A star studded affair the just concluded Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive saw a huge line up of stars both from cinema and cricket walking the ramp as show stoppers. From cricketer Harid Pandya to Bollywood stars Malaika Arora Khan and Kareena Kapoor. The Lakme Fashion Week organised by India’s leading cosmetic brand Lakme in collaboration with IMG Reliance from August 21-25, 2019 at St Regis in Mumbai, showcased some of the most stunning designs from leading fashion designers.
Mahish Malhotra sets the tone
Bollywood’s favourite designer, Manish Malhotra, celebrated 30 years in the fashion industry with a grand opening show. Around 70 models walked to Sufi and Hindi film music, showcasing his collection, Maahrumysha. Winged blouse sleeves, ball gown-like lehngas and a stunner of a showstopper, Katrina Kaif encapsulated the collection. Menswearpieces were largely monochromatic, with little elements of his signature glamour. The standout colours were black, white, ivory, grey and shades of brown. The key was in the tailoring and cuts.
Kaveri Lalchand with her ‘dream festive’ collection
Chennai-based designer Kaveri Lalchand, who owns the brand Kaveri, showcased her feminine yet rustic collection titled ‘dream festive’ that featured an ethereal and earthy range. The collection included loose silhouettes and over-sized ruffles as a high-fashion take on shabby-chic and shorter dresses. It was modeled by reputed models like Anjali Lama who walked the ramp with their hair styled in soft waves and 60s-esque large white drawn-on eyelashes. Showstopper Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi, wore one of the only black ensembles in the collection with a pink ruffled shawl and an underskirt.
Kunal Rawal’s exciting solutions for men’s wardrobes
Merging tradition with millennial, designer Kunal Rawal presented an exciting design solution for men’s wardrobes. The Mumbai-based designer unveiled collection ‘Confluence’. Inspired by various elements such as rock and roll, grunge, military rodeo it featured several motifs streetwear like rocket rose, deconstructed silhouettes and technical baraat kurtas.
One of the attractions of this collection was the Bandhgala which can be worn over both shirts and kurtas. It is available in a variety of options. The collection also featured Sherwanis with curved hemlines that cheat the silhouette and the layering of shirt, waistcoat, kurta and trousers.
Plus size fashion from Rina Dhaka
Plus size fashion made its present felt as designer Rina Dhaka collaborated with the plus size brand All Primero for her winter/festive collection launched on the fifth day of Lakme Fashion Week. Dhaka launched both women’s wear and a menswear range. The collection featured fusion and western wear and garments specially designed to flatter a wide range of sizes.
Narendra Kumar dominates Day 4 ‘Stranger Noises’
Designer Narendra Kumar explored current discourse in fashion through bold slogans and sharp contrasts. The designer presented his winter/festive FKNS collection “Stranger Noises” on day four that featured a women’s wear range that mixed a sweet, pastel color palette with masculine silhouettes as graffiti-inspired prints and slogans adorned jackets and combat trousers. Through this collection, Kumar, sought to explore the current discourse in the fashion industry and posted key words on garments intended to start a dialogue. While some models wore jackets emblazoned with such as “strength” and had “love” painted across their mouths, others bore words such as “racism” to illustrate kumar’s thoughts on the fashion industry today.
Gauri and Nainika bring the curtains down
The gala event reached a befitting conclusion with Bollywood actress, Kareena Kapoor Khan walking the ramp in a Gauri and Nainika gown on the last day of the event. Donning a matte black, layered gown, the actress strutted on the ramp amid a grand set which looked no less than a castle. The designer duo presented shimmery evening gowns, jumpsuits, skirts and dresses in solid colours like powder blue, black, brown, green. Floral motifs, 3D floral embellishments, frills and sequins dominated the collection.