In its thirteenth year, Lakme Fashion Week (August 3-7) is looking forward to handing over the reigns to young, mint-fresh talent. To reinforce this, the grand finale show, which has been the prerogative of established designers like Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal and Narendra Kumar, all these years, will be taken forth by young, emerging designers, Kallol Datta along with husband-wife duo Pankaj and Nidhi.
While Kallol started his career few years ago as a Gen Next designer for the event, Pankaj and Nidhi will be making their debut in the city: “When we got a call we couldn’t believe it for a while. It’s a great opportunity,” says Pankaj. Echoing this is young Kallol: “My collection will be more Winter than Festive.” Quiz him if we will see more of his intelligently deconstructed flowy silhouettes he shares, “that’s my style and you will see it again but I have played around with it and the colours and the prints too.
” Though the designer might come across as inclined to everything Goth with his kohl-lined eyes, black varnish and long hair, his clothes have always had a sense of humour, “It’s an important element of my designs. Anyone who wears my outfits looks for that bit of fun in it.”
This season will see collections by 86 designers. While big ticket designs by Wendell Rodricks, Neeta Lulla, Anita Dongre, Krishna Mehta and Ritu Beri will be on show, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Narendra Kumar, Rohit Bal, Rocky S and Manish Malhotra won’t be seen.
“I’m sure the audiences, buyers and the media want to see new collections. So, it’s fair to get in more new designers,” informs Anjana Sharma, director – fashion, IMG Reliance, the company that organises the event.
Seven Gen Next designers will showcase their works on the first day of the event. One such talent is Asaboy Kazingmei. He says, “My collection, Immortal, is inspired by the Tangkhul-naga tribe from the North East to which I belong. It’s a representation of all the qualities of our tribe being bravery or mesmerising; anyone between 20 to 40 can wear it.”
The focus on Indian weaves and crafts, which was initiated in the last season, will see a stronger emphasis this time around with workshops and panel discussions with Jaya Jaitly, Maximiliano Modesti, Rta Kapur Chishti and Wendell Rodricks. All designers participating on the Indian weaves and crafts day will showcase Indian weaves and crafts to extend their support to this initiative. A new entrant this season is the special award for the designer, who best incorporates Indian weaves and craftsmanship in his/her collection.
(With inputs from Dhara Vora)