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Young designers shine at LFW

Day Two of the Lakme Fashion Week featured some impressive debuts by young designers, while collections by veterans offered variety.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 19, 2011 15:17 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
JJ Valaya,Lakme Fashion Week,Nikhil Thampi

In the field of fashion showings, cameras clicked once again… so did flashbulbs. Not the real ones (of course, in the photo pit, real lensmen were busy clicking), but the ambience created by designer JJ Valaya at his showing at the end of the second day of Lakme Fashion Week. Inspired by the various facets of photography, the designer, who himself is also a photographer, percolated the theme well through his collection of exquisitely made, beautifully embroidered and well-finished creations for men and women.

Also on the second day at LFW, there were some real sparks who showcased their debut collections. Nikhil Thampi with his philosophy of ‘it’s not about feeling the fabric, but fabricating one’s feelings’ successfully managed to percolate the same in his ‘no fuss’ collection in blacks, blues, whites and greys. It was well-made and silhouettes stayed away from the body.

Mohemmed Javed Khan with his label was yet another noticeable designer who displayed his collection of unusual looks with a well coordinated pieces that make each looks stand out.

Urmi Ghosh chose to use a variety of fabrics to stitch together each of her garment that not only had a chic appeal but an extremely young appeal as well.

Steam Punk by Sidharta Aryan looked what his label says… punkish totally! From his footwear to the clothes, he employed bold and sharp metals jutting out to say that those who are not normal can also have a wardrobe to match their passions!

Koslak by Thinles Chosdup and Niranjana Adhya too had some innovative approach with drop crotches, short closures and extended plackets.

Colours were brought on the runway by Retarded Velvet by Theresa James and Roger Prince with some interestingly different clothing concepts.

Others showed included Shashank and Prajwal and Farah Sanjana.

LFW this season also introduced another concept called the Talent Box, where a select few designers who are not on the main runway, display their merchandise on a short runway at the stall area. This time Nishka Lulla made a short presentation of colourful indo-western collection.

Jatin Verma’s collection meant for the paparazzi had some interesting western silhouettes but also had some that left a lot to be desired in terms of its finishing.

Payal Singhal, on the other hand, presented a line of Indian wear with traditional surface detailing.

Archana Kochhar’s colour combination of metallic grays and orange through some of her collection was brilliant that made them stand out, but she too should pay a bit more attention on the finishing part of the garments.

Rina Dhaka chose to play with the same silhouettes for some time (legging and body hugging uppers) before she decided to make her garments flow and touch the floor. They were elegant and had a sense of sensuality woven around them.

First Published: Aug 19, 2011 15:05 IST