ive days, ninety eight designers and hundreds of breathtaking creations – what a charged up week that was! Style Mynt sat through each and every show, resolving to get you the best of Summer Resort fashion. Happy shopping, then.
Pastels have been ruling international runways and with the sizzling hot tropical summers our country has, it was no surprise that every other designer made plenty use of them in their collections. Cool mint green, powder blue, soft peaches and pinks and creamy yellow are what will be soothing our eyes this summer.
Contrasting with the chalky pastels was surprisingly a colour that is associated with winter – black. Whether in sheers, solids, prints or metallic, black is one classic that proved itself to be seasonless. Pastels or brights, colours were used extensively in solids contrasting and coordinating with each other. Colour blocking is one trend that we never seem to be having enough of.
LFW saw our favourite garment, the saree, being given new looks with innovative draping, pre-stitched styles and layered with tunics and jackets. Layering also showed up in the form of waistcoats, paired with everything from dresses to sarees.
This summer, waistcoats will help you add interesting twists to plain outfits without breaking a sweat (literally!). Summer layers were light and relaxed and many designers paired long tunics and kurtas with loose pants for an airy and comfortable silhouette.
Two of the major trends from last year, the crop top and the high-low hemline, are going strong this time around too. The high low though, got an update with a sharp step, instead of a gradual slope.
Another typically winter look showed up at LFW with metallic effects in the form of embellishments and fabric finishes. We will thank this trend when we have sultry summer evening social dos to go to. Sheers are strong this year too; pair them with metallics to create a brand new look.
Florals are a staple every summer, and this time they are bigger, bolder and even three dimensional. No longer dainty, even men can wear florals boldly, as seen at the opening show by Manish Malhotra.
Apart from florals, digital abstracts, collage prints and loud statement logos made their presence felt on the runway. Big, number prints gave a nod to the sports luxe trend that continues from last year.
Hair and Make up
It was the season of contrasts at the Fashion Week; from soft, side-parted hair left loose, to hair worn in high puffs and buns on top of the head and from a fresh, natural look in most of the shows to dramatic make up in Gaurav Gupta and Anju Modi’s shows.
Hair also got a dressed up look with bands and jewellery; and we are sure they will come in handy as the heat and humidity kick in.
Summer woes didn’t seem to show on the men, who walked in with stubbles and beards, raising temperatures on the runway. As long you don’t take it as an excuse to be lazy, a scruffy stubble is welcome.
While high heels rule the catwalk as models go about sashaying down, what stood out this time, were the colourful and sporty brogues in leather and canvas. Call it the sports luxe influence or just another fad; we love it when fashion gets practical. Speaking of which, the portfolio clutches and bags were a welcome change from tiny minaudieres that have made dime a dozen appearances last few seasons.
Round sunglasses made a comeback, giving the summery outfits a fun vibe. They will be the perfect accessory for all you bohemians at heart.
The real statement this fashion week though, was made through jewellery, as designers like Mawi, Mrinalini Chandra and many more presented their collections, each distinct from the other, and as stunning as the rest. Unusual shapes and motifs, innovative material and worn in the most interesting ways – jewellery has never been this inspiring.
With this plethora of fresh silhouettes, prints and colours and interesting styling and accessorising, we can guarantee that this summer is going to be exciting.
IMAGE CREDITS: Lakme Fashion Week