For me, Lakme Fashion Week is rather important as it provided platform for many really talented youngsters to enter the fashion industry. In the past I felt that most youngsters stepping in to the industry through LFW were really talented and they had come out with scintillating collections in their debuts itself.
So, on the second day of LFW at the Gen Next show I was present at the venue well on time so as not to miss it. I found that the caliber of designers chosen this time wasn’t as high as that of the previous seasons. Vipin Batra with his knitwears, Sukhwant and Astha with their less is more collection, Surbhi Chawla with her interesting surfaces, Sabah Khan and her colourful presentation really stood out from the bunch of eight designers. Others included Sougat Paul, Sandeep Sarkar, Siddhartha Upadhyaya and Pooja Kapoor.
Little Shilpa as usual came out with her accessories such as headgears (vibrant mix of colour and creativity). The bangles and neckpieces all spelt one thing; the designer is exceptional when it comes to creating an impact. Shrivan Narresh on the other hand presented a collection of maillots (one-piece swimsuits) with accentuated shoulders and necklines, tie-up one shoulders and tankinis. The collection was interesting. 11.11 by CellDSGN is a label that made an instant impact on the runway in Delhi a few seasons ago. Their maiden venture at LFW was also as interesting as their first one with silk taffeta drape dress and shift, draped linen jersey dress with chain detailing and gauze shirt with floral cutwork in the company of English roses all the way.
While Abdul Halder’s collection left a lot to be desired for me (I did not understand his line up for men, especially with their frighteningly wide shoulders and their overall look) and his Indian line-up for women proved a bit too jarring to the eyes. Digvijay Singh for Bhusattva, who always presented his menswear on the runway created a surprise with his interpretation of women’s wear that was quite stylish and wearable.
Lecoanet Hemant, as always, presented a collection of well made and well finished creations. Their years of experience was seen in their collection of slim fit pants, silk mesh (highlight of the show) shift dresses, waist coats, asymmetric jackets and black mesh sequined shirts and cocktail dress. Anupama Dayal came out with tie and dye draped and knotted dress, blue draped dress with antique sequin embroidery among others.
Nachiket Barve moved away from heavy textures on the surface and chose to place them strategically on his creations this time. The designer, by now known well for his impeccably made creations with accent on terrific textures, this time juxtaposed sheer fabrics over with 3D appliqués, thread embroidery and dying techniques. He also employed a sense hand embroidery feel using silk fabric with beads. And I was told that he managed all this in eight days!
If anyone expected Bollywood stars to take to the ramp for Manish Malhotra’s showing, the designer disappointed them terribly. He opted to show his collection without much distraction instead and his show brought back the ‘happy’ feel as well as the energy back on the event.
His saris, muted in appearance but high on style quotient, graphic prints, interesting tunics, dhoti pants, flat front pocket-less trousers and all with models smiling and flirting with each other, dancing and singing made the showing lively and interesting.