First day into Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015 and the style quotient is already soaring high. With celebrated designers such as Manish Malhotra, Nikhil Thampi, Krishna Mehta, Payal Singhal and more showcasing their collections, the premiere day of the fashion extravaganza is bound to be beaming with modishness and art nonetheless.
While some looks are frowned upon, some get appreciated, there are a few that remain in our “to-die-for wardrobe wishlists”. Here’s a glance into what we found steal-worthy on Day 1.
The designer ventured into bridal ensembles much to the happiness of some of his clients. While Nikhil Thampi has mastered over red carpet couture, his foray into bridal what we call a successful re-invention. Saris without blouses, gowns with drapes, sensous cholis with lungi sari, dhoti pants with red cape, metallic full-sleeved power kurta—bridal wear has taken over a whole new dimension.
Embroidered low crotch dhoti pants, stone silk raised hem kurta, silk organza kaftans, tunics, black fish scale Patiala and the navy embroidered Afghani salwar with ornate kurta. Jackets and lehenga were dazzling with gorgeous work.
Showstopper Nimrat Kaur looked elegant as she glided down the ramp in a fully ornate gold lehenga/choli in flaming Marsala red silk.
The designer which has swept as off our feet with her gen next show last year went a notch higher and exhibited crafts-worthy looks. Salita Nanda’s breathtaking collection comprised sheer cropped tops with skirts and capes, rolling into abstract prints in sequins, pausing at bold monochrome striped blazers and capes, finishing up with light coloured flowers adhered to flowing silhouettes. The one garment that stood out was a sheer double layered cropped top with a calf length pencil skirt fastened with powder coloured flowers.
Krishna’s silhouettes were a contemporary ode to traditional shapes. Intricate pleating and patchwork gave lehengas and draped saris a New Age Aura. Pants were teamed with overlapping peplum blouses and jackets to create a comprehensive festive offering. A mix of drop crotch pants, draped dhoti salwars, cowl pants with kurta or mini kurtis were a colourful option.
With Manish Malhotra’s collection profile being winter and festive, the ensembles were in deep dark tones of midnight blue, emerald green, burgundy and black. Velvet and suiting materials were the predominant choice of fabrics. Tuxedos appeared with velvet shawl collars and the button closures for jackets moved from two, three to four with medium notched lapels – some piped with silk.
Long masculine trench coats in jet black, were in varying lengths teamed with suits. Embroidery was botanical motifs in resham thread work and appeared on strategic points of jackets, sherwanis and bundhgalas highlighting shoulders, plackets and sleeves in deep maroon or blue tones with just a hint of gold zari.