Anurag Gupta’s Collection ‘A True Story’ at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2019 showcased power dressing for both men and women. It was impactful and a wearable collection. His collection was inspired by a Syrian artist and expert rhetorician Lucian of Samosata’s novel ‘A True Story’ inspired his collection.
Turning his creativity towards the owl, outer space habitat surreal flowers from the novel, Anurag used these with great skill as surface ornamentation on handloom textiles. The journey of the show moved creatively from jacquard knitted sweaters to jackets and pants and then onto multi-layered silhouettes that were eye-catching entries on the runway. The colours used were apt to the theme brown, khaki, black and white.
Opening the show with an extended sleeve, white shirt under a sweatshirt with pants, a waist coat with beige long-sleeved shirt dress, followed by a sweatshirt in black and white print, the khaki hoodie sack dress, black hoodie maxi and a long-sleeved floor length dress with a cloth Ode that followed the theme of the show. Appliquéd jacket and dress gave a hint of semi-formal wear, while the drawstring dress and soft hooded coat were appropriate for the coming seasons.
The most impactful garment was the black and white printed long-sleeved knit T-shirt worn with black parallels and a white trench coat with the intricate black print on the hemline.
For men, there was the black hoodie kurta, a long khaki trench coat, a battle-ready blouson and a printed Tee with trousers.
The classic Luxe dressing by Essé label by Sahib Dang and Sunayna Sahani offered fashion options at the Lakme Fashion WeekWinter/ Festive 2019 With stylish fabrication and minute detailing the collection took inspiration from social happenings, thus it was titled as ‘Isn’t it Ironic’.
The show opened with an acrobatic dancer Chow En Lai who made an impactful appearance, wearing black shorts, T-shirt and very high black heels.
The brand’s approach to style was considered as confident and bold. It was incorporated through artisanal methods and very intricate embroidery. The garments had effortless style that exuded a modern sensibility derived from colours, silhouettes and volume. The fabrics selected were textured denim, organza, tulle, camo prints and 3D thread work like Dabka.
Colours were more towards monochrome tones with mustard, olive green, powder blue and rust making a constant appearance. The silhouettes moved from street wear with denim and oversized cargo pants to the other extreme featuring shorts and trench coats.
The satin harem pants, moulded jacket, camo print pants with cropped top and inner, high-waist pants, shirt dress, cargoes matched with corset and a front draped mini were the main garments of the collection. The line-up of denim jumpsuits with cut-out back, khaki battle jacket, trench with pants, the hoodies with cropped top and mini revealed some rebellious fashion. Adding to the look, was a hoodie cropped jumpsuit and the satin wrap pants with a long-sleeved cropped jacket.
KANIKA SACHDEV AND NEELANJAN GHOSH AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2019
Kanika Sachdev and Neelanjan Ghosh the designers of the ‘Jajaabor’ label, which signifies ‘nomad’ in Assamese, have always had global inspirations that they have imbibed in all of their collections.
At Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019, the duo came up with an interesting collection titled “Chai at Mughalsarai Jn”. The collection reflects their childhood memories of visiting various tourist collections by train. It is these colours, memories, and the little joys and moments filled with happiness that have been showcased in their collection through print, embroidery and hues.
Bringing together a vast array of fabrics like Khadi, silk Chanderi, organza, Jamdaani, tussar, georgette, Banarasi weaves in Chanderi along with gold tissue, designing duo’s bouquet of materials was extravagant. The hues were balanced and flamboyant with vibrancy neutral ivory, spicy turmeric, solid chrome, rich jade, basic sap and fuchsia.
Multi layering was the basis of the collection as diaphanous skirts, asymmetric kurtas and neat waistcoats were splashed with myriad prints. Large, lapelled, cropped jackets made an impact over striped cross over tunics teamed with layered skirts and sleek trousers. The sari was layered under asymmetric flouncy sleeved, floor length, kimono that offered a stylish silhouette.
The main eye catching element of the show was print and embroidery. There were motifs of tigers, trains, flowers, horses, elephants, buildings, houses, vied for attention with destination names like Amritsar Jn, New Delhi, Agra, Sholapur, Mughalsarai Jn, Pune written in English and Devanagari script.
For those of you looking to run through your memory lane “Chai at Mughalsarai Jn” collection by Kanika Sachdev and Neelanjan Ghosh for the label ‘Jajaabor’ will be an unforgettable fashion trip.
Lakmé Official Makeup Expert at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019, Daniel Bauer for the Jajaabor and Anurag Gupta show kept the face matte and contoured. The upper lid of the eyes were kept simple while the lower lash line had a strong graphic line. The look was completed with the Lakmé Absolute Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade Mauve Me.