The curtains at LFW Summer 2015 rose in all its grandeur last week. This month marks the 15th year of the show and it showcased the works of 84 talented designers over a period of five days. In case you missed out on all the ramp action and are too lazy/busy to check it all out, here’s our quick take on the fashion hits, misses and ‘meh’s’.
That 70′ show- A Sabyasachi Evolution?
Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s launch of his new Resort 2015 line “Big Love” was a glitzy affair that threw us back to the 70s. Sequinned dresses, floral palazzo and flared pants, and boho saree gowns pervaded the ramp leaving us reminiscing about Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi from the hippie and sultry 70s Bollywood era.
What caught our attention was a change in the aesthetics that we are so used to associating Sabyasachi’s designs with. It was a stark departure from demure, antique textiles which had an old-world charm. Sabya’s new designs are unabashedly louder, glitzier and fun. Knowing Sabyasachi who believes “clothes should just be an extension of one’s intellect”, we’re pretty sure he must have put in a good deal of thought before making the transition 😉 But are you on board with his new alter-ego? : P
IIKA for Anaiika- Kanikka Saluja
Although most of this collection was nothing to write home about, it was the “showstopper” outfit which created the maximum buzz by almost threatening to live up to its name.
This outfit, along with its wearer, single handedly brought down the class quotient of the 5-day fashion fiesta in just one walk. Here’s a quick look at a few of Ms. Saluja’s other pieces, but we assure you that this white, warrior-princess avatar is the only one you’ll remember. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger!
From Russia, with love- Neha Agarwal
This young designer from Hyderabad upped the ante and made heads turn with these colorful motifs inspired by the Matryoshka Dolls.
Considering that this is just her second stint at the fashion week, Ms. Agarwal sure has done a great job of making her presence felt with the bold and funky designs. Femininity and aesthetic beauty were the underlying factors of this collection which managed to fuse Indian textiles and embroidery with loud Russian prints.
Sugar in a Plum, Plum Plum!- Masaba Gupta
Celebrating one’s engagement by distributing a box of sweets is too mainstream for this designer. She decided to put the candy on the clothes and have you pay for it.
Masaba definitely showed the world her avant-garde style by taking her show online via a live Instagram feed. However, we can’t help but wish that she had put in a bit more of that creative streak into her clothes. Despite putting up a vivid and eye-popping collection she seems to have fallen short in the design department.
Easy breezy and Offbeat – Quirk Box
Quirk Box presented its line “Wanderlust” which was a lovely amalgamation of quirky and travel art! Their prints were inspired by the postcards of the world which mostly consisted of skylines and cityscapes of India and the world. Bright and bold colours were perfectly complemented with softer hues which made it pleasant to the eye.
The clothes were complemented with cotton bags which are a practical companion for the chic, urban traveller.
Metallic mess- Nikhil Thampi
Nikhil Thampi had us nostalgic about our school days. Lunch breaks, to be precise, when we’d eagerly open our dabbas and unwrap the aluminium foils to find our favourite food neatly packed. However, no such surprises lay underneath Thampi’s messy, metallic dresses. Most of his designs were gaudy, and poorly tailored that left us seriously underwhelmed.
Redefining Men’s fashion- Kunal Rawal
This fiercely talented designer put up an eclectic ensemble of Indo-Western wear for the modern man. A perfect mix of bold graphics and simple block patterns, this is one collection that the ladies would love to see their men in.
The showstoppers for Mr. Rawat also helped increase the temperature on stage and stole the show for the designer on Day 4.
Sepcial mention- Anamika Khanna
Anamika Khanna’s celeb studded show was definitely most talked about on the final day of LFW. Her collection called ‘Sculpt’ was one with a myriad of drapes, silhouettes and embroideries which were all a testament to Indian fashion.
Although her designs were beautiful as always, we won’t blame you if you’re plagued by a sense of Deja Vu. The designer has a type and it showed on the runway. Come next year we wish to see Ms. Khanna step out of her comfort zone and experiment with her talent. But for now, we’re on the fence about this one.
Are there any more designers who caught your eye? Comment and let us know so we can check them out 😀