While I enjoy watching clothes at the fashion shows, sometimes the best part of the shows are the accessories—whether it’s the bags, shoes or jewellery. At Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013, there were plenty of accessories on the ramp, and some were as exquisite as the clothes. Here’s a closer look at the best jewellery at LFW SR 2013. (More accessories to come in future posts).
Pallavi Foley’s designs focus on “movement”, customisation and unusual shapes, but are still wearable at all sorts of occasions.
This was my first chance to see Pallavi Foley’s creations up close and I liked what I saw, especially the way she moulds the metal into shapes with white spaces. I took a fancy to these earrings. 🙂
Suhani Pittie’s tribal-inspired work was a tad disappointing this time, because the tribal-inspired pieces almost seemed kitschy and repetitive. Some of the pieces were ordinary (like the kadas), though she’s still with complex neckpieces.
Amrapali, as usual, was great (as seen in Vikram Phadnis’s show for Swades Foundation).
Who says roses are too cheesy for Valentine’s Day? Flowers still speak a thousand words. And even if your special someone may not send you 100-flower bouquets, you can wear roses to liven up your Valentine’s Day wardrobe. (And maybe to drop a hint or two! ;-))
The simplest way to wear roses? Rosettes, of course! There are plenty of rosette accessories to choose from this season. We show you the chic ones.
Pin a rose on on your shoulder blade or use it to keep a scarf in place.
(Brooches from Chemistry.)
Rosettes on jewellery? We like! Wear a statement necklace of rosettes with a dress or feminine blouse, and skip other pieces of jewellery.
(Angela necklace from Meera Design & Style.)
Bare shoulder, spaghetti straps or going sleeveless? Wear a rosette cuff to draw attention to your toned arm.
(Cuffs from Chemistry.)
Which rosette accessory do you pick for Valentine’s Day?
Jewellery designer Suhani Pittie broke out of her oxidised silver mold with her recent Lakme Fashion Week collection, called Free Religion. Suhani’s jewellery was a mix of two worlds—though “very Indian in my DNA”, she made the most of several nomadic influences in this collection.
Expertly rolling several eras and cultures into a cohesive gypsy-inspired collection, the jewellery had both rustic and contemporary touches. For instance, necklaces or individual pieces in antique gold finish were combined with turquoise stones, coloured enamelled pieces, or coloured fabric. Suhani made ample use of beads, stones and studs and symbols open to multiple interpretations. The oft-used crescent could symbolise Islam, Shiva’s hair adornment or the Chinese Yin.
My favourite piece from the collection was a neckpiece that started as a temple necklace, added a foldable steel plate (it really was foldable, I checked), with a small metal Ganesha and coral and turquoise pieces.
Speaking Chic says: Very artistic, but the retail collection may be a card swipe or two.
Malaga’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 collection Flamboyart comprised bags, shoes and jewellery. Designer Malini Agarwalla used a number of themes: pictorial depictions on bags and pendants, traditional fabrics and prints on jholas, potlis, and shoes, along with bibs, bangles and cummerbunds in gold and gota work.
Unfortunately, the kitschy look has been around for a while now, and most of the pieces didn’t stand out from the stuff we see everywhere. I did like some of the trendier waistbands, bangles and some of the neckpieces. But the bib Sophie Choudhary wore on the ramp was too big to be worn by anyone!
What do you think of Sophie’s jewellery? Tell us!
Eina Ahluwalia’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 collection for Breathing Space was characterised by two main themes: mini glass containers (“Containment”) and felt (“How I Felt”). Building up on the concept of containment, Eina used miniature vases, bottles, jars to symbolise urns that contain our ashes. The oversized glass pendants also seen in the collection made quite an impact on the ramp, and were strung on sterling silver with semi precious stones.
Felt created by Dutch artist Beatrice Woonders was used as stoles, or studded with semi-precious stones for neckpieces. I asked Eina why she used felt. “I wanted to do something more interesting and challenging beyond gold and silver,” she said. Simple, straightforward, and well-put!
Speaking Chic says: Some very interesting concepts, and clearly the artist in Eina shone through. She says her work is in the space between art and commercial jewellery. Indeed, but she just about makes the cut into commercial.
What do you think of Eina’s jewellery? Tell us!