It’s the time of the year when the who’s who of India’s design industry showcase months of hard work and creativity in short span of few days. Yes,Lakme Fashion Week is here. We connected with some of our favorite designers to get a sneak peak on what colors, fabrics and silhouettes to expect from this year’s Winter/Festive collections.
About the collection: The queen of Indian Fashion, Anita Dongre is one of our favorite designers. Her Winter Festive collection titled “India Modern” , will see the use of rich fabrics like raw silk, lots of traditionally Indian techniques and fabrics like bandhini, leheriya and gota patii, zardozi and dori work, interpreted in contemporary styles, appealing to the evolved sartorial tastes of a modern bride to- be!
Silhouettes and Colors: We are looking forward to the crop tops, slim pants and royal colors like peacock blues, corals and reds
Accessories of the season: Statement rings crafted with uncut diamonds and in contemporary motifs, are the accessory du jour, for the season. And men can look out for Rajasthani jaali work inspired cufflinks and buttons, crafted in 22k gold. Her festive jewelry line in gold and silver titled, ‘Pinkcity’.
New entrants to watch out for: Having mentored new talent, she believes not one, but all 6 GenNext designers fashion forces to look out for!
Lakme Schedule: August 22nd: 9:30 PM
Voted in the Top 5 Vogue India’s Fashion Fund, Karishma Shahani Khan, made her debut in the Lakme Talent Box in 2013. She is now a regular at fashion week and known for her “With Love from India” tagline. We featured here in our Spotlight a few months ago.
About the collection: True to her style, Karishma’s collection will have a fusion of several colors, contrasts that somehow come together and natural fabrics. She tells us to look out for layered surprises and upcycling!
Prints, Silhouettes & Colors of the season: Indigo, Maroon, Mints and Violet in Big Checks and Tie and Dye.
Accessories of the season: Her collection includes hand embroidered footwear
Lakme Schedule: August 20th: 1:30 PM
Aarti Vijay Gupta
Just like her personality, her clothes are bright and bold and we love them! Cheeky wore an outfit from her Spring Summer collection here
About the collection: Inspired by the Victorian Era, her collection is a walk through the 6th century with a contemporary twist!
Colors, Prints and Fabric: Expect to see classic colors like black and white with hints of beige and rose pink in big prints and flowy organza fabrics.
Accessory of the season: Bags
Lakme Schedule: August 22nd, 1:30 PM
Known for an edgy take on classic silhouettes, DRVV (spoken DRUV) celebrates individualism.
About the collection: They will showcase two collections, different from the past yet rooted in their philosophy. The focus is on the animal inside and natural instincts. His designs will showcase the inner self and being one with it, through feral textures to denote the new socialized self, at one with her nature.
Silhouettes, Colors of the season: According to DRVV Crimson will rule, and we are ready to drool! Comfortable clothing in warm, soft fabrics, easy and roomy silhouettes. Unlike the others, he has not included prints or embellishment and will let the fabric and silhouettes do the talking.
Accessories of the season: Shoes, easy, day or lounge wear will be the accessory du jour!
Lakme Schedule: August 23rd, 1:30 PM
The prince of bridal wear and known for many Bollywood makeover, Manish Malhotra’s shows are always full of drama.
About the collection: This season he presents the neo bride with a new language to express her joy, her style and her individuality. The collection titled ‘Gloss’, is true to Manish’s unapologetic glamour and style.
Silhouettes, Colors of the season: Look out for gloss, gleam and shine along with contemporary mirror work and textured shimmer in jewel tones of wine, burgundy and modern shades of grey and silver. What bridal collection is complete without velvet, silk, flowy chiffons and soft nets?
Lakme Schedule: August 24th, 9:30 PM
Poco & Jacky
Making their debut at Lakme Fashion week are highly recommended duo, POCO & Jacky
This duo is excited and nervous debuting at LFW! Here is what they have to say: “LFW have always taken a great initiative in introducing new designers/labels in the industry. Having been to LFW many times before as an audience or a design assistant, it feels a little surreal to be showcasing our own collection. The pressure is nerve-wracking, but the support and the cooperation from the LFW team definitely makes it a lot easier. We would really like to thank them for this opportunity and hope to be associated with them for a long time. We would also like to thank SAILEX and KALLOL DATTA for their immense support. Without them this venture would not have happened. 🙂“
About the collection: Their AW14 is inspired by individuals; young, independent, experimental yet subtle and traditionally rooted. It is an extension of themselves.
Colors, Fabrics of the season: Expect Moss, Ochre and Teal in silks and faux leather forms. Age old techniques like embroidery, weaving, beading come together with new age materials like faux leather to give a modern-vintage look.
Accessories of the season: They are betting on hats and boxy leather backpacks.
Lakme Schedule: August 23rd, 4:30 PM
Pst, this name is not on the designer list! Sayon is a eye wear designer and has collaborated with one of the designers at LFW and will be showcasing with them. It is a surprise and very hush hush, so we couldn’t get much out him :).But we do love their wooden frames and had to include them in the watch out list!
About the collection: The inspiration is 1920s, though modern the collection has a retro feel. Talk about old being gold! We are excited about the unique textures and shapes that they bring to eye wear!
Biggest accessory of the season: Sayon doesn’t want to brag, but he thinks his eye wear will be a big hit! Here is wishing him good luck!
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