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Elements of surprise

fashion-and-trends Updated: Sep 09, 2010 15:47 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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Another season of Lakme Fashion Week is round the corner. Even though the event no longer has a seasonal theme, there are still a few interesting things to watch out for.

For instance, LFW’s first off-site show, a presentation by Narendra Kumar, will be held a day before the stipulated inaugural date. On September 16, the designer will unveil his collection at Tote on the Turf before an invited audience.

Fashionable coup

However, the fact that internationally acclaimed designer Manish Arora is among the participating designers, is a coup of sorts for LFW. It is noteworthy that Arora, once a staunch FDCI loyalist, is showing in a fashion week in India after a gap of two years. Even more interesting is his decision to be part of LFW, where he will present his collection at 9 pm on the first day at the venue, the Grand Hyatt.

Fashion Week

Then comes Label by Ritu Kumar. Here again, the decision of the grand dame of the Indian fashion industry to be part of LFW comes as a surprise to many. By now, Label has attracted the attention of many, both in India and abroad, with its intelligent price points and design aesthetics. A pure commercial line, this label is surely going to be an attraction on the LFW runway.

Young guns

GenNext, one of the key features of LFW through which it has produced several talented young designers in the last five years, will celebrate the successful completion of five years with a grand show this time. This is one segment I always look forward to at LFW. Right from the beginning, it has proved that young designers are the future of Indian fashion and has given them the much-desired platform to showcase their work.

Lakme Fashion Week had been lauded for devoting a day in the middle of the week to menswear shows. I was told that due to the lack of enough applications, this has been discontinued. That’s a bit of a disappointment as starting and sustaining a segment is important for a fashion week.

Overall, it looks like it will be an interesting week, as not only will there there be more designers showing, but also more from Delhi, closing the so called Delhi-Bombay divide. Legendary Manish Arora and Ritu Kumar will be part of the fashion week and there will even be an off-site show for the first time.

In addition, I’m told that last season’s emphasis on the importance of e-commerce will also be seen this time around.