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These up-and-comers hit all the right notes on the first day of Lakmé Fashion Week

By Nidhi Jacob  March 19th, 2015

Word on the street after the first day of Lakmé Fashion Week? The kids are alright.

Bright new stars debuted at the Gen Next show – P.E.L.L.A by Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama picked Zen whites and volume as her running theme; Kanika Goyal mixed roughed-up denim with luxe outerwear; Kaleekal by Alan Alexander Kaleekal went for spartan simplicity with deconstructed shapes in frayed muslin; Gréusha by Ankit Carpenter sent out a sunny suit; Salita Nanda went all Cubist on us and Manish Bansal gave the fashion-forward boys something to look forward to with smart, sharply-tailored summer separates.

The not-so-new crew also had plenty of exciting designs in store for us. Ilk by Shikha & Vinita recreated stripes through floral texture, Yogesh Chaudhary made a sari-dress hybrid at Surendri, Frou Frou by Archana Rao’s pastel patch-worked coat was something we would ignore the heat for, Karishma Shahani gave a masterclass in texture play and Huemn’s Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty made slinky suits for the sporty girl.

Photographs: Shivaji Juvekar