"A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view."-Sophia Loren
It can get a little difficult to keep up with all fashion weeks around the world. I usually start losing interest early in "fashion month" somewhere between London and Paris. But after a bit of a runway slumber, I do make sure to mark my calendar for India's two fashion weeks in Mumbai and New Delhi. In the past, it was one of the only ways to get a glimpse of the latest in ethnic Indian wear (saris, lehngas, bridal wear) from well-established Indian designers and a chance to see the hottest Bollywood celebs walking the ramps. But over the years, both cities' fashion weeks are showcasing younger, edgier and new Indian designers who are not just showing their modern takes on traditional wear but also contemporary styles. (Interestingly, one thing that has not changed is the number of celebs that still walk the shows).
Indian designers are getting international recognition and it is no surprise when you take a peek at some of these inventive lines. Today in Part 1, is a recap of the Summer-Resort edition of Mumbai's Lakme Fashion Week. (Later this week in Part 2, will be a look at Amazon India Fashion Week that just wrapped up Sunday in New Delhi.)
The contemporary lines really showcased some of the budding creativity amongst Indian fashion designers. One of the highlights was Jatin Varma's line of bold hued, structured dresses with beautiful laser cutwork. (The dresses are made of the it-material: neoprene). Also, notable were the fun designs from Pankaj and Nidhi whose line can be found here in the US at Anthropologie. Pankaj and Nidhi's fall line shown in New Delhi is amazing (more on that in Part 2). The crop top trend was also very prominent in numerous lines. (This actually made me think : Duh! Of course, Indian designers would embrace the crop top. After all, wasn't the sari blouse like the world's first crop top?!?)
1. Ridhi Mehra 2. Harpar's Bazar Inspires Mulmul show (various designers) 3. Jatin Varma 4. Mirage by Parul Bhargava 5. MadSam TinZin 6. Pankaj and Nidhi 7. Sahil Aneja (Reboot by Anuj Bhutani and Dhruv Kapoor and Sahil Aneja show) 8. Pankaj and Nidhi 9. Babita M 10. Sahil Aneja (Reboot by Anuj Bhutani and Dhruv Kapoor and Sahil Aneja show)
Ethnic wear is really the heart of both Indian fashion weeks. And this Mumbai show did not disappoint with rich fabrics in both sleek and voluminous silhouettes. Lakme Fashion Week has a long history of promoting the textiles and handloom industry of the region and dedicated Day 2 of the event to Indian textiles. Notable trends were dhoti-inspired pants, flowing and fitted jackets and peplums. A sample of the Indian wear looks pictured above:
1. Suneet Varma 2. SVA Sonam and Paras Modi 3. Tarun Tahiliani 4. SVA Sonam and Paras Modi 5. Anamika Khanna 6. Suneet Varma 7. IIKA for Anaiikka 8. Harpar's Bazar Inspires Mulmul show (various designers)
image source: Lakme Fashion Week