When the Lakme Fashion Week shed its old clothes (seasonal theme) and slipped into new ones (resort wear), one was bound to walk into the venue with hope that designers will no longer do whatever they felt like and focus on the theme. On this count, day one at LFW looked perfect. Collections showcased looked like resort wear.
I liked what Vizyon did on the catwalk. The collection was not only neatly executed but exuded the ‘chic’ factor through the presentation. Clean surface, subtle hues and uncluttered silhouettes made the collection stand out in a three-designer showing. I cannot say the same about the other two designers who presented before this label. While Riyaz Gangji and his label Libas struggled with controlling his creations (some jackets were nice but most looked as if they were made in a hurry, trousers looked the same as well). Babita M managed to coordinate some of her outfits with the footwear by bringing the motifs down to the shoes, but failed to make an impact even with the presence of a Bollywood star.
Fashion designers should move away from their predictable nature and I guess that’s what designer duo Shyamal & Bhumika chose to do this time. Moving away from their rather ornate Indian silhouettes, they came out with breath-easy cuts bearing the theme Holi (palm prints and sprayed impressions of colours). I felt, however, that they should have stuck to what they started the show with (the flared garments that stayed away from the body) rather than moving on to fitted silhouettes.
Nikasha, as usual, came out with yet another presentation of India with saris and blouses with hints of embroidery, long skirts, interesting blouses and a collection that spelt overall elegance.
While I didn’t quite understand why Krishna Mehta brought in somebody called Rohit Verma in woman’s clothing as her show stopper, what she did was make a good collection. Her well made and put together creations, especially the ecru embroidered draped viscose tops, cotton silk voile pin tuck blouse, linen ikat embroidered dress and red dupion silk shift were particularly noticeable. Pria Kataria Puri did what’s best for her market – kaftans and a fair sprinkling of heavily embroidered saris, some bordering a heavy overdoze of colours.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee did what he is best at. He played around with familiar fabrics, this time in more contemporary silhouettes in well put together separates, throwing in a few surface sparkles and embroidery.
The day started with a presentation by Rocky S and Queenie for Giantti.
The day started slowly in terms of creative display but gained momentum.