Lakme Fashion Week is an event that has been creating fashion standards from 18 years. No fashion enthusiast ever walks away without drawing inspiration from the LFW. This year LWF presents Winter/Festive 2018 with #GenNext and an exciting mix of established and emerging designers. The event took place at St. Regis, Mumbai, from the 22nd of August to 26th August, 2018. Let’s take a look at how fiery and passionate then first day was!
The show kick-started with the Gen Next runway that included talented designers like:
1) Anurag Gupta
His work represents metamorphic change through silhouette, change of form, color, motif, fabric, and dyes. As his slogan rightly says, “Not just a label”, his work justifies this. The most unique part about his work is the way he implements embroidery.
2) Jajaabor by Kanika Sachdev
Kanika Sachdev specializes in making garments that tell a story, a story about travels. Jajaabor, her label, in Assamese means ‘nomad’. She picks up pieces of stories from all around the world and puts it into her garments to lift up the nomadic spirits and break the barriers created by divisive human constraints.
3) Yavi by Yadvi Agarwal
At the core of Yavï, lies Yadvi’s uncompromising belief of eluding repetition, and of creating something brand new. She believes in creating something that doesn’t already exist, a habit she inculcated as a student at the NID. While redefining traditional textile practices in a contemporary aesthetic perspective is something that the label embraces. Its unique selling point lies in the impressionism inspired prints.
4) AUR by Ajay Kumar Singh
He brings his imagination to life through graphics in digital prints. The kind of work he brings out in his garments seems very surreal.
5) Studio SWGT by Sweta Gupta
Her collection contributes to LFW stories, anecdotes, people’s uniqueness and epics of the Himalayan soil. SWGT’s philosophy stems from the conversations with the self, interaction of the self with its surroundings, and enabling balance within the landscapes of creativity and inspiration. Aesthetic expressions of a designer with the artistic skills are communicated in the form of indigenous techniques and abstract fabric stories.
She uses refracted light as her source of colors for designing garments. Urvashi spent about four years working in design, merchandising and brand management with the brands Diesel, Timberland, Amy Butler, Ralph Lauren, and Versace, in both, New York and India, before launching her eponymous label “URVASHI JONEJA” in 2012.
COLLECTION 12 by SHEWTA KAPUR
‘Collection ‘12’ is focused on views seen on road such as the clouds, hues of nature, etc,. Her brand, 431-88, embraces sensuality of women, adding a sporty look to it.
CHOLA’S ‘BYE FELICIA’
Drag queens are usually males who dress in women’s clothing and often act with exaggerated femininity for the purpose of entertainment. Often, they exaggerate characteristics like make-up and eyelashes for dramatic, comedic or satirical effect. This is a genre of fashion that isn’t explored much in India. But Sanjay and Shammy, designers of Chola, expresses Drag Queens as a source of creativity outlet. They use tones of grey and spread a message that one has to come out be themselves.
This designer focuses on creating traditional garments and giving it a contemporary look using natural fabrics like khadi, silk and silk blends.
VRISA BY RAHUL N SHIKHA
The designers are enthusiasts of effortless fashion and comfortable styles. They emphasize on ‘Bagh-e-gul’, and believe in embracing confidence of the person wearing their garment. Their garments are made out of textiles and age-old craft of India, as an initiative to improvise the culture.
This is a collection of separates, handwoven in silk organza and cotton, accented with stand-out textile art and delicate embroidery. The highlight of this collection is that embroidery is tried and experimented with new fabric combinations.
‘Shizen’ in Japanese means nature. The silhouettes are a combination of the Indian ‘kurta’ and the Japanese ‘kimono.’ The collection is a desire to bridge Indian craft and Japanese aesthetics.
This collection is created with a motive to achieve the professional finishing given by industrial machines. Studio Metallurgy wants to give precision and accuracy to their garments. Also, she loves to explore unconventional materials, and enhance individuality and creativity.
AM:PM BY ANKUR AND PRIYANKA MODI
The collection mixes folklore with urban legends, ethnic inspiration with floating fabrics, and an unexpected combination of styles in a color palette reminiscent of deep desert hues and forest greens. Increasingly known for their eloquent designs which represent impeccable style and uber-femininity, they are self-confessed worshipers of quality. Their style speaks of soft grace, confident subtlety & inherited class.
ABRAHAM & THAKORE
Each of their collection continues the exploration of developing a modern design voice, while simultaneously drawing on the rich traditional vocabulary of the Indian design and craft. They believe that luxury means producing limited quantity of garments in a good fit as opposed to mass production.
W/F’18 collection showcased smart cuts, relaxed silhouettes and nuanced details in muted tones on Day 1 at the Lakmé Fashion Week.
Antar – Agni is a perspective, one that focuses on two extremes, to break away and yet embrace the mundane. The perspective is based on the restless curiosity to explore human nature through aesthetics and clothing.
THE MINIATURIST BY GOOD EARTH
Good Earth’s first ever fashion showcase for their slow fashion clothing line Sustain, at the Good Earth Store, Raghuvanshi Mills.
Day 1 of the LFW had a great ending with Sustain–Good Earth’s clothing line. Their W/F’18 collection “The Miniaturist” presented at Lakmé Fashion Week spotlights an embroidery finish and other traditional techniques that use appliqué through 27 unique creations.
THE CELEB OOTD’S:
Sherry Shroff was killing it on day 1 of the LFW event in her basic high-waist denim and tank top layered up with a kimono.
Next up, we have Ahana Kumara bringing back the print on print fabric in a more dramatic and in an even better style.
Inclusivity in fashion according to Parmesh Shahani
Breaking stereotypes and creating new inclusive instinct to people of different class, caste, gender and the differently-abled, especially in a land like India, where there is a lot of diversity is the motto according to Parmesh Shahani.
Miss Malini dressed in a simple ethnic wear carried a statement clutch with her that will definitely make some noise.
The handsome Nick Bateman gave a dazzling entry in his all black suit. Who doesn’t love an all-black outfit? Especially if it’s on a man as good looking as Nick.
Shonali Nagrani, dressed in Indian attire, accessorized in silver jhumkas and carried a silver clutch.
Manasi Scott created such a fun look for the event. She parted her hair in two and had side half buns that looked super adorable.
The outfit that is creating a new trend this LFW season is this men’s statement wear:
Please stay tuned to our website for details of the other 4 days of LFW and more such fashion updates!
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