Monday 26, Oct 2020, Delhi (India)
Saroj Jalan is well known for the luxury in her garments. A 22 year old brand it is much inspired by the Indian handloom and hand embroidery. She has dressed many B-Town celebs including Richa Chadha to sports women Sania Mirza.
At the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2019, she presented her bridal collection ‘Banji’, celebrating the bold and carefree women, who are filled with colours of the Gypsys and the Indian Banjara Community.
Shades of rustic reds, dusky pinks, bright mustards and pistachio greens ruled the platform in stylized embroidery coats, lehenga skirts, corseted blouses, saris and grand anarkalis-all were with well fitted waists and flared hems.
Prominent use of Bandhej with organic fabrics from all over the country embellished with appliqué and Rajasthani dori work brought out colours in no other way this day. Saroj Jalan’s personal interpretation of the Kashmiri Shikarga and a twist to Gulmarg tree patterns were seen in the intricate hand-embroidery on every garment.
To give the look and feel of the gypsies and banjara community embroidered boots and oxidised jewellery were used filling the aura with a boho vibe. The fully embroidered golden coat with a dusky pink, midi dress flared above the waist was a perfect start to the show. A head-turner was the pastel blue front open anarkali and skirt combo embroidered in golden and pink.
The perfect B – World apt for the happy aura Genelia Deshmukh walked the ramp wearing a heavily embellished, red ankle-length lehenga, blouse, long dupatta and jacket. Keeping up with the times, the collection ‘Banji’ fulfilled the desires of 21 st century Indian brides-to-be. Flowing but tailored and grand yet classy – Saroj Jalan presented ensembles every woman would want to wear on her special day.
The Kraft Corridor’s strength and uniqueness of using traditional techniques mixed with contemporary silhouettes has always brought to it name and respect.
During the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2019, It showcased its collection ‘Manzar’ a word that reflects the beauty of the Urdu language. It means ‘View’. A name that well compliments the collection. The designer tried to bring forth the underwater life and the endangered species that are on the verge of extinction due to the pollution caused in the ocean. Kraft Corridor reflected the beauty and serenity of the oceans in their collection.
Taking inspiration from the hues of the deep sea, oceanic plants and coral reefs, ‘Manzar’ had shades reflecting the underwater. The use of beige and ivory with hot pink, teal, peach, maroon and mauve was a reflection of the vibrancy in ocean life. These hot-selling colours on ever-green saris, chic tunics and contemporary Indo-western sets made this the perfect pick for festive occasions. Several capes made an appearance on the ramp, a nice addition for women who wish to cover up, while still looking chic.
Silk being the dominant fabric the focus was built on surface embellishments. Elements that made the collection outstanding were aquatic shells, rocks, plants and sea creatures creating unique textures in the line. Intricate hand embroidery combined with these textures took the garments a notch higher in terms of design elements. The hot pink outfit consisting of a sensuous embellished blouse, tie and dye lehenga and ruffled dupatta stole the show. Another interesting entry was the short, embroidered, key-hole neck, mauve kurta teamed with beige godet palazzo pants and dupatta.
The Bollywood celeb Neha Sharma walked down the runway in a peach lehenga, blouse and dupatta set. All were wonderfully embellished in gold with abstract placement embroideries of marine life. Various tassels in different shapes and sizes on the lehenga skirt added an exciting touch to the outfit. ‘Manzar’ by Kraft Corridor was a dazzling and bright yet sophisticated show. The outfits would be perfect for women wanting to make a statement this festive season!
The label launched in 2009, she aims at celebrating womanhood through her collections. Known for its surface ornamentation Kavita Agarwal’s label has been making several woman enjoy and feel their beauty for a decade now.
Her designs compliment and bring out the confidence in the women who wear it.
At the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2019, Kavita Agarwal showcased her collection ‘The Queen’s Closet’ that drew inspiration from the royalties. The classy and sophisticated designs reflected the larger than life aspect that she drew her aesthetics from for this collection. The collection would be a hit amongst those looking for some trousseau shopping this wedding season!
Hues, shades and tones that have forever reflected the mood and event of the royalties played a major part in this collection. Rich dyes of plum, bamboo, misty jade, mulled grape and tropical green formed the base of the collection. Crêpe for beautiful falls and drapes, jacquards for a detailed look of lustre and tulle to add translucency – all formed a lavish extravagant cocktail!
The intricate, classic, hand embroidery showing Indian heritage and being close to the roots, but mixed with the silhouettes that brought in a sense of modernity. Keeping in trend, lehengas with peplum cholis, saris with mandarin-collar blouses, Indo-western gowns and pre-stitched easy-to-wear saris were the key silhouettes of the collection. A variety of exquisite drapes, placement pleats and sheer layering made Kavita Agarwal’s design aesthetics and vision very clear to the audience. The dark grey, criss-cross front, peplum blouse, embroidered in white and gold was teamed with a floral jacquard skirt and embellished choker. An outfit that stood out was the beige, puffed sleeve, plunging neckline tunic with a flared skirt. Pearls for jewellery added to the royalty of the show.
The royal walked for this collection of the royalties. Soha Ali Khan Pataudi, wore a beige lehenga, choli and long dupatta – all heavily embellished with golden and deep green. She looked stunning carrying the ensemble and swaying the ramp wearing it.
Since luxury and sophistication is what women want for Indian wear, ‘The Queen’s Closet’ by Kavita Agarwal would definitely find its way into every stylish woman’s closet this festive season.
PINK PEACOCK COUTURE BY MASUMI MEWAWALLA
Pink Peacock Couture by the talented designer Masumi Mewawalla merges the European aesthetics with Indian silhouettes. It is a famous label amongst the brides of today who look for modernity in Indian fashion.
At the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2019, Pink Peacock Couture presented a bridal collection “Art Nouveau and Art Deco”. Design aesthetics inspired and reflecting from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s and the old European architecture of Mumbai could be seen forming a unique harmony. It’s a collection every bride to be should have a look at.
As the label states, shades and hues of pink were dominant in the collection with chic pastel shades further reflecting the European inspiration. Layered lehengas, interesting blouse cuts and fresh draped styles modernised the collection and would be a pick for any bride wanting to look classy! Exaggerated floor-length bows and bag-size clutches were the must watch of the show. Rich fabrics with a hint of translucency were embellished with intricate embroidery and fine craftsmanship. Focus was made on asymmetric free-flowing designs, while symmetric geometric motifs reflected the art deco style. An integration of fusion of cubism and morphism, with elements like smooth lines, flower stalks, vine tendrils and many more delicate, sinuous natural motifs, the collection walked with pride.
The highlight was the two-toned pink/white embroidered gown with a huge, sheer, floor-sweeping pink bow. A mesmerising Indo-western outfit was the ivory, puff-sleeved shirt having an enormous bow at the waist, with a lehenga embellished in shades of gold.
The former Miss Diva and Bollywood actress, Urvashi Rautela, swayed on the ramp in an embroidered, sky blue gown with an attached cape.
‘Art Nouveau & Art Deco’ by Pink Peacock Couture created by Masumi Mewawalla showed an unconventional side of bridal fashion making it a perfect choice for the brides to be.