Lakmé Fashion Week opens with Gen Next designers

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2012 that commenced in Mumbai on Friday at the Grand Hyatt hotel. Masaba had filmstar Prateik walk for her and had the girls screaming for more as he flashed his abs on the ramp. Designers Shivan and Narresh had the resort theme down pat.

Mumbai, Mar 2 (PTI) Bollywood celebrities made their presence felt on day one of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort either on ramp or cheering for their friends. From Malaika Arora Khan to Amrita Rao to Dia Mirza to Prateik Babbar walked the ramp for the designers Vikram Phadnis, Khushali Kumar and Masaba. Among those in the front row cheering for their designer friends were Karisma Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Neha Dhupia, Sonu Nigam, Farhan Akhtar, Sajid Khan, Milan Luthria, Ameesha Patel, Bhushan Kumar and Sangeeta Bijlani. It started with Prateik walking the ramp for designer Masaba in a black and white bundhgala and Patiala salwar. "Every time I walk the ramp I am nervous," Prateik said. Her collection included maxi dresses, saris, patiala salwars, cropped tops, tunics, waist coats, louses and jackets that were ideal summer wear. While, menÂ’s wear had jackets, long shirt with contrast collar and cuffs teamed with wide salwars, traditional Indian dhoti a modern twist by moulding them into pants. Then it was Dia Mirza who walked the ramp for Gulshan Kumar’s daughter Khushali Kumar, who showcased her debut collection. Khushali showcased a fairy tale collection titled Angels and Princess. "The theme of the show is just amazing. Her (Khushali) outfit makes you stand out in a crowd as it has the potential to make all women look gorgeous," Dia, who wore a backless skin color blingy gown said. "For this show I tried to make a fairy tale, creating a special character -- Dia Mirza. She was perfect for the show as she has a pretty face," Khushali said. Dressed in their traditional best, sisters Maliaka Arora Khan and Amrita Arora walked the ramp for Vikram Phadnis. Maliaka was wearing a black color velvet full sleeve blouse teamed up with embroidered ghagra, while Amrita wore off-white color traditional outfit. "Both (Maliaka and Amrita) are like family to me. Both bring on energy and their own style on ramp. Both are beautiful in their own way," Vikram said. In all 15 designers showcased their best ever collection on day one of the Lakme Fashion Week here at a suburban five star hotel. PTI KKP ABC

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Mumbai: Seven creative designers make their debut on the ramp with dazzling collections at tkhe opening show of Lakmé fashion week summer/resort 2012. Making their appearance in the Gen Next section of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012, Shikha Grover and Vinita Adhikare presented a collection that featured a Metamorphosis inspired by the butterfly in its various stages. Their label ILK revealed their fashion sense in its ultimate creative mode. With a theme like Development and Transition, the duo used simple basic materials turning them into innovative garments. Aiming to present totally wearable apparel, the pair ensured there was a touch of style, bringing in contrasts with an edgy appeal. 

Calling the collection “I Lose Myself”, the look moved from casual to more stylish in shades of white, grey and black followed by a touch of bright colours. With geometrics as the basis, the clothes were tailored and linear with organic silhouettes. Interesting capes sparkled over knotted dresses, while a creation with detailing on the back and shoulders with sheer drape stunningly revealed the butterfly inspiration.

Yarns of threads were cleverly tied, twisted and woven to create amazing silhouettes for asymmetric dresses, shorts, looped collars and draped midis. A very New Age collection which had eye popping visual appeal!


Prashant Chauhan

He called his collection “Daughters of Tibet” at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2012. Inspired by Yangzom Brauen’s book “Across Many Mountains”, Prashant Chauhan had the culture of the Tibetan region blended with contemporary touches. Experimenting with knitwear since his expertise is that genre; Prashant’s collection was a visual treat as his inspiration of Tibetan attire was reflected in the garments through silhouettes. 

Baubles of wool were bunched for a hood bolero worn with multi printed skirt. Intricate appliqués and embroidered paneled borders made up a dress and a rigid “A” line mini was replete with 3D flowers. The exotic head gear was stunning with one resembling the horns of a Tibetan yak to match the ornate garment.

For a stunning show stopping entry Prashant Chauhan’s collection will take the wearer Across Many Mountains and make the Tibetan inspiration a fashion statement.

Manoj Kumar and Vinod Bhardwaj

The Banyan Tree was the inspiration for Manoj Kumar and Vinod Bhardwaj as they sent an eclectic collection onto the catwalk under their label “Antariksh” (which means limitless). With their line of convertible garments, the duo presented in a dramatic manner a range that will be a commercial hit. Made from low priced raw fabrics and with each garment having two options when it comes to wearing it, their theme “Infinity” fitted in perfectly with the tone of the collection. The interesting rope jacket completely hand woven with wood carvings and the draped handkerchief dress were stunners. Trousers too had an innovative look to complement the other garments.

With a colour palette that matched the Banyan Tree the layered clothes in shades of earthy green and brown with tie dyed effects and beautiful rope detailing had eye catching pieces like the pleated dress with leaf motif, the off shoulder woven jacket with self carved “U” shape, the asymmetrical square 20 paneled dress with hand woven shrug and belt which all came together to tell a wonderful eco friendly story of fashion and style.

Megha Garg

Creating an ethereal collection, Megha Garg presented the “Mystical Aura” which was a beautiful feminine offering for the coming season. Light with fluid floating drapes - many with multiple layers, Megha’s garments reflected the varied colours seen in the auras of humans. Digital prints highlighted the designs to create the drama on fabrics like jersey and silk organza. 

Soft as the evening breeze the layered gowns and dresses floated down the ramp with ombré effects in reds and green. Frayed edges added to the dream like look of the collection as panels swirled around the models. Strikingly feminine was the vertical frayed layered paneled gown and the sheer romantic dresses. The matching ruffled black wedges added to the look of the collection which remained long and lean at all times. For women who want garments that match their feminine personality “Mystical Aura” by Megha Garg will make the perfect addition to their wardrobes.


Yogesh Chaudhary

With a quirky name like “In a Box” Yogesh Chaudhary a graduate from NIFT and NID, displayed a collection which was an innovative study of stripes and box pleats. Bringing together the best cottons, knits and silk chiffons, Yogesh created a stylish blend of traditional and contemporary silhouettes and fabrics for a line that was international in visual appeal and style. With knitwear as his forté the separates, dresses and ethnic wear had the perfect touches of Indian craft like mirror work. 

Stripes were undoubtedly the focal point of the collection used creatively with pleats for pants and fish tail tops, slashed kaftans, sheer horizontal striped long skirts and a stunning rouched vertical striped gown. From fabulous swimwear to blue striped asymmetric dress, to a complete mirror embellished creation; the collection had many dazzling creative surprises. 

The final sari in the stripe story with a peplum edged blouse was truly a perfect end to the collection that had creativity out of the box from the studios of Yogesh Chaudhary.

Archana Rao

“Frou-Frou” was the cute title of Archana Rao’s collection and it was a totally wearable practical line with minimalistic touches. Simple silhouettes, clever folds and drapes and interesting ombré effects along with hi-tech fabrics blended with traditional textiles gave an innovative touch to the garments. The colour story was basic with soft tones and faded indigo as the highlight. Inspired by men’s wear, there was a marked androgynous touch with an accent on oversized silhouettes and minute detailing to highlight the look. 

The sheer polka dotted sweater, the overlap collar dress, the faded indigo cardigan, and jacket, the structured shirt with a sheer skirt and the double cloth pants were all studies in creative construction which Archana scored with. The mix and match options of the collection were very evident while each piece was a super example of eye catching appeal. Herewas a collection from Archana Rao which will be a great conversation piece anywhere and at any time.

Tanya Sharma 

With her striking label called “Gaga” Tanya Sharma made an impact on the catwalk with her pop art collection inspired by the colours of India and the rhythm of hip hop, rock and roll and street dance, Tanya used the simple white shirt as the basis for her collection and reinvented it for contemporary tastes. Tanya used Indian fabrics like Chennai lungis and Rajasthani odhanis along with ikat to present a wildly colourful florescent line that was easy to wear, yet daringly different. 

Opening the show with a men’s wear entry of long white shirt over chintz printed kurta and pants, Tanya followed it with a line of women’s wear which ranged from sheer shirts, to a multi fabric sari worn over jeans with a back knotted blouse and revealed a cape cropped jacket a net and cotton embroidered kanji blouse and another neon pink cape and short. Multi fabrics with bouquets of embroidered were the constant detailing in the collection. 

Very feminine and Avant Garde in style, direction and visual appeal which will make the Gaga label from Tanya Sharma a must have for fashionistas.


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