Summer style at LFW 2012

Day two of LFW married practicality to fashion as designers created collections for real women.
Hindustan Times | By Rochelle Pinto, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2012 04:13 PM IST

Plenty of fashion advice for the real woman at Lakme Fashion Week on day two. Voluminous pants, practical, yet pretty, shoes and barely-there make-up were the buzz words of the day.

As the celebrity quotient was kept to a minimum, fashion took the focus as debutantes Pia Pauro and Payal Khandwala proved they can stand up to the big guns. Surprisingly, the celebrity who got the loudest reception when she appeared on ramp was Minnie Mouse, who had many adults jostling for space at the back of the main show area.

Super-sized pants
There’s big and then there’s this. The pants at debutante Payal Khandwala’s show offer the ventilation of a flowing skirt with the practical comfort of a pair of trousers. Who’s afraid of thunder thighs?

Minnie Mouse-inspired style at LFW
Minnie Mouse-inspired style at LFW

Waistbands ahoy!

Apart from gold-plated headbands, Suhani Pittie gave impetus to those blessed with tiny waists by introducing metallic waistbands paired with high-waisted skirts and cinched over caftans. Time to hit the gym, ladies.

Sandal brogues
We have a shoe crush on the androgynous pairs at Priyadarshini Rao’s Mineral collection. Designed by AKA Bespoke, the quirky half-breeds (Srogues? Brandals?) in eye-catching colours feature high on the list of must-haves this season, and can be paired with summer dresses, high-waisted pants, Bermuda shorts or even swimwear, if you’re at the beach. Now if only a foot fairy who could make this wish come true.

Neon green
Who says the sun needs to be the brightest object around? Neon green scorched the collections at both Mineral and Pia Pauro, appearing in the form of diaphanous jackets, girlie slips and party dresses.

Mermaid gowns
There’s something fishy about this trend. If you’re going gown, it has to be the classic mermaid silhouette, seen at Bibhu Mohapatra’s show. It rounds the derriere, defines the waist and conjures up an hourglass figure even if one didn’t exist before.

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