A few of our favourite designers showed at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. Young design talent has been a focus at fashion weeks across the country and these young guns have been consistently showing well-researched and edited collections with their signature style shining through. Here’s a round-up of the shows we loved this season:
1. Nishka Lulla
Nishka played with textures and fabrics in her latest collection. Salmon with a subtle sheen and gold tissue were paired with muted burgundy felt and foliage green silk with embellished motifs. This collection was about understated luxe. Her silhouettes didn’t stray from the Nishka school of style, and had more of a grown-up aesthetic: slouchy shoulders and long silk tunics for the festive season with baroque motifs. Her classic shirt dresses with the sharp spread collar were the cohesive element across the collection and were seen with a touch of a placement motif, in matte cotton and shimmering gold.
On the Stylista wishlist: A chic beige wool and gold silk panelled coat.
2. Priyadarshini Rao
Priyadarshini’s collection had her signature blend of traditional textiles and prints. Rajasthani Indigo block prints were layered with ornate paisleys and zari brocades. Tasselled scarves were seen paired with cotton tunics and flowing tiered maxi dresses. This collection saw the debut of a well-cut bandhgala and a floral jacket layered over her printed dresses. The palette was earthy and ranged from deep moss greens to muted coral and indigo.
On the Stylista wishlist: A beautiful lime green georgette tunic with block printed blue bell sleeves.
A talented designer with a mastery on feminine red carpet style, Sailex showcased a collection inspired by all things oriental. His strong pattern-making skills came to the fore in looks such as the silk cross darted jacket, the fitted bodice with sharp cut-outs and the dress with buttoned-up lantern sleeves. Cherry blossom blooms embroidered on delicious berry toned silks set this collection apart, which had impeccably tailored bodices and dramatically plunging necklines with a hint of a décolletage. Full-flowing skirts and embroidered tulle were paired with cut-outs at the shoulders and full sleeved crop tops for a chic, sophisticated collection.
On the Stylista wishlist: The opening look, a Prussian blue gown with a plunging neckline, kimono-inspired raglan sleeves and a dramatic wrap front.