About Day 3: Diverse directions dominate
Text: Stacy Fernandes | Video: Amit Mehta | Stills courtesy: Lakme Fashion Week
Day 3 started with the collections from Armaan Randhawa, Mohammed Mazhar and Two Point Two.
Armaan Randhawa is known for very strong and dramatic fashion statements. And in his initimitable style, he returned to Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018 with his ‘Twin Queen’ Collection. It was an art presentation that paid rich tributes to that illustrious Brit designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010). It was all about boxy clothes and the appliqué and edgy art work on the jackets and sweatshirts.
The colour card had clear contrasts. From bright maroon for a three-piece suit with patch pockets and white top stitching, to a navy trouser suit with a majestic bee motif, the look sent out a confident fashion direction. An easy silhouette was the batwing-sleeved kurta and the black blouson, while the wrap tunic was a good variation.
The solitary men’s wear was a mid-blue track suit that offered the sporty angle on the ramp. The fabrics were a mix of neoprene, jersey and cotton that were diverse but quite appropriate. Zippers played an important role, as they added the necessary subtle glitter and detailing to the apparel.
The ‘Twin Queen’ collection by Armaan gave not only a strong fashion message, but also a very socially relevant one to the contemporary Indian woman, who will be able to confidently stride in his creations.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Mazhar returned with his ‘Rafugar’ collection. Rafugar or the process of darning is considered the saviour of the clothes one wears. So if many may wonder how the process of darning can add value to a fashion story, then Mohammed answered it with his striking presentation on the ramp. With this he hopes to help Rafugar artisans as also elevate their craft.
The embroidery inspired by Rafugar in red, black and white was the focal point of the collection with its intricate structure. Checks appeared in the red/black combo where extreme drapes and layers took over for the skirts and a hint of velvet provided the necessary glitter. Quilting for the embroidered jackets added an unconventional angle to the look. The final black/white laser laser cut detailing for the sari over black, velvet pants and shirt worked really well for the look.
Taking a bow with Mohammed was embroiderer Zameer Ahmed from Saharanpur, who was responsible for the Rafugar embroidery.
And then we had Anvita Sharma and Asit Barik who had unveiled their label ‘Two Point Two’ at the Gen Next show at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018. For the Day 3 showing, the duo turned to the Japanese Kimono with their Eastern ode called “Simultaneity”. Transforming this oriental garment into street wear, the designers gave the sleeves, labels, closures and silhouettes a 21st century athleisure impact. The collection showcased clothes created for both men and women. She has taken inspiration from the Japanese Kimono, giving it a chic modern style to it. The colour yellow was used to add a colour pop to the collection.
The oversized checked/striped kimono jacket and checked pants with cowl neck blouse clearly kept to the theme of the show and confirmed the agender concept. The hooded, yellow, parka projected the triple X size that will be adored by lovers of comfort.
Making a stylish entry on the ramp to end the show were Bollywood’s talented siblings Huma Qureshi and her brother Saquib Salim. Huma looked impressive in loose textured coat, pants and strappy yellow tank top, while Saquib strutted down confidently in a black patterned jacket and yellow printed cowl neck shirt.
Posted on Aug 24, 2018
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