All About Lakme Fashion Week – Part 2

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Hoping that you guys have read my previous post on the virtual launch of Lakme Fashion Week 2020 Digital Season First-Fluid Edition. I must say that I’ve had a fabulous time witnessing the digital launch of the biggest fashion event of the year – in the capacity of a guest blogger. In continuation of my previous post, today I present the highlights of the remaining shows of my favourite designers straight from the fashion runway. Take a look and enjoy the larger-than-life show!

DAY 3

After the lovely collections showcased in the first two days of LFW 2020, Day 3 started with a Podcast by Nonita Kalra – the renowned writer, journalist, and former Editor in Chief of popular magazines like Bazaar India and Elle, to discuss on topics like Sustainable Fashion, Biodiversity and Humanity. The other panelists present for the podcast were: Dia Mirza, Bollywood actress, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador and Advocate-UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Development Goals; Indian Lawyer Afroz Shah, best known for organising the  world’s largest beach clean-up project; and last but not the least, UN Resident Co-ordinator in India Renata Lok-Dassallien. Listening to the podcast was great fun.

Moving ahead with Day 3, Designer Amit Aggarwal gave an ode to the glowing star and the never-ending light that illuminates in each of us with his Tresemme presented collection First Light inspired by traditional basket weave. The collection showcased a blend of organic Indian Chanderi and Matka silk. It was an ideal look that balances fashion and styles on the crowing glory from top to toe. Check it out here.

DAY 4

Day of LFW 2020 comprised some of the best designers and their shows were worth viewing (on the laptop screen!).  The first in the line comes Designer Disha Patil who in her collection The Labyrinth not only created a sensational fashion offering for brides but allowed her personal style statement to shine though.

Star attraction: Bollywood Actress Diana Penty was the showstopper for this collection.

Then came designer Masumi Mewawala with her collection The Adorn, which brought luxurious looks that are ideal for high fashion ensembles. The collection recreated the romance and vintage appeal of the Elizabeth Era with lavish splashes of contemporary twists. To complete the glamorous theme of the collection, the designer also created hair ties and buns. This bridal collection will thrill the bride-to-be as she takes her Saat Pheras. Here’s a sneak peek into the collection.

The next collection Neo Phulkari by designer-duo Sukriti and Aakriti originated from Punjab, was inspired by phulkari or flower-work with delicate embroidery details, which makes the perfect contemporary Indian wear silhouette.

Check out Bollywood actors Radhika Madan and Aparshakti Khurana gracing the lovely collection here.

Moving a little ahead with Day 4, another amazing collection that left a mark was Anushree Reddy’s bridal collection Nazira, which was full of 3D handcrafted crystal embroidery, zardozi, katdana and delicate thread work. Her demi couture collection consisted of everything that the trousseau shoppers can dreamt of. Take a preview of the collection here.

The last show of Day 4 was Designer Kunal Rawal’s Uber Cool collection presented by NEXA. Inspired by the colours of NEXA, the collection was spread over a military shade card of black, off white, and grey. A definite stylish fashion statement that not only offered interesting shapes and silhouettes but also brought together a line of versatile formal separates that had distinct mix and match possibilities.

Star attraction: Bollywood’s favourite ‘suitable boy’ Ishaan Khattar along with the spirited Sonakshi Sinha walked the ramp as showstoppers.

DAY 5

The last day of Lakme Fashion Week 2020 had the stunning and out-of-the-world grand finale show by Designers Rimzim Dadu and Saaksha & Kinni. Inspired by Lakme’s beauty theme Spotlight Ready, the ramp witnessed Lakme ambassador and beautiful actress Mrunal Thakur flaunting their collections. Following her tradition of using the ramp as her artistic canvas, Rimzim Dadu immersed in the concept of kinetic art with tech for a live virtual experience. The ultra-glam look for her collection was all about kohl-rimmed eyes in the boldest shades from the Lakme Absolute Spotlight Collection. Have a look here!

The final showcase of the day by Saaksha & Kinni presented an impeccable display of vibrant colours, prints and textures with every single piece designed to celebrate the Banjara tribe and resilience of women. The look that was fresh with slight sheer on the lips and bright hues on the eyes came straight from the Lakme Absolute Spotlight Collection. Take a sneak peek.

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All About Lakme Fashion Week 2020

Hey my lovely readers. How are you guys?

The Lakme Fashion Week-Fluid Edition has started with a bang! Interestingly, the biggest fashion week event of India has turned digital this year due to the ongoing pandemic. And I’m thrilled to have been a witness to the gigantic show live as a guest blogger!

Being the first virtual launch, the experience is different but unique, and the show is surely keeping the energy and spirits of the audience high with live streaming, BTS videos and some webinars. To give you a sneak peek into the show, I bring you the highlights of my favourite designer collections here.

The opening premier show for the digital edition of LFW 2020 was Designer Manish Malhotra’s Ruhaaniyat Collection in collaboration with the Mijwan Foundation. For the unawares: he supports the women chikankari artists from the Mijwan Welfare Society. His collection paid tribute to the diverse heritage of Indian craftsmen and depicted the story of people, their beliefs, and sentiments with a celebration of the occasion called ‘Life’. Adding more opulence to the collection was the designer’s jewellery line, which reflected the art and designs of Punjab and Awadh. A very impressive old-world charm was visible in the collection. An exclusive glimpse of the collection:

Star attraction: Bollywood’s favourite Kartik Aaryan featured as a muse for the couture film. The highlight of show was the beautiful Punjabi Folk song “Baage Vich”. Highly recommended!

DAY 1

After the inaugural show, the first day of LFW2020 began with the theme Sustainable Fashion Day. There were a number of stunning designers that portrayed their amazing work. It started with the artfully curated INIFD Corporate that presented #GenNext, a blend of designers who made conscious fashion choices by choosing the art of sustainable fashion, followed by the Moomal collection by Raw Mango, a perfect blend of traditional folk aesthetics with textiles, silhouettes and bold colours.

Some creations of INIFD that blew my mind from were #GenNext Mishe The Label’s designs by mother-daughter duo Bhumika and Minakshi Ahluwalia, aimed at the contemporary fashion forward women. The collection Shuwa (meaning sign language in Japanese) was classic and intriguing. Here’s a sneak peak into it.

Another show by INIFD Corporate was The Loom Art’s collection Between the Lines by designer Aarushi Khilawat. It represented a creative depiction of a world surrounded by uncertainties. It presented a mélange of fabrics, embellishments, and designs.

The highlight: Aarashi Shibori Techinque which was enhanced with Soojni and Kantha work was seen on the base of all fabrics.

Then comes my favourite designer Gaurang Shah who with his magical collection Taramati paid an ode to Taramati, the legendary courtesan during the era of Golconda. From the traditional weaves of India, an imaginative blend of fabrics with intricate crafts on anarkalis, a rainbow of hues, his collection moved to pastel tonal saris with embellishments in rich shades. For the lovers of heritage weaves and timeless possessions, this collection by Gaurang Shah will always be treasured. Here’s an exclusive glimpse of the wonderful collection.

The final last show of Day 1 was the About India Showcase where several designers came forward to depict their work. Suket Dhir paid homage to the glorious brocades and gorgeous weaves with a fashion dimension to festive wear in vibrant hues and motifs. Celebrating the Nature Within concept, Suket introduced a mélange of varied animal prints. Here’s a preview of the collection.

The next in line is designer Anavila Mishra’s Dhanak Collection – a joyous offering in signature linen and jewel tones – that seemed like a coveted choice for the festive season. Take a sneak peak.

DAY 2

Moving on to Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week and carrying on with Sustainable Fashion theme, designer Hemant Agarwal presented Tattva collection. It represented the harmony between 12 elements of the universe, displaying rich brocades made in Benaras, and using bemberg yarns. The designer’s glamourous, glittering festive wear for men and women was a breathtaking addition to fashionable dressing in the form of garments and innovative textiles. Check it out here.

The last but not the least, the Locked in Love collection by designer Aneeth Arora was inspired by the Kawai Japanese Street culture of Harajuku fashion. This adorable collection brought in fun touches with bows, ribbons, flowers and was a representation of our lives in confined spaces when we were all locked in. This lovely range takes us down the memory lane. Sharing a preview here. Take a look and enjoy.

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