: With two timeless fabrics as their base, Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam presented their “Chauraha” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Dhonekali from West Bengal was a fabric with its unusual twisted yarn that is normally found in the pallav. The Gamcha, the other selection was a very interesting unstitched fabric/garment of the country with multiple uses, which is carried by men and women throughout the year for different purposes.
The designing duo used them in a colour palette of black, white and red checked pattern along with hand woven cotton that created a fashionable stir on the runway as the models glided down. From interesting draped tunics and dresses to cowl pants and striking tops; the collection made optimum use of these two very humble textiles.
Construction was at its extreme best. Starting with an attached necklace to a multi panel dress, the looped tunic, a great buttoned down onesie with a detached collar and jumpsuit tunic. The extended kurta maxi dress with attached dupatta, Jaffa pants, shirt-jacket dress, a shift with an attached cape and a lop sided top were some more eye- catchers.
The designing duo did not control their creativity as the asymmetrical kurta with shoulder drape and the layered maxi completed the cool but very rustic collection.
When fashion followers want to dwell deep into rustic culture and bring popular fabrics into their wardrobes, the “Chauraha” collection by Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam will satisfy their sartorial needs.
DIVYA SHETH TOOK THE AUDIENCE ON A ROYAL FASHIONABLE ORGANIC JOURNEY AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Giving eco-organic fabrics the luxe royal touch Divya Sheth presented her collection “Sultana on Safari” at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015
Aimed at the jet-setting global traveller who believes in sustainable fashion, Divya ensured that her fabric choice was pure hand spun and woven Khadi, organic silk and silk chiffon, which were given an innovative touch with traditional reinvented Kalamkari and Ajrakh in natural dyes.
To make life really easy for the worldwide tourist, there were summer trench coats with spacious pockets for Ipad, mobiles and passports. For the sporty ones, the addition of convenient pockets for binoculars so that hands were kept free was great. With the ‘trench’ as the inspiration, the collection added trench anarkalis, which would be ideal for that destination wedding far away from home.
Colours were kept very earthy with beige, brown, leaf green and rust adding to the natural tone of the collection.
Detailing that was impressive were the slit sleeves, floppy collars, tail coat tunics, beautiful cutwork sleeves and hem edges, the very interesting dhoti skirts and batwing covers.
Added to the look was eco-wood and silver jewellery decorated with kachchi embroidery.
Mix fashion with an organic flavour and turn into a “Sultana on Safari” declared Divya Sheth with her colourful collection.
UJJAWAL DUBEY’S ANTAR-AGNI LABEL UNVEILED SUBTLE DRAMA FOR MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WEAR AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
‘Antar-Agni’ the label by Ujjawal Dubey offered innovations for his men’s and women’s wear collection called “Half-Light” at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Ujjawal aimed to create a fashionable balance between contrasts, played with dark and light grey as well as pastel shades of blue and then sprang a surprise with metallic colour details.
Keeping the silhouettes to relaxed fits, which were oversized and layered, Ujjawal’s fabric options were restricted to handwoven khadi, linen net, linen satin blends, cotton linen and added faux leather and organza for accents.
Detailing gave the men’s wear a New Age feel as wide salwars, one- button collarless jackets, long knee length Sherwani, and cross-over kurta revealed some comfy options. Angular and asymmetric hemlines accentuated the kurta; while the bundgala jacket with an uneven midi kurta was an unconventional semi-formal offering.
The five women’s wear looks started with a relaxed panelled anarkali with an organza inset at the sides, moved to a cross-over top worn with slashed and layered pants, a cowl draped toga top and a very innovative pant/skirt. The final kurta with a draped attached dupatta was an amazing two-in-one style.
When men and women want subtle drama or a hint of raw glamour in their wardrobe then they should head for Ujjawal Dubey’s “Half-Light” collection created for his ‘Antar-Agni’ label.