Lakme Fashion Week 2022: Tara Sutaria, Genelia Deshmukh turn showstoppers for Aisha Rao & Varun Nidhika

Both designers' collections were high on craft and motifs representing the individuality of each garment.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, October 17, 2022, 03:15 PM IST
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Tara Sutaria and Genelia Deshmukh | Instagram/Lakmé Fashion Week

Mumbai: The fourth day of the FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week started with stars walking the ramp. Starting with Tara Sutaria who walked for designer Aisha Rao’s show wearing a beautiful ensemble of motif heavy lehenga paired with an off-shoulder blouse.

Tara Sutaria with Aisha Rao

Tara Sutaria with Aisha Rao |

Taking inspiration from Trencadís, a type of folk art in which broken tile mosaics are pieced together like a jigsaw, the entire collection embraced Catalan Modernisme and Art Nouveau.

Aisha Rao's Trencadís

Aisha Rao's Trencadís |

The Hyderabad-based designer looks back at Barcelona, the city which inspired her to pursue a career in design at IED.

Aisha Rao's Trencadís

Aisha Rao's Trencadís |

With a line-up of striking, chromatically-inspired ensembles that captured the essence of Barcelona’s sculptural and architectural masterpieces like the whimsical creations by Antoni Gaudí and his Catalan contemporaries, striking Gothic cathedrals, and avant-garde works, the showcase featured Rao’s signature appliqué lehengas characterised by freedom of form, voluptuous colour and texture, and organic unity — much like Gaudí’s work.

Aisha Rao's Trencadís

Aisha Rao's Trencadís |

There were also sarees and dresses inspired by complex geometries and the panoramas in Spain.

Aisha Rao's Trencadís

Aisha Rao's Trencadís |

Many of the garments in the collection were crafted with up-cycled fabrics, along with Georgette Dobby adorned with gold and silver filament, which gave brocade-like tactility. The prints were given a new lease of life with intricately-executed badla work.

Aisha Rao's Trencadís

Aisha Rao's Trencadís |

Rich hues like Spanish red and lapis lazuli blue were the highlight of Rao’s vividly-coloured creations. The multiplicity of the tints was brought together beautifully with the help of botanical motifs, stunning landscapes, and sculptural forms rendered on the ensembles.

Aisha Rao's Trencadís

Aisha Rao's Trencadís |

There were many outfits encrusted in sequins making them perfect for day-to-night dressing.

The second collection was worn by Genelia Deshmukh who walked for designer Varun Nidhika.

Genelia Deshmukh with Varun Nidhika

Genelia Deshmukh with Varun Nidhika |

The duo’s collection called Swarn paid homage to the relentless female power, a picture of grace and strength, bold and sensual.

Swarn by Varun Nidhika

Swarn by Varun Nidhika |

The collection painted imagery of an enchanted wilderness of sprouting Palms, intertwined with lattice patterns.

Swarn by Varun Nidhika

Swarn by Varun Nidhika |

Fabrics such as silk organza and metallic knits were draped in silhouettes in a palette of gold and black.

Swarn by Varun Nidhika

Swarn by Varun Nidhika |

The hand-crafted embroidered motifs cutouts added a layer of delicacy to the collection.

Swarn by Varun Nidhika

Swarn by Varun Nidhika |

The idea of molten metal is rendered into gold and rusted-hued metallic tape embroideries.

Swarn by Varun Nidhika

Swarn by Varun Nidhika |

Structured jackets, co-ord sets, draped sarees, and elaborate dresses were part of the collection.

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