LFW W/F 2010: Fittings in full flow

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 is just a few days away. Months of hard work, creativity, tailoring and burning the midnight oil are close to culmination. It’s time designers test the waters before taking the plunge—it’s time for fittings.

LFW W/F 2010 Fittings

Fittings take place a few days before the designer’s show. The main objective of the fittings is, of course, to see how the clothes fit the models. Is the blouse too tight or loose? Is the skirt the right length for the model? Should the black dress go first or the red one?

During a fittings session, models wear the designer’s clothes, walk a mock mini-ramp, even as designers and their assistants finalise accessories, looks, and the order of presentation for the final show.

At the end of the session, the designer’s assistants tag the outfits and accessories with the names of the models and take pictures of the model in the complete outfit as a handy reference.

Speaking Chic was privy to a couple of such fitting sessions, here are a few few pictures we took.

Anita Dongre selects necklace for model Model at Anita Dongre fitting

Designer Anita Dongre selects a neckpiece for a model (left); a model walks the “ramp” (right).

Vizyon models dressed up

Models at the Vizyon fittings.

Jewellery at Anita Dongre  Model with Anita Dongre

Some accessories the models will wear during the show (left); Anita Dongre checks  a garment as an assistant determines the alteration to be done (right).

Lakme Fashion Week: Quick Facts

Style lovers, want to show off your fashion knowledge? Brush up on some bit-sized facts on the upcoming LFW Winter/ Festive 2010 right here on Speaking Chic:

  • Malini Ramani’s presenting the grand finale, and her show’s going to be themed the “Gypsy Collection” which totally goes with what she stands for.
  • Narendra Kumar’s having an off-site show—at Tote (the swanky lounge at Mahalakshmi)
  • You’ll be able to buy LFW designers’ clothes online—on Fashionandyou.com.
  • Erstwhile Gen Next designers are coming together for a special “Gen next 5 Year Show”. The designers we’re looking forward to in this show are: Nachiket Barve, Kunal Rawal, Swapnil Shinde, Rahul Mishra and Rimzim Dadu. LFW WF 2010_designers
  • Some of the big names this season at LFW: Anand Kabra, Ritu Kumar, Manish Arora, Manish Malhotra, Satya Paul, Neeta Lulla, Shyamal & Bhumika, Manish Malhotra, Shilpa Chavan and Kallol Dutta. 
  • Accessory shows to watch out for: Malini Agarwalla (of Malaga) and Suhani Pittie.

So block your calendars from September 17-21, and gear up for new fashion trends of the festive season.

Clash of the fashion weeks

It’s September, and soon the world’s fashionistas will be treated to sartorial delights (and disasters) to look forward to in the next fashion season. In India, we’re going to have the Lakme Fashion Week from September 17 to 21 in Mumbai. And Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in October in the capital.

Kolkata_Fashion_Week But before that, get ready for Kolkata Fashion Week (September 10-12) and Kolkata Couture Fashion Week (September 9-12). Yup, you read that right. Same place, same time, two fashion weeks!

Now that’s not good news at all. That’s too many clothes (even for fashion lovers), too many air kisses and too many celebrities. And we really wonder how many of those clothes would be really worth wearing/ buying?

Besides, we’ve just had a couture week, and the whole idea behind couture is to be exclusive. That’s why Paris only labels a handful of designers as couturiers. But this is India, where everyone from a smart college student to a bored housewife is called a “designer”. [End of rant.]

Party:11 years of fashion

Lakmé and IMG (the organisation company that organises and manages Lakmé FashionWeek) threw a bash to celebrate 11 years of their fashion journey. Fashionistas, fashion designers and the rest of the fashion fraternity anyone who’s remotely connected to fashion attended the party. The party was hosted by the top guys at Lakmé and IMG.

Glimpses of the party at Olive Bar & Kitchen:

The models:

models together - Alesia & Anjali Raut

Alecia Raut throws together the unusual combo of orange and grey (rather successfully), whiel sister Anjali Raut  pops up with a pink jacket. The others play it safe with an LBD and a graphic print dress.

The designers:

Nachiket Barve and Asmita Marwa Rahul Mishra and Alesia Raut Narendra Kumar, Natasha Chib and friends Anita Dongre  Swapinil Shinde with models

From left to right: Nachiket Barve in his usual understated style, Rahul Mishra seems to have come straight from college, Narendra Kumar in a smart grey jacket, Anita Dongre in a timeless LBD (pun intended), Swapnil Shinde dressed to party!

The Fashion Disaster:

Bikram Saluja

What’s with Bikram Saluja’s hair, beard and drab look? If it’s for a movie, I’m not watching it.