The second day of LFW’15 began with INIFD presenting SEVEN GEN NEXT designers. In the most awaited show of the year by INIFD, they launched; AJAY KUMAR, CHARCHIT BAFNA, KRITI TULA, JEBIN JOHNY, ISHITA MANGAL, SHIVANI SAHNI and SIDDHARTH BANSAL. All of them mentored and nurtured by top fashion expert, Sonali Chopra.
Next lined up was the GRAZIA YOUNG FASHION AWARDS who presented their winners on LFW’15 ramp for the first time.
After the series of Grazia winners, there was a line waiting for its turn “Be’ Aware of the Rabbit Hole” by Kristy De Cunha’s. Avant-garde designs created by the designer emerged as a style statement for every woman.
Next, Simrat Sindhu’s label ‘Chiria’ showcased her collection named “Shakti”. The collection had an ethnic array of garments with wisps of bohemia, strength of structure and lightness of being. The models marched down the ramp in hushed earthy tones of Marsala, charcoal, brown and blue.
When the fashion spirit started rolling in the audience; Salita Nanda showcased playful elegance with her quirky line of street style garments. The designer tailored the garments for women who confidently embrace prints, ornamentations and color palette. After the tremendous presentation of Salita Nanda, Nina Lekhi’s Baggit, who entered its 25th year in the industry, collaborated with Little Shilpa for this season; she added her vintage and quirky touch to the brand which accentuated the handbag designs.
As we saw a range of handbags, over the dawn, Nikhil Thampi, Payal Singhal, Krishna Mehta and Manish Malhotra mesmerized the audience with their collections.
Nikhil Thampi changed the outlook of his clients from being the Red carpet designer to a bridal wear designer with his Alchemy collection. Payal Singhal made a clear attempt by elaborating the motifs of gold jewellery getting transformed into zardosi, mukaish and appliqué work.
Krishna Mehta with “The Gold and the Ganges” collection, introduced the richness of Banarsi silk yet again.
Adding to the Indian culture and heritage, Soumitra Mondal presented an ethereal collection that was crafted in the most exquisite fabrics. Khadi appeared in various forms – silk, zari and Jamdani.
After an exotic cultural treat, it was time for the grand show of the evening by veteran designer Manish Malhotra. After dressing and styling the divas of our industry over a decade, Manish jumped on “The Gentlemen’s Club” this season. First time in his 25 years, he showcased his men’s wear collection on the stage of LFW’15.
A giant piano was kept on one corner of the ramp, chairs and table hung from the ceiling, sofa sets and lounge chairs set the mood for “The Gentleman’s Club”.
Designer displayed 78 garments with 40 male models who zipped around one of the biggest ramps at a fashion week.
He introduced the fastidious dressers to the classic sharply cut designs. The collection consisted of suits which turned into very impressive masculine looks. Practical blazers wore with slim fitted trousers, waistcoats were smartly styled with jackets, bundgalas, and embroidered bundis had a regal look; while the elegant sherwanis looked advanced.
The ensembles were in deep dark tones of midnight blue, emerald-green, burgundy and black. Velvet and suiting materials were the predominant choices by the designer.
For such a high-profile men’s wear collection, the designer chose India’s top male icon, Ranbir Kapoor the heartthrob of the nation and a true “Gentleman”. He closed the show in a stylish burgundy four-button suit and printed shirt.
Manish Malhotra’s fusion and western couture line called “The Gentlemen’s Club” proved that the designer is all set to give Indian men a very versatile and flamboyant makeover as far as their wardrobe options are concerned.