LFW: Trends seen on Day 3

Day 3 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 was it kicked off with the accessory show, and ended with a rock glam show by Shantanu-Nikhil. We pick our top fashion and accessories trends of the day:

The gleam of metal

From Siddharth Tytler’s Metalosophy show to metallic accessories, there was enough metal on the ramps to send security officers into a tizzy. 😉 Siddharth Tytler’s collection had gold and silver embellishments (or strong metallic hints) on dresses, blouses and even shorts. At Malaga there were gold and silver sequinned bags shining on the ramp, while Suhani Pittie used real metal  to create some interesting neckpieces and cuffs.

(Below left to right: Siddharth Tytler, Malaga, Suhani Pittie)

Siddarth Tytler at LFW S/R 2011 Malaga at LFW S/R 2011 Suhani Pittie at LFW S/R 2011

Debarun’s gold applique glittered on the ramp, giving a rich look to his outfits, while Anita Dongre used gold and silver ribbon borders (though there was nothing unusual or luxurious about them).

(Below left to right: Debarun, two pictures from Timeless by Anita Dongre)

Debarun at LFW S/R 2011 Timeless by Anita Dongre at LFW S/R 2011 Timeless by Anita Dongre at LFW S/R 2011

Fashionable nomads

Babita Malkani sought inspiration from Baul singers from Bengal and the fluid, feminine silhouettes were nomadic, bohemian and chic. The prints included those of Baul singers, Bengali scriptures and abstract designs of musical instruments like the Iktara.

Meanwhile at Aparna and Norden Wangdi’s aptly-titled “New Tower of Babel” the softly draped and asymmetrical dresses had symbols in Japanese, Chinese, English and Sanskrit  in resham, prints or sequins. While the look was anything but sloppy, the outfits reflected new-age nomads.

(Below left to right: Babita Malkani, Aparna and Norden Wangdi)

Babita Malkani at LFW S/R 2011 Aparna & Nordan Wangdi at LFW S/R 2011

Art meets fashion

Rajat Tangri’s Bella Donna sought inspiration from Italian Renaissance painter Fra’ Filippo Lippi, using his painting of Virgin Mary and infant Jesus on his jackets and dresses. Meanwhile Rimi Nayak took a step toward being a mixed media artist by inserting buttons into plastic tag string and attached these on to fabric.  She also used origami on her dresses and skirts.

(Below left to right: Rajat Tangri, Rimi Nayak)

Rajat Tangri jacket at LFW S/R 2011 Rimi Nayak dress LFW S/R 2011

Women get daring

Projecting personalities on the ramp is always tricky, and is usually done with the clothes, hair and makeup. But once in a while, it’s nice to see accessories speaking up for the battered wife as seen at Eina Ahluwalia. Models wore gold pendants shaped like daggers, knives, trishuls, bows and arrows, sickles and even a skull with semi precious stones.

Euna Ahluwalia at LFW S/R 2011 Eina Ahluwalia accessories at LFW S/R 2011

Shantanu-Nikhil introduced their bridge brand S&N Drape with evening wear meant for a glam rock diva. With thick orange eyeliner and big crimped hair, the models walked with attitude and some flipped their hair and flirted with the cameras. Corsets replaced sari blouses, and petticoats were absent. Boleros were worn over slinky bodysuits and bronzed brocade was used for sheath dresses. And the divas ended the show with some fun dancing with the designer duo.

Shantanu Nikhil dress at LFW S/R 2011 Shantanu & Nikhil at LFW S/R 2011

Hotties on the ramp

Pictures below, enough said!

(Aditya Roy Kapoor for Debarun and Randeep Hooda for Rajat Tangri)

Aditya Roy Kapoor

Randeep Hooda for Rajat Tangri

LFW: 5 things we liked on Day 1

The first day at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 threw up a number of surprises, and we liked them all! Take a look at our top moments from LFW’s Day 1:

Sabyasachi had fun with fashion

Pop colours, fun with fabric, matching unlikely textures… Sabyasachi didn’t leave any creative stone unturned. With every outfit, he stunned me by the sheer wizardry of his craft. Wearable straight off the ramp? Yep, if you’ve got the personality.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee at LFW S/R 2011

Japanese designers: The show must go on

As the world remained glued to TV sets and news sites awaiting news from Japan, Japanese designers took it in their stride and put on the special Tokyoeye show as planned. While the creations were not particularly breathtaking, the designers certainly seemed to have designed for an international sensibility.

(Below left to right: Somarta by Tamae Hirokaro; araisara by Sara Arai)

Somarta by Tamae Hirokaro at LFW S/R 2011 araisara by Sara Arai at LFW

Variety of looks: geeky chic, bright lips, bindis

Strange… the bindi has almost disappeared from young women’s foreheads, whether in Delhi or Ludhiana, so it was a pleasant surprise to see them on the ramp at Myoho. And we also loved the oversized catty glasses (very chic) at Sabyasachi, bright pink and orange lips at Mineral by Priyadarshini Rao (super trendy for summer!).

(Below left to right: Myoho and Mineral by Priyadarshini Rao)

Myoho at LFW S/R 2011 Mineral by Priyadarshini Rao at LFW S/R 2011

Gen Next show: Fresh dose of fashion

Six GenNext designers showcased their debut collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. A couple of them managed to break through the clutter to present some interesting ideas. Manas Dash was one, Miriam Strehlau was another. Interestingly, both had very strong Indian inspiration. Whether they become more popular in a few years, only time will tell.

(Below left to right: Manas Dash, Miriam Strehlau)

Manas Dash GenNext designer at LFW S/R 2011 Miriam Strehlau GenNext designer at LFW S/R 2011

Wearable fashion

If there’s one thing Speaking Chic enjoys, it’s wearable ramp fashion! While Mineral by Priyadarshini Rao’s clothes will be seen on the rack in her new stores at affordable prices, there were copious amount of clothes that we would wear straight off the ramp. Examples: Shivaji Dutta’s dresses, skirts at Chaitanya Rao and several garments at Arpan Vohra.

(Below left to right: Shivaji Dutta, Chaitanya Rao and Arpan Vohra)

Shivaji Dutta dress at LFW S/R 2011 Chaitanya Rao dress at LFW S/R 2011

Arpan Vohra dress at LFW S/R 2011

LFW: Sabyasachi finally has some fun

After his show, Sabyasachi Mukherjee said, “I’m a boring designer. So I decided to have some fun this time.” And that’s exactly what he did last night at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. (And we’re having some fun too—we give you the runway report as a story in pictures.)

The show with outfits were in simple earthy tones, black and ivory prints, styled conservatively. But Sabyasachi was just teasing the audience. His interpretation of the women of the Sunderbans was offbeat and inspired by several decades of the last century.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011

In matte red lips, high buns and catty glasses, the models (and the designer) seemed to be mocking us with unexpected twists to traditional garments. Like asymmetric sleeves, pop coloured tops with floor-length skirts, umbrella-shaped shoulders, shimmering loose jumpsuits, rustic gowns…

Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011

Sabyasachi juxtaposed unlikely textures, colours, fabrics and embellishments, like gowns with rustic Indian gold-work embroidery, blocking khadi with printed cotton, even saris-cum-skirts! Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011 Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011

Sabyasachi used lots of khadi, hand-produced cotton, textured raw silk and even a bit of lace in detailing. Very interesting outcome!

Some of the unusual stuff:

  • Short babydoll dresses with matching underpants!
  • Sack dresses with deep-cut armholes
  • Fabric made into a fan, fixed on the back of a blouse
  • Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011
  • Black blouses and petticoats with colourful printed saris
  • Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011

The accessories of choice were statement neckpieces and stacks of bangles (both very trendy).

Sabyasachi Mukherjee LFW S/R 2011

Even thought the show was eccentric, quirky and even a bit kinky, you would have walked out thinking, “I’d like to wear some of this!”

LFW Summer/Resort 2011: Top 5 things we’re excited about

  1. A taste of Japan: Established Japanese designers will showcase their collections at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. These are Somarta by Tamae Hirokawa, Motonari Ono and Araisara by Sara Arai.LFW S/R 2011
  2. Exciting designer line-up: Some of India’s leading designers (absent last season) will make an appearance. We’re excited about Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Shantanu-Nikhil, Anamika Khanna, Raakesh Agarvwal and Pria Kataria Puri.
  3. Accessories galore!: This season at LFW will see a whopping 15 accessory designers on the ramp. We’re looking forward to Suhani Pittie and Rina Shah of Rinaldi, and would love to get a dose of the other designers’ accessories. (Below: Picture from Suhani Pittie’s LFW Winter/Festive 2010 collection)Suhani Pittie LFW W/F 2010
  4. Watching LFW LIVE!: It’s not possible to go to every show. So in the middle of a working day, fashionistas can just log on to LFWTV.in and get the latest from fashion week!
  5. Great fashion, of course!: Fashion week is about fashion, and that’s what we’re looking forward to. Would love to see some fabulous trends for the summer!

Fashion News: Japanese designers at upcoming LFW

Eight Japanese fashion designers will showcase their collections at the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 (to begin March 11). The designers/ labels include Somarta by designer Tamae Hirokawa; Motonari Ono, and Araisara by designer Sara Arai.

(Below: Japanese fashion designer Tamae Hirokawa of Somarta)

Japanese designer Tamae Hirokawa of Somarta

This is the result of a cross-cultural exchange initiative, Tokyoeye, between Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. The government-aided project aims to create enterprising relationships and provides access to international collections to buyers from India and all over the world.

What we’re looking forward to:

Sara Arai’s “araisara”; inspired by culture, scenery, natural surroundings, and spirit of the Orient. Take a look at her Spring/Summer 2011 collection:

Designer Tamae Hirokawa of Somarta is already famous for her ‘skin series’, which was based on the concept of ‘the possibilities of apparel for a body’ (aka really cool and chic body suits). Here’s her latest collection from Japan Fashion Week:


And why we’re excited:

  • Japan is known for its cutting-edge technology and fashion, and we’d love to see that rub off on Indian designers.
  • Collaborations are usually good news. This season Japanese designers, tomorrow …? Fingers crossed. 🙂

Chic Reads: It’s NYFW time!

Lakme Fashion Week is still a few weeks away, but New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 kicked off Friday, and we’re excited. After all, international fashions set trends in India too! Here’s our pick of some of the interesting reads from New York Fashion Week’s first day.

To start with, the fashion world is abuzz with a hot new womenswear model, Andrej Pejic, who is a man. No kidding. His bone structure closely resembles a woman’s, and he pouts like a Hollywood starlet. Andrej has already walked one show, and will most likely been seen on the NYFW ramp again. Watch out for him.

For those eager to stay ahead of the fashion curve, quickly catch up on a trend (Unexpected Layering) Slaves to Fashion recommends, hot off the NYFW catwalk.

And from the first day at NYFW, designers Christian Siriano and Peter Som set the fall mood with dark colour palettes, though the latter retained his favourite bright colours with fun shoes. Messy hair, I-don’t-care makeup—we like this look!

NYFW Peter Som

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Have a fashion-filled weekend!

Lakmé Fashion Week: Gauri & Nainika are grand finale designers

Feminine, glamourous, wearable, Bollywood favourites… Gauri & Nainika will be the grand finale designer for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2011.

The designer duo’s eponymous label will draw inspiration from Lakmé’s upcoming Fantasy Collection. Gauri & Nainika are hoping to tap into the rich colour palette and the other-worldly dimension to create their upcoming collection.

“[The Fantasy Collection] is an exploration into the feminine and almost dreamy influences that drive the many moods of all women. With its fresh, vibrant colors of nature, Lakmé’s summer palette provides that element of richness and a touch of idyllic that every woman craves for. We hope that our collection will unfurl a whole new world of sparkling fantasies for women,” they said.

Going by the wonderful, yet wearable creations of Gauri & Nainika, we’re looking forward to the Lakmé Fashion Week already.

Below: Gauri & Nainika with Lakmé models.

Gauri & Nainika Lakmé Fashion Week finale

Fashion News: 7 new models for upcoming Lakmé Fashion Week

Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 is coming up in March 2011, and the action is already heating up.

An jury of fashion experts yesterday selected seven aspiring models for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2011. The new models are Angela Jonsson, Bryndis Helgadottir, Keylie Bodeker, Lekha Anatharaman, Rikee Chatterjee, Reha Sukheja and Sophia Dgneid. Here they are:

Ta da!

Lakme Fashion Week models

From left to right: Reha Sukheja, Bryndis Helgadottir, Sophia Dgneid, Lekha Anantharaman, Angela Jonsson, Rikee Chaterjee, Keylie Bodeker.

Some interesting things we noted:

  • Almost 120 models turned up to audition, a whopping increase of more than 80% since the last season of LFW. Good to know interest is increasing, but quantity doesn’t always mean quality. Fingers crossed on this one.
  • Foreign models are coming to India in hordes! While the dusky beauties still dominate, are growing foreign imports a sign of things to come? Hmmm… hopefully the Balance of Fashion Payments remains tilted in India’s favour, eh?

FYI, the model selection jury comprised well-known designers Nachiket Barve and Rocky S; fashion show directors Marc Robinson and Lubna Adams; photographer Jatin Kampani, Vogue India editor Priya Tanna, along with Anil Chopra (CEO – Lakmé Lever), and Sujal Shah (Vice-President & Head of Fashion for IMG India).

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Fashion trends in 2011: What we want to see, what we don’t

Here’s our fashion wishlist and not-wish-list for 2011. What’s yours?

Fashion trends wishlist

  • More fun prints! (Already see them coming in S/S 2011)
  • Makeup: Statement lips and eyes, but no heavy kajal please!
  • More fashion brands coming to India (at affordable prices)
  • Fewer but better fashion weeks in India
  • Real-sized models: Because even the “plus-sized” models have flat stomachs.

Fashion trends not-wishlist

  • Lady Gaga: in a meat dress, shopping without pants, heelless shoes… Enough!
  • Photoshopping celebrities to make them look lighter (Like Elle India did on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan)
  • Oversized jewellery: Loved the statement necklaces of 2010, but would love to see some delicate jewellery as well.
  • The seventies! Overdone.

What do you want to see or not want to see in 2011?

Chic Weekend Videos: Ralph Lauren’s 4D Fashion

It’s the weekend, and we recommend you kickstart it with some great videos for the weekend. We’re talking about Ralph Lauren’s 4D Big Pony presentation, shown in London and New York earlier this month, to celebrate a decade of the brand’s digital innovation.

Prepare to be blown away as the Ralph Lauren flagship stores change shape, chandeliers hang from the sky, a chic belt is wrapped around the buildings, and polo players gallop across the facades as if in the midst of an exciting match….

Must-watch for fashionistas, technobuffs, geeks, artists, or anyone who loves a spectacular show. Enjoy!

Here’s the New York show:

And the London one:

Have a great weekend and stay chic!

To know more, visit the Ralph Lauren site.