AN EARTHY COLLECTION BY BABITA MALKANI HAD HINTS OF NATIVE ALASKAN ART AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Exploring new terrains for Babita Malkani comes easy, as she moved into the cold regions of Alaska to dream up her “Omayok” collection for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
The native cultures of the cold terrain were the theme of Babita’s exquisite creations. Choosing light weight fabrics like sheer georgette, crêpe and linen, Babita teamed them with jersey and ribbed knits. She then added intricate laser cutting and stencilling to bring the highlights to centre stage.
Finally the designer topped it all with digital prints that recreated the wilderness of the Alaskan life style. The result was a beautifully draped line of women’s wear that had minute detailing to create a striking vision.
From feisty fringed capes, to slinky sheath dresses, seductive sarong style skirts, the design directions moved to multi-yarn and braided embroidery motifs recreated from the past. An emblazoned printed skirt and accessories like stylish suede wedges added to the theme of the collection while, the colour options were earthy with hints of aboriginal directions.
From the flesh coloured will-power sheath with 3D work, the collection moved to asymmetric fringed poncho tops, cute shorts, criss-crossed unusual ones with flared pants and a draped georgette beach cover. The looped hem cape, bustier with one-shoulder drape and the sari pallav inspired gown created a great fusion look. The three coloured draped cowl gown, halter blouse with black and white sari and the asymmetric shaded cape over a mini skirt brought the rustic prints to centre stage.
The showstopper was the petite Soha Ali Khan in a swishy swirling black and white printed long skirt and stunning choli, which was a great end to a creatively researched collection that recreated the theme beautifully.
When it comes to fashion with a wildly exciting geographic inspiration, Babita Malkani’s “Omayok” line reminiscent of Alaskan beauty will be a great sartorial addition in the global woman’s wardrobe.
ASMITA MARWA’S LOVE FOR NEW YORK INSPIRED HER HIGH STREET COLLECTION AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Inspired by the wonderful fast paced global city, New York; Asmita Marwa dreamt up a collection called “New York, New York” for her mythical muse Maya during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Pushing her creative envelope to the edge, Asmita brought in pops of colours to highlight the pulsating energy of the Big Apple. Adding New York’s street art in fantastic collages featuring multiple faces of Hollywood celebs, Asmita worked with khadi, voile, viscose satin, crépe, cotton net and shimmer fabrics. The colours were off-white and black with shocks of salmon pink appearing at regular intervals.
The silhouettes were structured yet relaxed with a regular appearance of the “A” line shape as well as some fluid and flowing drapes, which Asmita is known for.
Detailing was in the form of organza scalloped textures, which appeared on the garments or in heart shapes as giant appliqués on the garments. Tape and zipper additions, buttons, pleats for dresses and elastic straps gave the collection a feisty feel. Asymmetrical dress, kimono cropped top, one-shoulder black satin jumpsuit and the panelled balloon shirt were fun additions.
Adding four men’s wear garments, Asmita ensured that they were in sync with the rest of the women’s creations. So printed collage T-shirts were worn with matching denim pants, voile shirt with checked trousers, or a sepia tone khadi print trouser with a matching shirt in voile.
Asmita selected an apt show stopper for her very energetic collection. The lady was the very vibrant Adhuna Akhtar who rocked the ramp as she grooved to the music, wearing a neon pink halter jersey gown.
Offering a wide range of mix and match options not only in fabrics but also in garments; Asmita Marwa’s “New York, New York” collection was a perfect offering of High Street fashion with a stylish global appeal.
JATIN VARMA’S COLLECTION WAS AN INDULGENT OFFERING OF RED CARPET GLAM ENSEMBLES AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2015
Known for his glamorous ultra-chic Red Carpet creations at fashion weeks, Jatin Varma unveiled his “Falling in LOVE” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015. The inspiration was pure feminine with a gracious nostalgic touch where ‘love’ and the ‘heart’ are the words that matter the most to women.
The fabrics matched the theme with their luxurious feel. The colours were romance personified as old rose, leaf green, purple and black were seen moving through the collection. The intricate laser cut techniques, which are Jatin’s specialty and the sensuous cascading ruffles on the garments added to the grace and beauty of the simple flowing dresses.
Presenting the collection like a colour card, Jatin started with leaf green for the one-shoulder ruffled gown with net trail and a laser cut peplum bodice and panelled skirt creation. What followed was a bevy of Red Carpet creations that swept down the runway in all their glamorous glory.
The old rose segment revealed cutwork bib for a solid long skirt, appliquéd tulle gown, bodice with flowing ruffles for a figure hugging ensemble and a slashed rippled skirt creation.
For the purple line, the angular godet fish tail maxi, moulded front with cascading back and the cutwork side fins gowns were stunners.
The final black looks featured the earlier three colours as bands, extensions or graduating borders for the scintillating high octane formal wear collection.
For a woman who is in love with fashion and the world, Jatin Varma’s’ “Falling in Love” collection offered the perfect options for her ultra- glam sartorial needs.