Notes From Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014: Day 4
It seemed like day four of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 was ruled by duo designers, from brothers Shantanu and Nikhil and Lovebirds by Amrita Khanna and Gursi Singh to Huemn by Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty. The collections were a mix of traditional Indian bridalwear and edgy, leather-bound, contemporary outfits for the modern man and woman. Here are some of the collections that managed to stand out for the right reasons and some for the wrong.
Shantanu & Nikhil
The Himalayan Couture Collection, presented by Shantanu and Nikhil, was inspired by the fluidity of water in the Himalayas. The range was majestic and fit for the new-age bride, with mohawk-inspired jewellery adding an edge to the otherwise delicate outfits. A gown with tiered ruffles and delicate gold work, a saree gown with beautiful drapes, and a lehenga with a cut-out choli were some of the standout pieces. The designers stuck to a classic colour palette with black, blue, grey and red. Choice of fabrics included organza, tulle, satin and chiffon. This year, brides-to-be have a vast variety of gorgeous bridalwear to choose from.
Poco & Jacky
Prathoni Yengkhom and Jacky Laishram presented their debut collection under the label Poco & Jacky. The collection was modern, unconventional and edgy, with a combination of faux leather and silk, including leather maxi skirts, long leather coats, sarees with a leather drape and sleeves, silk pants and gowns. The colour palette was moss green, ochre and teal. They are definitely the designers to watch out for!
Karishma Swali and Monica Shah’s label, Jade, presented a collection titled In The Temple Of Hoysala was dedicated to Indian heritage and culture. Through their clothes they tried to project the artwork found in the temples. The regal and graceful collection included lehengas in black, blue, red and gold, with tons of intricate embroidery work. The main attraction was Astad Deboo, a contemporary dancer whose moves dazzled the runway as he opened and closed the show.
Arjun tried to combine glitz and glamour into a masculine, biker wardrobe and it failed (no surprise!). The collection included biker jackets in suede, leather and velvet with rivets, tassels and mirrorwork. And the words on the behinds of men’s pants, such as ‘Real Steel’, ‘Biker Bundi’ and ‘Indian Drifter’ did nothing to increase the appeal. We guess the look Arjun was going for was cowboy-biker-going-to-an-Indian-wedding. Yuvraj Singh closed the show and was wearing a white leather and embellished jacket, which was wrong on so many levels.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING
This collection was a major disappointment, with its over-the-top, shiny and blingy (so much so that we noticed Rohit Bal discreetly putting his sunglasses on while the show was in full swing) lehengas and gowns. To add to this, the colour combination was all wrong, giving the clothes a downright tacky look. Come on, Shehla! We know you can do so much better than that.
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