To start with, the Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW/WF’17) saw the ritual of Gen Next Show where Sumiran Kabir Sharma’s label Anaam debut collection focused on Kolkata’s red-light district Songachi. The collection was all about draped suiting and austere silhouettes. Shenali Sema and Rimzim Lama’s label Untitled Co. focused on the treatment of textiles displaying pastel looks in plissé and intricate threadwork.
Saaksha Parekh and Kinnari Kamat’s label Saaksha & Kinni dedicated their premiere show to the grace of 12th-century samurai warrior Tomoe Gozen. The collection highlighted macro florals in sepia offset with embellishments. Whereas Deepak Pathak’s collection-Integument focused on the lives of fishermen. The collection was splashed in soft grays and subtly enhanced by way of detailed tone-on-tone embroidery.
As Dish Patani walked the runway for Label Ritu Kumar in a white corset dress covered in florals, it was like the moment of the day. The final line-up saw versions of tropical prints, white lacy day dresses, tulle skirts and color-blocked garments that can be perfect for a holiday wardrobe.
Masaba Gupta’s brides of her collection ‘Madagascar’ were all about pre-draped sari hybrids in pop hues with matching bum bags. The color palette stayed true to the label’s kitsch-pop DNA with fuschia, bright greens, blues, black and moving into maroon. It’s certain Gupta’s bridal collection is for a younger, cooler audience than the median.
Set against the romantic, newly-revived Royal Opera House, Mumbai, the last show of the day turned out to be the biggest highlight. Presented by Sanjay Garg, the collection called ‘Cloud People’ focused the theme of cupids, unearthly spirits and symbols of hope through the use of chikankari and his signature weaves. The intricate details revealed soft feathers and scalloped clouds of angels in flight which was made in handcrafted Chikankari on Bengal mul, zardozi and hand-woven brocade. The angelic motifs, floral prints, and geometric figures gave a serene and other-worldly aura to the whole collection.