Day 3 of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

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By: Madhura Sansare & Mahen Kumar, Vogue+ Bureau, Mumbai | 5th Aug’12

Krishna Mehta’s stunning collection called “Encore” had large doses of expert craftsmanship, arts, and textiles at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 and was a breathtaking study of extreme visual celebration.

Specially hand woven fabrics, were cleverly textured with dyeing or Shibori and stitching details. At the same time, Krishna kept the silhouettes simple, lean and elegant and allowed them to dazzle with exquisite embellishments.

Shades of the softest feminine colours like peach, ecru and salmon with touches of purple, red, black and royal blue added to the beauty of the garments. Fabrics that created magic on the ramp were Kota doria, Chanderi, georgette, tulle, velvet, lace, brocade and even cotton, which were all turned into splendid festive and bridal creations.

It was a collection that spelt opulence all the way, right from the first entry of the one-shoulder all over embroidered georgette dress with peach rosette tulle dupatta worn with fluid swirling palazzo pants. Tunics were lavished with pearls; dupattas shimmered with ombré touches and delicate glitter while the lehengas were given intricate embellishments.

The black velvet antique blouse, purple block printed long tunic with black crushed silk palazzo pants, the rosette embroidered lehenga and blouse, the red ombré block printed sari kimono with zardozi and lace cutwork, were stunners under the arc lights. For added drama, the Parsi lace and cutwork cover was sensational in its grandeur and beauty. Khada pajamas, ornate odhanas, cutwork jackets, silver jacket-blouse and the innovative sari skirts were unbelievable in their craftsmanship and finish.

With a collection so splendid, Krishna Mehta’s “Encore” at the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 season will take many curtain calls on the global fashion stage.

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It was glamour at its elegant best when Anita Dongre presented her collection called “Urban Goddess” to end the Indian Textile Day celebrations at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. Blending the traditional with the contemporary, Anita’s fashion story was aimed at the jet setting Indian women.

Bringing together the gorgeous weaves of Benares and combining them with the intricacy of ikat from Andhra Pradesh and the beauty of raw and Mushru silk, the result was a colourful mélange of silhouettes. From elegant cigarette pants, classy jackets, to trendy dresses and flouncy blouses, the look was ideal for easy comfortable wear. Adding to the beauty of the garments were the colourful vegetable dyed block prints from Bhuj, which gave the collection a perfect timeless touch.

Opening the show with five sexy multi fabric silk knee length sheaths with strappy backs, Anita set the mood of the show. The colour story was a rich mélange of red, green, gold, beige, black, magenta, bronze and nude all glamorously woven with gold motifs or colourful prints for the predominantly western line of scooped hem dresses, floor length gowns, figure hugging skirts, soft unstructured jackets and hipster skinny trousers.

Anita’s main styling directions were the 1950’s look, with knee and calf length pencil skirts, dresses – some pleated and gathered shapes for long feminine gowns with contrast bodices. Quilting played an important role and appeared for the jackets, hemlines and bodices of the dresses and gowns. Interesting touches were given to the sleeves with flyaway layers of fabrics. Occasionally, origami folds appeared for the outfits which were predominantly sexy and strappy.  Sheer georgette blouses with slit long billowy or dolman sleeves were luxuriously embroidered in silver, gold, zari and sequins. At other times the multicoloured resham embellishments covered lean skirts.

Mention has to be made of the very opulent jewellery studded with pearls, diamonds and precious stones, the very classy black stilettos and the elegant embroidered sling bags. Men’s wear was restricted to grey ombré or maroon jackets, double breasted bundgala and single breasted Jodhpuri coats.

Ending the show was Preeti Desai, Miss Great Britain 2006 and star of the Bollywood film “Shor in the City” in a regal white and gold gotta embroidered bridal lehenga, choli, dupatta and wearing the most exquisite heavy pearl jewellery.

For women who desire a mix of Indian weaves and prints with western sartorial elegance, Anita Dongre’s collection for Winter/Festive 2012 will turn the wearer into an “Urban Goddess” with all the right options.

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