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Lakme Fashion Week curtain-raiser

Glitz, glamour and glitterati — all of this and more will be on display at the new season of Mumbai’s fashion week extravaganza, which kicks off today

The city that never fails in the style stakes is gearing itself to host yet another season of fashion and design, from today. Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), a fashion trade event, currently in its 15th year, will see 86 designers showcasing their sartorial experiments.

Amit Aggarwal design
A design from designer Amit Aggarwal’s collection

While designers Amit Aggarwal and Masaba Gupta will open the fashion event with their individual lines, the five-day extravaganza will culminate with the grand finale show to be presented by couturier Manish Malhotra.

Says Gupta, "This will be, by far, my most sober collection till date, in terms of the treatment and the palette. Maxi saris will be the highlight of the line."

The fashion week will be on till August 24.

At: Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel.

Big names in attendance
Some established and prominent names who will showcase their collections include Manish Malhotra, Anju Modi, Varun Bahl, Vikram Phadnis, Shantanu & Nikhil, Arjun Khanna, Anita Dongre, Rocky S, Krishna Mehta and Priyadarshini Rao, among others.

Amit Aggarwal, who will be opening the show along with Masaba Gupta, tells us, "My collection is about the future of a tribe, what would their textile be, the technique and the jewellery. I will be using my signature futuristic materials, but for this season, I have played with a lot of coloured metals with sharp black accents."  For the structure, he will revisit conventional structures such as a lehenga or a jacket that will be toned down, and much closer to the body. "The colour palette ranges from the setting sun to the night sky,"  he shares.

International flavour
While Indian designers will take centre stage at the fashion week, international designers are expected to make their presence felt as well. Australian fashion design duo Easton Pearson will make their foray into the Indian market through a show at LFW. This is the first time that designs by Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson will be available in the country.

Australian designers Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton
Australian designers Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton will showcase their line here. Pic/Getty Images

Also expected are designs from Pakistan where designers, Faiza Samee, Rizwan Beyg, Sania Maskatiya and Zara Shahjahan, will showcase their lines. This season will also see the launch of international high street fashion brands — River Island and Miss Selfridge.

Ones to look forward to
Designer Asa Kazingmei who made his debut with the Gen Next segment is back this season with another set of warrior-like outfits, dominated by black.

German silver
Hyderabad-based accessory designer Suhani Pittie has used German silver and enamelling technique for her collection

We still aren’t over designer Yogesh Chaudhary’s Pacman collection and are looking forward to his collection on the ramp this season. Pranav Mishra and Shyma have always wowed us with their sporty jackets, and even a sporty sari last season, and we are looking forward to some festive wear this time.

Accessory designers
The Grewal sisters are back this season and we are looking forward to the powerpacked statement pieces from the label, Outhouse. Mrinalini Chandra made chairs the thing to hang on your ears last season and we hope it is that great this season too. Another name back this season is Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika.

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