12.30 pm: Anushree Reddy, Arpita Mehta, Sonam & Paras Modi
The ratio of lehengas to fresh, edgy garments surprisingly seemed to tip toward the latter. To make up for the difference, the first set of designers on day four presented an array of Indian wear. Hyderabad-based designer Anushree Reddy, who had Baby Doll singer Kanika Kapoor croon on the ramp, presented a mix of voluminous lehengas made using net and heavy embroidery. Reddy’s oft-used colour, pink, dominated this season, too. Arpita Mehta was next with The Royal Summer Affair.
Sonam and Paras Modi’s collection was a harmony between solid colours and prints
The clothes had a pop of colour through appliqué and embroidery in bright colours on sheer, nude-coloured fabrics. The final names were Sonam and Paras Modi for their label Sva. The collection was a harmony between solid colours and prints.
Net and nude-coloured fabrics were seen in Arpita Mehta’s collection. Pics/Shadab Khan
Titled Istanblu, it was inspired by their trip to Turkey. Shades of blue dominated the show, along with off-white and burnt-orange. Motifs such as carvings of the Topikapi palace served as an inspiration for prints and zardozi and ari embroidery.
1.30 pm: Ken Ferns, Rimi Nayak, SS Surya
The garden theme is turning out to be the most popular one this season. And SS Surya’s show and Ken Fern’s line took us to the backyard yet again.
Cartographic lines and maps inspired Rimi Nayak’s line. Pics/Satyajit Desai
Known for presenting collections with print as the main focus, when he is not busy designing for television shows, Ferns had a sea of poppies on the ramp mixed with monochrome stripes and even beetles. Red, white and black dominated the colour palette.Ferns also put in a few pieces for men. The experimentals could mix and match a great ensemble.
Red, white and black dominated the colour palette in Ken Ferns’ collection
Designer Rimi Nayak had a travel-inspired show titled Trail Tales. Nayak was inspired by cartographic lines, maps and used typography too for her prints. The criss-cross lines used in prints were used to create mesh cloth overlays and a
sari blouse too. The thread- textured pieces that almost looked like felt were our favourite.
After a riot of colour in Nayak’s show, SS Surya’s garments were all white. An earthy collection, in terms of the breathable fabric used, we loved the use of butterflies, fishes, grapes and birds fashioned out of fabric. The structuring of the upper
garments deserve a special mention.
Mirror mirror on the ramp
3.30 pm: Kanikka Salluja, Payal Singhal
Mirror work has been doing the rounds of the Indian fashion circuit since last year now. And it does not look like it will phase out anytime soon. Both Kanikka Salluja of Anaiikka and Payal Singhal let mirrors dominate their lines. Interestingly, their lines were very different.
Kanikka Salluja’s show began on a dramatic note on day four of the Lakmé Fashion Week yesterday.
Salluja, who usually adopts the warrior princess theme, continued her obsession, though this time the style was Indian kitsch. The colours varied from light pastels to bright purple and green, and heavy gold and mirror-work was the focal point. Sadly, some of the garments bordered on being too tacky and loud.
Tamannaah Bhatia showcased a garment from Payal Singhal’s collection, which was inspired by the Sheesh Mahal of Rajasthan. Pic/Satyajit Desai
Singhal’s collection was subtle, on the other hand, with the use of coral and ecru shades.
The two shows in the fourth lot — Nishka Lulla and Kunal Rawal — were poles apart in their thought. While Lulla had a girly summery collection with dandelions, flowers and sheer skirts, it was a man’s world for Rawal with grungy kurtas (some with great surface textures) and pants. Pics/Dhara Vora, Satyajit Desai
Inspired by the Sheesh Mahal of Rajasthan, a simple flower print was the main motif used. She has been offering silhouettes in her previous shows too, replete with dhoti pants, lehenga saris, cigarette pants and churidar skirts.
We loved the mirror cutwork waistbelts on some of the lehengas that highlighted the abdomen beautifully.