LFW W/F 2012 Trend: Prints, prints and some more prints!

LFW W/F 2012 Trend: Prints, prints and some more prints!

My mind is a blur- I’ve seen abstract, bizarre, kaleidoscopic, psychedelic and many more prints over the past few days at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. Here’s my picks of the prints spotted on the ramp.

Kaleidoscopic prints at Pankaj-Nidhi

Pankaj Nidhi at LFW W/F 2012

Eccentric prints at Kallol Datta 1955 (moon faces, snails, safety pins!)

Kallol Dutta at LFW W/F 2012

Doodles from Aartivijay Gupta’s book- sketches of faces and figure blocks.

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Retro-geometric prints at Archana Kochhar

Archana Kochhar at LFW W/F 2012

Rorschach inkblot test-like patterns at Ken Ferns

Ken Ferns at LFW W/F 2012

Geometric abstract prints at Shift by Nimish Shah

Shift by Nimish Shah at LFW W/F 2012

Which print do you want to wear in the new season?

Chic Guide: Top 5 things to do this week

Chic Guide: Top 5 things to do this week

Get the look: Cocktail fashion @ Myntra

You know the fashion, now it’s time to get the look. Using Speaking Chic’s introduction to Cocktail fashion, shop for Cocktail-inspired fashion on Myntra.com. As the official online shopping partner of the movie, the dedicated Cocktail section features clothes and accessories inspired by three lead characters. Check out the dresses, hot pants, prints and play suits for women. For guys, there are plaid shorts, shirts, blazers, casual jackets and aviator sunglasses.

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Watch: Jhalak Dikhla Ja

True, Jhalak Dikhla Ja is not the kind of show a fashion blog would recommend. But the judges’ wardrobe is a fashion treat. Madhuri Dixit’s experimental saris and sari gowns by designers like Gaurav Gupta are a must-watch, along with her anarkalis.  Karan Johar is quite the fashion star too, wearing sharp jackets and blazers with interesting detailing (zips, embellished lapels). He’s being dressed by Shiraz Siddique.

Jhalak Dikhla Ja airs on Colors, Sat-Sun 9 pm.

Madhuri Dixit in Jhalak Dikhla Ja 5

Jhalak Dikhla Ja 5

Try and buy: Zovi

If you hesitate to buy clothes online because you’re not sure they will fit, try shopping on Zovi.com. The Zovi Eye feature is a virtual trial room, and is a webcam application that lets you view yourself in an outfit of your choice. And if the right shoe size is as elusive as the Indian tiger, the website’s “Try N Buy” is just what you need. It’s simple- try on the shoes you ordered at time of delivery, and return them if they don’t fit correctly.

PS- Try out the Zovi Eye feature here.

Grab cult flip-flops: Havaianas

Havaianas are now available in India! With their secret rubber formula, these colorful flip-flops are soft, light, durable and super comfy. I wonder how many Indians would want to spend Rs 790-3800 on chappals, but since the brand is almost a cult, I guess there should be some takers.

Shop for Havaianas at Vama, Mumbai or The Beach Company.

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Block your dates: LFW W/F 2012

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 is less than a month away. So block your calendar from August 3 to 7 to get a taste of the upcoming festive season’s trends and collections. This season, Kallol Dutta and Pankaj-Nidhi will close the five-day event, while several leading and emerging designers will present their collections. Some shows to look forward to: Wendell Rodricks, Ritu Beri, Pallavi Jaikishen and Drashta.

LFW S/R 2012 grand finale: Glimpses from the Rohit Bal show

LFW S/R 2012 grand finale: Glimpses from the Rohit Bal show

Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 drew to a close last night, with Rohit Bal presenting his collection in the lawns of Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. I loved the decor, enjoyed the ambience and was mesmerised by the entire presentation. There were live musicians, pristine white and off-white cut-out trees and a two-level structure!

LFW S/R 2012 Rohit Bal

LFW S/R 2012 Rohit Bal

And here’s a video I shot during the show. Enjoy!

LFW S/R 2012 Day 4: Models dance for Narendra Kumar (video)

LFW S/R 2012 Day 4: Models dance for Narendra Kumar (video)

I’m super excited. This is my first video for Speaking Chic, and it’s straight from the ramp! I shot this video at Narendra Kumar’s show at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 (Day 4). The Mick Jagger-inspired show was great fun, with Narendra Kumar as the DJ and the models (mostly hot guys) in Jagger wigs!

Enjoy this glimpse of the show:

LFW S/R 2012 Day 5: Shows to watch today

LFW S/R 2012 Day 5: Shows to watch today

It’s the last day of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012! Saving the best for the last, here is what’s on my agenda today:

Malaga by Malini Agarwalla: Malaga—the accessories brand—has made quite a splash in the past few years, and her baubles on bags and shoes are everywhere now. Hoping she can pave the way for different styles!

Rocky Star: Designer Rocky S is making the most of his popularity with new lines and businesses. Today he kickstarts his new celebrity line “Rocky Star” with a collection that’s inspired by chandeliers. I’m expecting all sorts of embellishments, feminine flourishes, and Rocky’s signature colours like ivory, black, grey and nude.

Lakme Grand Finale by Rohit Bal: There’s plenty of buzz around Rohit Bal’s show tonight, and almost everyone I know wants to watch it at the fashion week venue. (Below: Rohit Bal at the off-site show, LFW W/F 2011)

Rohit Bal with Arjun Rampal LFW W/F 2011

Also looking forward to: Archana Kochhar (for her prints).

ARCHANA KOCHHAR at LFW W/F 2011

LFW S/R 2012 Day 4: Shows to watch today

LFW S/R 2012 Day 4: Shows to watch today

It was a fashion-packed weekend that ended sooner than I wanted. But hey, it’s another day at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2012!

Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva: The young designer has been tweeting extensively about her upcoming collection for her label ‘Bodice’, and the designs seem to be an interesting amalgamation of vintage influences and menswear tailoring, while being futuristic.

Eina Ahluwalia: Eina’s accessories are bold, in-your-face and don’t hesitate to call a spade a spade. Her collection based on domestic violence last year had made quite a mark, and I spotted some good pieces at her stall yesterday.

Below: Eina Ahluwalia at LFW S/R 2011

Eina Ahluwalia at LFW S/R 2011

Swapnil Shinde: Last season, Swapnil used folds, pleats and drapes in materials like acrylic, PVC and leather to interpret sound waves. The “rolls” and tubes made quite an impact on the ramp.

Narendra Kumar: There’s only one word for Narendra Kumar’s shows—fun! One of the few menswear designers at LFW S/R 2012, I’m expecting a stellar collection from him this time as always. And of course, lots of eye candy and an entertaining show. (Last season, he got models to do little jigs and dance steps on the ramp!).

Below: Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011

Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011

LFW S/R 2012: Day 2 highlights

LFW S/R 2012: Day 2 highlights

Best looks from Day 2 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012:

Bibhu Mohapatra

Edgy and sexy!

Bibhu Mohapatra at LFW S/R 2012

Komal Sood

Hand-painted garments that scream “Holi hai!”

Komal Sood at LFW S/R 2012

Payal Khandwala

Abstractionist art seeped into fashion with deep jewel tones, neutrals and pure whites. What I liked most was the use of flowing silhouettes with strong angles.

Payal Khandwala at LFW S/R 2012

Bhairavi Jaikishan

Rainbow of colours with embellishments using resham, sequins, crystals, 3D embroidery, gold and silver zari on nets.

Bhairavi Jaikishan at LFW S/R 2012

Accessories of the day

It was a day of accessories—they stood out in almost every show. So more space for the accessories today.

Mineral by Priyadarshini Rao

The sling bags were by AKA Bespoke. Wear them everywhere!

Mineral by PRIYADARSHINI RAO at LFW S/R 2012

Nitya Arora

Bags and jewellery, liked the use of spikes and semi precious stones in eye-popping colours. Wear the neck pieces with a white shirt and jeans.

Nitya Arora at LFW S/R 2012

Suhani Pittie

There’s not much to say about Suhani Pittie, except that I absolutely love her accessories. This time, delicate leaves, entwining vines, roses, and the hint of a graceful swan’s wing, the elegant peacock, the hornbill’s beak and the beauty of the spiral rivet were the motifs.

Suhani Pittie at LFW S/R 2012

Hats at Shift

Super cute! And you can wear them the entire season… with everything.

Nimish Shah at LFW S/R 2012

Beauty looks of the day

Blue eyeshadow over the lid and the brow bone at Mineral by Priyadarshini Rao.

PRIYADARSHINI RAO at LFW S/R 2012

On my wishlist

Bibhu Mohapatra dress

Let the picture below say a thousand words!

Bibhu Mohapatra at LFW S/R 2012

Suhani Pittie’s accessories

Hair band, belt, necklace—everything!

Suhani Pittie at LFW S/R 2012

Nitin Bal Chauhan (at Disney Couture)

I’m ready for treated denim. Bring it on!

Disney Couture presents Memories of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse by Little Shilpa & Nitin Bal Chauhan

Set of the day

The cafe for Nitin Bal Chauhan at Disney Couture.

Disney Couture

Special moments

Minnie Mouse walks the ramp at Disney Couture show.

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Customary Bollywood appearance of the day

Amy Jackson for Bhairavi Jaikishan.

Bhairavi Jaikishan at LFW S/R 2012

LFW S/R 2012 Day 3: Indian Textile Day (and a sneak preview of Debarun)

LFW S/R 2012 Day 3: Indian Textile Day (and a sneak preview of Debarun)

The third day of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 has been designated “Indian Textile Day”. Curated by Krishna Mehta, all designers today will showcase Indian weaves and crafts.

One of the designers today is Kolkata-based Debarun, and he’s using pure Indian fabrics like chandari, dupion silk, crushed mal mal and Indian-made pure cotton. The colour palette is predominantly white with some pastel shades. BTW, Shahana Goswami will walk the ramp at Debarun this afternoon.

Take a look:

Debarun LFW S/R 2012 preview

Debarun LFW S/R 2012 preview

Paromita Bannerjee

Paromita has always been a fan of Indian fabrics, especially hand-woven fabrics. She has using them in the past to create fusion silhouettes for universal appeal.

Below: Paromita Bannerjee at LFW W/F 2011

Paromita Bannerjee LFW W/F 2011

Anita Dongre

Anita’s penchant for ethnic style is well-known, and season after season this veteran designer has extensively worked with silk and cotton brocade weaves, tie and dye, and ikats of Andhra Pradesh.

Below: Anita Dongre at LFW W/F 2011

Anita Dongre LFW W/F 2011

LFW S/R 2012: Day 1 highlights

LFW S/R 2012: Day 1 highlights

Best looks from Day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012:

Archana Rao

“Frou-Frou” was wearable, practical and minimalistic. Loved the menswear inspiration (structured shirt) combined with the feminine touch (polka dots, sheer fabrics). I got inspired by the mix-and-match styling as well.

Archana Rao at LFW S/R 2012

Megha Garg

Fluid floating drapes, multiple layers, ombre effects and digital prints on jersey and silk organza. When you wear this, keep your makeup all dark, and you would look goth!

Megha Garg dress at LFW S/R 2012

Drashta

Cocktail wear taken seriously. Inventive stuff– inverted seams for unconventional detailing, cropped lace jackets, slashed sleeves for tunics, and a grey coat dress in ribbed silver weave. Drashta at LFW S/R 2012

Drashta at LFW S/R 2012

James Ferreira

Tie-and-dye and bandhini on a single fabric, for very wearable skirts, tops, swirling maxis and blouses. A drape here, a fold there, a tuck in there- good construction!

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012

Masaba Gupta

Ahh, the prints. Warning: for the quirky fashionistas only!

Masaba Gupta at LFW S/R 2012

Accessory of the day

Headgear at Shivan-Narresh.

Shivan & narresh at LFW S/R 2012

Beauty look of the day

Sky-high updos at James Ferreira.

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012

Crazy but interesting looks

Prashant Chauhan

An interpretation of Tibetan attire with use of silk, wool, patchwork and floral patterns. Most interesting bits: baubles of wool, exotic head gear and 3D flowers. (Umm… not sure if the model could see through that).

Prashant Chauhan at LFW S/R 2012

SoFake by Sapna Bhavnani and Sukriti Grover

Take a look at the pic below. Not an easy collection to conceive, design and execute. Hmmmm!!!SoFake Sapna Bhavnani and Sukriti Grover at LFW S/R 2012

Tanya Sharma

Don’t get taken aback by the “Gaga” look. You could wear the garments as separates for a saner look. 🙂

Tanya Sharma at LFW S/R 2012

On my wishlist

Jumpsuits: James Ferreira, Drashta

James Ferreira at LFW S/R 2012 Drashta at LFW S/R 2012

Swimsuit: Shivan-Narresh (when I get into shape)

Shivan & narresh at LFW S/R 2012

Special moment of the day

James Ferreira bringing his entire team on the ramp. Not too many designers acknowledge and thank their karigars and creative teams.

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Customary Bollywood appearance of the day

There were more than a couple of celebs walking the ramp. My fave: hottie Prateik for Masaba Gupta. But why is he wearing baby pink shoes?

Prateik at Masaba Gupya LFW S/R 2012

LFW S/R 2012 Day 2: Shows to watch today

LFW S/R 2012 Day 2: Shows to watch today

Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 is going to be super fun, because the shows and themes have me intrigued!

Suhani Pittie

I always enjoy her jewellery, because she works with a range of materials from metal to stones, and her treatment and textures are unique.

Below: From Suhani Pittie at LFW S/R 2011

Suhani Pittie LFW S/R 2011

Bhairavi Jaikishan

Bhairavi is among the handful of Indian wear designers who usually tends to not go OTT. All the more reason to catch her show.

Disney Couture with Nitin Bal Chauhan and Little Shilpa

Disney, anarchistic Nitin Bal Chauhan, offbeat Little Shilpa. This will be one very powerful fashion combination!

Bibhu Mohapatra

It’s his first collection being presented in India, and he’s been received rave reviews overseas. Enough said!