Notes From Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014: Day 1
The first day of Lakmé Fashion Week is always exciting and full of energy, and this year was no different. Day 1 saw many beautiful and creative outfits by gifted designers. The Gen-Next show, which featured upcoming talent, wowed everyone. The event also saw some exquisite embroidery work from Anju Modi and Zara Shahjahan, bold quirky prints from Kristy De Cunha, Arunima Majhi and Yogesh Chaudhary; and warrior-inspired collections from Asa Kazingmei, Outlook and Neha Agarwal. Here’s our recap on the collections we loved and those we felt weren’t up to the mark.
Kristy De Cunha
Kristy De Cunha’s tribute to Frida Kahlo was full of fun, quirk and colour. The larger-than-life collection, titled ‘La Casa Azul’, included crazy hair, unibrows, graphic rose, skull and women prints, and garments in neon pink, green, yellow and blue. The collection featured long, billowing skirts; cute jackets and tops; and dresses with shoulder enhancements. How can you not love this crazy designer?
The Pakistani import opted for a feminine and chic look. Her collection ‘Sakura’ saw printed pants, reversible jackets and Oriental colours. Elegant ladies would definitely approve!
Kazingmei’s collection, Changvei, was inspired by native Naga tribal warrior garments. The gothic range saw beautifully constructed and edgy outfits: tops and jackets made of leather, rivets and metal studs, combined with flowy, delicate appliqué skirts for women. For men, it was an all-black ensemble, with low-waist and drop-crotch pants and zipper jackets. The collection might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are bold and daring these outfits will ensure you stand out.
Anju Modi stunned everyone with her ethnic collection, Manikarnika. The sheer sarees, silk dhoti pants, velvet kurtas and dupattas were a tribute to Indian royalty. The beautiful embroidery and handiwork on the garments were breathtaking. Showstopper Jacqueline Fernandez was divine in an embroidered red lehenga.
Karishma’s collection was boring; there’s no other word for it. We love that the brand Ka Sha focuses on sustainability using organic fabrics, but why does it have to look so drab? The colours were not exciting and neither was the print. And the woven brown jacket? We wouldn’t take, even if it was for free. Sorry Karishma, better luck next time!
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING
The Pakistani designer had a decent collection overall, with funky prints and bright colours. But these two male outfits have left us questioning what kind of man he was aiming to capture. We don’t think these sheer shirts and printed pants will be the main seller items from the collection.
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