Day 4 at Lakmé Fashion Week 2020 Digital First Season Fluid Edition opened gates to the sartorial soiree with an exciting lineup. We saw some stunning showstoppers gracing the runway of the virtual gala decked up in the designer’s stunning creation.
Disha Patil’s stylish offering, 'The Labyrinth' was a scintillating line that will appeal to the fashion sensibilities of the New Age Bride. Inspired by sacred geometry, the designer’s creativity delved deeply into symbols like Seed of Life, Flower of Life, the Sri Yantra and the Metatron's Cube.
To highlight her unconventional inspiration, Disha’s embellishments were an intricate look at beadwork, pallettes and sequins, which were precisely added to shimmer on the festive wear.
The pastel colour palette with ivory, greys and pinks for the bridal creations pointed to a distinct fusion look. Disha eliminated the dupatta from the lehenga, choli, trio and instead brought in stylish one-shoulder drapes and paid creative attention to the choli, which often resembled an ornate waistcoat.
Ending the presentation was Bollywood beauty Diana Penty who looked stunning in an ivory deep ‘V’ neck tiny choli with sheer train worn with a heavily embellished lehenga.
PINK PEACOCK COUTURE
Masumi Mewavala’s 'Adorn' couture line was a dazzling jewelled display that recreated the romance and vintage appeal of the Elizabethan era but with lavish splashes of contemporary touches.
It was a feminine, easy to wear, couture offering that revolved around pastel hues lilac, grey, onion pink, nude and tan, which gradually moved gently to midnight blue and dusky pink that reflected the jewelled tones.
The elegantly constructed jackets, flouncy capes, sumptuously encrusted gowns; elegant lehengas, structured corsets and glamorous coordinated sets were the highlights of the line. There was marked attention paid to the highly emphasised sleeves and the glittering necklines. There was a distinct preference for rose gold floral embroidery and 3D elements for surface ornamentation on most of the garments.
From stylishly draped formal creations, the label moved to heavily embroidered cocktail pants and one-shoulder blouses, floor-length robes, body-hugging corsets with ruffled sleeves, shimmering gowns with frothy shoulder interest and then brought an exotic sarong-cum-sari draped vision.
The “Rouge” collection was all about vibrant seductive adventurous and bold clothes. From stylishly draped formal creations, the label moved to heavily embroidered cocktail pants and one-shoulder blouses, floor-length robes, body-hugging corsets with ruffled sleeves, shimmering gowns with frothy shoulder interest and then brought an exotic sarong-cum-sari draped vision. An eye-catcher was a draped dhoti with layers of asymmetric skirt presented with a flirty cold-shoulder blouse.
Some more midnight glamour came in the form of thigh-high slit skirt, bolero, sarong and a wide lapel, long-sleeved, cropped jacket. Flamboyant, long, red capes added a dramatic touch to the saris, while a one-shoulder balloon-sleeved choli with a beaded, ruched, long skirt was a show-stopping look.
Luxuriously elegant silks, the sheer beauty of traditional Chanderi and the slinky glamour of satin that enchanted her imagination. The silhouettes that fitted perfectly into the festive and bridal mood, moved from sumptuous lehenga, choli, and dupatta trios, then added regal fluid capes and completed the fashionable menu with innovatively draped skirts.
From tantalizing tiny cape blouses to regal long-sleeved cholis matched with asymmetric robes, Jayanti’s homage to red moved to long-sleeved gowns with scalloped bib necklines, puff-sleeved jackets and innovatively woven matted cholis.
SUKRITI & AAKRITI
Celebrating fashion for the festivities, designing duo, Sukriti and Aakriti unveiled their “Neo-Phulkari” collection on Day 4 of the virtual gala.
Phulkari was a great theme for the dual designers to work with, as they showered their creations with this traditional, vibrantly, coloured, embroidery technique that originated in Punjab.
This embellishment that often appears on bridal trousseaux was given a revival touch by the designers, who incorporated it in fluid forms onto the Indian silhouettes. The base of the craft was the organic fabric as well as the naturally dyed gota work. In addition, Sukriti and Aakriti gave a creative contemporary thrust to Phulkari, for a wider global appeal.
The collection started with hues of black and white comprising cropped pants, with kurta but kept the Phulkari embroidery in all white for the black jacket. The colourful Phulkari festivities continued as cropped jackets, white-on-white embroidered kurtas, kurtis, ghararas and flared empire line dress over calf-length pants, showcased a great holiday collection.
The showstopping pair, Bollywood stars, Radhika Madan looked radiant in a colourful lehenga, deep, round neck choli and dupatta that perfectly balanced Aparshakti Khurana’s embroidered bundi kurta and narrow pants look.
Anushree unveiled another dazzling offering “Nazira” for bridal trousseaux shoppers.
The collection featured a delightful array of hues ranging from pristine ivories to peachy pink, cherry red, strong royal purple and regal navy.
When it came to the embellishments, Anushree allowed her designing skills to bring in large offerings of handcrafted 3D crystal work, which was balanced perfectly with Katdana and delicate thread work.
Embroidery was undoubtedly the star of this collection with fine detailing like ornate scalloped edges for hemlines, dupattas, and cholis. Dazzling latkans hung tantalizingly at the waist while strappy gowns replete with the most exotic blooms splashed all over were mesmerising. The almost lacy treatment with embroidery given to the choli sleeves presented an amazing fragile look. The saris were treated with great opulence as the embellishments were lavishly used for the pallavs, borders and cholis.
Ridhi’s collection, “Reflections” moved from modifying to modernising the fashion story. The inspiration for this collection was the royal heritage of Kutch that brought forth the characteristic bohemian craft, in a riot of the colour power play but suited to the contemporary silhouettes.
Keeping mirror work as the focal point on the ensembles, this collection fused elements of Gota Patti and zari on the silks as well as the prints that highlighted the fabrics like chiffon and organza.
A glamorous, glitzy, array of sumptuous red off-shoulder gowns, hot pink draped sari versions and a majestic ivory vision with shoulder trains added to the bridal wear offering.
Offering a variety of silhouettes to suit the ethnic and western dresser, Ridhi unveiled swirling anarkalis and luxuriously embellished saris and then moved to stylish jumpsuits with interesting design directions.
MASABA GUPTA x BOAT
Boat and Masaba teamed up for an exciting collaboration and unveiled a line of colourful headphones featuring Gupta’s eccentric prints.
Bringing the nostalgia of the Disco Divana era of the ’70s to the millennial 2020s, the vintage patterns will take the consumer on a retro trip when it was the flower power era that brought excitement into lives.
Giving a creative touch to the Aztec pattern, Masaba gave the tribal print a rustic shade card that will revive old memories. There were once again memories that were brought to the forefront in the starry patterns that came in monochromatic colors of black and white.
Dreaming up an element of Jamaican rhythm, Masaba added stars to the vividly colored palette for additional excitement.
What a sartorially loaded day it was! What are your thoughts?