Lakmé Fashion Week Summer 2015 – Part II

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MUMBAI, India — I have recently had the chance to cover the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2015, the biggest and most prestigious fashion week in India. Following my previous write up “Day One” of this great fashion event, I would like to walk you now through my second and third day at the LFW.

Day Two

My second day at the LFW started with designer Nishka Lulla. She is considered one of the most awarded fashion designers in India. She has a huge following of India’s celebrities. Her collection at the LFW was edgy-feminine and her designs incorporated muslin and lace.

Moving on, I attended Kunal Rawal‘s show. Known for his men’s fashion, Kunal started his label in 2006 after graduating from the London College of Fashion. His collection was a combination of traditional Indian sherwanis, kurta, dhoti-trousers and western men’s wear. The highlight of the show were the two famous Bollywood actors walking for his collection, Shahis Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, both in traditional sherwani and dhoti.

I then, moved on to the shows of Mirage by Parul Bhargava and Verandah by Anjali.

Designer Parul Bhargava, based outside Paris, is a graduate from the Fashion Textile Designing from the University of Arts, London and started started her own label Mirage in 2014. She presented “Midnight in Paris”, a line inspired by “water lilies”, which was a jewel from the prolific impressionist Claude Monet’s artistic treasury at the LFW. Her collection included a sophisticated, chic powder blue dress encrusted with beads, a floral knee-length dress embossed with botanic embroidery in the neckline and a nude jumpsuit with an asymmetrical black wrap over top, to mention a few.

Designer Anjali Patel Mehta is an ex-banker and an accidental designer. Anjali presented her collection “Urban Islands” for her label Verandah at the LWF. She said her collection was inspired by the bohemian glamour of the 70s languid summers spent between the city and island life. Anjali’s collection ranged from a casual array of floral printed shorts, denim jackets, playful jumpsuits, a sheer kaftan thrown over a mint bikini, denim skirts and floor length maxi dresses.

Next were designers Pankaj and Nidhi. A married couple who launched their label in 2006 – they have been recipients of numerous design awards. Their latest collection was inspired by the traditional Iznik pottery of Turkey. The dresses were ultra-chic featuring detailed craftsmanship in their fabrics. The models wore tops teamed with pure white shorts, body suits which appeared under shirt waister dresses and long-sleeved gowns with low-cut backs.

The evening’s finale was the much-anticipated Suneet Verma. Verma, trained in Europe, is a well-known face of the fashion and Bollywood industry. He is a Bollywood insider and has created many glamorous costumes for the Bollywood’s movie industry including the award winning, “Monsoon Wedding”. Verma’s collection in LFW was presented by Reliance Jewels entitled, “Decorative Arts of India”. The collection was inspired by motifs and embroideries of Gujarat in Rajasthan and some influences from the Punjab region of Northern India as well as the Southern regions of India. The main model for his collection that night was the Bollywood actress, Nargis Fakhri, whom I later interviewed for the FG Magazine’s May issue.

Day Three

Tarun Tahiliani was first on my list. Tahiliani, who has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, started his fashion studio in the 90’s after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York. He is considered one of India’s pioneers in couture design and is one of the first Indian designers to be invited to showcase in Milan Fashion Week. During his interview with FG Magazine, Tahiliani said his collection this season was inspired by the beautiful artworks of the Singh Twins, Indian artists based in the UK. He used exquisite artworks by the Twins to create prints on fabrics that were perfectly juxtaposed on his signature drapes and cuts.

I went into a hypnotic trance when I first saw the work of the Twins. In a way, I suppose I fully responded to their ‘Past Modern’ as our own philosophy is ‘All that we were and more!’ It was a wonderful, novel, intellectual take on patterns and layering with such wit and finesse, I could not wait to put a collection of ready-to-wear easy pieces together- hence the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.

For materials, Sushi voile, georgettes, cotton jacquards, cotton silks and crepes was used to create light and breezy styles in draped forms.

The next two designers were Ridhi Mehra and Shilpa Reddy.

Ridhi Mehra comes from a family of designers (her mother and aunt) with her collections featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar Bride, Cosmopolitan and many others. She is a graduate in business (Nottingham) and in fashion (NIFT). The inspiration for her LFW collection is from the famous Indian Palace “Sheesh Mahal”, the Palace’s oriental charm with its fusion of the Mughal craftsmanship and the romantic west. She showcased soft-powdered hues, nude and peach, balancing them with bolder tones of mint green, orange and dreamy white. She used Chanderi silk, georgette, chiffon, satin and net. Bollywood actress Kiara Advani graced the runway with green choli.

Shilpa Reddy is a former model, columnist and a graduate from the Academy of Design in Toronto. She is also the only Indian designer who presented her collection at The Eiffel Tower, Paris, for the gallant J. Autumn Show 2014. Her collection this season, inspired by the beauty of the moon, “Moonlit Sand” primarily showcased Khadi silk, which resembled ethereal hues of the moon and had lovely floral motifs using gold and silver threads.

Finally, I attended the last show entitled: “Lakme’s absolute grand finale by Anamika Khanna“. Anamika, based out of Kolkata (formally Calcutta) and the first Indian designer invited to Paris Fashion Week, is a self-taught designer who has become one of the most sought after designers with a huge celebrity following in India. Her label Ana-Mika is an internationally well-known brand for fusing traditional Indian aesthetics with modern cuts and styling. LFW’s prestigious final show, by Khanna, was attended by the who’s who of Bollywood from Shabana Azmi, Karishma Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandes, Saif Ali Khan and Simi Garewal to top Indian designers like Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra and Neeta Ambani, (the wife of one of the richest men in India who co-sponsors of the show). The collection played with richly embroidered black, white, grey, blue and pink saris and outfits with jewellery for women and dhotis for men.

The LFW was absolutely a “feast for the eyes” experience from the professionally executed vibrantly colourful shows that were almost on par with New York or Miami Fashion Week to the beautiful models, Bollywood movie stars and of course, the exceptionally talented designers. India’s designers possess an incredibly unique talent of blending traditional Indian style with modern western appeal. My only suggestion for LFW, to be competitive, is to start inviting big global brands, which may assist new Indian designers to push the creative envelope and be competitive within the global market.

Photography by: Arnab Kar | website: www.arnabkarphotography.com | Part I of LFW: LFW Part I
Arnab Kar About the author

An MBA senior software consultant with a passion for photography loves fashion, Fine Art and landscape photography. Drawn towards painting, sketching and music, he works with world-class models and clients.

Comments

  1. Monica S :

    I love the photography! I have been a fan of Arnab Kar’s for a while now. I will continue to follow his work . Great job!

  2. Love how vividly the colors are captured. Tastefully combined collage of photos.

  3. Great article Arnab! I almost felt like I was in India. I really like the men’s fashion, as well as Anjali Patel Mehta’s design.

  4. Great write up and fabulous photos on Lakme Fashion Week! The designers’ work truly come to life within your words & photography.

  5. Libby Hardy :

    This show is simply stunning. From the draping to the pallet of colors. I didn’t see one look I wouldn’t want to try. Indian flavor, international desire. Bravo!

  6. Love the images! Great article and insight into this lovely fashion!

  7. Love this fashion show. Super photos and write up Arnab!

  8. Great job Arnab…Always loved your photography.
    Hoping to see your work more and more in Bollywood.

  9. Congratulations Mr. Arnab Kar, I really love you job because u capture the exactly colors and movements; thank u for share the wonderful Indian fashion to the word

  10. Dorry Marie :

    Wow! I love it! So beautiful! Nicely put together! Can’t wait to read and see more!

  11. kathy beau :

    you have the talent to capture the special steps, movements and momentum that make your work a masterpiece

  12. Pedramin Vaziri :

    Arnab Kar’s photography extends the eye to freeze frame the beauty and expands our perception.

  13. Tilly McReese :

    Fantastic write up! The photography and descriptions are so vivid, I feel like I was there too! Thank you, Arnab Kar!

  14. I love how Arnab has captured the art and beauty of the Fashion shows, clothes, and models. He is truly talented and I always enjoy his posts and blogs on social media. More awesomeness please!

  15. Fantastic material! Lots of great photos and information offered here. Enjoyed reading and learning about LFW thank you Arnab!! Minnie

  16. Great article, Arnab! Love the photographs. Keep up the good work.

  17. Arnab Kar once again dazzles – he is THE best fashion photographer we have ever seen. Absolutely love the South Asian-inspired modernized looks. Vibrant and playful Arnab Kar is an artistic genius with the sensitivity required to capture fashion at its very best.

  18. I’m Top model and i like your article. good job !

  19. Vicky C. :

    Arnab….This is such a great article! Thanks for sharing your impressive photography, and capturing the work of great fashion designers. I love the designs, the colors, and the great pictures you share with us! Keep up the good work!

  20. Very insightful report of LWK and such beautiful photos! Love it!!

  21. Great descriptions and photographs! I felt like I was sitting front row as I read through your article.

  22. Kelly Martin :

    Arnab’s photos of the latest fashions are always of the highest quality as he is able to depict the elegance and sophistication of the model’s and their clothes.

    His article is equally brilliant portraying the fascination and intrigue of the fashion show as it unfolds and delivers the essence of beauty.

  23. Beautiful images!

  24. Another wonderfully written article by Mr. Arnab Kar. I loved the photos even more!! Sounds and looks like these were all fabulous ‘not-to-miss’ events! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Dear Tina,
      Thank you for your comments and glad you enjoyed the photos and the article! Indian fashion is definitely very colorful and vibrant! ~Arnab

  25. The article brings the spirit of the show alive. The photos are brilliant. Thanks for capturing the night for us to enjoy. I’ll always be a huge fan of Arnab!

  26. Brilliant photography ! Way to go

  27. Michelle Sieff :

    Having just visited India for the first time in February, I really enjoyed this summary and images of India’s vibrant fashion scene. To be honest, while I was there I went looking for India’s fashion scene in areas like Bandra, but had trouble locating the right designers/stores, etc. I wish this had been written before my trip!

    • Dear Michelle,
      Glad you enjoyed the article! It was fun to both cover and experience the Indian fashion scene. Hope to bring you more fashion stories for FG Magazine! ~Arnab

  28. Dear Michelle,
    Glad you enjoyed the article! It was fun to both cover and experience the Indian fashion scene. Hope to bring you more fashion stories for FG Magazine! ~Arnab

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