Tuesday, 3 April 2007

And Finally...On the last day at Lakme Fashion show

Vikram Phadnis’s show opened with fellow designer, Manish Malhotra walking the ramp in a sharply tailored velvet jacket followed by a one-button vent less jacket for evening wear. Vikram’s collection titled 'Vivid Resurrection' went back to the Victorian era and drew from it touches for his fabulous contemporary black and printed jersey line of western wear. Vikram presented his show stopper on actor Amrita Arora, who glided in wearing a black taffeta gown with panels of zardosi embroidery on the bodice. Once again Vikram Phadnis proved that when it comes to stunning garments he has few equals in that genre.

Deepti Toor's creative designs for her fabrics were inspired from Warli painting; they were balanced with the most elegant basic silhouettes that added class and style to the garments. She created special weaves for her classic mini and knee length dresses. Deepti Toor proved that simple shapes, a unique fabric choice and controlled embellishments are all that is necessary to present a collection that is not only eye catching on the ramp but it is also highly saleable.

It was a collection that wove the spirit of 1947 in a glamorous and patriotic manner. Shahzad Kalim, winner of the Lakme Fashion House award and trained at Versace's fashion studio, worked on a color spectrum that was soft and muted with ivory, beige, rusty orange, green and brown in the fabric of freedom. He is known to be a designer who pushes his creativity to its limits, Shahzad showed Indian wear in the most contemporary silhouettes, layering and embellishing them to give the garments a very futuristic look yet drawing from traditional Indian silhouettes. Shahzad gave his collection the very edgy trendy look that he is famous for.

Payal Singhal scored very well with her Lizard Queen collection, offering to her customers the dresses that float around the wearer as she moves through life in a magical trance. Payal added detachable gleaming collars to keep her creations appealing to modern women, who want to have maximum style with minimum of effort. These can be carried without much tension on long cross-Atlantic flights. Like the lizard known for its many shades and moods, the smock took on umpteen hues in fabrics and patterns and often turned into a blouson jumpsuit, a blouson layered strap gown, a pinafore, briefly strayed as a shift with zigzag embroidery, a multi colored fabric dress with sash or a will power black smock with removable ornate collar.

Nida Mahmood's collection for her label 'Skin' was aimed at dressing the modern Indian women. The garments had shades of light and dark tones with detailing like quilting and textured machine hand embroidery. Keeping to the hand crafted pattern, Nida even had hand made buttons. From shades of red to chocolate, fuchsia, old rose and then to cream, Nida took the colour story from one end of the spectrum to the other. Nida Mahmood presented a pleasant blend of not only different garments, but also colors and silhouettes that will appeal to women who rush through life from work to pleasure.

From the land of beauty tucked away in the Himalayas comes a heavenly collection titled 'Notes from Bhutan' by Agnimitra Paul. Creating a regal line replete with the most luxurious fabrics and colors, the silhouettes were inspired by the traditional Bhutanese dresses; yet Agnimitra managed to adapt them to contemporary times. The garments could either be worn as striking separates or combined to form the dramatic ensembles. The finale was reserved for TV host Kelly Dorji from the noble family of Bhutan who wore a magnificent robe complete with head gear and boots.

Soumitra Mondal's debut collection titled ‘Restless Spirit’ was a well-tailored extremely stylish and wearable line. There was relaxed comfortable feel about her collection. The silhouettes inspired by the European immigrants of the 1930s and 40s with the wide shapes, lots of body and volume by way of pleated skirts, long coats, dresses and blouses, the overall impact was of a stylish easy on the eye range of garments. To add to the very natural feel of the garments the designer had hand woven scarves, bags and canvas shoes.

Allen Solly Autumn/Winter 2007 is one of the most sensational ever from the ready-to-wear label of the Madura Garments Group. It's stylish, it's practical and it's got loads of attitude, making it one of the most glamorous lines in women's wear. Allen Solly's collection will cater to the modern Indian woman who will be thrilled with the very international styling and excellent finish that the brand offers for the coming season.

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