Posted by Indian Fashion Police on August 20, 2011
The Designers who rocked Day 3 at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011………….
Pria Kataria Puri
‘Persian Punk’ the latest presentation from Designer Pria Kataria Puri was more demure than her Resort 2011 collection. The signature Kaftans, kurtis, cocktail dresses, evening wear…………had more sharpness in their style……emphasis was given on wired sleeves, fit of the silhouette, minimal sequin detail, loads of jewel prints, addition of tassels & fringe. It was an extension of her earlier collection ‘Marrakesh’ ……….I adore the colour sunset yellow used in this collection which looked so alluring on the runway. Styling was neat with absolute emphasis given on the outfits & jewellery. The jewels were ‘The Cappuccino Collection’ who are also the official partners with LFW this season. Actors Arjan Bajwa and Neha Sharma were Pria’s show stopper for the evening………..Arjan walked the runway in a printed Kaftan combined with trousers while Neha was seen in a short one shoulder outfit. My pick has to be the handsome Arjan in PKP Kaftan……….uber hot. My Verdict : Pria’s collection has always been unique w.r.t to the prints and the style that always makes the wearer stand out of the crowd. Wearable yet elegant flowy dresses are a clear winner in this collection.
With the ongoing movement in India for ‘Jan Lokpal, designer Sabysachi seems to have drawn inspiration from history of our country. The early 1920s & 1930s looks were captured & showcased in this collection, the culture of the north-west India reflected in the silhouettes……….thank god for the return of short kurtis……….I was absolutely sick & tired of the floor length Anarkalis. The collection consisted of kurtis, Patiala salwars, jackets, dupattas, sarees, shirts, scarves and handbags………it was a surprise to see men wearing Anarkalis but Sabyasachi took the cake by combining the same with jackets, churidhars and shawls………Velvet took centre stage amongst fabric used in this collection. The signature Kashmiri detail work which has been seen in his earlier works too, is commendable as it keeps this rich craftsmanship alive in our country. The show closed with the tunes of ‘Vande Mataram’ which itself left a ‘feel good’ factor amongst the audience. My Verdict : Vintage is back in ‘Vogue’ and the credit goes to Sabyasachi. As predicted earlier, the short kurtis will be fashionable in future seasons. Sabyasachi can never go wrong when it comes to presenting something ‘out of the box’.
Shyamal & Bhumika
The bridal collection is something most designers refrain from these days………maybe due to the amount of work involved in creating a bridal trousseau. The detail work, the rich fabric, the embellishments, the draping style………..the work is enormous. This season too they did not disappoint me. They had incorporated embroidery like zardosi, gotta work in their designs with velvet, net, chiffons, silks………….Indian Bridalwear is all about it’s richness, one got to see that in their creations. The show stoppers were Actress Hema Malini & Esha Deol both looking splendid in signature ‘Shyamal & Bhumika’ designs. My Verdict : Few of the designs were seen last season but overall the collection was beautiful.
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Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 15, 2011
I must admit, this time the creations are awesome and very fresh……….I am getting to see a lot of new designs on the ramp and hence am very excited to see the outfits from every designer, every day. Till now have seen amazing outfits which are gonna have many takers, let’s have a look what Day 4 holds for us.
Pria Kataria Puri
Pria Kataria Puri closed the day 4 of LFW which was a collection inspired by a Moroccan city ‘Marrakesh’ also known as ‘Red City’ is a resort destination. No one does it better than Pria when it comes to Kaftans, it wasno differentthis time too. However, I got a feeling that it was similar to last years collection but only the prints were a bit different. I wish Pria would have experimented more with the ‘Cut’ aspect. A touch of tassels here & there complete with African style hair ‘do’ looked stylish on the runway. Namrata Barua Shroff & Perizad Zorabian Irani were show stoppers for Pria, both the ladies did look stunning in silver dresses. My verdict : The detail work, the prints and especially the different necklines were very beautiful. Like the collection which wins browny points on wearability.
Something was totally a miss in this collection…..there were skirts, kaftans, dresses, shirts, saree, swimwear but I missed the detail work which took center stage in Anupama’s earlier collection. The range called ‘Short Stories’ was as colourful as it could be, but I am disappointed at the finishing of the outfits. Many of them lacked lustre and the fit……………she had emphasis only on the beautiful colour which is quite understandable since she had collaborated with DULUX Velvet touch paints………………….unfortunately that was not enough to create a line which would attract buyers. My verdict : This collection for sure left me high & dry. I expect more from Anupama who very well can deliver. This was not best of her works.
Rocky S who collaborated with CANTABIL International clothing to showcase this recent collection which had western resort wear for men & women, It consisted of shorts, pants, T-shirts, shirts, flowy dresses, kaftans, suits in a variety of light fabrics ideal for summer season. I do admit that the menswear ensemble fares better than womenswear which was as I would put it ‘without any spice’. Unfortunately I could not find anything new in this collection for the ladies. Celebrities Zayed Khan & Dia Mirza walked the runway as show stopper for Rocky S. My verdict : Wearablecollection but wanted to see something new from this talented designer.
‘Weird’ is in one word how I can describe Kallol’s collection in collaboration with DHL.Though the theme was “Jailstripes” “Checkered” and “Illustration” but The clothes absolutely had no shape to them. I wonder what was Kallol trying to projecting his creation, since women want to look like ‘Goddess’ when ever they wear a designer collection & never like an object wrapped up in some household cloth. Let me be honest here, many fashionistas consider him the next best thing but I am reminded of the fairytale – The Emporer’s new clothes’ where the designer actually dupes the entire world by creating next to nothing outfit. My verdict : Needs to go back to the drawing board & figure out more sophisticated looks which have some beauty in it. Plus the styling with DHL logo paper wrapped on the shoes………….Who is gonna wear that???? Snap out of fantasy, welcome to the real harsh fashion world.
Someone has done a tad impressive job this time around…………..yes I am talking about Purvi Doshi who at last has given a look worth admiring plus the usual hotch-potch of detail work & fabric was totally avoided. The collection aptly titled as ‘Bloom Boom’ had loads of floral detail like Aari & Khaat which were pleasing to the eye. The collection had long summer dresses, short dresses, bolero jackets, capris and saree. The designer herself was dressed in her recent creation. Though some outfits which were made of sheer fabric would work better if they had light fabric lining underneath for a structured look. My verdict : Pretty, pretty, pretty………………..something stood out beautifully this time. Love the pop of colour.
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Posted by Indian Fashion Police on March 5, 2010
Lakme Fashion Week is to held from 5th to 9th March, 2010 at Grand Hyatt Hotel In Mumbai. Suneet Verma has been selected as the Designer for the Grand Finale of the Lakme Fashion Week. Here are some Fashion highlights designer and daywise.
Rocky S presents Queenie for Giantti
Rocky S and Queenie Dhody kicked off the star of Lakme India Fashion Week Summer/Resort Collection 2010. The palette of colours were kept towards pastels with beautiful floral hues like peach, pinks, yellows and sky blues took the stage. The Attire was Indian where the models walked down the ramp wearing ensembles and hair adorned with floral patterns. The embroidery on the silhouette was mostly done with sequins and silver threads. The scallop cut look is a common feature in India’s fashion scene as is a fish tail skirt. But one could not stop mesmerizing the moment Bipasha Basu walked in as the show-stopper in a beautiful beige colour Saree having work on the border. Honestly the Saree was tad simple but when coupled with the eye-catching ruby diamond necklace created by Queenie Dhody and worn by Bipasha the result was divine. My take on Rocky S collection – It is wearable, colours are fit for summer day wear but there was nothing innovative or new in this creation. Have seen such creations numerous times on the Indian Ramp.
Babita’s Boho chic line was inspired by the beauty of Bhutan………………..well I must say she did remind of the mountains merging with city. The styling was totally for the summers but there pattern was prints, checks, etc. Somehow the look of the same felt very casual and not very fashionable. Though the shoes were worth looking at the entire look was very dry and needed more……………..Harman Baweja and Pankaj Advani walked down the ramp as show-stoppers but the entire collection looked as if bits and pieces were stuck together to create a look. Boho chic…….yes………..but something different……………..definitely not.
Riyaz Gangji’s had designed his collection for both men and women. The clothes were summer wear formal as well as casual. Pooja Bedi was the show stopper wearing an elegant beige colour gown looking radiant. Colours ranged from pure whites to pastels to shades of blue. I somehow found the men’s wear more creative and modern which an Indian male will be happy to try out. The women’s wear was more glamorous something that celebrities would opt for red carpet. My say is that Men’s wear looked smart and very wearable whereas women’s wear was more demure. I will look forward to see Riyaz in next season.
Shyamal & Bhumika
Collection of Shyamal and Bhumika was inspired by the colours of ‘Holi’ festival since their clothes were colourful and many models had their face and hair smeared with gulaal. The clothes were colourful with a lot of graphic patterns but the collection was mostly targeted at youth. The clothes were ill-fitted and there was no ‘cut’ to the design. Why would a woman try to hide her curves behind layers and layers of fabric…………………I just don’t get flowy gowns with no fit. Again the element of ‘something new’ was a miss though I kinda liked their idea of getting inspired from Indian Festival of ‘Holi’ but the prints looked as if someone really messed up the clothes with fabric paint and decided to make a collection out of the same. Advice to the duo ‘Fit’ of the dress matters a hell lot.
Nikasha Tawady kept her collection simple actually way too simple with fiery colours and lots of gotta work. But somehow the collection felt a bit incomplete. Maybe a lot of heavy accessories would have done the job since the outfits were pretty plain. Nonetheless I loved her way of mixing earth tones with fiery tones where the plain clothes are creatively given pop of colour to draw attention to the entire outfit. The clothes are fit to be worn for a day time wedding or event. Nikasha add a touch of glitter maybe that will work next time you roll out your new creations.
Krishna Mehta simply visited the streets of ‘New York’ , saw the clothes there, came back for designing and put the creation on the models. And what was Rohit Verma doing on the ramp striking poses……………….I just don’t get the inspiration behind this collection and it’s target audience. ‘Power Dressing’ as the collection was themed seem to be powerless. This collection lacked creativeness and the show stopper was a mess on the ramp. Krishna was inspired by the beautiful city of ‘Paris’ but the same could not be reflected in her collection. The pallette was colourful and few prints were worth picking but the combination of all these elements somehow the collection left thinking why were rainbow colour fabrics just draped around the models.
Pria Kataria Puri
‘Royal Rajputana’ was a tribute to the fashion Icon and Maharani late ‘Rajmata Gayatri Devi’ with royalty reflecting in every piece. Be it the work of palaces or the royal jewels reflecting on the silks, the prints were different and ‘Unique’. It was something new on the ramp with models sashying down in bold rich colour giving a feel of ‘party under the sun’. The collection was very tropical and wearable…………………loved the colours which reflected every bit of Indian Heritage. Mugdha Godse looked like a modern-day Rajputana Princess in the Pria Kataria Puri Ensemble. My say on the ‘Royal Rajputana’ that the designs were very refreshingly new and very creative.
The day came to a close with Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection ‘Afro/Parisian’ was a fusion of African jungles with the streets of Paris. The head turbans were very african inspired and thankfully very different form the rest. The colours were more earthy tones but I feel the clothes in this collection will look better if every piece is worn separately rather than together as shown on the ramp. He has tried to bring the a kind of hippie era back in his collection but somehow I find the prints quite repetitive. Of course I cannot deny the fact that this beautiful motifs are a trademark design of Sabyasachi. As always this collection also reflected an old world charm…………..
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