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Runway report

fashion-and-trends Updated: Mar 06, 2012 01:33 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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It is not very often that a day in a fashion week begins with an outstanding collection by a debutant designer and that very day ends with another outstanding presentation by a more seasoned fashion designer.

On Day 2 of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week, debutant designer Payal Khandwala’s show was aptly called Play.

Payal proved that she can play around with fabrics (linens, silks and cottons), colours (jewel tones, neutral and whites) and techniques (colour blocking, layered in different hues and textures, looped, constructed, draped and pleated) successfully. Her collection was one of the best seen in recent times by a debutant designer.

Another collection that drew attention from many quarters was the one presented by another first timer on LFW, Pia Pauro. Her use of embellishments on strategic formats and in attractive colour tones was great and the entire look was carefully done.

The overall look presented by the designer was young and glamorous. Interesting embroidery, mirror work and extensive use of coin detailing made her collection glamorous and chic in the company of sparkling gold heels. Indeed a fabulous start on a fashion runway.

Shift by young Nimish Shah was also outstanding in many ways. His second season at LFW, the way he chose to present his collection was extremely successful and stylish.

Even as he kept a few ultra high waists, the designer made sure that his collection was for the youth who have an extreme stylish sense. Combinations of fabrics and the careful release of colours including floral prints and cuts made his presentation a hit on the runway.

At her accessory showcase, Suhani Pittie once again proved that she is here to rule the segment of stylish neckpieces and bangles. Swan wing, peacock, spiral rivets, leaves and vines as her motifs, Suhani made an attractive collection of bangles, cuffs, collar bands, belts, earring and neck bands.


At Disney Couture’s presentation of Memories of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Little Shilpa did what she does best — designing interesting headgear using materials in the most creative way that make the audience’s jaw drop. When the LED lit head gear came, applause followed suit.

Talented Nitin Bal Chouhan, on the other hand, showed that the way he treated his denims and the way he engineered his other garments using prints in the most innovative form worked well for his collection.

From the foreign shores

New York-based designer Bibhu Mohapatra’s landing on Lakme Fashion Week’s fashion runway was ethereally realistic.The entire collection was tres chic and the designer kept his lengths exaggerated as the pants covering the heels and gowns flowed freely.

Laser cut inserts, darts, bondage straps, spine detailing and strategic placements of lace embroidery made his collection fit enough to be in the finale, even though he debuted on this fashion runway.