Nitya Arora Celebrated The Art Deco Movement Through Her Accessories At Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013
Nitya Arora’s ‘Valliyan’ label celebrated the beauty of the Art Deco influences of 1920 through her accessories collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. Architecture played an important role in the designs when the various mediums came together seamlessly to create beautiful ornaments. From glass, crystal, mother of pearl inlays, pearls to semi-precious stones, vintage tidbits, copper, brass and gold plating; the jewellery had that unique Nitya Arora touch.
Opening the showed with a lacy long body ornament, the long necklaces with tube beads, fan shaped pendants, spirals on bold chains and cocktail rings were all imposing pieces of jewellery. The striking bow pendant on a pearls and gold chains, chokers, danglers, and shoulder dusters had a bold “in your face” appeal that was totally eye-catching.
When it comes to selecting jewellery that tells a story all its own, then Valliyan by Nitya Arora unravels many mysterious fashionable tales.
Karishma Shahani Khan Brought Bollywood Glamour On The Runway At Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Fashion 2013
It was Bollywood glamour inspired by the quintessential “Mona Darling” that dazzled on the runway when Karishma Sahani Khan presented her “Maya” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. Bringing in age old style directions and merging them with sensuous apsara inspirations, Art Deco and geometry; the designer’s East meets West fusion line was a welcome display.
The motifs brought a hint of ideas like freedom, symmetry, opulence and mystery, which were rendered beautifully through embroidery, prints and tactile surface ornamentation. Varying weights of natural cotton formed layers that effortlessly played together to create illusions. Graphic knits were turned into pinafores, while fragile cotton edged with lace and splashed with embroidery created an unconventional cover for cut-away dress.
Sheer skirts were panelled and worn with cropped embroidered sleeved tops. Bows were often the highlight, while the clever mix of fabrics, abstract smudgy prints and colours was an interesting concept. The folksy dress, the organza tail coat bolero, peplum blouse and skirt, and two tone sari worn with a short trapeze blouse had a mix of Indo-west influences.
For a show stopping entry at any event the “Maya” collection by Karishma Sahani Khan will create the right illusion for the wearer as well as the audience
Ken Ferns Presented An Ethereal Collection At Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013
Looking up to the sky for inspiration, Ken Ferns hit upon the moon as his muse and called his collection “Moon Rise” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013.
Incorporating a slight mysterious futuristic appeal into his collection, Ken’s colour story had those magical dimensions of the moon’s surface and luminance. Sedate ivory, liquid gold, dusty beige and shades of deep greys, gave the colour palette a romantic touch. Adding a slight 50’s influence with hints of the New Age touches; there was balanced construction and a gentle flow in the garments. Prints revolved around trees and creatures of the night to complete the inspired look. Fabrics were soft and fluid with satin, crepe, georgette and silk allowing the garments to create the sexy image.
Very elegant with touches of Red Carpet glamour, the moulded mini, slim gown with pleated sleeves, the rigid plastic curves on the shoulders of most creations, figure hugging corsets and fluid long skirts were romantic additions to the collection.
Men’s wear was restricted to ombre print suits with rear slits in fabrics that matched the theme of the collection.
Adding more drama Ken designed headgear resembling bare trees, which added to the Moon Rise inspiration.
Bringing his show to its glamorous end was Pratiek Babbar in a stylish printed suit and his sexy co-star Amyra Dastur from the film “Issaq” wearing a sultry corset and printed silk skirt.
“Moon Rise” by Ken Ferns offered the fashionable global woman many formal wear options that will make her a trend setter.
A Regimental Fashion Presentation By Sneha Arora Had A Marked Military Edge At Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013
Sneha Arora let her imagination revolve around a Vintage Military theme for her collection called “A Soldier Story” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013. It was a disciplined range with a marked regimental look that revealed a hint of stark determination and discipline in the sharp lines of the silhouettes and smudgy images of the prints.
Definitely masculine in appearance, the overall look was crisp and tailored in a mix of cotton dobbies, military twills, silks and wool blends. The colours remained totally martial in tones of green, khaki, navy all blended with burgundy.
The prints matched the theme with men in uniform, stars, camouflage, vintage/saluting soldiers and courage images kept the look under control. Shift dresses, shirts, long lean maxis, one button or five button double breast pleated blazers and shirt with release pleats were some of the highlights of this feminine martial wear. The print story although contrasted in colour tones blended into the look without being too obvious or obstructive.
Footwear followed the stern inspiration drawn from the look of the Greek royal army.
For fashion that had a marked androgynous look but with immense style directions, “A Soldier Story” by Sneha Arora will get the attention of admirers worldwide.
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