Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI 2023: Punit Balana- Anushree Reddy’s bridal extravaganza to Ritika Mirchandani’s modern day regalia, hot-n-happening shows from Day 3 of the gala!
Glamour unfolded on the fourth day of Lakmé Fashion Week x FDCI and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. With an exciting and star-studded lineup, we were waiting for the drama to be unleashed.
Here are the hot-and-happening fashion moments straight from Day 3 of the runway!
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ESHAA AMIIN BROUGHT A TOUCH OF FRESHNESS TO THE RAMP
“Lyricals of an Escapist” was a collection in, which Eshaa amalgamated a variety of inspirations that brought in large doses of fantasy and science, with a sprinkle of some magic in the metaverse. Her fabric choice was rich and varied with luxe options as bold hues rivalled the colours of the rainbow and were highlighted with opulent embellishments.
The collection featured multi-colours in quirky motifs dazzled on a mini dress worn with bright magenta leggings. A perky set of printed shorts, bralette and a long-sleeved, cropped jacket brought a sporty element to the collection. There was more colourful fun wear to choose from as swirling maxi skirts, tasselled one-shouldered tops, printed pantsuits and robes created an explosion of fashion on the ramp.
The very perky, Kalki Koechlin enjoyed her showstopping walk down the ramp as she boogied in a broad, multicoloured, striped, pant and cropped top duo that was teamed with a wildly colourful, printed jacket with tasselled bell sleeves. Influencers Ankush Bahuguna and Aki also walked the ramp.
JAJAABOR’S INSPIRATION WAS AN ODE TO TRAVELS
Jajabhor’s kaleidoscopic travels through Indonesia resulted in the “Archipelago” collection. The inspiration for the colourful reactive prints was taken from vintage postal stamps of Indonesia as well as the traditional coastal batiks by Dutch textile artist, Eliza Charlotte Van Zuylen. The textiles that brought the collection to life revolved around a mix of Chanderi silk, organza, textured cotton, silk, velvet and tulle.
While the line concentrated on just women’s wear, some silhouettes hinted at a unisex possibility since the collection offered an extensive line of long/short jackets with draped collars and lapels. The variety of jackets continued with a range of tulle trench coats, bomber jackets, corset versions and interesting kimonos that were perfectly reversible in velvet, prints and tulle. For more feminine glamour, the tulle corset dress, shirt and peg versions, along with saris completed the very wide offering.
Bringing the show to its grand finale, Sayani Gupta made a stylish entry in an asymmetric, tulle skirt in shades of red and a shimmering, cropped jacket with impressive sleeves and off-centre closure.
SHAHIN MANNAN GAVE FASHION FOR WOMEN HER INDIVIDUAL STYLE SENSIBILITIES
Shahin Mannan’s collection called “Circle” offered infinite fashion directions that will gladden the hearts of both male and female fashion followers who long for innovative looks. The designer’s fabric card started with denim and ended with Japanese crepe, while the colours stayed on the monochromatic path with special emphasis on bright red and blue along with rust, black, and grey. Quirky prints and embellishments, some with trailing threads, for both men’s and women’s wear, gave the garments an impactful look. Prints of tiny and big houses, tubes, circles, the Eiffel Tower and measuring tapes added to the fun factor of the look.
Women’s wear included floor-length coats with giant lapels, while a slim, sheath dress pointed to formal wear. A black denim set came alive with contrast white stitching and words like WHOA, YEAH, and WOW OH boldly displayed and was definitely an attention-getter! Men’s wear suits had longer jackets, with placement prints, while the co-ord sets were comfy, oversized and relaxed. The addition of bright-coloured shirts added a festive touch to the collection.
The evergreen and very elegant Zeenat Aman made a graceful showstopper when she glided in a black shirt and pant duo topped with a slit, long-sleeved black jacket with quirky red house motifs.
ANUSHREE REDDY UNVEILED AN ETHEREAL COLLECTION OF GREAT BEAUTY
Anushree’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection, “Ahilaya” was dappled with beauty as it moved through motifs of singing birds and lush swinging flowers. The historic references to textiles and embroidered motifs were evident in the design direction of the ensembles. The silhouettes were regal and elegant, as magnificently embellished lehengas and pretty, ornate cholis were draped with diaphanous dupattas. For the groom, Anushree created the perfect look for the kurtas, sherwanis and bundgalas that will be ideal when taking the wedding vows.
Looking gorgeous, the very fabulous Sushmita Sen, looked fantastic in a yellow lehenga-choli-dupatta trio, as she gracefully glided down the runway to close the Anushree Reddy show.
PUNIT BALANA PRESENTED A MULTI-SEASONAL FASHION CELEBRATION
It was a celebration of Rajasthan when Punit Balana showcased his ‘Utsav’. Timeless designs appeared in shades of surkhlaal, gulaabi, gulaal and pickle green for a multi-seasonal collection. The textures of this collection were inspired by the Kalbelia community of Rajasthan in several imaginative ways. Sprinkled with crafts, like Marodi, resham, Gotta, mirror and coin work along with prints, the ensembles moved to block prints and Bandhani for an added traditional touch.
The line of creations moved seamlessly through women’s and men’s wear which will be ideal options for the forthcoming festivities. The women’s wear offered eye-catching lehengas with peplum blouses that will create an interesting addition to the festive wardrobes. For men, the kurtas were embellished with heavy embroidery to match the celebratory mood of the inspiration.
Ending the show, was lovely Sara Ali Khan who made a grand entrance in a gorgeous red lehenga/choli duo sprinkled with butties and draped in a heavily, embroidered dupatta.
ANNU’S CREATION SHOWCASED A COLOURFUL TROUSSEAU
Annu’s Creation by designer Annu Patel unveiled a dazzling trousseau offering called, “A Timeless Montage.” The inspiration this season was the vintage sari, which has been a part of the Indian heritage. Gorgeous lehengas with ornate cholis and luxurious dupattas glided down the ramp on elegantly styled models. The silhouettes were opulent with interesting back tie-up detailing as well as an adventurous look for the different necklines of the cholis and ensembles. Lavishly embroidered lehengas were presented with ornate cholis and double dupattas to add that bridal splendour to the look.
The embellishments were the focal point of all the ensembles as they shimmered under the arc lights. The highlight of the collection was zardozi, sequin, mirror, Moti and cut dana work, which was creatively blended with a variety of motifs. Keeping the bridal wear offering in sharp focus the designer ensured that fabrics like raw silk, modal silk, organza and Chanderi silk created the right mood for the wedding festivities. The colour story revolved around rainbow hues and jewel tones that were ideal for creations that will suit the many ceremonies like mehndi, sangeet, Pheras and reception night.
The ultra-glam, Bollywood beauty, Tara Sutaria looked fabulous when she closed the show for Anu’s Creation in a heavily embellished lehenga
DISHA PATIL WAS INSPIRED BY NATURE FOR HER BRIDAL COLLECTION
Disha Patil’s collection called “Hasu” was inspired by the Kanji in Japanese for the Lotus Flower. There was an intricate tessellated and stylised form for the amazing embroidery that highlighted the garments. Some of the highlights were the two-piece pantsuit lavishly embellished, followed by an ornate bustier and sharara set finished with an interesting, embroidered dupatta. The luxurious volumes of the lehenga were balanced with well-tailored choli and completed with an innovative dupatta. The slim, figure-hugging, long skirt looked just right with a long-sleeved choli sporting a stunning décolletage.
The fabulous bridal show was closed by the stunningly, beautiful Diana Penty, who glided in a silver, panelled lehenga, tiny bralette and embellished tulle dupatta.
ABHISHEK SHARMA UNVEILED HIS UNIQUE COLLECTION INSPIRED BY AQUATIC LIFE
Abhishek Sharma’s “Coral Reefs” line paid homage to the tranquil ocean and the immense wonder of life that exists in perfect harmony amongst marine species. The colour palette reflected the serene visuals of the inspirations as varying shades of mother of pearl, shell, fluid aqua tones of coral and pink pearl, vied for attention on the ramp. Luxe embroidery appeared for a long-sleeved gown with 3D embellishments, while the beaded, striped creation was a stunner for formal wear. At times dramatic 3D embroidery spiralled down from neck to the bodice, while heavy ornate jackets ensured that the look would be ideal for grand formal evenings.
The choice of showstoppers for the unique Abhishek Sharma men’s and women’s wear show was as unconventional as the theme. It was the cast of the hit Netflix series “Class” who stylishly took the ramp. Anjali Sivaraman looked great in brown, lacy mini and knee-high boots while the men’s wear on Piyush Khati, Zeyn Shaw and Cwaayal Singh was sharply cut with varying silhouettes for jackets and trousers along with eye-catching texturing.
RITIKA MIRCHANDANI PAID HOMAGE TO JOYFUL FASHION
Ritika Mirchandani unveiled her “Fair La Fete” collection, which was a homage to joyful fashion. Detailing and surface textures were a major aspect of the collection with threadwork, wires and glass beads that were turned into floral appliqués and small cutouts. Silhouettes were regal and feminine as structured shoulders looked exquisite with contrasting flowing capes. The colours matched the mood of the formal ensembles, as soft lavender and cheery green made a visual impact along with the brand’s favourites - ivory and black.
Flared shararas were teamed with ornate long-sleeved jackets, while floor-kissing robes added a touch of grandeur. The lehengas were resplendent with dazzling embroidery and worn with cleverly constructed cholis. Saris shimmered under the ramp lights in draped or pre-stitched forms, while the floor-sweeping gowns emphasised the luxurious feminine options. Fluid, glittering palazzos were matched with either moulded ornate cholis or beautifully styled long-sleeved jackets that brought drama to the runway.
Parineeti Chopra was a picture of elegance when she stopped the show, in a shimmering, white, long, fitted, skirt with a high slit, matching bralette teamed with a structured-shoulders long-sleeved, heavily, embellished, floor-length jacket.
Such drama, much wow! Are you excited for the finale already?
(Source- Lakme Fashion Week)