About Day 5: Innovative Fashion Touches
Text: Stacy Fernandes | Video: Amit Mehta | Stills courtesy: Lakme Fashion Week
Tahweave by Shweta Tantia & Priyangsu Maji
Tahweave unveiled their collection “Unchartered” at the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2018. The collection is inspired by Irish landscapes and the region’s culture.
The designer duo used natural, hand woven fabrics like cotton, cotton/silk, sheer silk organza with wool and the lush Bangalore silk with mercerised cotton.The embellishments were intricate cutwork and Kantha stitches, highlighting the beauty of the garments. The colour palette used by the duo were in shades of maroon, grey, white and turquoise blue with checks and stripes were the prime pattern making the garments interesting.
The grey trench coat, asymmetric skirts, drop-waist checked maxi over shift and the bias, pleated, checks/striped dress were seen on the models as they walked the ramp. Asymmetry was important for the collection as it projected a fluid and flowing look to the garments.
Closing the show was Kriti Kharbanda, she was seen in an intricately woven, softly draped, jumpsuit with a sheer long shrug as she strutted down the runway.
The designer called her collection “Wilderness”. It is inspired by travel and the beauty of nature’s greenery, creepers and botanical fantasy.5
The designer used shades of green from light to dark tones and highlights of yellow were seen. The fabric used were silks , khadi and cotton to present a relaxed ready-to-wear comfortable look.
The embellishments were a mixture of doodle sketch inspirations that were botanical in appearance bringing an abstract quality to the garments. The shawl inspired asymmetric shrug, sleeveless long waistcoat in shades of brown and the sharply cut blazer over a sari brought the East and West inspiration perfectly in unison. The men’s wear entries were restricted to the biker jacket, kurta and loose trousers or a heavy military green coat with a basic pant.
Singh’s“Wilderness” collection offered just the right amount of comfort In contemporary silhouettes and style.
The designer introduced a zen like calming fashion to Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2018, with his “Aalo” collection. Aalo means light in Bengali.
The colour palette was restricted to blacks and greys against red and white. The line was a quiet symphony of weaves, embellishments and craft. The garments are draped with a single piece of cloth. Like a saree can be worn in different ways the garments from this collection can also be worn different ways. The fabrics revealed Ikat motifs woven in Orissa and Kantha of Bengal, adding finesse to the garments.
The tiny red embroidery highlighted the dark hues of the fabrics; as a black cape with embroidered yoke worn over dhoti pants, the one-shouldered toga, choli with a mini skirt and sheer poncho brought a fluid, flowing look to the ramp. Introducing men’s wear this season, Soumodeep showed dhoti pants with an intricately woven dupatta all in shades of grey, and a kurta and churidars combo.
Gurmeet Choudhary, TV and screen actor walked the ramp for Dutta, in a bias closure black/grey kurta and dhoti.
LFW Winter/Festive 2018
Location: The St. Regis Mumbai, Senapati Bapat Marg, Gandhi Nagar, Upper Worli, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India