The 2019 edition of the Lakme Fashion Week winter-festive on Friday saw designers play with traditional weaves and fabrics in modern ways.
The day started with designers Abhishek Sharma, Kshitij Jalori and Sunaina Khera showcasing their collections at the weeklong event, which completed 20 years in 2019.
Sharma’s collection drew inspiration from traditional Mithila paintings and from the “union of male and female forms in ancient Indian philosophy”.
The designer tried to draw a contrast between silhouettes, colours, textures and embroidery. Fabrics like chiffon, satin, organza and handloom silks were used to create crop tops, skirts, dresses, gowns and blazers in colours including off white, ivory, pastel shade of lavender. Use of glass pipes and cut work added surface texturing to the garments that gave intricate detailing to the collection.
Designer Sunaina Khera’s collection ‘Dear Mom’ was an ode to her mother who Khera says is the “strongest female figure in her life”.
The line-up was dominated by red and green colours and included shades of pink, burgundy, beige and black, including motifs of lilies, roses and cherry blossoms. There were intricately embellished saris worn with straight kurtas, the brand’s signature lehngas with hand-embroidered dupatta and dresses made of fabrics like organza, tulles and crepes.
Jalori presented his collection which had contemporary, free-flowing silhouettes. Stunning black sequin sari paired with sequin black blouse, crop top and pencil skirt, skater dresses, sequinned midi dresses with flower motifs and surface texturing and plain silk lehenga, choli with heavy embroidered dupattas in off white and ivory colours made the collection ideal for today’s modern women who look for comfortable yet glamorous outfits.
Designer Jayanti Reddy’s collection, ‘Benares and Beyond’, drew inspiration from the old cities of Kashi and Varanasi. Bollywood actress Pooja Hedge turned showstopper for the show.
The collection included anarkalis, dhotis, long kurtas, dupattas, lehngas and cholis in fabrics like raw silks, organza and net with motifs of flowers and mangoes, embellished with traditional meenakari technique. The colour palette ranged from muted beiges to pistachio greens, ivories, flaming reds, wines, hot pinks and purples.
Designer Gaurang launched his latest collection ‘Peshwai’ inspired by the grandeur of the time of Peshwas. The show saw a line-up of ethnic wears that comprised saris, lehngas, cholis and dupattas, suit sets for women with motifs of birds, trees and flowers. For men, the collection had kurtas with dhotis, churidaar and dupattas and sherwanis. The collection also saw Persian designs and mosaics and ranged from shades of pink, yellow, orange, red, golden and white.
Ridhi Mehra unwrapped her collection “An Ode to Heirlooms” that saw a mix of ikat, bohemian and Kashmiri prints with a contemporary touch. Actress Diana Penty closed the show for the designer.
Patola motifs blended with Chintz designs in Kashmiri embroidery made the range of structured jackets, peplum blouses, teamed with saris, jumpsuits, anarkalis, skirts and shararas a hit. Breathable fabrics like satin silks, chanderi, organzas, georgettes were used. The colour ranged from ivory, ecru, champagne, jewel, sapling blue to emerald green, Persian red and topaz.
Bollywood actresses Tara Sutaria and Rakul Preet Singh also walked the ramp for the label Ritu Kumar and Nachiket Barve, respectively. Aahana Kumra, Shikha Talsania, Shriya Pilgaonkar, singer Alka Yagnik and actress-turned politician Jaya Bachchan were also spotted on the first rows.