Nitya Arora, Nikhil Thampi and Nimish Shah display accessories & great fashion at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015


Known for her innovatively designed accessories that have captivated women globally, Nitya Arora’s jewellery collection for her ‘Valliyan’ label was a glitzy show at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 Nitya’s latest collection was an irresistible range called “Iridescent Space”, which had strong inspirations like Star Wars and the Galactic world. Full of futuristic touches, the label revealed impressive imagery of the White Army, Space Stations and Jedis in the ornaments. Made predominantly in silver with sudden bursts of gold and gunmetal, the shimmering Swarovski crystals added colour and a hint of the fourth dimension from the theme.  Adding earthy semi-precious stones with a marked marble effect, the collection was pure retro space age. It was apparent from the impressive display on the ramp that gorgeous jewellery that spoke a language all its own is Nitya’s forté each season.   Body harnesses, cuffs, star burst tiaras, ear cuffs, palm bracelets, danglers, Maang tikka, tiara-cum-headbands, finger-cum-cuffs, danglers and multi necklace chokers recreated the mood. A nose pin was a great jewel addition to the face; while armlets and the solar system pendants were dramatic entries. The final giant galaxy harness, which rose from the back of the model like a halo, the entwining arm bracelets along with the blinding glitter of the ornaments were a great end to a stunning collection.   For the woman who wants to rule as a modern day Princess Leia on terra firma with her trend setting style, Nitya Arora’s “Iridescent Space” collection for her ‘Valliyan’ label will win her many fashion battles with ease.


When a collection is inspired by the nostalgic Bollywood glamour of the 1990’s it has to rock the ramp. Nikhil Thampi kept the tempo upbeat as the iconic songs of that era with their foot tapping beat inspired his creativity for a colourful line.  Heavily influenced by songs like Tip Tip Barsa Paani (Mohra), Saat Samundar (Vishwatama), Tamma Tamma (Thanedar) Jhuma Chumma (Hum) and Muqualbala (Hum se hai Muquabala); Nikhil took the key elements of the clothes worn during those songs for his “Light, Camera, Fashion” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.Reflective lamé and shimmer fabrics were the leading stars of the show with shades of yellow, white and black being the supporting cast. The colour story finally ended the action on the ramp, in a burst of hues like gold and gunmetal dazzling metallic shades. Giving a fun filled modern twist to shapes, Nikhil revealed structured semi Indian silhouettes, flowing maxis, gowns, soft blazers and waist coats.The show opened with the sun yellow line of bandaged, pre-stitched sari, halter choli and sarong, slit plunge neck gown and a one-shoulder backless number. Leather accents were prominent when they appeared as bands on bodice to hold figure hugging maxis or as harnesses for midi creations. The cross over long sleeved gold cropped top matched with white bell- bottoms, the gold pantsuit and the leather bra under a shimmering jacket and pant were dazzlers on the catwalk.Giant lapels gave the gleaming trench coat a masculine touch but the black/gold halter leather strapped jumpsuit revealed a perfect lounge wear vibe. For the finale it was the gold and gunmetal lamé gowns with high slits and leather straps enticingly wrapped around the bodice that were risqué but oh so sexy!For women who want to relive the riotous colourful days of the 1990’s with Bollywood glamour; then they must add some action with “Light, Camera, Fashion” by Director Nikhil Thampi.


Making life really easy and practical for the global traveller, Nimish Shah for his ‘Shift’ label presented a perfect summer wardrobe at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.Separates were the key feature of the collection that could be mixed and matched not only effortlessly but also packed and maintained with the minimum of bother and care. To make the ensembles ideal for visiting various parts of the globe and still allowing the woman to remain well-dressed, Nimish chose airy cottons, stylish linens, luxurious cotton silks, organic cottons and khadi. Adding prints, Nimish turned the fabrics into vibrant textiles as abstract florals gave a fashionable lift to the apparel. The prints were a delicate mix of abstract floral, matte pastels that gave the collection a gentle mood. Colours remained cool and summery with matte pastels like ash, lavender, dusty pink and off-white, creating the right mood for the line. When it came to silhouettes, Nimish kept them simple and basic with short suits, column dresses, ‘A’ line midis and recreated tunics with interesting proportions.Very interesting separates gave the collection a versatile flavour as midi dresses with low cut arm holes, linen suiting for the summer suits, column dresses, peasant tops and the tunics were easy options for the soaring mercury. The simple zigzag print appeared for layered sleeve sack dress, dolman sleeve column creation and strappy midi. Shirt-waist, front-open military dress and drop waist pleated vision were part of the practical travel wardrobe.  Drawstring trousers and soft coat were teamed with a summer bustier and tiny appliqués on a white dress added to the cool fashion story. A smudgy print midi, princess line blouse, pearl studded white low cut armhole midi and crépe yellow gown would be ideal summer brunch dressing choices. Travel easy; travel light, declared Nimish Shah with his stylish well designed wardrobe that had great fashion directions.