Making a mark at LFW
I loved the buzz and energy at the recent Lakme Fashion Week. Since the focus was on winter, the fabrics on show were pashmina , jamdani , wool, gingham, mul and, of course, silk.
The silhouettes ranged from fitted to free-flowing bias cuts. The popular trending colours were deep reds like Marsala and ox-blood, ivory, black, teal and jewel-toned blues.
In the gen-next category, my favourites were Kriti Tula of Doodlage and Sidhartha Bansal. Kriti’s designs were quirky and yet very wearable and ranged from dresses to separates.
Sidhartha’s clothes were full of refreshingly fun prints. His milk-bottle printed shirts are sure to be very popular.
Among the emerging designers, Armaan Aimaan, Swati Vijayvargie and Sreejith Jeevan made a lasting impression. Armaan’s clean silhouettes in black and white were trendy. If you’re looking for smart Indo-Western clothes for an occasion, this designer duo’s creations are must-haves.
On the other hand, Jaipur-based Swati’s creations were in bright jewel tones. To me, the Ikat knee-length jackets and palazzos were instant picks for formal dinners.
Sreejith Jeevan is based in Kochi and his ivory collection would have been the perfect choice for Onam. His contemporary tunics were made out of ivory cotton mul with zari borders.
The designers who caught my eye for prêt and casual wear were Aartivijay Gupta and Ilk. Both had very different design sensibilities. While Aarti played with prints of kitchen vegetables on fabrics likejamdani and pashmina , Ilk had minimalistic designs in mul .
Camouflage prints were a huge trend and Theorem by Nitin Chawla and Munkee See Munkee Doo used these in innovative and fashionable ways.
For most of us, our main priority is to get through a regular day. Fashion trends may not loom large in our lives but we can experiment with prints and silhouettes in our own ways. Being well-dressed and well-groomed is a sign of self respect. Don’t we always remember the well-dressed person at any gathering?
Also think about the positive impact of fashion on artisans and weavers. Isn’t that reason enough to take it a bit more seriously than we do now?
– ShriVyshnavi Annus for the The Hindu MetroPlus