHAN BROUGHT THE BEAUTY OF ART ON THE FASHION RAMP AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2016

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Mumbai: African art by IIuanga Kamuanga was the inspiration of Urvashi Kaur’s ‘Tattva’ collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016. With constant change in life, Urvashi too moved away from her past muted colour palette and plunged into a vibrant world of red, blue, white and ivory with touches of grey and black for graphic block prints with hand drawn geometric elements.

She further enhanced the garments with cube like visuals inspired from the artist’s paintings. Splashing some ombré dyes on the luxurious mul, Urvashi used clamp dyeing techniques for the kaleidoscopic designs.


Detailing was intense with minute rouching and extreme hand pleating that created delightful ripple effects on the garments. The translucent matka silk, sheer Noile, cotton, khadi and linen was highlighted with Shibori; while volume played a major role for swirling pants, culottes, tent dresses, sexy asymmetric slip creations, some well-tailored shirt dresses and smart suits.

Separates were the basis of the collection, as tunics, jumpsuits and easy athleisure were added to the comfort of the wearer. Detailing like frayed seams added to the textured look of the fabrics.

The muted red grain khadi jumpsuit and the opening suit were interesting options for western wear. From flouncy tent dresses to asymmetric slip versions, there was interesting fashion balance with shirt dresses and suits. The blue diagonal midi, wide pleated pants, tiered patched flared maxi, a very innovative dhoti-skirt, blue drop- waist flared dress and the mix of dhoti, kurta and sheer shirt, followed the theme of the collection.

Bringing stylish multicultural elements to centre stage, Urvashi Kaur’s ‘Tattva’ collection had glamour, style and amazing summer flair.

KARISHMA SHAHANI KHAN PRESENTED A GLAMOROUS RUSTIC LINE AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2016

Inspired by the rugged Pahari miniature paintings, Karishma Shahani Khan’s collection for her Ka-Sha label at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 had rustic glam appeal. Beautiful Indian flora and fauna appeared periodically in colourful forms as detailing and surface ornamentation on the garments. Delving into the craft of the Chamba Rumals, Karishma used it cleverly as the basis of the embroidery techniques and colourful reversible concepts with interesting craft stitches.

Clamp dyed patterns appeared in the form of florals, while hand embroidery, block printing, twinkling mirror work and intricate smocking created a magical and reversible effect. The handwoven Jamdani and cotton fabrics, vibrated with rich hues like red, rose pink, inky blue and sunshine yellow to form a strong colour story. These colours came together in perfect fashionable harmony for the ensembles.

The focal point of the collection was layering with 3-4 garments cleverly mixed and matched to form a comprehensive fashion story. Shimmering pleated skirts, waist-accented dresses, waistcoats with multiprint shirts, coats were part of the many fold pattern tale.

The slim kurtas teamed with long skirts and coats and the tie-up kurta over dress made a coordinated impact. Colour blocking for maxis, belted soft long line creations, flared blouses and shaded slim skirt with shirt dress and cover were great eye-catchers. An interesting detailing was the corded roses appliquéd on a short jacket that added fashion pizzazz to the entry. The final piped godet long coat gave rustic fashion another exciting option. For pure traditional rustic glamour, Karishma Shahani Khan’s Summer/Resort 2016 collection had all the perfect fashion elements for the rising mercury.