Four designers who impressed on the last day at LFW
Kareena Kapoor Kapoor closed the show walking for Anita Dongre, while Malaika Arora lit up the stage for young designer Divya Reddy
Titled Shahibzadi, the collection was regal and glamorous. The highlights included flowing white lehengas with discreetly embroidered knee-length dresses and white floor-skimming gowns presented with stylish yellow capes. Fabrics used were Konda Patti (wild mountain cotton woven by the locals of Adilabad forest) and Madhepur Tussar, a favourite of the small town in Telengana were among the fabrics used. Floral embroidery added to the feminine charm of the ensembles.
A striking feature was the half-front skirt for kurta with embroidery, the mauve tiered pleated gown, the yellow with black/gold border lehenga and the off-shoulder long sleeved gown. An innovation was the asymmetric linen dupatta with one sleeve over a tunic.
Showstopper Malaika Arora wore a red bralet with a yellow tiered, pleated lehenga and matching georgette dupatta splashed with glitter.
The Gen Next designer followed up his successful debut last season with another impressive show. The label House of Khanijo presented ‘Summer Sojourn’, a line that aims at the globe trotter who loves stylish but understated fashion.
The designer chose the finest cotton, Irish linen and handloom silk in hues of oatmeal, beige, cream, ivory along with pastels like powder pistachio, peaches and dusty hibiscus. Apart from signature hand stitching and 3D embellishments, an unconventional focus was given to poems and couplets that were hand embroidered on the garments.
Silhouettes include high-waisted, pleated trousers, biker jackets, bombers and jogger shorts, jumpsuits, jackets with patch pockets and long-line shirts. While detailing stays minimal throughout the collection, patch pockets appear on multiple pieces.
Showstopper Jim Sarbh strolled on to the ramp barefoot in a canary yellow pin-tucked linen biker jacket with a matching pant and shirt.
Known for their utterly feminine creations, the designer duo presented ‘Gulnar’, inspired by the beautiful blossoms of the pomegranate fruit, flower and the bulbul bird.
Visualised in fabrics like the sheer hand woven Chanderi and fine cottons, the silhouettes matched the beauty of the creations with the perfect embellishments to highlight the look. The motifs of the pomegranate fruit, flower and bulbul bird appeared regularly through the collection. Chanderi shirts, cropped tops and pants with sheer tunics or long shifts had the patterns splashed on them as embroidery or printed.
The two-tone asymmetric tie-up wrap, flared crushed tent with layered cropped pant, the appliquéd maxi and the white gown with a long-sleeved cape with back tie-ups were eye-catchers. The two saris with the pomegranate coloured, wide borders were teamed with balloon-sleeve unstructured blouses that gave an interesting touch to the 6-yard wonder.
At the Grand Finale show, Dongre presented a collection inspired by the beauty brand’s Argan Oil or liquid gold range, set against the backdrop of the Bandra Fort.
The nature inspired collection, called ‘Alchemy’, featured beautiful combinations of white and gold. The designs where a perfect blend of Indian aesthetics and modern artwork.
Drawing inspiration from liquid gold, the designer’s fashion statement represented raw, organic richness and exemplified sustainability. The collection was a reflection of soft silhouettes, contemporary gold threadwork and woven cotton silk.
As per tradition, Lakme brand ambassador Kareena Kapoor Khan closed the show, a big surprise considering that she gave birth to son Taimur only a few weeks ago..