We pick the best three designers from the recently held India Lakme Fashion Week
The best way to describe Masaba’s collection at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 show would be ‘in good taste’. And yes, the pun is intended. Titled ‘Sorbet, Masaba brought to the ramp her distinct fusion styling touches, and showed a look that was relaxed, languid and fluid in soft hues of baby pink, lemon yellow with dollops of pista green along with black and white. The silhouettes were easy on the eye as well as the body with maxi dresses, some intriguing palazzo saris, Patiala salwars and cute cropped tops, tunics, waist coats, blouses and jackets that were ideal summer wear.
Known for her prints Masaba’s inspiration was vintage in nature this season with the cow and camera prints in black and white or red and white with golden Taar embroidery that highlighted the soft colours.
Women’s wear was replete with splashes of colour for a yellow sari with a sorbet pink border and camera print choli, tunic with Patiala pants, jumpsuits generously flared with gold Taar work and slim cheongsam with gleaming embroidery. The arresting creations were the green crossover tunic; another with an asymmetric hem, the green sari with a broad black velvet border and gold work, the drop waist pleated jumpsuits which were all comfortable additions while the black velvet and gold lean gown was elegantly feminine. Men’s wear was restricted to the two prints for jackets or a long shirt with contrast collar and cuffs teamed with wide salwars.
Showstopper: The entre on that delectable menu, Bollywood hunk Prateik Babbar, who rocked on the ramp when he opened Masaba’s show in a black and white bundhgala and Patiala salwar to rousing applause from the audience.
Creating dazzling glamour on the ramp, Vikram Phadnis’s collection presented by INK Infrastructure unleashed a fusion line for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012. There was a profusion of colour, texture, shape, and silhouettes as Vikram brought a vibrant Indo-West line of perfect resort bridal wear. Choosing a mélange of colours, the designer opted for neutral creams, glitzy gold and deep black with just a touch of prints to add drama.
The fabrics moved from sheer net to seductive georgette, luxurious linen, soft voiles and regal pashminas. Keeping true to his concept, Vikram had a variety of silhouettes that ranged from cigarette pants, palazzos, skirts to kalidaars worn with interestingly styled bundis or at times structured jackets and capes.
Saris were edged with broad gold borders, while lace was luxuriously used to make it a feminine offering on the hemlines, cuffs, bodices and even the lehengas and kurtas. Swirling full circle kurtas, raja coats with ornate embroidery, sequined cholis, will-power wide legged jumpsuits, corsets teamed with lace embroidered saris, kurtas with long sleeved boleros and multi gathered anarkalis were a vision of beauty. To complete the look Vikram designed the most unconventional hairdos – with white bangles or stripes of lace to add grandeur to the creations.
The first half of the show had Amrita Arora Ladakh swaying down the ramp in an ecru net lehenga, choli with a dupatta. Bringing six men’s wear creations, Vikram showed regal sherwanis teamed with salwars or churidars with lush embroidery and added on gorgeous dupattas.
The printed section was vibrantly colourful as the interesting fabrics appeared for saris, lehengas, angarkhas, cholis and shrugs.
Known for his elaborate embellishments the garments were beautifully ornate with sensational embroidery and Vikram added stunning gotta work for dupattas, stoles and then finished the edges with tantalizing tassels.
SHOWSTOPPER: Ending the show was the sultry “Munni” Malaika Arora Khan in a dazzling black heavily embroidery lehenga and long sleeved choli with a dupatta.
The show opened with Silver Strings — a spirited trio of beautiful ladies, who enthralled the audience with their virtuosity on the violins. As the lights came on, the five cones rose to reveal statuesque models in diaphanous creations, while the melodious music of the live orchestra above the stage provided haunting melodies during the show.
The collection called “Kaarigari” featured the classic cuts and intricate designs by Rohit Bal that represented the modern Indian woman who stands true to her roots yet lives an international lifestyle and looks glamorous every day. It was a line of clothing that defied imagination; since its craftsmanship was so unbelievable they appeared to descend straight from heaven. Amazing designs with cord and cutwork revealed a line of long floor hugging full flared creations with stunning embroidery and overlapping appliquéd circles.
Starting with ivory, Rohit moved to darker shades of beige and brown and then on to muted hues like maroon, wine, cobalt, red, purple and showered the long luxurious coats, capes, kalidaar kurtas, shrugs and gowns with crystal, resham and zari embroidery. The motifs ranged from swirling birds to peacocks and geometric designs; while the knitted and woven creations came seamlessly together some with thread manipulation to form a full garment. Each ensemble was a poem in fabrics. Men’s wear followed the look of the show with rich jackets, sherwanis and bundhgala coats.
As the orchestra played the theme from the “Black Swan”, the models took their bow in identical full circle multi-tiered floor kissing cotton kurtas — a Bal signature style — in shades of ivory, beige, grey and black.
As India’s top couturier, Rohit Bal took his bow to a wildly applauding audience, showers of white confetti came down on one of the most spectacular and memorable Grand Finales ever witnessed in India, presented at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 for Lakmé Absolute Fast & Fabulous.
SHOWSTOPPER : The finale had the beautiful super model, Sheetal Mallar in a gorgeous sari with a peacock embroidered border and a black velvet embellished coat.
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