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L to R: Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra and Sachin & Babi

Fashion month is upon us, and it was kickstarted with the ever -so-chic New York Fashion Week. Showcasing collections for Spring/Summer of the upcoming year, the runways shone with lively colours,reinvented concepts, and exquisite design. Not only is NYFW known to draw crowds from around the world, but also designers hailing from around the globe. These connoisseurs get to set the hottest trends for the season in the Big Apple, and India was not to be left far behind. Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra and Sachin & Babi made a sizeable dent on the fashion armour with stellar collections, and it looks like they’re here to stay. Here’s a roundup of their collections!

Naeem Khan


The very biggest names are patrons of Naeem Khan’s magnificent designs—Michelle Obama, Vanessa Hudgens and Bella Thorne to name a few. The designer took inspiration from the ’50s and ’60s for his uber glamorous spring-summer collection. The splendid taffeta ball gowns were the highlight of his collection. Crafted in lively pinks and yellows, the gowns were embellished with exquisite beadwork in floral and paisley patterns, and came packed with pockets. Other garments included magnificent printed slit dresses and a gown with striking red embroidery. Khan definitely wowed the crowd but really, does he ever disappoint?

Bibhu Mohapatra



Bibhu Mohapatra’s collection stunned New York fashionistas with impeccably tailored garments. Heavily influenced by the Bauhaus era and Swiss photojournalist Annemarie Schwarzenbach, the line had an androgynous, minimalist theme. Geometric shapes and textures were the norm, and luscious neoprene and silks dominated the runway. Jumpsuits and gowns in gorgeous silvers, greens and dusty pinks strutted alongside striking abstract printed pant suits. Mohapatra’s distinctive aesthetic was one of the most unique ones seen at NYFW.

Sachin & Babi


Spring/Summer 2016 done in the Sachin & Babi way is a dreamy and romantic spectacle. Off-shoulder midi dresses, and formal blouse and pants combinations featured fanciful floral motifs, but the highpoint of the collection were the flamboyant gowns by the husband-wife duo. Three-tiered chiffon delights, these gowns were ensconced in refreshing flowers in primary colours. The dynamic pair also included gorgeous casual evening wear in the show held at their East Side townhouse.

Who was your favourite Indian designer at NYFW? Write in the comments below!

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Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 – Best Collections

Forget Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week (well, maybe not entirely): For us, the most exciting fashion show of the year is Lakme Fashion Week. Five days and dozens of designers later, we’re still in awe over how much gorgeous, cutting-edge Indian fashion hit the Lakme runway this week. Here are our picks for the best of the best from Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

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We’ve been loving Anita Dongre for awhile now, but her Lakme Winter Festive 2012 collection is definitely the best we’ve seen from her since her Grassroots line hit the runway. Our favorite part of Anita’s new collection is its strong East-meets-West vibe. We can’t remember the last time we saw modern Western silhouettes paired so perfectly with traditional Indian embroidery work. We could easily imagine Frieda Pinto wearing the royal blue full-skirt gown on the Red Carpet.

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If you saw the July issue of Glamour, you already know that a major Fall 2012 trend is pairing denim with Indian jewelry (did you catch the Luxemi piece profiled in that issue?). Judging from Ritu Beri’s innovative, avante garde Lakme Winter/Festive 2012 collection, the eclectic denim trend isn’t going away anytime soon. Ritu made denim instantly chic by mixing it with lace, knit, ruffles, and punchy patterns — an artsy, textured look we’ll definitely be rocking for fall!

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While we’re on the topic of texture: Did you see the way the metallic, houndstooth-inspired embroidery shimmered in Sailex Ngairangbam’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 looks? And then there was his ingenious twist on the saree: The simple addition of that oversized metallic collar immediately puts a Great Gatsby twist on the silhouette we already love.

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Our pick for the most wearable line of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 is Pia Pauro. With high-impact tribal prints and daywear silhouettes that would look good on any girl, the Pia Pauro collection is definitely one worth keeping on your radar for Fall 2012.

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Sometimes simplicity makes a stronger statement than prints or embellishments. Case in point: Wendell Rodricks’ gorgeous, easy-breezy Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 line. With airy silks draped in free-flowing silhouettes, these floor-length dresses and wraps prove that the mod aesthetic is back for Fall 2012. Our favorite look is definitely Wendell’s fluid dress and pants set, which looked like liquid metal as it moved down the runway.

What were your favorite fashion moments from Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012? We’d love to hear what silhouettes, colors and textures will be influencing your Fall 2012 wardrobe. And for a look at the best of Lakme Fashion Week’s Gen Next designers, check back with the Luxe Report later this week!  

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