Sunday, 13 September 2015

Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015

This is my 2nd attempt at this post. The first time I wrote, the husband pointed out that this piece lacked the strong MyFadedDenim opinions and that it just stated facts. This brings about the point that I’ve discussed with my fellow bloggers that as bloggers, if we are unable to share our thoughts with our viewers then we are just ‘writing’ and not ‘blogging’. In my desperate effort of uploading my post faster (these days I am juggling my time and still adjusting to the Mumbai life!), I unknowingly lost my voice. Here’s to learning my lesson and moving on to telling you all about my amazing experience at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2015. :)

Every season, Lakme Fashion Week arrives with a lot of hype, expectations, enthusiasm along with a huge talent pool of new designers vying to showcase their work. This season saw a bunch of such amazing upcoming designers - Antar Agni, Manish Bansal, Tanieya Khanuja, and Kristi De Cunha come to mind. To add to the glamour quotient, the who’s who from the fashion, film, tv, media, gliz, and page 3 was under one roof. 

The event started with Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla making a grand opening with glaring gold fabrics (my eyes!). Manish Malhotra then unveiled his first ever men’s wear collection with Ranbir Kapoor as the showstopper. Not surprisingly, I was more interested in my favorite gen-next designers - Quirkbox and Ilk for their more wearable clothing line that was comfortable, androgynous, and bold at the same time.

Of the 5-day event, I was most excited and was looking forward to the 2nd day for the celebration of Indian textiles and weavers. Where designer Kh Sha showcased gypsy-style layering and oversized silhouettes, Vrisa by Rahul N Shikha was all about ankle length kurtas and ethnic wear in muted tones. Anita Dongre’s Grassroots collection was one of my favorites (die-hard Global Desi fan!) since she used Indian prints and textiles to create modern and asymmetrical designs. As soon as I saw the first creation by Swati and Sunaina - a beautiful cream and gold sari – I told myself, “Buckle up and get ready to be impressed!!”. Their colorful ‘Banaras Revised’ collection showcased traditional Banarasi weaves with an emphasis on beauty. 

There were many designers who showcased bridal wear. I enjoyed watching Arpita Mehta’s collection for her unique mix of intricate mirror work and embroidery. Anushree Reddy’s outfits had a color palette of romantic pastels and flirty flower motifs. Being a South Indian, I am a big fan of the Kanjeevarams. Gaurang Shah’s Samyukta collection beautifully incorporated Kanjeevaram, Uppada, Banarasi designs with traditional embroidery, such as gota, zardozi, and chikankari.

This season, I also managed to meet lovely people, have great conversations, and enjoyed the perks of being a blogger at the LFW apartment. Imagine sharing the same space with the Cosmopolitan India editor (Nandini Bhalla) while getting a hair makeover!! :) It is always fun to interact with like-minded bloggers and to participate in the events with them. Where I could attend 2 days of the 5-day event, I will make sure that I get to attend all the 5 days the next time and to catch up on more shows, more conversations, more masti, and more entertainment. ☺

All the hustle bustle before the start of a show. :)

Arpita Mehta's gorgeous Indian Wear
Tanieya Khanuja's collection was inspired by Origami
Mrilani Chandra's over-the-top but stunning jewellery collection
Being busy while uploading live feed on social media :p

Mens Wear by Manish Bansal and Piyush Dedhia
My fellow blogger, Anupriya from Styleprism
Enjoying with these girls on Day 5. Aria (right picture) is from StyleMeAria.

Watch my Hair Makeover video. Bed Head TIGI gave my super straight hair some voluminous bouncy waves. 

Rana Daggubati and Amy Jackson walking for Anushree Reddy

Malaika Arora Khan walking for Arpita Mehta

Structured fabrics and tailored silhouettes by munkee.see.munkee.doo

Manish Bansal's Mens Wear

Saqib Saleem walking for SOL by Piyush Dehia

It was soo much fun meeting Sherry Shroff :)

Red Culottes from Asos | Silver Shoes from Forver21 | Bags from Lavie | White top and Necklace from VeroModa | Denim Dress from Zara | Blue Blazer from Vero Moda | Black Heels from Clarks

Photos by Me and Ankita Chatterjee | Hair Makeover Video by Ankita Chatterjee | Creative Direction, Editing Pictures and Styling - yours truly

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