Mumbai hosted the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020 from February 12 to 16. An exuberant celebration of fashion this edition showcased an amazing level of creativity from eccentric summer prints on easy-breezy silhouettes to sinuously embellished velvety lehengas.
This year, Lakme Fashion Week completed 20-years and to celebrate this milestone, it hosted a special retrospective of 30 Gen Next designers on Day 1. Bollywood actors Vicky Kaushal and Janhvi Kapoor walked the ramp in Kunal Rawal and Rahul Mishra ensembles. Other designers showcasing their creations during the day were: Akhil Nagpal, Chandrima Agnihotri, Ananya Jain Modi and the duo Mannat Sethi and Harshana Kandhari. Also seen were designers Abhishek Sharma, Anurag Gupta and Kanelle who launched some of the most unconventional outfits.
Sharma’s collection was inspired by artists and the use of different colors while Anurag Gupta was inspired by ‘Kala Namak’a type of rice given as alms by Gautam Buddha to his followers around 2,000 years ago.Designer Vaishali Shandangule presented a traditional range created from handwoven textiles. The day ended with Manish Arora presenting an unusual yet awe-inspiring show celebrating drag queens. Arora’s show was a larger than life set up comprising neon colors and glow-in-the dark paint.
Encouraging mindful fashion through sustainability
Every season, Lakme Fashion Week pays a tribute to trailblazing designers by encouraging mindful fashion and bringing conscious designer labels forward. This year, it celebrated the second day as a ‘Sustainable Fashion Day’ with five young women entrepreneurs presenting innovative collections at the Sustainable Design Challenge. The challenge was held in collaboration between R I Elan’s ‘Fashion for Earth’ initiative, Lakmé Fashion Week and the UN Environment Programme in India.
The day progressed with a compelling exchange of ideas on multi-layer packaging and the notorious waste that it generates between environmental activist, Afroz Shah, and Jaspreet Chandok, Head Lifestyle Businesses, IMG Reliance. The ramp show presented by Buna, Shades of India, Ashdeen and Medium and more urged onlookers to look at crafts in a new light by opting for homegrown textiles.
Reebok, Chola collaborate for a Ninja themed collection
The third day started on a promising note with the 6Degree platform showcasing the couture crafts of some young and talented designers. Actress Bipasha Basu and husband Karan Singh Grover walked the ramp for Sanjukta Dutta, as a part of her collection, 'Prayaash'. The collection boasted of an exuberant color palette and Assamese silk. Designer Varun Chakkilam's collection included pastel hues and colours like maroon and crimson while Gazal Mishra's range included lighter hues like powder blue, baby pink, white and yellow. Actress Saiee Manjrekar walked the ramp for, 'Jiviva' created by designers Jig, Vijay, and Varsha. The collection called, 'Pride of Pashmina, was inspired by Indian heritage, craft and handmade embroidery. Designer Gaurang Shah collaborated with Lakme Salon for his unconventional collection, 'Garam Masala.' The primary focus was to ensure different hair colors introduced by Lakme, inspired from masalas or spices actually complement the traditional outfits worn by women.
The day was especially notable for the collaboration between Reebok and Chola for a vibrant, high-impact and energetic collection. This Ninja-warrior themed collection had minimal designs and a hint of mystery to it. Elevating the look was Reebok’s ZigTech technology which set a new standard for innovation, function and disruptive design at the event.
The third day ended with Samant Chauhan showcasing his collection. The colour palette was mainly different shades of black and grey. Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan was the showstopper.
Outfits for the New Age brides
With ingenious fashion designers adding something new to the environment, the Day 4 left everyone mesmerized with many actors including Esha Gupta, Shraddha Kapoor and Tara Sutaria, walking the ramp and designs from the house of Nirmooha, Punit Bulana, SVA couture etc, the day was filled with bridal wear, luxurious resort wear, rhapsody of flowers, bold statement tees and rigorous embroidery which won everybody’s hearts. Inspired by underwater, Preeti Jain Nainutia showcased ‘Coraline’ which offered perfect outfits for a bride’s pre-wedding pool party or a party by the beach.
Shimmer and shine on Day 5
The final day kicked off with 6Degree showcasing four talented designers. The collection by Krsna Couture, 'In pursuit of magic' presented outfits having a European feel with an Indian touch. Most outfits had their fair share of shimmer and shine and were replete with heavy zari work and embroidery. Label, 'Pearl and Hariom' showcased a stylish collection with natural fabrics. It had shirts, trousers, jackets, and blazers. Deepa Goel’s label Siddh Couture was an ode to the Saraswati. It revolved around lotuses in terms of motifs, layer cuts and colors. The day ended with Kareena Kapoor Khan walking for Anil Agarwal who showcased ‘Axil’. Kapoor sashayed the ramp in a deep green ensemble that included a strapless embroidered top half with a pleated fabric below the waist. The showstopper was the trail attached at the waist that was cut out of Aggarwal’s iconic striped mesh fabric.