ARCHANA RAO, YOGESH CHAUDHARY AND KARISHMA SAHANI KHAN CREATED MAGIC ON THE RAMP WITH THEIR STUNNING COLLECTIONS AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2014.
ARCHANA RAO BROUGHT BACK THE AESTHECITY OF TEA AT LAKME FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2014
Archana Rao’s label “Frou Frou” collectively brought out the tradition behind the most common Japanese beverage - tea. During the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014, the brilliant designer once again managed to dazzle with her new collection, “Teaism” based on the culture of Japan.
She brought back the feel of a relatable collection with just the right touch of quirkiness that could make anyone nostalgic.
The highlight however was how she brilliantly managed to add the slightest details from the tea experience like the doilies and the vintage china sets in majority of her garments.
Archana added to a subtle colour palette, hues like dull yellow, blush pink, hints of teal, dark blue and the classic black and white stripes. Newspaper print detailing was an added highlight that brought out the materials like the transparent capes, barely opaque shirts and the floral appliqués.
The highlight of the collection was a striped body-con dress with a sheer pink flowing cape with delicate flower appliqués and a dark blue button-down maxi with quarter sleeves ideal for semi formal wear.
Venturing into the popular handmade techniques forged into the classic porcelain shapes, Archana Rao’s label “Frou Frou” married the past and the present, keeping her love for vintage alive for this unconventional collection of women’s wear.
YOGESH CHAUDHARY BROUGHT OUT THE POWER OF THE WOMAN AT LAKME FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2014
Yogesh Chaudhary’s label “Surendri” dazzled again with an ego boosting collection based on the movie “Chandrawal” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014. He captured the essence of the fairer sex in his collection by bringing out the indomitable spirit of the working women.
The collection was also a celebration of the love that blooms amidst a Haryanvi summer. Incorporating the prime motif of a Sunflower, the main sight at a harvest, he brought out a sharp looking line up of corporate dressing made for the working divas.
The main materials were suiting fabrics and deconstruction of the traditional white shirt. The underlying ideology of the transition of day wear to night wear was clear in the line-up as he seamlessly merged the knitwear into traditional Indian wear.
Red, mint greens, orange and tie and dye detailing made the collection effortlessly striking. Materials like cotton transformed into knits in the latter half of the collection.
The dual entry of colour blocked garments - white/black and pink/orange were striking midis - very slim and feminine. Added to the sunflower motifs was the rare glitter on the ensembles. Silhouettes were classic like Jumpsuits, pleated skirts, body fitted dresses and a kimono adapted overcoat.
What really was eye catching, was the show stopping garment that was a modern lehenga consisting of a white crop top with sunflower prints and an emerald green dupatta with gold embroidery detailing.
The exaggerated accessories were the perfect complement to the collection which was ideal for day to night dressing in an assortment of western and Indian wear.
Yogesh Chaudhary’s “Chandrawal” collection embodied the strength of power dressing as mostly required by the generation of today.
KARISHMA SAHANI KHAN DISCOVERED THE FASHIONABLE WORLD OF AN EXPLORER AT LAKME FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2014.
Karishma Sahani Khan’s collection ‘Khoj’ at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 had a literal meaning that was inspired by the archaeological inventions and discoveries made all over the world. The collection is based on the stark contrast of the world that passed and the progressiveness of the technology in the current period.
As if bringing out a point, Karishma marked the change of a forthcoming future and kept her designs green by making the clothing in natural fabrics such as organic cotton, Bamboo and soybean fibres, which are sustainable and bio-degradable.
Tie-dyed and hand-painted motifs and patterns in natural and toxic free dyes, combined with hand-embroidery techniques were created using discarded materials – fabrics, vegetable sacks, plastic and the traditional ‘mukaish’ strips that brought out the naturalism of the entire collection.
She effortlessly blended unstitched expressionism with tailored practicality with touches of science, mysticism and traditions.
Overcoats, see-through shirts and the ethnic saris were in shades of denim blue, grey, orange and mint green with pom-pom detailing and layering which gave a fusion look.
Karishma Sahani Khan’s brand Ka-Sha with her very eco-friendly and glamorous collection ‘Khoj’ brought to light the changing ways of a more nature conscious generation.