Promising new talents at day one of LFW
First day of this season’s Lakme Fashion Week started with a positive note from a bunch of young designers at the Genext show (LFW in the past produced some of the best known names in the industry today through this spring board). While all of them had elements of sparks in their creations what really stood out were collections by Meghna Garg (she played around well with her silk organza fabric with layering and digital printing. Crisp and very feminine, her collection was well made and well executed.
Another outstanding collection was by Yogesh Choudhary. His usage of stripes in varied forms and silhouettes, both Indian and western, and notably a sari in a very contemporary presentation was highly noticeable. Stripes in vertical and horizontal formats gave his collection very chic look with a total minimalist appeal and it was very easy for him to stand out on the runway.
James Ferriera is known well for his minimalism and maximum appeal and this time too the designer brought in the same appeal over to his collection successfully using tie and dye and bandhini on his fabric and also by way of using several such techniques as looped hemlines, kerchief drapes, gathering and geometric cuts. His collection was neat and on straight lines with a very radical appeal woven around it.
Long golden metallic singular embellishment running sometimes vertically and sometime horizontally and some times both ways through her garments made using colour blocking techniques, pleated fronts and inverted seams in a variety of colours and fabrics, the western silhouettes presented by Drashta was pleasing on the eye.
Khushali Kumar’s offering on the fashion runway with an array of dresses and gowns, for the evening side of the day or some for the Red Carpet for sure, was surprisingly well done with metallic interplay on the surface, but in strategic placements. Chain detailing on her gowns and metallic embroidery on her dresses was particularly appealing.
I think it’s about time that young Masaba started deviating from her usual looks and tried to spring a surprise on the runway. No doubt she got her share of ovations from the audience with her old songs presented in newer beats and contemporarily styled garments in vibrant formats that are so typical of her essential style. However a bit more care on the finishing part and even more on something different creatively will definitely bring a fresher appeal.
Shivan Narresh, the designer duo has by now established themselves as a label that has impeccable styles coupled with their ability to finish their garments with equal panache. While this time the duo managed to bring in the style part successfully on a colour palette that is so their taste, unfortunately some of the garments somehow managed to bring in a bit of shabby appeal in between with a few of their garments going haywire in terms of their appeal by way of finishing and fitting. Someone who by now has established as ‘predictably impeccable creators’ somehow seemed to have lost their balance somewhere along the line. That certainly was unfortunate.
It’s not very often that the day begins with an outstanding collection by a debutant designer and the same day ends with another outstanding presentation by a more seasoned fashion designer in a fashion week and in between many other nice shows as well. On day two of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week at her debut showing aptly called “Play”, Payal Khandwala proved that she can play around with fabrics (linens, silks and cottons), colours (jewel tones, neutrals and whites) and techniques (colour blocking, layered in different hues and textures, looped, constructed, draped and pleated) very successfully. Her collection was one of the best seen in recent times by a debutant designer.
Yet another collection that drawn attention from many quarters was the one presented by another first timer on LFW fashion runway Pia Pauro. The way she used embellishments on strategic formats and in attractive colour tones were. The entire look was carefully done and the overall look presented by this designer was young and glamorous. Interesting embroidery, large chunks of mirror work, extensive use of coin detailing, etc made her collection glamorous and chic in the company of sparkling gold heels. Indeed a fabulous start on a fashion runway.
Shift by young Nimesh was outstanding in many ways. His second season at LFW, the way the way he chose to present his collection, all unique in terms of its looks, was extremely successful and stylish. Even as he kept a few in ultra high waists, the designer made sure that his collection was for the youth who have an extreme stylish sense. Combinations of fabrics and the careful release of colours including some floral prints and cuts made his presentation yet another hit for him on the fashion runway.
At her accessory showing Suhani Pittie once again proved that she is here to rule the segment of stylish neckpieces and bangles. Swan wing, peakcock, spiral rivets, leaves and vines as her motifs, Suhani made an attractive collection of bangles, cuffs, collar bands, belts, earring and neck bands.
At the Disney Couture’s presentation of Memories of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Little Shilpa did what she is always best at… interesting head gears using an array of materials in the most creative way that make the audience’s jaw dropped and as always when the LED lit head gear came applause also followed suit. Talented Nitin Bal Chouhan on the other hand showed that the way he treated his denims and the way he engineered his other garments using prints in the most innovative forms worked well for his collection. Easy on the eye aesthetically, but rather tough to make, his garments were carefully.
New York-based Bibhu Mohapatra’s landing on LFW’s fashion runway was ethereally realistic. The entire collection was tres chic and loaded with glamour with is real fashion is all about. The designer kept his lengths with a bit of exaggeration with his pants covering the heels and gowns flowing freely as the models did their walks briskly on the runway. Laser cut inserts, darts, bondage straps, spine detailing and strategic placements of lace embroidery made his collection fit enough to be a finale one even as he debuted on this fashion runway.