Day 6 opened with the glamorous collections by Anushree Reddy, Arpita Mehta and Ridhi Mehra.
Anushree’s collection titled “The Oasis at Sunset” was the serene name, where fashion geometry met fragrant flora. Amy Jackson opened the show for the designer in a champagne, gold and pink lehenga with heavy embroidered choli and cutwork dupatta. Reviving the beauty of Hyderabadi craft from her city, Anushree added zardozi on luxurious fabrics like chiffon, georgette and net along with subtle prints.
After Anushree, Arpita Mehta showcased her “The Golden Hour” collection. Arpita selected raw silk, tabi silk and chiffon in dramatic hues of gold, sindoor, emerald and finally stunning black for her line. The embellishments were elaborate and lavish as intricate mirror work. Cut dana embroidery along with salli fringes and innovative suede appliqués added to the highlights of the ensembles.
In the series of the bridal collection, Ridhi Mehra presented her “Prism” on the ramp; having a feature of powerful multifaceted hues of a prism, it was a poetic offering to the modern women. The fabric choice was rich and varied, starting with soft georgette, chiffon, net, velvet and crépe. The ensembles had ultra-glam Red Carpet options with silhouettes that sculpted and draped to perfection.
After bridal collections, Aartivijay Gupta came up with a never seen before version of the traditional “Mandi” with a high-fashion twist. Roused by the most commonly visited market places in the country, Aarti found genius in the form of verdure. The feature that set off the collection was the revival of Indian farmer’s Gamcha checks that was paired together with the prints.
With the aim of renewing the textile roots of India, Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam neatly presented “The Textile Brigade” for their label. An army of individuals collectively determined to keep the textile heritage of our country. The label’s ethos of sustainability rooted in its guiding principles of recycles, reuse, repurpose and recreate, were highlighted beautifully. The thousands of little fabric pieces were painstakingly stitched together to form a new fabric that employed the language of each piece.
The segment ended with Sonnakshi Raaj’s collection “The Run-Away Bride”. The clothing line was a perfect embodiment of the new age modern bride that is trending the fashion industry. The concept behind the collection was to portray the amalgamation of different moods of a modern woman. The models walked the runway elegantly as they swayed down the aisle looking striking in the jewel glazed robes. The gorgeous ensembles ranged from structured gowns, embroidered blazers with cut-out detailing, sheer capes, tasselled palazzo jumpsuits, boleros and contemporary Indian wear.
Kriti Sanon walked down the ramp for the designer in a gorgeous fairytale-like gown, which was blush pink and swept the runway with layers of tulle bedazzled with gold embroidery and a lace belt.
Up next were Divya Reddy, Priyam Narayan, Vineet Kataria and Rahul Arya, who created fashion with umpteen options.
Divya showcased “Allure” collection with intricate detailing that expressed its love for the colors, fabrics, textures and embroideries and played its role of royal romanticism. The collection blossomed in the pastel palette with highlights of gold to add the regal touch. The very base of it all was the uniquely crafted Indian handlooms.
The glamorous Shilpa Shetty looked sensational in a heavily embroidered yellow blouse and beautiful peach lehenga that got enhanced by decorated hemline and encrusted yellow dupatta.
Priyam Narayan’s collection paid homage to the modern independent women strongly rooted by feminism. The main focus for the theme was a French artist Gustave Dore’s painting titled ‘The Song of Deborah’. This made it a perfect inspiration for New Age feminine representation.
Vineet Kataria and Rahul Arya ended the segment with their “Sunderban” collection. The exotic exploration encompassed true Sunderban with its freshness from an array of flora, enticing fauna and the flow of a river that connected it all. The motifs of the inspiration came alive on the canvas of the garments and ranged from marigolds, birds and deer to the tigresses. The fabrics told nature’s tale in Chanderi and silk linen. These got enhanced by embroidery and print, which gave depth to the ensembles.
As the day went on, the ace bridal designer Neeta Lulla presented her Bridal collection. She presented a symphony of bridal hair, makeup and ensemble 5 exquisite themes and 25 distinct looks. The five themes, Vintage, Glam, Traditional, Sculpt and Nature were brought alive by the fusion of hair, makeup and ensemble. Nishka Lulla, daughter of the designer opened the show, and Tamil beauty Tamannaah Bhatia closed the show.
After bridal, it was time for men’s to take charge; so designer Manish Bansal presented his men’s wear collection titled “The British Canine” on the ramp. He redefined the British Bulldog, with a complete contradiction of approach to its regular combative self. Manish Bansal displayed a range of apparels from casual knit pullovers to semi-formal jackets, formal blazers and calf length coats.
Tanieya Khanuja peeked into a modern woman’s chaotic life through her collection “Memory Folds”. The collection was her take on the various hassles and triumphs of life. Drawing inspiration from the journey of a woman’s rollercoaster life, designer Tanieya Khanuja poetically narrated this emotional turmoil into this collection with dramatic silhouettes. Structured yet sensual, this ultra-chic and avant-garde line was a feast for the eyes.
Another men’s wear collection was showcased by Piyush Dedhia. He presented an all-round versatile collection, which complemented the rugged personality of Indian men. The silhouettes ranged from oxford shirts with complementary colour pocket details to military jackets and colour blocked shirts paired with striped blazers and ankle length trousers.
Piyush Dedhia with his label ‘SOL’ revolutionized often blend men’s wear fashion with a rather daring approach by giving the classic apparels a groovy makeover. Kunal Khemu walked down the ramp for the designer.
The evening saw Tarun Tahilian’s “Easy Glamour” collection, an eclectic line of the perfect prét-a-porter offering. A full length mirror on stage and a rack with clothes had a very stylish video running at the backdrop, featuring model and Bollywood actress Lisa Haydon modeling Tarun’s collection. International model Ujjwala Raut opened the show with a looped black will-powered midi. The lovely Chitrangada Singh in a black draped gown and velvet cape splashed with gold embellishments brought a glamorous end to the show.
The end of the day and the Lakme Fashion Week, it was time for the grand finale show by Gaurav Gupta who was geared up with Lakme, India’s most iconic beauty brand.
A magnificent white giant sculpture of a gorgeous women rose from the centre of a circular stage in the mammoth Studio 1 of the iconic Mehboob Studios. Rows of chairs for the audience spiralled out around the stage. A flight of stairs among the white stage décor created the mood for a breath-taking opening of the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale.
Avant-garde couturier, Gaurav Gupta’s designs were a display of utmost craftsmanship using an artistic color palette that was minimal yet vibrant with moon down gray, albatross black, show time ivory and reminiscent red. The collection was inspired by Lakmé’s Sculpt beauty statement.
Whether it was the silhouettes, colours, embroidery or fabrics, the “Sculpt” collection by Gaurav Gupta was an intense fashion experience that left a lasting, mesmerizing impression with the ultra-glamorous beauty of the ensembles.
The stunning Lakmé Brand Ambassador Kareena Kapoor Khan wrapped up the Lakme Fashion week as she walked down for Gaurav Gupta.
The season came to an end, we saw immense collections and experienced the richness of Indian Culture in the industry.