Notes From Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014: Day 2

Day two of Lakme Fashion Week 2014 was dedicated to Indian textiles and handloom, which means organic fashion ruled the runway. The collections were mostly traditional, with a hint of contemporary thrown in. Garments were stitched using versatile ancient techniques and fabrics from all over India in gold brocade, embroidered soy and silk. The collections were fit for royalty. The icing on the cake of last night’s event, though, was the ethereal closing show presented by Sanjay Garg. Here are our picks of the day’s collections that captured our attention and those that fell flat.

LOVE

Sanjay Garg
Sanjay Garg presented a beautiful and regal collection for his label, Raw Mango. The garments were handwoven using the kadwa brocade technique of Varanasi and materials developed all over India. The collection included gorgeous sherwanis, sarees, kurtas, quilted jackets, lehengas and simple maxis in parrot green, shocking pink, blue, peach and gold. The masterfully crafted garments had a fluid feel.

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Soumitra
Soumitra’s collection, Marg, was created from a vast reservoir of fabrics found in various places in Bengal. It was a beautiful, delicate and soft collection in pastel colours and its sheer simplicity was what made it stand out. The sherwanis, sarees, embroidered jackets and lehengas, made using the concept of surface texturing, looked divine and elegant. We give him a ten on ten for these exquisite creations.

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Harshitaa Chatterjee Deshpande
Harshitaa’s collection was dedicated to the temple girl in South India. The core fabric included hand-woven kanjeevaram pure silk, Paithani silk in threads of gold and Chanderi silk. The collection included lehengas, sarees and sherwanis in bold colours of blood red, burnt orange, deep purple and fuchsia, against the contrast palettes of black, white and grey. Showstopper Chitrangda Singh looked ravishing in a red-and-gold embroidered lehenga.

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HO-HUM

Sreejith Jeevan
His collection, titled Strung Together, was a modern take on the flower garland makers in the temples of South India. We like the concept behind ROUKA, Shreejith’s label of using neglected tradition of hand-skills and handmade fabrics from cotton, linen and silk; but all in all, the collection was too plain with boring designs that failed to impress.

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WHAT WERE THEY THINKING

Anuj Sharma
Anuj’s collection is created for people with a penchant for drama; it’s definitely not for everyone. We applaud him for innovation and creativity, but what is going on with the collection? The dress, made of strips of multi-coloured fabric, looks like something a homeless person put together. And the yellow creation; is it a Samurai outfit-meets-bulletproof vest or a life jacket? We’re not even going to comment on that inexplicable dress with a circular-patterned bottom.

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