The second last day of FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week unfolded with strong and distinctive collections depicting different storylines. From Siddartha Tyle’s rendition of Studio 54 to Nirmooha’s primitive print party, it was a string of creatively challenging presentations.
Payal Singhal and Manish Malhotra presented two very contrasting runway shows. Each focusing and magnifying on the label’s signature strength while simultaneously introducing newer elements.
Nirmooha And Limerick
Retro spunk with a contemporary spin best describes Nirmooha’s latest collection. The feather prints, geometric abstracts and surface ornamentation in bold-hued easy separates perfectly captured the wild essence of the 70s. Limerick’s trans-seasonal line emphasised resort wear. Inspired by the 400-year-old art form of Pichwai, it celebrated the country’s heritage art and craft.
Samant Chauhan’s latest launch, titled New Born, embodied the idea of celebration. Florals and shimmer infused garments with dramatic sleeves and flowy fabrics served as the perfect options for when we rejoin the world.
Nitin Bal Chauhan
Nitin Bal Chauhan experimented with 3D embroidery with unconventional materials and turned it into architectural garment shapes. Usage of fluid fabrics for the silhouettes helped create a contrasting balance to the extended surface embellished bodice.
Taking a cue from the bold and uncensored nightlife of New York’s iconic Studio 54 club, Siddartha Tytler displayed an unabashed line reflecting the roaring 80s: fun, flirty, yet definitive of one’s individuality. Spotted: corsets, bodycon dresses, peasant tops, co-ord sets and tracksuits for the ladies and structured suits, bomber jackets and printed T-shirts for the gentlemen.
Payal Singhal’s vibrant spring/summer welcome came with a drive-in picnic for the front-row attendees. It encapsulated her bohemian-chic ethos with an upgraded funk and spunk. Her best-selling silhouettes got a revamp with new and inventive ideas. Think classic pocketed PS lehengas, but now with a matching sports bra and bomber jacket. Sorbet hues, quirky accessories and playful elements like neon tassels bow-detailed tote bags were the additional ingredients that added the extra layer of oomph.
Couturier Manish Malhotra pulled all the stops for his brand new collection Nooraniyant. We saw ball-room gowns, lehengas with dainty blouses and cut-out details brimming with head-to-toe gold and silver shimmering details. For the brides who like to make an entrance, this hits the sweet spot.