Lakme Fashion Week 2015: Painting the ramp blue

He’s the favourite designer for desi divas when it comes to weddings- be it on the silver screen or in real life. Celebrating his grand success of 25 years of captivating couture wear, designer Manish Malhotra showcased a fresh new collection at the end of Day 1 at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 in Mumbai.

He hosted a special off-site show in the charmingly quaint set-up of a home decor store, the Great Eastern Home in Byculla. Leaving no stone unturned in presenting his very best, Malhotra transformed the runway into a flower bedecked spectacle with rings of roses hanging above the ramp like fashion halos for models to walk under.

The ‘Blue Runway’ collection was presented in association with the WEvolve Campaign (with the World Bank) in an effort to draw attention to gender-based violence. And with his design, spirit and the message put through, the designer set a new benchmark. Speaking to MAIL TODAY, the designer shared, “The Manish Malhotra woman is one who’s smart, wears Indian wear with a lot of style and is in tune with international standards. To add variety, the dupatta and scarf is replaced by the jacket without taking away the femininity.” “Indigo blue, ivory, yellow are the main colours for my collection; yellow is a huge colour this year,” he added.

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Models sashayed down the long ramp in elaborately embroidered lehenga sets with chic blouses, long kurtas with pant salwars, delicate saris, overcoats, strapless peplum tops and fitted dresses with net overskirts that showcased a younger and more subtle side to the designers’ oeuvre. The boys got their fare share of suits as well, with smartlyplaced threadwork with roses on the shoulders and sleeves. Malhotra was clearly celebrating summer with a passion, and sexier and more confident styles made the ideal treat for the summer bride. Models ended the show holding placards with ‘gender’, ‘equality’, ‘justice’ and ‘evolve’ printed on them. In keeping with the message of the show, it was heartening to see that no showstopper ended the show. However, that didn’t not mean there was a dearth of famous faces. A bevy of Bollywood divas were spotted in the front row to support his show.

MASABA PICKS A NEW PLATFORM

FOR the first time in the history of Indian fashion, young gun Masaba Gupta (who recently got engaged) showcased her collection not on a ramp but on social media website Instagram on Day 1 of the Lakme India Fashion Week. Showcased on her Instagram handles @houseofmasaba and @masabagupta, the colourful range titled ‘Sugar Plum’ showcased a host of rainbow-hued tiny crop-tops, printed piped shirt, off-shoulder loose tents, large skirts and sleeveless shirt collar column dresses with popsicle prints, and scarves tied on the models’ heads.

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Showstopper for Masaba, actress Nargis Fakhri ‘posed’ in a bright yellow and pink flounce dress with a pink turban on her head. Commenting on the democratic move, Masaba on Thursday said, “I can’t invite 80,000 people to my show but I wanted everyone to be a part of it.” The show was, thus, shot on one of the fitting days in the run up to one of India’s biggest fashion events. Meanwhile, label ‘Sailex’ added to the girly fun with young silhouettes in flirty skirts, dresses, shorts, jumpsuits, maxis, jackets and tops with pretty floral prints in fabrics such as cotton, linen, organza, chiffon and satin. To woo technology-friendly youngsters, a special makeup app, Lakme Makeup Pro App, for Android users was also launched by actress Shraddha Kapoor during Delhi-designer DRVV’s show.

Radhika Bhalla/Mumbai

Celebrating India’s rich handloom
Day 2 began with a special tribute to India’s rich heritage of fabrics and weaves, with the fashion industry celebrating the Indian Handloom and Textiles Day on Thursday.

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The afternoon began with actress Dia Mirza looking gorgeous as ever in a mud-coloured sari with a blush pink blouse by designer Anavila Misra. Taking inspiration from nature, the collection breathed life into textiles like jamdani, sujani, khatwa and batik-all hand woven on linen and khadi. Globally renowned fashion magazine HARPER’S BAZAAR celebrated the ‘endangered’ textile of mulmul as part of their annual ‘Bazaar Inspires’ project by curating eight top designers for the show.

The runway came to life with the capsule collection by Anand Bhushan who turned the humble fabric into a fashion must-have through his all-white ensembles. The white-walk was followed by a colourful and varied presentation by designers Siddhartha Tytler, Hemant & Nandita, Anupamaa Dayal, Dev r Nil, Raakesh Agarvwal, Rabani & Rakha, and Sailex. The ‘Tree of Life’ was the running concept at Gaurang Shah’s show that showcased exquisite jamdani art on soft-toned saris hand woven with the discontinuous extra weft technique and detailed hand-drawn designs. Other techniques like phulkari, chikankari and kalamkari were also incorporated into the ethnic garments.

And just when no one expected it, actress Vidya Balan got up from among the guests and walked the ramp as the showstopper in a pink-and-gold sari by the designer. Meanwhile, actor Vivek Oberoi came to support designer Shruti Sancheti who brought together a melange of tie and dye, shibori, leheriya, mothda, resist dyeing with wax and block prints in her collection.

Radhika Bhalla

Source-Indian today