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 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!

LFW W/F 2011 Day 2: Nachiket Barve, Little Shilpa, Swapnil Shinde interpret speed

On Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011, DHL presented a trio of designers representing the future of fashion—Nachiket Barve, Little Shilpa and Swapnil Shinde. While all three designers are a few seasons old, their approach was fresh as they interpreted the brand’s theme—speed—in in their own personal ways.

Nachiket Barve
Seeking inspiration from the the fast-changing colours of a breath-taking sunset (The Golden Hour), Nachiket Barve used pink, golden, purple, and red hues in his garments and accessories. Playing on the ombré effect, the designer created saris, tunics, kurtas and dresses in his signature fluid style. Sequins, polki detailing, cutwork and applique were expertly used to create timeless global fashion wear. We also liked the matching neckpieces and clutches.

Nachiket Barve sari at LFW W/F 2011 Nachiket Barve shorts and blouse at LFW W/F 2011 Nachiket Barve wrap dress at LFW W/F 2011

Little Shilpa
Shilpa Chavan’s interpretation of speed was flight and the urban landscape—birds, wings, aeroplanes and skyscrapers. Her models walked the ramp encased in sky and clouds boxes made from packaging material, while the headgear was made with pleated ikat fabrics and feathers that framed the face. Aviator glasses were used as hair bands and glass pieces symbolised eflection.

Little Shilpa at LFW W/F 2011 Little Shilpa at LFW W/F 2011

Swapnil Shinde
Swapnil Shinde’s LFW W/F 2011 collection was based on sound waves, hence named “Speed of Sound”. Swapnil created ripple-inspired shapes with folds, pleats and drapes in fabrics chiffon, taffeta, organza, and crepe, along with materials like acrylic, PVC and leather. PVC rolls and tubes were the most cleverly-used embellishment (for lack of a better word), seen on the bodice, waist and shoulders of dresses and gowns. The soft drapes falling across the front of the garment in waves added to an elegant, high-fashion look.

Swapnil Shinde at LFW W/F 2011 Swapnil Shinde black dress with drape at LFW W/F 2011

Swapnil Shinde at LFW W/F 2011

Chic News: LFW W/F 2011 gets 87 designers, big names (Rohit Bal, Rina Dhaka, JJ Valaya)

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 kicks off August 16, 2011 and this season’s designer line-up is super-exciting—by sheer numbers and names.

Some of the top designers to showcase their collection on the LFW W/F 2011 ramp:

  • Rina Dhaka
  • Rohit Bal
  • Sabyasachi Mukherjee
  • JJ Valaya
  • Narendra Kumar Ahmed
  • Wendell Rodricks
  • Nachiket Barve
  • Archana Kochhar
  • Pria Kataria Puri
  • Anita Dongre
  • Manish Malhotra (grand finale)

Below: From Sabyasachi’s LFW S/R 2011 collection, from Anita Dongre’s Timeless collection at LFW S/R 2011

Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Anita Dongre Timeless LFW S/R 2011

And some of the other leading fashion designers include:

  • Swapnil Shinde
  • Shivan-Narresh
  • Little Shilpa
  • Debarun Mukherjee
  • Babita Malkani
  • Aneeth Arora
  • Parvesh & Jai
  • Babita Malkani
  • Rajat Tangri
  • Kallol Dutta
  • Shyamal & Bhumika Shodhan

Below: From Debarun Mukherjee’s LFW S/R 2011 collection; from Little Shilpa’s collection at LFW S/R 2011

Debarun Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Little Shilpa LFW S/R 2011

Which designer’s collection are you looking forward to at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011?

Chic News: LFW W/F 2011 gets 87 designers, big names (Rohit Bal, Rina Dhaka, JJ Valaya)

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 kicks off August 16, 2011 and this season’s designer line-up is super-exciting—by sheer numbers and names.

Some of the top designers to showcase their collection on the LFW W/F 2011 ramp:

  • Rina Dhaka
  • Rohit Bal
  • Sabyasachi Mukherjee
  • JJ Valaya
  • Narendra Kumar Ahmed
  • Wendell Rodricks
  • Nachiket Barve
  • Archana Kochhar
  • Pria Kataria Puri
  • Anita Dongre
  • Manish Malhotra (grand finale)

Below: From Sabyasachi’s LFW S/R 2011 collection, from Anita Dongre’s Timeless collection at LFW S/R 2011

Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Anita Dongre Timeless LFW S/R 2011

And some of the other leading fashion designers include:

  • Swapnil Shinde
  • Shivan-Narresh
  • Little Shilpa
  • Debarun Mukherjee
  • Babita Malkani
  • Aneeth Arora
  • Parvesh & Jai
  • Babita Malkani
  • Rajat Tangri
  • Kallol Dutta
  • Shyamal & Bhumika Shodhan

Below: From Debarun Mukherjee’s LFW S/R 2011 collection; from Little Shilpa’s collection at LFW S/R 2011

Debarun Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Little Shilpa LFW S/R 2011

Which designer’s collection are you looking forward to at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011?

LFW: 5 things we liked on Day 2

On Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011’s second day (March 12), the ramp was on fire (well, almost). The clothes sizzled, and so did the models. Our roundup of Day 2:

Designers went bold and sexy

If it’s summer, there’s got to be swimwear. And if it’s swimwear, the ramp’s gonna heat up. At Shivan-Narresh, models strode out confidently in sexy swimsuits. And Anand Kabra played peek-a-boo with sheer coverups over bikinis at the Sleek: The New Mystique show.

Also at Anand Kabra was the sensuous look with red, black and wine silk draped tunics. And on the boldness front, spunky designer Masaba Gupta led the way with giant-sized dots and rolled-up fabric as headgear.

Below left to right: Shivan-Narresh, Anand Kabra, Masaba Gupta

Shivan Narresh at LFW S/R 2011 Masaba Gupta at LFW S/R 2011 Lakme Studio Sleek Mystique Sensuous Look Anand Kabra

Mesmerising atmosphere, stunning collection

At Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011, Little Shilpa presented a fashion film along with her collection Fleurs du Mal (both her creations). With dim lighting, smudged eyes, hints of tears and seven intricate headpieces and neckpieces, Shilpa’s show was spellbinding to say the least.

Little Shilpa at LFW S/R 2011

Meanwhile Manish Malhotra created a magical, royal and rustic atmosphere with coloured lamps and royalty-inspired decor. Take a look at the set:

Manish Malhotra at LFW S/R 2011

Something nice for the guys

The Energie show was all-male, with some great clothes for the guys: trendy, preppy sportswear, casual chic and relaxed day wear. At Manish Malhotra later that evening, the ace Bollywood designer presented some amazing chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery sherwanis for men. As an added bonus, this also meant that two back-to-back shows had super-hot male models walking the ramp, including Kunal Kapoor. WOOt!

Below: Energie and Manish Malhotra

Energie show at LFW S/R 2011

Manish Malhotra at LFW S/R 2011

Fun with hair!

Anand Kabra’s show was about clothes and hair, of course. Anand Kabra’s Magnetic was accompanied by a unique hair style:  an asymmetrical side sweep frontal fringe, with a half inverted French braid. Earlier in the day, we spotted wonderful and wearable hair accessories at Pam & Arch London worn on the side. The accessories were shaped like flowers, birds and fans.

(Below: Anand Kabra’s Magnetic look from the front and the back, Pam & Arch London.)

Lakme Studio Sleek Mystique Magnetic Look Anand Kabra at LFW S/R 2011 Anand Kabra Sleek Mystique Magnetic look at LFW S/R 2011

Hair accessories at Pam & Arch London LFW S/R 2011

Colours we want to see in a waffle cone

Yummmm… ice cream on the the ramp! Jatin Varma’s collection was titled Gelato which was enough to make our mouths water. His designs were marked by sorbet colours (melon pink, blue, white and dollops of yellow), light fabrics and delightful drapes on minis and gowns. Barely couple of hours later, Shivan-Narresh’s collection sought inspiration from Vanilla— so lots of white blocked cleverly with splashes of blue, orange and even black. I’m tempted to break my diet already.

(Below left to right: Jatin Varma, Shivan-Narresh)

Jatin Varma dress at LFW S/R 2011 Shivan-Narresh at LFW S/R 2011

LFW: Little Shilpa’s Inception

Little Shilpa’s collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 was a surrealistic journey to a utopian land, with the use of soft colours like baby pinks, whites, and fluid lines. Shilpa twisted see-through fabrics like net and lace into headgear  and body gear to reflect her land of “honesty and transparency”. The shapes that arose from her craft were petals, spirals, peaks and towers. Instead of using nude fabrics to drape the models, Shilpa used exaggerated plastic bustiers and skirts, providing a perfect contrast to the soft fabrics.

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As Shilpa said after the show, smaller version of these creations are available for retail. I’m sure those would be just as interesting.