Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2017 took place earlier this month and as promised, was an event full of glitz and glamour. From breathtaking Bollywood showstoppers to unconventional models breaking stereotypes to Iulia Vântur walking for our very own Dubai based, Splash Fashion, Lakmé Fashion Week made sure to pleasantly surprise us through its 15th season.
Apart from the popular talented designers who showcase their exquisite collections every year, we were intrigued to find out what this year’s Gen Next segment had in store for us. Previously having churned out spectacular designers such as Kunal Rawat and Masaba Gupta, we keep a close eye on this segment to find out who’s going to be the new kid on the block.
The first day of Lakmé Fashion Week opened with the Gen Next show where 5 designers showcased collections that were creatively captivating.
Who: Soumyadeep Dutta
Inspiration: The traditional Bengali ‘Laal paar saada sari’ (red bordered white sari)
Collection: Consisted of Bengali draped sari’s and a handstitched mix of asymmetric tops and dresses, all in hues of grey, white, red and black. The designer used Bengal muslin as his primary choice of fabric, adding to the essence of his collection.
Our take: We absolutely love the designers take on the traditional Bengali sari. His collection brought out the essence of Bengali culture perfectly balancing it with modern silhouettes.
Who: Pot Plant by designer duo Resham Karmchandani and Sanya Suri
Inspiration: Gender neutrality
Collection: Made up of fuss free clothing, using 100% cotton fabrics. It mainly featured exaggerated sleeves and over-sized fits coupled with hints of embroidered floral motifs.
Our take: The designers stole our hearts the minute we heard of a collection consisting of clothing that was comfort driven and hassle free. We love the loose fitted kurtas and dresses.
Who: Nakita Singh
Inspiration: Her collection was called ‘Outline’, inspired by the technique of sketching
Collection: Linen and khadi were used as the designers’ canvas to place brilliant prints and embroideries.
Our take: We love the tropical nature inspired prints and detailing. What really caught our eye was the prominent kantha inspired embroidery.
Who: Poochki by emerging designers Ishant Mukherjee and Anirudh Chawla
Inspiration: Named after the designer duo’s pet cat, this collection is inspired by animal welfare
Collection: Layered block printed sheer fabric set the tone for this collection. Prints like soaring birds, panda’s and tortoises, were placed on mild colored palazzos and jumpsuits.
Our take: The designer’s interpretation of freedom through this collection is liberating. The animal motif detailing was fun and refreshing.
Who: Pallavi Singh
Inspiration: Tokyo Delhi
Collection: The coming together of Japanese and Indian dyeing techniques along with the combination of screen printing and hand block printing is what makes up this dynamic collection. The designer uses modern silhouettes along with geometrical motifs to bring out the Japanese influence in the collection.
Our take: Saving the best for the last! The collection is feminine, yet manages making a powerful impact. The capes, crop tops and off shoulder dresses in indigo and ivory are absolutely gorgeous.
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