Debarun + Vijay Balhara + Shilpa Reddy at LFW WF 2013


Debarun Mukherjee, Vijay Balhara And Shilpa Reddy Presented Glamorous Varied Collections At Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013


Debarun Mukherjee’s Classic Yet Contemporary Collection Had A Fashionable Appeal At Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Mumbai, 23rd August 2013: It was a journey that brought the fashionable past and the trendy present together in a classic theme for a collection called “Ba-Dastoor” (Like Always) at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013.

To display his inspiration, Debarun Mukherjee worked around beige, ivory, red and nude tones for the traditional style story, which was being retold. Showcasing a line of saris, lehengas, layered dresses, kurtas and churidars, the designer recreated the glory of the past on the ramp.

Opening the show with a graceful dance by Rinku Dutt was the ideal start to the very ethnic presentation. The long printed flared jacket with tunic, churidar, and maxi printed tie-up top with printed gathered pant, set the mood of the show. The six saris in the same colour combinations but with a variety of glittering embroidery were kept at their traditional best. The final line of ghagras teamed with heavily embellished jackets or blouses were ideal festive wear.

The retro story of the collection continued for the six men’s wear with short jackets, kurtas, bundgalas, long flared coats and suits.  There was a marked sherwani inspiration to remind one of days gone by. Geometric motifs had a touch of tradition, which came alive with block prints, over dyeing, hand embroidery and appliqué. The aged and matte finish techniques added an old world charm to the collection.

For men and women who long for retro chic, then Debarun Mukherjee’s “Ba-Dastoor” collection will be the best offering.


Debarun 2 at LFW WF 2013

Debarun 3 at LFW WF 2013



Giving his collection called “Muted Monologue” fashion directions; Vijay Balhara presented a glamorous line of western wear at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013.

Pure cotton, silk, chiffon, georgette and taffeta were splashed with hand embroidery using Indian craft techniques like Dabka, Nakshi, caviar beads and cut daana. Matching the beauty of the theme, the colours were in muted shades of pristine white, olive, khaki, blush and mint, while the glitter of the embellishments added the touch of shimmer. Gliding down the catwalk were models displaying maxis, gowns, skirts with provocative slits and minis, which were ideal formal wear.

The display was a lavish range of formal creations as a white mini under a chiffon long skirt, silver embroidered bolero over white pleated gown; one shoulder floor length maxi and the glittering pale mint jacket with sequined midi were gorgeous. Cropped jackets sparkled under the arc lights teamed with gowns, a long tulip skirt was worn with glitzy blouses, the Grecian draped one-shoulder gown and the final white self designed silver creation were great show stoppers.

When women desire to make that ideal silent fashion statement, Vijay Balhara’s “Muted Monologue” will create a lot of appreciative chatter.


Vijay Balhara 1 at LFW WF 2013

Vijay Balhara 3 at LFW WF 2013



Inspired by the 16th century warrior mother and queen “Suriyothai”, the queen of Siam, Shilpa Reddy’s collection of the same name at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 showcased the aspects of feminine strength through the garments.

It was an imaginative, daring collection that offered several stylish options to women who want to make a firm personal style statement.

Creating bridal wear of the unconventional kind, Shilpa used fragile fabrics like tulle, as well as crepe, embellished them with embroidery and stone work inspired by Thai jewellery, which had large accents of gold with precious and semi-precious stones.

While bridal wear has been inspired in the past by African, Greek, Tribal and Roman forms; Shilpa brought to the forefront for the first time, the delicate beauty of Thai ensembles and inspirations. Sophisticated cuts and clean structures were part of the trousseau wear line, which Shilpa offered to brides.

Concept saris in flame red, pale green or sun yellow with very interesting blouses had that distinct Thai influences for the shoulders or necklines. Anarkali kurtas, luxuriously embellished gowns with ornate shoulder emphasis at times were worn with dhoti salwars that made dramatic entries on the catwalk. Embroidered jackets with shimmering inner, worn with cropped harem pants, a gold bodice for a flared mini and a poncho with a fluid lehenga gave a contemporary look to traditional bridal wear.

Closing the show was designer, Shilpa Reddy mysteriously masked as she glided down the ramp in a sensuous red and gold creation to end her collection called “Suriyothai”.

For a look that has all the fashionable style directions that will thrill New Age brides for the coming season, Shilpa Reddy’s “Suriyothai” collection had the perfect options.


Shilpa Reddy 1 at LFW WF 2013

Shilpa Reddy 2 at LFW WF 2013




About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in sports and entertainment event marketing and management. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Winter/Festive 2013 will be held from August 23 to August 27 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. For further information log on to http://www.Lakmé

About Lakmé:

Contemporary Indian beauty expert Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and world class color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé also offers its consumers a comprehensive beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Salons and Studios.

About IMG Reliance:

IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd., is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company. The joint venture company will develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. Its current assets include India’s premier fashion event, Lakmé Fashion Week and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, the Aircel Chennai Open. IMG Reliance has entered agreements with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level.  IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis-at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.


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