LFW S/R’12 Day 1, Empty Seats yet vibrant colours and modish designs at la runaway…

Himanshu Pandey & Madhura Sansare, Vogue+ Bureau, Mumbai | 3rd March

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The fashion fever starts and it’s been a modish Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer / Resort 2012 where we saw some prêt line of designers like Rajat Tangri and Sailex. Masaba Gupta again played with a range of colours and her designs were a chic blend of conventional designs mixed with modernity. Gupta had sarees that were conventional and not the usual Caribbean style that she is known for.  While Shivan & Naresh had resort wear with a very cosmopolitan feel.

In between the runaway moves, was an a-la-mode discussion on styling by veteran designer Neeta Lulla, Aki Narula and Elle India’s editor Nonita Kalra. They had a stylish tassel between who set the Trends, is it the Film Fraternity or it is a niche fashion saga threaded by the Fashion Editors. “We are snob as we cater to niche crowd when it comes to our readers view and yes, in creative field like Fashion, you might get slapped every 10 minutes, so be a fighter,” revealed Nonita Kalra addressing fashion aficionados.

Drashtra‘s designs were not a prêt line, and had too much bling in them – she did manage to play around with fabrics like duchess satin, raffia fabrics, and the likes. Khushali Kumar teased la runaway avec a lot of chrome and vibrant colours like silver and gun metal.

INK Imtiaz Khatri Group presented the young yet coveted Vikram Phadnis who had a very conventional feel to his entire collection with lots of usage of natural fabrics like khadi, cotton, and the likes. The hear-gears were unique with lots of Indian ensembles that blended well with the ambience of a well-decorated palace to give the fashionistas a royal feeling.

The closing show was of one of the senior most designers who hail from South Bombay whose collection was to build an awareness that the future could be much better for our next generation we act before it’s too late. A lot of floral prints were witnessed in Ferreira’s line avec shades of black and yet might be perceived by the fashion aficionados as semi-resort wear. The designer played well with white that was apparent in the kaftans and his colour palette was a vibrant one.

Day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer / Resort 2012 thus finished with no one to cheer in the back benches while some shows, the likes of young Masaba got through buyers appreciating and filling in every space of the MSA. Some of the B-Town ladies who were seen cheering for the fashion designers were Neha Dhupia, Sonakshi Sinha, Mandira Bedi, and the Tinsel town boys like Arbaz Khan, Sonu Nigam, and Neil Nitin Mukesh too showed up their face. All in one, a fashion week thriving to be at its best, only hope their efforts are being awarded!