Catch the best looks and haute trends straight off the runway for the Best From Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort Edition Mumbai.
Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort Edition
1) Anita Dongre
Anita Dongre’s showcase titled ‘Songs of Summer’ — a fitting moniker for a collection that captured the essence of summer through subtle pastels, exquisite light fabrics and floral motifs was utterly resplendent.
Classic lehengas and draped saris in cool fabrics such as modal, light-weight handwoven silk and cotton sat pretty on Dongre’s vision of the perfect summer bride and groom.
2) Ritu Kumar
Colours and prints mixed in vibrant hues and patterns at Label Ritu Kumar’s collection has New-Age textiles like shimmer jerseys, lurex, georgettes, handlooms and splashes of sequins in black, blue, ecru and pink.
The sigillated velvet line consisted of capris, blousons and a very stately power-packed pantsuit, while the black net creations with multi-hued motifs cascading down the front were eye-catchers.
Added to the collection were some crazy prints for wrap around maxis or bell-sleeved midis.
3) Half Full | CURVE
Rixi and Tinka Bhatia’s half Full | CURVE promoted body positivity inspired by the beauty of nature.
The fabrics were a mix of pure georgette, sheer chanderi, Dupion silk and were splashed with delicate bouquets of flowers in thread work, sequins, beadwork and lots of appliqué. Lungi-style draped skirts were all the rage and were worn with jackets and cowl kurtas teamed with multi-coloured covers. Metallics came to the forefront in the shape of dhotis and palazzos.
4) Hemang Agrawal in Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort Edition
He reinvented the famed textiles of Benares with modern weaving techniques and metallic motifs. Emphasising on varak, precious metal yarns were combined with pastel colours to weave tartan checks, houndstooth, polka dots and contrasting stripes woven into a single fabric, using Tanchui and Katarwaan weaving techniques.
Culottes, trousers and saris were perfect for occasional affairs, especially as summer begins to set in. A side pocket and box pleats made for important details on all the garments.
Santanu Das’ collection for Maku brought beautiful textiles such as silk, cotton, khaki and jamdani from remote Bengal, in his signature natural indigo dye, easy-going forms with a hint of androgyny.
From traditional silhouettes such as angrakha kurtas to neat micro-pleated maxi dresses, the clothes were practical and simply lovely. Brooches made of similar fabrics made for cute accessories.
Padmaja’s collection was inspired by sublime hues such as ivory, beige, grey, taupe and rosewood. Textured saris of woven, natural-dyed, organic, cotton and linen were paired with patterned blouses, embroidered with unconventional textures.
The spacing of lines was played with on finely-woven fabrics with control. Pleats, folds, layers, sewing and oversewing sealed the clothes simply delectable textures. Embroidered buttons, were the salient feature of some of the ensembles.
7) Tarun Tahiliani
On the day three of Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort Edition, Tarun Tahiliani’s Tarakini was a delicate explosion of delicately embellished and sequinned couture in shades of beige and ivory.
Made from weightless fabrics with bead and Resham work, the presentation spelt opulence, passion and beauty of Indian culture and craft. Kriti Sanon transformed into a celestial goddess in an ensemble embroidered with multi-coloured roses.
8) Manish Malhotra
The Woolmark Company and couturier Manish Malhotra unveiled a capsule collection using the natural fibre Merino wool in order to promote sustainable fashion in India.
Inaya presented wool sarees for women and bandhgalas and sherwanis for men. Induced by the detailed and conventional art, motifs and the old-world charm of Kashmir in classic and bold jewel tone colours with intricate tilla and zari embroidery.
Yami Gautam finished the show looking radiant and gorgeous.
9) Amoh by Jade
Monica Shah and Karishma Swali gathered their inspiration from mountain God – Niyam Raja from the Niyamgiri hill in Odisha.
The collection comprised flowy, organic yet chic silhouettes in ivory chanderis and mulmuls. The duo brought alive a blooming garden on the runway through their ensembles with detailed delicate embroideries of flowers, peacocks and gold leaves in rich and vivid colours.
Actress Kalki Koechlin’s was the show-stopper. She looked stunning in an off-shoulder blouse teamed up with long textured skirt.
10) House of Kotwara in Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort Edition
The House of Kotwara translated the label’s classic chikankari separates to more contemporary versions suited for every occasion.
The grandeur of the Awadhi craft was heightened by the use of traditional embroidery techniques like zardozi, mukaish, and aari. The ramp saw a good mix of fusion wear like shararas, teamed with crop jackets, capris teamed with kurtas.
11) Payal Singhal
Payal Singhal’s summer collection titled Saira was a sartorial amalgam of luxurious fabrics and distinct islamic sensibilities. Complex patterns, jaali work, filigree and antique embroidery were juxtaposed on contemporary silhouettes like the dhoti saris, kurtas and jackets teamed with lehengas, making our festive wardrobes look so desirable!
12) Anushree Reddy
In 2018’s Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort Edition, Anushree Reddy took embroidery to the next level with tone-on-tone threadwork along with zardozi embroidery on pure silk, khadi cotton, and sheer organza lehngas.
Colours of the collection ranged from fuchsia to blush pink to mustard yellow and beyond, leaving the spectators with wedding dressing goals that are nothing short of whimsy.