Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016: Bridal pursuit
IN INDIA, there is really no business like bridal business. And no one knows it better than our fashion designers, who’ve built empires on the foundations of silks, velvets, zardozi and Swarovski crystals. The forthcoming edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016, with 92 participating designers — many of whom will delve into the world of lehengas, sangeets, bridesmaids and cocktail parties — will be no different.
So, even as the author of various Bollywood bridal sagas, Manish Malhotra, takes the lead with a wedding collection that will reference his Indo-western silhouettes, add a dash of embroidery and keep the shimmer and sparkle on subtle mode, there will be others like Payal Singhal, SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi, Anushree Reddy, Ridhi Mehra and Jade by Monica and Karishma, who will stick to what they do best — festive finery.
Adding to the autumnal marriage march will be Tulsi Silks with their line-up of traditional and modern Kanjivaram saris, Sumona Parekh, who is seeking to revive the Baluchari silk sari and artist-designer Payal Khandwala, who will debut her inimitable take on wedding wear on the LFW stage this season. With Sabysachi Mukherjee set to unveil his line, inspired by Lakme’s beauty statement “Illuminate”, we expect more glamour and glitter to add to the bridal march. And while we have nothing against the band, baaja and brocade brigade and we know winters generally spell matrimonial melas in India, we hope LFW, which has made contemporary fashion its calling card and providing a platform to new talent its mission, doesn’t run the danger of becoming just another wedding wear showcase.
Floral Print: Hyderabad-based designer Anushree Reddy, known for her feminine lehengas with floral prints and glittery trims, will showcase “The Wedding Chronicle”. “It summarises the voyage of the contemporary bride, who is about to begin a new chapter in her life. The collection features a clash of multi-coloured hues and fabrics which are feminine, yet edgy,” says Reddy of the collection with an eclectic colour story.
Modern Touch: Ridhi Mehra keeps it simple and stylish with Arcadia, where floral motifs and vintage fountains provide inspiration. Exquisite embroideries, laser cutwork and applique cover draped silhouettes and off-shoulder ensembles. With colours ranging from teal and navy blue to eggplant and aged Cabernet, Mehra steps away from the
traditional and adds a contemporary touch to her collection.
Parisian Rhapsody: Inspired by Montparnasse in Paris, Sonam and Paras Modi of SVA draw from details like art and architecture for their collection “Mon Passe”. Look out for refined silhouettes, silks, brocades, dramatic drapes and cut-out details.
Signature Look: The evocative “Itvara” marks the launch of Jade’s luxury pret label AMOH. Designer duo Monica and Karishma present pure cottons, linens and silks in a line meant for refined tastes. With earthy shades of gold, beige and ivory mingling with crimson and Prussian blue, it’s their nod to fuss-free Indian wear. Think light lehengas, long jackets, dhoti-style bottoms, palazzo pants and kurtis.