Friday, March 9, 2012

Spot-on Style

By Rashmi Hemrajani

Designer: Isabelle Mittal

The recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2012, in Mumbai showcased some striking design trends. We highlight 2 of them…

At the end of 5 days of fashion and celebrities, one needs a dose of realism.  Great designs, impeccable tailoring and an inspirational aura - all contribute to the style mix, which is generally a fashion week by-product. Due to popular perception, this season LFW boasted of great sells as fashion is seeping into mini-metros and B towns of the country. So start taking notes now:

Organic Fabrics 

Long live hand spun cottons, khadis, silks and techniques like kalamkari, jamdhani and ikat! Add these to organic fabrics like Khand, Chanderi, Chettinad and Kanchi cottons that saw a revival at LFW Summer/Resort 2012. Designer Deepika Govind was in her element with signature stripes and checks from Chettinad, Narayanpet, Venkatagiri and Kanchi in her saris, tunics and drape dresses with asymmetric hemlines. But the prime focus was on the weaves from Ilkal, a small town in Karnataka, South India.

Designer: Deepika Govind

Designers Vaishali Shadangule, Purvi Doshi, Paromita Banerjee, Anita Dogre and Krishna Mehta also went the organic way and presented gorgeous wearable designs in tunics, saris, pants, dresses and more.

Designer: Vaishali Shadangule
Designer: Paromita Banerjee
Designer Rohit Bal unveiled amazing designs with cord and cut-work - long floor hugging full flared creations with stunning embroidery and overlapping appliqu├ęd circles. While Abhishek Dutta’s men’s wear set heart rates soaring with an array of  tussore jackets with a twig motif embellishment on the hem; linen shirt with cut-work yoke; grey mandarin collar jacket with two low pockets; a bundhgala with an embroidered edge, and the like.

Designer: Rohit Bal
Designer: Abhishek dutta
Designer Neha Agarwal added metallic cut-work sequins and hand painting with leaf and dew drop prints, to make the look sensuous and stylish for the coming season with loose pleated trousers, camisoles and umbrella-cut midi dresses reminiscent of the 70’s.

Designer: Krishna Mehta
Laser cut was the added flavour. Bollywood’s favourite designer Rocky S brought in laser cut-work for net and georgette along with intricate cord work and showers of crystal and kundan embroidery.  3 ultra futuristic creations in stunning laser-cut felt marked the opening of designer Jatin Verma.

Designer: Rocky S
Designer: Jatin Varma
Delhi-based designer duo Shashank Raj & Prajwal Badwe played with the colour combo of black and white on organza, net and chiffon, as the 3D felt cut-outs came alive to highlight the theme of the collection.

Designer: Shashank Raj and Prajwal Badwe
To sum it up, these two trends are wearable by one and all. Whether you are 16 or 60, get ready to dazzle in organic fabrics and cut-work!


  1. Indian design was always famous for the traditional approach n prints on them,..out here bth the shots define xtremities...either entirely dedicatd to silhouette gowns or the dusky indian wrap
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  2. Thanks for sharing.
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