Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 kick-started with Shilpa Shetty walking for Masaba Gupta’s ‘Wanderess’ Collection. The collection saw geometric leaves and floral prints in colors of green and poppy red. None other would have done justice to that sexy cut out printed dress than Shilpa Shetty. Anavila Mishra with her ‘Mohenjo Daro’ collection had saris and dhotis with loose shirt blouses featuring block and ajrak prints. The yellow gold sari on showstopper Konkona Sen Sharma was fabulous.
Sanjay Garg for Raw Mango had gorgeous lehengas with delicate fabrics like Chanderi,Akola, etc in combination of muted gold with deep blues, parrot greens, shocking pinks,etc. I loved so many pieces from this collection. Colors were a symphony of hues with red, orange, pink, yellow, blue and gold being the basis for surface texturing in linen, wool and gold thread at Designer Vaishali S’s Show. I absolutely loved the crinkled skirts.
Pakistani Designer Zara Shahjahan showcased ‘The City of Gardens’ vintage collection where old Lahore and floral vintage prints were the highlight. The Gara embroidery, Swarovski crystals and the amazing hand crafted embellishments were selectively used. Glittering rhinestone, scalloped kurti cutwork top with printed embroidered drop waist skirt and the cut-out sleeve net kurta matched to a flowing sharara created magic on the ramp. A great formal line of evening wear that has fragile elegance with shimmer and glitzy fashion; I loved every piece, the design and work exuded elegance.
The show witnessed some amazing accessories by Outhouse & Mrinalini Chandra. ’Shakuntala’ by Mrinalini Chandra focused on metallic and pearl floral detailing + fish, monkey and insect motifs. I loved Mrinalini Chandra’s fish net shawl. Outhouse had a warrior princess kind of theme with some amazing metallic gladiator footwear.
Royal purple & navy blue and lots of ombre with glamorous gold zardozi work was seen on Vikhram Phadnis couture. Bipasha Basu and Dia Mirza walked for him. A ‘Royal’ collection fit for queens. Vintagey polka dots and A-line skirts were seen at Verb by Pallavi Singhee. I love polka dots and A-line skirts, very wearable collection this was.
Voluminous tulle gowns, lehengas and anarkalis in reds and navy blue were seen at Shantanu & Nikhil’s ‘Himalayan Couture’ collection. The gowns represented the flow of Himalayan water with layers of net and tulle. I loved some of the gowns.
Arjun Khanna presented a rockstar biker boy collection with biker jackets in leather, suede, wool and corduroy with zippers and rivets. His showstopper was the dashing Yuvraj Singh in an all white glittering jacket with silver mesh yoke. Boys do check out this collection. This one is for you guys. Varun Bahl back after a decade at LFW showcased his Diffusion collection presented by Reliance Trends. Priyanka Chopra walked for him. The Mary Kom girl looked super hot in sleek black pant suit, quilted cropped peplum jacket and silver shell! With Reliance Trends, we always have one wearable collection.
My personal favorites apart from Manish Malhotra were Anushree Reddy, Sonaakshi Raaj and Shehla Khan. I have been a big fan of Anushree Reddy from the time I saw her collection the first time at Lakme Fashion Week, 2 years ago. I love how she blends the floral with zardozi and the color combinations she comes up with. Anushree Reddy had gorgeous mint and rose pink going on with a floral base. The measuring tape as a border looked so chic.
Showstopper Nargis Fakri in her lehenga looked breathtaking.
Shehla Khan had her signature lace and heavy embroidery. A melange of western and Indian designs, the clothes with bolder embroideries and embellishment in silver and gold, looked elegant and glamorous.
Showstopper Shruti Hassan wore a baby pink lehenga with silver lace work.
Shehla is another favorite with Indian couture wear. Sonaakshi Raaj, also known as the sari gown specialist, presented ‘Royal With a Cause’. Her unique take on sari gown combinations is always a treat to watch. Malaika Arora Khan looked ethereal in the red lace mermaid like gown with her side swept hair and perfect makeup.
Bollywood star Ileana D’Cruz was the showstopper for Arpita Mehta.
Arpita Mehta showcased ‘Starlight’ collection. Colours like black, grey and pink were used on anarkalis, trousers, tunics, lehengas. She also used lots of ghungroos and latkans. Illeana D’Cruz was the showstopper who wore a bright pink lehenga with 3D antique gold mirror appliqué work. Arpita Mehta’s mirror work is one of my favourites, love it on her saree blouses too.
Jabong introduced River Island and Miss Selfridge for the first time in India. Kriti Sanon walked for River Island in a silver metallic mini skirt with a matching mesh blouse whereas Elli Avram wore this gorgeous red gown for Miss Selfridge. Now we have two new UK brands available in India, thanks to Jabong.
Kareena Kapoor Khan & Varun Dhawan walked for Manish Malhotra at the Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale! He showcased Gloss inspired Indian Cocktail collection. Wine, Burgundy, Purple with Grey was seen on the ramp on sari-gowns and lehenga-gowns with interesting plunge necklines. The glossy plums on the gowns looked ethereal.
I loved the use of grey with navy blue and purple. The ombre on Kareena’s lehenga with the rose lace embroidery detail on the sleeves was amazing! Manish can never go wrong. A Perfect end to the Lakme Fashion Week by the perfect Manish Malhotra.