The Lakme Fashion Week was kick started on 31st Jan with a bang. The 5-day long affair is one of the premier fashion events in India and here are some of the most exciting moments from the first 3 days of the show:
Several celebrities graced the runway this season making the whole event even more glamorous. On the first day, Mira Rajput and Shahid Kapoor won hearts when the much-loved couple walked down the runway holding hands, sporting wedding inspired pieces by Anita Dongre. On day 2, Preity Zinta looked lovely in a red and black sari by Sanjuktta Dutta, while Kiran Rao walked the runway for the Abraham and Thakore show. Day 3 saw the comeback of Karan johar who sported a bold look with dyed grey hair. Sonakshi Sinha too walked the runway for Phalguni and Shane Peacock.
LFW was all about inclusivity as it featured a collection by Half Full Curve – a fashion label that believes in body positivity and fashion for all sizes. Although India is relatively new to plus-sized fashion, Half Full Curve managed to steal the show this season. The designs had synched waits and structured peplums and pleats with models of all ages, shapes sizes and complexion walking the runway. The runway also saw a hint of androgyny in the designs of Santanu Das.
North-East India finally got a shout-out in the LFW as IMG Reliance collaborated with the United Nation in India to host a dialogue on the northeastern region followed by a show featuring six sustainable fashion designers from the region on Sustainable Fashion Day on February 1. This brought to attention the problem of lack of availability of raw materials in the northeast. “The weavers do want to work, but the main problem they face is with raw materials. All the raw materials in Manipur, especially cotton, is imported from Guwahati. So whenever there’s curfew or a blockage, which happens very frequently in Manipur, these supplies stop,” said Manipuri fashion designer, Richana Khumanthem.
Accessories made a huge splash on the runway as chunky bangles and mini bags were heavily featured in designs this season. From minimalist pearl neck-pieces to beaded head gears and chunky wooden bangles, the runway was full of accessories that a certain je ne sais quoi to the designs.
From bright pastel shades to dull metallic tones the LFW was very diverse. But in spite of the varying themes the dominant colours this season were black, neutral shades and metallic hues with the occasional pop of colour. Another dominant trend seen on the runway was the loose silhouette with layers gathered in light, fluid styles.