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Best of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015

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The Winter/Festive phase of Lakmé Fashion Week is over and we’re still daydreaming about the fashionable treats we saw walk down the runway! The runway glittered with Indian, western and fusion gems during the ultimate celebration of fashion. Here are our top picks for the upcoming festive season:

Nikasha

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Nikasha threw it all the way back to the roaring twenties with her shimmering golden and pink collection ‘Indira et Amrita’. The signature twenties fringe swayed on silky camisoles, flapper dresses and semi-sheer draped pants. Inspired by sisters Amrita and Indira Shergill, the glimmering garments also featured her signature lily blossoms. The Gatsby-esque collection was accessorized with ombre tassel earrings and twinkling headbands.

Manish Malhotra

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Decadence and royalty were the essence of Manish Malhotra’s line this season. Navy blues, deep maroons, ivory and rich browns were a staple throughout the line. Full-skirted gowns with plunging necklines in opulent materials like velvet and silk, and sparkling off-shoulder ball gowns stood out. Do we see a shift from Indian to decidedly western silhouettes for the new-age Indian bride? The collection invoked a strong sense of regal magnificence.

AM:PM

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The ‘Siyah’ collection by AM:PM (Ankur and Priyanka Modi) stood out in elegant ivory, red, and black shades. Panelled skirts, structured maxis, draped dhoti pants, and peplum jackets in silk, organza, and satin dominated the runway, all of them adorned with mukaish work and intricate embroidery reminiscent of Islamic crafts and architecture. Daring slits and cutout details gave the graceful collection an edgy twist. The highlight of the collection was a rosy red structured sari with a peplum blouse.

Shruti Sancheti

Shruti sancheti

Pinnacle by Shruti Sancheti drew from the culture of beautiful fabrics from Benaras and fused it with Japanese silhouettes for her line ‘Kaashi to Kyoto’. Using chanderi, silk, dori embroidery and Chinar print, she created flowing kimono jackets, capes, and asymmetrical tops with billowing sleeves in maroon, blue, wine and gold. These were paired with slim skirts, culottes, midis and lehengas for the ultimate ethnic fusion collection.

Ridhi Mehra

Ridhi Mehra

Ridhi Mehra kept it simple with classic hues like red and blue with floral applique work. She played peekaboo with sheer fabrics, draped dupattas, and pre-stitched capes. Tailored jumpsuits added an element of playfulness, but Ridhi also kept the Indian vibe alive with marsala lehengas.  The collection notably included a gorgeous royal blue gown, resplendent with gold embroidery.

Gaurang Shah

Gaurang

Reinventing Varanasi (a city in Uttar Pradesh) heritage was the aim of Gaurang Shah’s winter collection, and it did so with flair! Featuring traditional silk saris in reds, pinks, oranges and yellows, the collection truly celebrated the culture and fabrics of Varanasi. Gaurang added a twist to it with a touch of contemporary and quirky prints. There is just one word that aptly sums up this collection—vibrant!

So what were your favourite looks at LFW 2015? Let us know in the comments below!

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Indian Designers and Handloom Revival

 

Brocade and silk on Luxemi

Traditional fabrics on Luxemi

While fashion is all about looking towards the future and having a global approach, it’s equally important to stay in touch with one’s roots. And there’s no better place to start the search than our own backyard! So it is no surprise that ‘handloom and textile revival’ is the latest buzzword in Indian fashion. So much so that the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week dedicated an entire day to it every season. From Wendell Rodricks and Tarun Tahiliani to Sabysachi and Abu-Sandeep, scores of designers have lent their stylish touch to this cause. Luxemi has always supported this return to tradition. So, this week, we’ve rounded some of the top designers who are consistently churning out the most noteworthy designs to support this ever-so-chic cause!

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

When Rahul Mishra became the first Indian designer to win the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year, it wasn’t just a victory for Indian fashion but also for our textiles and weaves. The designer who is best known for his simple garments with complex craftsmanship has made a career (and a rather successful one at that) of promoting cotton handloom, traditional textiles and handmade artisanship.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Save the Saree

Vidya Balan in Sabysachi handloom sarees

When this designer du jour lends his magic touch to a garment, it’s sure to fly off the racks. And trust Sabyasachi to bring handlooms back in vogue. His ‘Save the Saree’ project tries to revive this dying industry of Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and provide longevity to traditional weaving practices.

Shruti Sancheti

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

Shruti Sancheti is another name oft associated with handloom revival and she always makes sure to give her creations a trendy twist. Kudos to her for focusing on wearability and interpreting these silhouettes in a modern context.

Gaurang Shah

Gaurang Shah at LFW SR14

Kirron Kher at Gaurang Shah LFW SR14

Hyderabad-based Gaurang Shah has carved a niche for himself with his consistent innovation of Jamdani weaves. “It is good to practice modernity but not at the cost of our heritage and tradition that has so much grace and authenticity,” he was quoted saying.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

Acclaimed designer Anita Dongre (who’s had her own fashionable input at Luxemi) has a dedicated ‘Grassroots’ initiative that is all about environmental glam and creating wardrobe staples out of sustainable fabrics. One look at how chic Dia Mirza looks in one of these designs and we’re totally sold on it!

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

 

Veteran designer Krishna Mehta’s fuss-free yet supremely elegant Indian wear has always rested on the charm of handlooms to work their magic. From Bhagalpur to Pochampalli and from Manipur to Varanasi; Mehta uses the textiles of these regions in an easy chic context. Her latest collection saw her revive Maheshwari weaves for a summer-friendly look.

Ekaya

Ekaya sarees

Ekaya

Ekaya, founded by father-daughter duo Bharat and Palak Shah, is all about bringing the best of Benaras to Delhi. They employ over 10,000 weavers and craftsmen to create their exciting clothing range using Tussar silks, crepes, khadi, chikankari, vibrant pop-colored tanchois and rich Banarasi brocade.

Raw Mango

Raw Mango sarees

Raw Mango sarees

Here is yet another contemporary brand that is all about making Indian handwoven textiles and traditional techniques trendy. We heart their timeless designs and vibrant use of colors.

Which of these designers would you rather wear? Tell us in the comment box below!

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi 

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