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.


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.

Disney Couture presents Memories of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse by Little Shilpa & Nitin Bal Chauhan8

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: 5 years of Gen Next

Lakme Fashion Week’s Gen Next show provides up-and-coming designers a platform to showcase their talent. The Gen Next concept was introduced in 2006 to encourage quality, innovation, creativity and commercial viability among the budding designers.

Today several Gen Next designers are successful and have a steadily growing fan following. To celebrate five years of the concept’s success, Lakme Fashion Week organised a show with 10 established designers who debuted at Gen Next few years ago.

Highlights of the show

Anuj Sharma played with the concept of 3D, using triangles edged necklines, cloth bubbles on the bodice, giant covered buttons, cones appeared on the bustier and 3D motifs on the neck. Highly unusual, but translatable into an interesting retail collection.

Model at Anuj Sharma Gen Next LFW

Kallol Dutta is known for offbeat prints, and I spotted a number of people at the show wearing his clothes. Calling this line “Black Humourist”, Kallol used black as a backdrop for his funky prints. One of his prints was (ahem!) a fork and a spoon. Later asked about the use of such symbols, he shrugged and replied, “I just like to use random, impertinent objects and use them on my clothes.” Good reply, and good thing it’s quickly becoming wearable and acceptable fashion.

Kallol Dutta LFW

Kunal Rawal’s five outfits were perhaps the most refreshing (and fun) of the lot. His male models told the story of karigars (workers), carrying tools of their trade, looking rustic, and one even taking off his shirt. (Woot!) There was also a canvas waistcoat, a kurta shirt, a sherwani and bundi combo and a sporty four flap pocket jacket with trousers. The colour palette was largely khaki-inspired, with brown and orange. Here’s Kunal with a model (note the satchel):

Kunal Rawal with model LFW 2010

Nitin Bal Chauhan is in the wrong profession. His heart and soul is of a visual artist working with mixed media. For his Freedom! Freedom! line, he created skirts, jackets and dresses with the most unusual materials—newspaper-print coated paper, spools of thread and plastic basket weave, creating a stunning effect on the ramp. The inspiration, he said after the show, was from farmers who are forced to pick up weapons to make their living (the Naxalite story). He created these garments using materials from their daily life. Can’t wear them, but very poignant stuff.

Nitin Bal Chauhan LFW W/F 2010

Other designers at the show were:

  • Aneeth Arora
  • Rahul Mishra
  • Rimzin Dadu
  • Nachiket Barve (more on him later)
  • Sailex
  • Swapnil Shinde

Which Gen Next designers do you like? Tell us!