A riot of saturated Indian colours and exquisite weaves came together to create the beautiful ‘Chandbali’ collection by Gaurang Shah. The ambience was nothing short of festive, with live classical music in the background as models walked down the ramp in bright red, rani pink, orange, turmeric yellow, green and purple. The Chandbali motif appeared in metallic embroideries on rich Jamdani fabrics made into sarees, kurtas, lehengas and floor length anarkalis. Traditional techniques gave the garments the elegance a bride would want from her trousseau, while fresh colour blocking made them appealing to the fun loving girl. In an orange and pink Banarasi saree, the ever so elegant and jovial Kiron Kher closed the show.
Purvi Doshi’s ‘Renaissance’ collection was all about sustainable fashion with the use of pure cotton coloured in natural dyes. A palette of muddy primaries – indigo, dull mustard, and deep red, were complimented with charcoal grey and hints of off white. Flared long gowns were interspersed with knee length dresses in colour blocks and flora and fauna inspired prints and embroideries. Buttoned sleeves and shoulder slits added an interesting dimension to voluminous, flowy silhouettes. With ghungroos attached to their footwear, models twirled in their voluminous dresses, like Spanish flamenco dancers, as folksy drumbeats echoed the overall effervescent mood of the show.
Pinnacle by Shruti Sancheti
Temple borders and springtime blooms came together at Shruti Sancheti’s collection, ‘Le Pondi’. With Pink Martini’s French songs as the soundtrack, the Pondicherry inspiration became even more clear. Evocative of windowsill gardens in this tropical city, the dainty colourful florals sat on white cotton in the form of prints and embroidery. Long, flowy tunics worn over palazzos, maxi dresses and sarees, all had white lace edging, giving them that flirty-feminine look perfect for summers. The cool summer vibe spread to the audience too, as the models presented them with flowers while they took their final walk down the runway.
Morarka Arts & Crafts Presents Anavila, 11:11 and Tilla
Morarka Arts & Crafts introduced three designers at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2014, each with their unique sensibility and great understanding of natural fibres.
With a collection of hand woven linen sarees, called ‘Secret Life of the Forest’, Anavila Sindu Misra made her LFW debut. Loosely worn sarees in a variety of drapes and muted shades of ecru, grey, taupe, dusty pink and blue gave a calm and soothing vibe that one gets under the shade of tree on a hot summer afternoon. Dragonflies, deer and birds were present along with trees, all embroidered in tribal inspired styles, while flowers in print and three dimensional applique bloomed on some of the sarees. Hairbands and tassled accessories adorned the models who breezed in and out with intense, kohl-rimmed eyes and sun-kissed skin, akin to the everyday look of the beautiful artisans behind the making of these sarees.
Khadi denim jeans, Bengal cotton shorts and Jamdani suits – 11:11 CellDSGN’s collection was a perfect union of handcrafted textiles with easy, everyday wearable silhouettes for the city dweller. Beautiful people from different fields – music, art and design, walked the runway wearing tailored jackets, relaxed trousers, crop tops, shorts and summer shirts. A colour palette of white, indigo, red and pale pink kept the look clean and contemporary while accessories like sling bags, portfolio clutches and a backpack added to the practical appeal. Cloth necklaces and indigo-dyed canvas shoes were a subtle reflection on the personality of the wearer, who is creative, experimental and grounded in their roots.
A collection of easy summer dresses and separates in hand woven textiles was presented by Aratrik Dev Varman who used fine embellishment and crinkles to create subtle textures on his garments. Sheer layers and panels complimented the delicate textures, while mogra flower inspired layered necklaces made with cotton buds accessorized the clothes. Beginning with pristine white, pale peach, deep navy and hot pink solids and ending with oversized botanical abstract prints, the collection had the right mix fun and elegance for a breezy Indian summer. We have something to look forward to as the scorching summer beckons!