Meet the designers behind the best-dressed celebrities of the week
Fresh off the runway
If you’ve been looking to cop your favourite celebrity’s style, look no further than the Lakmé Fashion Week runway. Celebrity stylists punched in attendance regularly at the five-day extravaganza, and ensured their clients had the first pick of new collections, hot off the ramp.
Dressed in Galang Gabaan, Kangana Ranaut dipped into her secret font of 1940s glamour for the Rangoon promotion spree, while Athiya Shetty rocked a bohemian look that had made its fashion week debut under a week ago. You’ve seen the looks, now add the designers behind them to your vocabulary.
Best-dressed celebrities of the week and the designers behind them
The International Scotch Day celebrations saw Freida Pinto returning to India, but the lady carried some of that New York pixie dust back with her. Dressed in an all-white number from Tome, Freida’s look was anything but basic. Based out of New York, besties Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin waited for 13 years to launch their label, having tried their hand at several other careers before becoming one of America’s fastest growing fashion labels. The reason behind their meteoric rise can be attributed to their core philosophy: Tome promises to cater to “every woman who has ever worn a white shirt with confidence.”
Grassroot by Anita Dongre
Before lighting up the Lakmé Fashion Week grand finale, Kareena greeted reporters at the press meet in an indigo patchwork dress from Grassroot, Anita Dongre’s sustainable initiative. In a bid to revive India’s textile heritage, the label translates village art into fashion, straight from the fingers of women artisans onto contemporary silhouettes. Naturally dyed khadi, block printed kala cotton and recycled fabrics form the crux of her collection.
Athiya Shetty livened up her basic white tee with appliquéd Farah Sanajna denims, and the possibilities of her Summer/Resort ’17 line don’t end there. Farah holds a degree from the prestigious London College of Fashion. Her bragging rights also include working at the design house of Vivienne Westwood under Dame Vivienne Westwood herself, before returning to India. This ex-ELLE India alum then made a splash with her Lakmé Fashion Week debut in 2011 with an androgynous collection that used collars as a base.
Taking a break from lugging all those flowy pallus around, Kangana stepped out in a fitted Victoria Beckham sheath. Posh Spice may not have been everyone’s favourite Spice Girl, but Victoria made her own fortune by launching her eponymous label that immediately became a red carpet favourite. Her star-studded clientele today includes Beyoncé, Anna Kendrick and Kate Winslet among others.
There’s nothing that Kangana Ranaut carries off as well as a sari, but props to Galang Gabaan for making it easy. NIFT-graduate Lipsa Hembram helmed the label in 2008, with the sole aim of bringing the rich textile industry of Odisha into the spotlight. The label has since become a regular fixture on the Lakmé Fashion Week roster with its soft cottons, fuss-free silhouettes and handwoven charm.
Tamanaah hit it out of the park at a meet and greet with (really lucky) fans in a two-toned lace dress by Self-Portrait. Founded in 2013 by Malaysian-born designer Han Chong, the label has since found many takers in Bollywood (Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Athiya Shetty, to name a few) with a brand ethos that attempts to bring street style to everyday women at attainable rates.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Shraddha Kapoor gave us the perfect date night outfit idea with a flirty canary dress from up-and-coming label Rutu Neeva. Co-founded by designers Rutu Shah & Neeva Sheth, the label is all about bright candy colours and edgy silhouettes. Sonam Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha haven’t been able to resist the charms of their sunlit creations either.
Amoh by JADE
Athiya Shetty also gave us the perfect bridesmaid look in bohemian separates, hot off the Amoh by JADE runway. Designers Monica and Karishma hold credit for the luxury prêt line that infuses vibrant summer hues with trendy silhouettes.