Androgyny rules at the Lakme Fashion Week

Saturday saw accessory designer Nitya Arora showcase her usual dose of stylish chunky jewellery.

Nitya Arora showcased a line of jewellery in her signature chunky style; (below) we loved how the rings were worn at the base of the nails

Colourful stones to add some pop of colour to the mass of metal in gold. Our favourite from the lot were the earcuffs, which have now become Arora’s stamp. We also loved how the rings wereworn at the base of the nails.

Karishma Shahani sought inspiration from different eras to create a bohemian printed line of clothes in breatheable fabrics.

We also liked the brogues with contrasting soles by Troy Costa

Ken Ferns continued the bird print trend by creating a beautiful autumn-y print on gowns with corseted tops, peplum dresses with peter pan collars, tailored trousers and jackets.

Rhinestone encrusted shoes by Rajat Tangri were a hit

Prints dominated the third designer in line for the first show with Sneha Arora using vintage military inspiration (photographs of soldiers in attention).

Ken Ferns had matching eccentric headgear for his birds and branch prints

The structure of the garments followed an equally rigid military discipline with shirts and blazers, giving a stylish uniform theme.

Kanika Sachdeva, Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty, Shantanu Goenka

Designer Shilpa Chavan tried to interpret the sari into headgear and pushed gender boundaries with her clothing for women (stitched saris resembling lungis and unisex shirts).

Sailex, Dhruv Kapur, Shilpa Chavan re-invented the sari for men

Sougat Paul wowed us with different versions of his main motif -- Zellige, a terracotta tile formation found in Morocco.

It is not just bus stops where one will find serpentine queues. As one enters the venue for LFW, every morning the sight resembles a school field trip with large groups of fashion school students waiting to get into the venue. Once inside one will see another huge line waiting patiently to get into the main show. This is an area that brought back memories of school picnics to the zoo.

Anushka Khanna toyed with geometry with embroidery to create metallic geometric patterns over sheer fabrics.

Print on sheer fabric by Shehla Khan, Sheer sari pleats by Nikhil Thampi, Embroidery on sheer cape by Nupur Kanoi

The third show had Kommal Sood showcasing garments inspired by the bird of paradise, thick black gowns with asymmetric hems and red cloth lining for contrast.

Karishma Shahani Khan, Anushka Khanna, Payal Singhal

Sequined embroidery on shoulders for minimal sheen and head to toe on gowns for all out glam.

Ranna Gill, Sougat Paul

Rajat Tangri relied on sequins too and the embroidery turned into rhinestones and beads. The rhinestone-encrusted shoes worn by the male models, were what we were lusting for.

Designer Kommal Sood (in green trousers), Anita Dongre

Rajat Tangri, Rocky S, Amit Aggarwal

Models are known to carry the world with themselves due to erratic work schedules and the need to look fresh and good all the time. Model Sucheta Sharma James gives us a peak inside her bag and shares the details of her beauty essentials that help her look her beautiful best

Clinique Under Eye Gel: Just a dab helps me fight tired eyes and remove puffiness.

Tweezer: Every girl needs one, this helps me stay groomed all the time.

Perfume: I use a strong, lasting perfume, this one is a men’s perfume, which stays longer.

Uriage Lip Balm: I don’t stick to one particular brand for lip balms, currently this one is what stays in my bag all the time.

Oriflame Matte Moisturiser: I use a matte moisturizer to help keep oiliness at bay and it also works as the base for make up.

Wet wipes and hand sanitiser: This helps remove make up and stay clean in general.

Oriflame Silk and Cashmere Hand Cream: I love this cream and really recommend it as I have been using this for seven eight years now.

Gum: I will always have gum with me.

Cetaphil face cleanser: This is a mild face wash and really helps give gentle care for your skin.
Pics/ Rane ashish, Nimesh Dave, Satyajit Desai, Shadab khan

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