From traditional silhouettes in muted and elegant hues to contemporary Indian fashion in bold shades, the latest Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 was exquisite to say the least. This 29th edition of the event was a spectacle of the work of about 40 Indian and international designers with some familiar fashion savants and an introduction to some new design entrants. With Bollywood personalities walking the ramp in the designers’ ensembles and them introducing new trends to the market, the fashion week was a successful celebration. Needless to say, it is a hard feat to pick favourites from all the artful and expressive creations on the stage. However, there are some looks that struck cordially with my personality and style better. Here is a roundup of all the looks that spoke to me at Lakme Fashion Week.
Shriya Som – Lisa Haydon
Exhibiting Shriya Som’s collection that was inspired by palm trees and the sea, Lisa Hayden walked the ramp with a breezy spirit in an ivory lehenga. The sequined lehenga with a sparkled and sheer blouse was an absolute show-stopper with its graceful yet light-hearted demeanour. The subtlety and the elegance of this showstopper outfit make it highly favourable for a beach wedding.
Sailesh Singhania – Adito Rao Hydari
Asserting to handloom and traditional elements, Sailesh Singhania’s collection – Shahaana is all about rich hues of gold and beige, and archaic and artistic motifs. Aditi Rao Hydari did justice to the designer by carrying his work with such dignity and majesty; she wore a gold Kanjeevaram lehenga with a tissue blouse and duppata draped over her shoulders with splendour.
Shelha Khan – Bhumi Pednekar
When Bhumi Pednekar walked down the runway in Shehla Khan’s creation, the contrast and prominence of the look caught me off-guard. The pitch black 3D leaf embroidered lehenga paired with a soft pink sequined blouse and an off-shoulder ruffle cape made a statement so powerful that it had to be a look to pick inspiration from.
Shantanu and Nikhil – Kareena Kapoor
Simple yet stunning is how I would describe Kareena Kapoor’s look for Shantanu and Nikhil in a few words. Not as elaborate and extravagant as the rest of his Recruit collection, this one stood out for its elegance that was conveyed with neat lines and austerity.
Gaurav Gupta – Tabu
Drenched in a soft pastel, metallic hue and embellished with floral patterns and sequined folds, Tabu looked surreal on the ramp. Gaurav Gupta’s ‘The (Un)folding’ displayed a mix of intriguing lehenga variants, pantsuits, cocktail gowns in muted tones, shimmering elements, and edgy structures; Tabu’s gown certainly exhibited his collection’s sensibilities.
Raghavenra Rathore – Jahnvi Kapoor
Stylishly establishing all-black as a traditional Indian hue and bringing back the bandhgala for men and women alike, Raghuvendra Rathore’s collection ‘An Ode to the Bandhgala’ was a ravishing show to watch. Jahnvi Kapoor sashayed down the runway in his black ruffled skirt and a matching glittering bandgala, making that one of our most liked looks.
Punit Balana – Karishma Kapoor
Plunged necklines, flowy silhouettes, and glamorous cuts are features that define Punit Balana’s colletion – Maya. Fabricated from organic fabrics and adorned with eco-friendly dyes, the collection stood out with its pragmatic appeal that also carried a sense of glamour along. Karishma Kapoor, who wore an anarkali with a prominent dupatta on the ramp only added ounces of panache to his timeless designs.
Fashion weeks end, yet the impact they leave upon the audience and fashion followers everywhere remains. The same took place here as well. We are all still recovering from the magnificence of the exuberant shows. However, while we do grasp it all in, we also work on incorporating these picked trends and style elements into our closets.