Notes From Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014: Day 5 & The Grand Finale
Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 was full of excitement and chaos and, if you were part of the media, it was a fight for survival. Whether it was because of the star power or the fact that it was just very poorly organised, the finale started almost two hours late.
The show was filled with showstoppers and stars as attendees, who came dressed to impress. The event was closed by Manish Malhotra, whose collection was dedicated to the modern bride and had longtime muse Kareena Kapoor as the showstopper. We have selected some beautiful collections and those that didn’t make a lasting impression.
The finale, once it actually began, was a dazzling affair with celebrity attendees such as Karisma Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Juhi Chawla, Sridevi and Kajol. Manish’s collection was big, dramatic and full of glamour. However, there were a few pieces that didn’t quite hit the fashionable mark—velvet skirts, which would be impossible to wear in Indian weather and double-skirted gowns with flower motifs, which have been done numerous times before. Come up with some new designs, Manish! The overall collection was good and included cholis with heavy embroidery and mirror work, saree gowns and sherwanis. The colour palette was rich and royal, with maroon, silver, grey, red and deep lilac. Kareena, who closed the show, looked stunning as always in a silver and purple lehenga.
Sonaakshi Raaj’s collection titled Rebel With A Cause included couture gowns, jackets, saree gowns with detailing and jumpsuits ideal for cocktails. She took an experimental approach with red pants-cum saree and dhoti-cum-saree looks, and it paid off. Malaika Arora Khan looked elegant in a red, embroidered gown. Colour used were red, nude, charcoal and metallics to add a bit of glitz to the garments.
Varun made a comeback into the industry after a long hiatus of 10 years. For his Diffusion collection, he stuck to the glamour aesthetic with golds, blues, silvers, black, greys and beiges. Varun’s garments are ideal for the modern lady, with zipper peplum jackets, cropped tops, pantsuits and textured dresses. The outfits included floral embroidery and rose appliqués, adding a luxurious and feminine touch to them. Showstopper Priyanka Chopra was sensational in a black pantsuit with a metallic zipper jacket.
Priyadarshini’s collection, An Ode To Indigo, fell flat among all the other glamorous collections. It was bordering on boring, as the colour, design and fabrics of the collection were not innovative at all; it was something that has been done many times before. The collection included traditional Indian outfits with dyed silk, embroidery and georgette fabrics.
Megha Garg’s collection kept up with the warrior theme that so many other designers had opted for, with embellished, sheer and textured gowns and cutout dresses. However, we expected more from this young designer, especially for the final day at Lakmé Fashion Week. We don’t hate the collection, but with so many other marvellous ones, even a few bad pieces can make you fall into the boring pile.
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