Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’14: Day 2
The second day of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 opened on a quirky note. Showcasing a canvas of colorful doodles and prints that echoed paintings of flora and fauna, Aarti Vijay Gupta’s collection ‘Indian Miniatures’ also included scenes from the royal courtyards and the affluent Indian heritage of musical instruments.
As the day proceeded, line up of designers presented creations that perfectly did justice to the theme of Summer/Resort ’14. Baby pinks, burnt orange, aqua blue, florid fashion, showcased ensembles, perfect for your holiday wardrobe.
Next came the designer duo Shikha and Vinita – under their label Ilk, they showcased a line of summer dresses, Sarees and a few Anarkali designs. A creative interplay of textures, geometric and floral motifs with embellishments injected life into each attire. Their representation of fashionable outfits in sheer organza and soft hues was followed by debutante Mandira Bedi’s collection. The show was nothing less than a color blast on the ramp, from fuchsia, orange, aquamarine, royal blue and purple with accents of golden sequins and beads. Along with the models, Mandira had nine women achievers strolling down the runway in graceful saree designs. Fusion of bright hues painted a strikingly beautiful line up of sarees woven in georgette, satin, cotton silk and net fabrics.
The glamor quotient on the ramp to wholly new levels as Monica Shah and Karishma Swali presented their line ‘The Bohemian Princess’ under their label Jade. Luxurious silhouettes, sheer textures and artistic use of metallic embellishments enthralled the spectators. White, blush pink, beige, ash grey, tangerine and golden hues dominated the palette. Dusky beauty Lisa Haydon brought the event to an extravagant close as she sashayed down the runway in a peach colored lehenga with cut work design and golden beaded top. We loved this creative mix of bling and subtle hues, creating an enchanting design.
Abdul Halder, known for his bling and glamorous designs, unveiled his Avante Gardé collection styled in a classic way. From saree gowns to tulle saris paired with cholis in sunflower yellow and post-box red, injected an interesting twist to the traditional six-yard drape.
The last designer of the day who managed to impress us with his line of women’s wear, was Sailex. Perfectly tailored sarees, maxi dresses, and long skirts would act as great additions to your summer wardrobe. For his interesting fusion of unconventional silhouettes with Indian art of shibori dyeing, Sailex definitely scored high on the innovation factor. Thumbs up to his fabulous designs that blended Indian embellishments on western silhouettes so beautifully.
Besides these extravagant designs, Day 2 had Bollywood glamor dripping from corners as Kangna Ranaut and Neha Dhupia made their presence felt on the runway. Finally, Day 2 concluded with a high-on-glamor show by young Indian couturier Gaurav Gupta.
As one more day comes to an end, we’re all excited about Day 3 of Lakmé Fashion Week S/R 2014 which is going to celebrate the rustic and rich heritage of Indian textiles. If you fancy the ingenious art and crafts of India, stay tuned as we come back with runway reviews of collections that boast of resplendent and rich Indian textiles and fabrics.