Notes From Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014: Day 3
Day three of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 presented an eclectic mix of collections. From modern and edgy outfits (well-fitted jackets, woollen coats and classy dresses) by munkee see munkee do, Rocky S and Selvage by Chandni Mohan to traditional lehengas and sarees by Gaurang, Ekru and Anita Dongre and funky colours and prints by Quirk Box, Tanya Sharma, Ilk and Aartivijay Gupta. The main show stealer, however, was not a garment collection but hair styling. Little Shilpa presented her trendy and complicated hairstyles, with Carol Gracias walking the ramp as the main attraction of the day. Here’s our verdict of yesterday’s collections.
1. Anita Dongre
Like her previous collection, Anita stuck to her mythical muse, Nayantara- the Jaipur bride, as inspiration. The collection was stunning, perfect for the modern Indian bride, with outfits including lehengas, kurtas, structured jackets, ornate pants and beautiful gowns with intricate embellishments like gota patti, dori and embroidery in classic jewel tones of ruby red, royal blue, orange and pink. The show’s beauty was emphasised by live music act Niladri Kumar and his band India Modern, which played while the models walked the runway, giving it a surreal feel.
2. Aartivijay Gupta
Aartivijay’s collection, titled Who Wore When What, paid homage to the history of fashion through prints from corset-and-crinoline; hats from different centuries; hairstyles and accessories; big ball gowns; famous Roman drapes; and French medieval costumes. Gupta managed to effectively combine silhouettes inspired by age-old centuries into contemporary functional clothing, including dresses, pencil skirts, high-collared shirts and structured pants.
3. Papa Don’t Preach
Shubhika Davda presented a collection called Frozen from her Papa Don’t Preach label. The bejewelled garments featured crystallised, sheathed and beaded mirrors, suede and coins, and also included mini jupes, tulle capes and frock jackets in pale blue, lilac and silver colours. The standout accessory was definitely the snow globe shoes, with snowflakes bouncing on them.
How could we not mention Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev’s famous brand, Quirk Box? The masters of quirky printed garments stunned the crowd with their funky collection, titled Bombay Balloon. Signature pieces included blouses and skirts, cropped tops, double-breasted jackets, maxis and patchwork dresses with prints showing Bombay in all its aspects—from rickshaws, big air balloons and buses to the iconic Gateway of India, in tones of mustard yellow, orange, blue, and metallics like gold and grey.
1. Easton Pearson
Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson’s collection called BeBop was a bit disappointing. We expected much more from this Australian duo, especially from all the pre-show hype. The collection, which was inspired by the jazz era of the 1940s, did have a few decent pieces but failed to excite as a whole.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING
1. Tanya Sharma
Tanya Sharma’s collection had too much going on at once. Some of the pieces might work as separates, but all combined together seemed like a desperate cry for attention. The collection included bright colours, prints, embroidery and ethnic-meets-modern style—all in one outfit! (It’s giving us a headache just thinking about it.) Next time, Tanya, maybe tone it down a notch.
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