Nikasha: Day 2 WIFW

Nikasha Tawadey showcased at Day 2 of WIFW with a range of clothing from sarees to anarkalis to A-line kurtis with pants. The use of gossamer fabric along with the obvious choices of georgette gave Nikasha a whole new Autumn Winter Feel. I was definitely a fan of the cherry blossom metallic embroidery on her Anarkalis and the shimmering wide legged pants. There was a serious use of ombre shading in her line and the colour palette went from a palatable peachy pink to dusty rose and finally to rich reds and warmer pinks. The show ended with a flower shower on the models which definitely added to the entire experience of a walk in a rosy garden.

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Authored by Shreya Kalra of For The Love of Fashion And Other Things

Top 5 Sarees from Day 5 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014

archana kochharGarments at Archana Kochhar’s summer/resort 2014 show at Lakme Fashion Week derived inspiration from the Pop Art Paris map, to the Eiffel Tower and spring blossoms, the images were turned into digital prints and combined with monochromatic black stripes and checks. Resort wear just got an Indo-western twist with this black and white stripe and check saree.

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Debashri Samanta showcased a quirky, fun collection titled ‘Summer Houses’ at Jabong Stage during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. This handloom Jamdani saree in Popsicle orange and beige has a playful ardour.

jyotsna tiwariThis playfully printed creation by Jyotsna Tiwari on day five at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 draws inspiration from beach weddings that spell glamour on the sand, sea and under the moonlight.

neeta lullaKnown for her ultra-glam Red Carpet creations and stunning bridal couture, Neeta’s Diffusion line was a vibrant and scintillating offering for the fashion conscious woman. Neeta gives a new style direction to this saree which is a blend of Bollywood glamour with couture chic.

payal khandwalaAimed at the bold uninhabited sensuous elegant woman, this soft and fluid jewel tone saree designed by Payal Khandwala concludes our top five saree picks from day five at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

5 Hot Sarees from Day 3 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014

Day three at Lakme Fashion Week celebrated the textile heritage of India which celebrated traditional Indian fabrics fused with abundance of innovative weaves and surface techniques. Here are our top five hot saree picks from day three at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

gaurangFashion designer Gaurang displayed opulent brocades with khadi base in rich hues of reds, blues, turmeric and greens. The collection titled ‘Chandbali’ revived the antique odhnas, in turn offering a splendid range of ethnic silhouettes which were draped in variety of styles.

mrinalini chandraThis red saree ensemble from Mrinalini Chandra’s summer/resort 2014 collection was an immediate hit in social media. The elegant red saree was widely shared in twitter and received rave reviews for the quirky use of metallic accessories.

shruti sancheti pinnacle 2Shruti Sancheti derived inspiration from Pondicherry where French influences meet Tamil sensibilities. The young designer beautifully translated the concept by juxtaposing vintage European floral motifs with traditional saree silhouette. The experiment paid off resulting in elegant boho inspired ensembles.

shruti sancheti pinnacleAnother saree from Shruti Sancheti’s collection which finds a place in our top five list for its sheer sex quotient without compromising on the elegance the concept and theme had to offer. Controlled creativity at its best!

anna villa 5It’s impossible to choose any one particular saree from this fabulous collection by Anavila Misra which was splendid display of innovative surface techniques in hand-woven linen and jamdani base. Read the full collection review of Anavila Misra Summer/Resort 2014.

Sarees by Anavila Misra at Lakme Fashion Week

Fashion designer Anvila Sindu Misra enjoyed stupendous success in her debut show at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 where she showcased her collection titled ‘Secret Life of the Forest’. Traditional techniques such as hand batik, sujani, khatwa and block printing added glamour to the sarees predominantly in hand-woven linen and jamdani base fabric. The flora and fauna inspiration were translated as reindeer, wild berries, blossoms, dragon flies and assorted foliage that appeared as motifs on the creatively designed saris in natural tones of ecru, burnt rose, indigo, sap green, ochre, white and black. Anavila Sindu Misra’s very feminine line of saris are a perfect offering for the sultry days that will heat up the coming months.anna villa

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5 Hot Sarees from Day 2 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014

aartivijay gupta Aartivijay Gupta showcased sarees with bold prints which paid tribute to India’s miniature paintings. Paintings featuring green landscapes from folklore were cleverly converted into prints in breezy and comfortable sarees.

abdul halderAbdul Halder’s delicious colour palette of fuchsias, pinks and bright yellows in sheer fabric was treated with his signature intricate applique techniques.

ilk by shikha n vinita This blue saree ensemble from ILK by Shikha and Vinita was received with rave reviews in social media. Embellished bodice was transformed into blouse and teamed with twisted saree drape to make the ensemble look elegant, contemporary and creative.

mandira bediThe Super talented Mandira Bedi made her runway debut as fashion designer by showcasing a series of sarees in cocktail colours of fuchsia, oranges and blues with brocade borders and sequins. This fuchsia see-thru saree with black sequinned border is our favourite from the show.

sourabh kant srivastavaGrey is one of the most difficult colour for Indian skin tone to carry head-to-toe. But the ease at which fashion designer Sourabh Kant Srivastava made this ensemble work earns him a spot in our top five saree picks from day two at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

Top 5 Sarees on Day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014

Be it in the form of quirky prints or experimental draping – Day 1 at Lakme India Fashion Week redefined tradition as sarees got innovative image uplift on the ramp. Here are our top 5 picks from Day 1.

ImageSPORTY LUXE – Sarees at Huemn by Pranav Mishra and Shyama shetty had sequin panels with sportswear influences. Thumbs up to their minimalist approach.

ImageDIGI DETOX – Quirk Box showcased garments with contemporary head-to-toe digital prints. This particular saree paired with a collared blouse stands out as our favourite.

ImageDRAPED CONCOCTIONS – We loved this saree inspired draped ensemble at Soup by Sougat Paul

ImagePLAY OFFS – Fashion designer Digvijay Singh had his ‘Masaba’ moment when he sent out garments with Snake and Ladder prints in the ramp which was well received with thunderous applause from the audience.

ImagePLAY OFFS – Snake and Ladder print was only replaced by Ludo this time. Thumbs up to the balanced use of colours and the chic styling.

While all the five sarees are beautiful and unique in their own rights, which one stands out as your favourite?