LFW W/F 2012: What I’m excited about this fashion week

LFW W/F 2012: What I’m excited about this fashion week

One: Fashion shows by Pallavi Jaikishan (for the first time at Lakme Fashion Week), Ritu Beri, Shyamal & Bhumika, Shivan & Narresh, Swapnil Shinde!

Below: Swapnil Shinde at LFW S/R 2012

Swapnil Shinde LFW SR 2012


Two: New faces can usher in new fashion (hopefully). Pernia Qureshi of Aisha fame will be presenting her first collection on Saturday. I also enjoyed Nimish Shah and Payal Khandwala last season for their fresh take on design. And GenNext designers are always fun to watch!

Below: Shift by Nimish Shah at LFW S/R 2012

Nimish Shah LFW S/R 2012

Three: Wendell Rodricks will release his memoirs The Green Room on the last day of fashion week. I can’t wait to read it.

Four: Kallol Dutta may look strange and “scary”, but his fashion is quirky and he’s got a great following. He will present at the grand finale with Pankaj-Nidhi- it will be a must-watch!

Below: Kallol Dutta and Pankaj-Nidhi with Purnima Lamba, Head Innovations, Lakme

The Lakme Grand Finale Designers with Purnima Lamba, Head Innovations, Lakme - Kallol Datta(L) and Pankaj-Nidhi - Copy

What are you excited about this season of Lakme Fashion Week?

LFW S/R 2012: Day 4 highlights

LFW S/R 2012: Day 4 highlights

Most interesting look

Swapnil Shinde mixed robotic, futuristic, tribal, raw, dramatic, spiritual, futuristic and dark celebratory inspirations to almost recreate sci-fi movies and music of the 80s.

Swapnil Shinde at LFW S/R 2012

Swapnil Shinde at LFW S/R 2012

Other noteworthy looks

Nupur Kanoi:

The designer used fabric tapes as embellishment, and created geometric patterns as surface decoration. The colour story revolved around white (depicting spirituality) and blue.

Nupur Kanoi at LFW S/R 2012

Shashank Raj- Prajwal Badwe:

The duo showcased speed and chaos of city life with innovative shapes, and techniques like blotting art and paper cut-outs, 3D felt cut-outs and clever play of sheer with opaque fabrics.

Shashank-Prajwal at LFW S/R 2012

WTFashion moment

Sidhartha Arya.

Siddharth Arya at LFW S/R 2012

Crazy prints of the day

Insects crawled on dresses, scarves and embroidery of l khadi, tussar, crepe, georgette and silk Lurex at Rimi Nayak.

Rimi Nayak at LFW S/R 2012

Meanwhile, handpainted leaves and dew drop prints were paired with metallic cutwork sequins at Neha Agarwal.

Neha Agarwal at LFW S/R 2012

Accessories of the day

Neckpieces at Eina Ahluwalia; multi-leaf brooches at Neha Agarwal.

Eina Ahluwalia at LFW S/R 2012

Neha Agarwal at LFW S/R 2012

Most entertaining show of the season

Narendra Kumar played DJ at his show in a Mick Jagger wig, as his models in similar wigs danced a bit on the ramp. And oh, the clothes weren’t too bad.

Narendra Kumar at LFW S/R 2012

Makeup of the day

Dark lips at Rimi Nayak—to show your dark side!

Rimi Nayak at LFW S/R 2012

Customary Bollywood appearance of the day

Not one, but two- Sonali Bendre for Siddhartha Tytler and Sonakshi Sinha for JJ Valaya at The Karmik Show.

Siddhartha Tytler at LFW S/R 2012

Karmik Show Sonakshi Sinha at LFW S/R 2012

LFW S/R 2012 Day 4: Shows to watch today

LFW S/R 2012 Day 4: Shows to watch today

It was a fashion-packed weekend that ended sooner than I wanted. But hey, it’s another day at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2012!

Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva: The young designer has been tweeting extensively about her upcoming collection for her label ‘Bodice’, and the designs seem to be an interesting amalgamation of vintage influences and menswear tailoring, while being futuristic.

Eina Ahluwalia: Eina’s accessories are bold, in-your-face and don’t hesitate to call a spade a spade. Her collection based on domestic violence last year had made quite a mark, and I spotted some good pieces at her stall yesterday.

Below: Eina Ahluwalia at LFW S/R 2011

Eina Ahluwalia at LFW S/R 2011

Swapnil Shinde: Last season, Swapnil used folds, pleats and drapes in materials like acrylic, PVC and leather to interpret sound waves. The “rolls” and tubes made quite an impact on the ramp.

Narendra Kumar: There’s only one word for Narendra Kumar’s shows—fun! One of the few menswear designers at LFW S/R 2012, I’m expecting a stellar collection from him this time as always. And of course, lots of eye candy and an entertaining show. (Last season, he got models to do little jigs and dance steps on the ramp!).

Below: Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011

Narendra Kumar at LFW W/F 2011

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: Ford Fiesta inspires fashion, Sonakshi joins D’damas

Earlier this week, designer Swapnil Shinde presented a collection in Delhi inspired by a car– the Ford Fiesta. Based on the concept of “Energy in Motion”, the main themes of the fashion collection (and the car, we suppose) were use of strong colour, flowy silhouette with some modern and futuristic elements.

Models with Michael Boneham of Ford India showcasing Fiesta Futuristic Collection designed by Swapnil Shinde

Swapnil explained that through the collection, he translated the car’s bold kinetic design theme into his creations. While that’s an interesting spin, we would also have loved to see a cooler interpretation of the high-tech stuff used in the Fiesta (we hear it’s got voice control!). Like using entwined wires with tech charms as neckpieces or Blackberry-shaped clutches? (Interesting necklaces and odd clutches are hot trends currently.)

BTW, the fashion show was held not in a five-star banquet, but at a mall where the car is on display currently. Here’s a thought: why not let us girls shop at the mall for the collection/ similar clothes and accessories immediately after the show? And that could get us some freebies if we book the Fiesta? Sorry ladies, too much wishful thinking! 😉

Sonakshi Sinha joins D’damas

Speaking Chic is not a Sonakshi Sinha fan— so what, right? It seems plenty others like her, so she’s got yet another big endorsement, soon after the Provogue Spring/Summer 2011 gig. D’damas, a popular jewellery brand, have just signed on Sonakshi as their brand ambassador. The D’damas people believe Sonakshi’s got the qualities that modern Indian women possess (confidence, self-belief, charm and grace). Most importantly, they say—she “exemplifies the true Indian beauty.”

Take a look at the just-released image below and tell us what you think:

Sonakshi Sinha in D'damas campaign

What interests us most is the campaign theme—it’s based on memorable moments in a woman’s life. Like being a bride, celebrating Diwali or just simply enjoying the first rays of sunlight. Frankly, we’re bored of the typical jewellery-celestial-dreamy association, so we’re looking forward to some hatke advertisements from the D’damas people.