12 th  Mar 2011
DESIGNER : Jeline George / Pam & Arch / Sabbah Sharma
Jeline George / Pam & Arch / Sabbah Sharma

Jatin Varma captured all eyes as his creations glided down the catwalk. The sorbet colours the light fabric textures, the delightful drapes were the strong points of Jatin’s great Summer/Resort 2011 look at Lakmé Fashion Week. Jatin worked with four colours in irresistible melon pink, blue, white and dollops of yellow. To match the mood and taste of the inspiration, Jatin chose soft sensuous silk, organza and taffeta to create the most feminine drapes and discreet volumes for the skirts which ranged from slim to full flare. One shoulder frilled creations, diagonal pleated minis, dresses with flowing trails and basket weaves for bodices added that extra ‘oomph’ to the collection. The elegant swirls on the garments inspired by the waves of ice creams in a store gave the ensembles that sumptuous appearance. Jatin’s collection was an artful study in different interesting stylish pleating, drapes and ruffles techniques for the utterly feminine trendy minis and Red Carpet gowns.


Tonal and contrast godets were the eye-catching aspect of the collection as Vivek worked expertly with striking textures to highlight the simple cuts. Aimed at the glamorous beach comber, the stylish sheaths had the right colour blocks while bejewelled necklines added glitter to the dresses. There was a marked 50s touch to the summer dresses while the jumpsuits were given a modern twist with corsets.Sexy bikinis peeped from under maxis and will be the beach belle’s delight. Colours matched the sunny mood of the collection with bright hues like orange, vermillion, green and ecru giving the right touches to the crepes, chamois satins, chiffons, georgettes and jerseys. The nearly all women’s wear line with just four men’s wear options was a sunny fun filled offering.Jumpsuits with circular appliqués on bustiers and flared hems, double layered shirt dress in georgette with contrast flat lock detail, the racer back tent dress in vermillion crepe, the looped hem maxi dress and the jumpsuit zuave dress were some of the eye catchers of the collection.For men’s wear Vivek stuck to sheer ecru georgette shirts with pin tucks or bib yokes, beach Capris and a single breasted unlined jacket in silk organza.

Inspired by the 19th century book of poems titled Fleurs Du Mal (Flowers of Evil) by Charles Baudelaire, Little Shilpa opened the show with a Fashion Film by her. Seven intricate head gear designs and stunning neckpieces amazed the audience. Aiming to portray a sense of deception, decadence and debauchery that moved from erotic melancholy through her designs, Shilpa gave feeling to form, and put her creativity to the ultimate test.
Glass spikes on the head with foliage arranged around them, floral motifs in bunches, bouquets of petals framed the faces, groups of orchids and scarves were draped and tied to perfection around the models’ shoulders while imposing necklaces with floral or abstract cutouts slowly moved down the ramp. The final entry, a giant glittering crystal queen’s crown on a base of multiple orchid shaped petals and a necklace with intricate pendants was an outstanding end to the show.


Masaba’s collection called “Straight from My Soil” reflected the beauty of her culture and heritage. Inspired by the Masai Tribe, Masaba’s colour choice was daring and worked around the spectrum of hues as she drowned her creativity in the tones and dreamt up creations for the universal woman.
A fantastic mix of aqua, orange, shocking pink, cream and purple with touches of bronze came together for the arresting ikats and large polka dots. Her print preference was typically Masai with the “Foot” impression motif treading fashionably through the garments.Keeping the silhouettes very contemporary, Masaba had colour blocking for the lean maxis and innovatively stitched lungi saris. There were giant black polka dots for draped capes, pre-pleated purple green sari, black tulip dress, animal print dhoti pants jumpsuit, shaded net full gathered skirt with embroidery, the cross over drape cover and finally the black with red polka dot net gown with key hole front and back necklines worn over tiny shorts that were impressive. There was style there was drama and there was a wonderful earthy rustic touch about the collection.


Fluid easy lines marked their collection for Summer/Resort 2011 at Lakmé Fashion Week. Ideal for lazy lounging at the beach or relaxing under the sun kissed palms; the “Vanilla” range had large scoops of the 1950s look combined with splashes of colour and comfortable styling all sprinkled generously with that touch of classic sophistication.
Maillots, swimsuits, tankinis, bikinis for pool time frolicking gave way to body suits, cool trousers, jackets, dresses, kaftans and finally a regal long flowing gown in two tone crepe had the ideal holiday feel. Accessorized beautifully with matching belts, multi coloured clutches, scarves, gorgeous jewellery comprising necklaces, chokers and even iPad covers; the duo presented the complete resort look that had an impressive international appeal.

Opening the show on the ramp was a short video clip that described the characteristics brought to life by the garments and the hair looks given to the models. Anand Kabra showcased his interpretation of the four existing sleek mystique looks, and with great flourish, launched the fifth look – Magnetic which defines a sense of allure in a woman, and breaks through clichés leaving a hypnotic aura that draws one in.The Magnetic hair look is an asymmetrical side sweep frontal fringe, with a half inverted French braid, thus, reflecting the edgy, captivating aura of Magnetic. The asymmetrical frontal fringe instantly transforms and accentuates the shape of the face. To create the stylish, captivating style, the hair is crafted into an inverted French braid, beginning at the crown section, with the remaining hair let loose indicating the unpredictability of the magnetic woman.

Flowing sensuous gowns were followed by creative urban work wear along with Anand's trademark sari designs. Using colours like black, white and grey to build the mystery of the garments, Anand brought in shades of red, yellow and wine. Completing the look of the show was the stunning line of sleek shoes by the official footwear partner for Lakmé Fashion Week, Trèsmode.

The scintillating creations by Anand called “Sleek – The New Mystique” were a vision of utter beauty divided into five dramatic hair looks by Lakmé Studio. Bringing in touches of ethnic influences with hints of a futuristic aura, Anand juggled silhouettes, weaves, dramatic embellishments with bohemian prints, international cuts and earthy tones which added to the beauty of the very feminine garments.

Merging the five sensational hair looks by Lakmé Studio, Anand’s collection told a great story around the eternal woman and the Mystique that surrounds her. Revealing diverse moods the inspirations revolved around the “Free Spirit” style showing a line of black white and yellow Shibori treated fluid jackets, chiffon bikini covers, satin bell sleeve blouses and saris with elegant long sleeve cholis.

The “Creative” look interpretation was a geometric print story in shades of brown for sarongs and tunics, layered dresses, blouses and leggings and a satin double breasted printed gold foil jacket and panelled palazzos.

The “Sensuous” theme came alive with red, black and wine silk draped tunics, the sexy sari gown, a wine jersey one shoulder tunic and black and white satin slit sleeve jacket.

“Urban Cool” hairdo inspired a quintet of shimmering sequins and beadwork creations with shades of grey for pant suits, trench coats and shell, wrap skirt and tank top, as well as asymmetric closure vest.

“Magnetic” was finally unveiled by Anand with a white and black glamorous range of ethnic and fusion creations in luxurious fabrics, featuring boat neck tunics with sheer pants, zippered jackets, crushed cotton blouse with kurta, layered rectangular top with a dress and finally a dramatic sari with gotta border and sequins teamed with a sheer long sleeve choli over a white shell.
Recreating the vibrant look of the 1980s with trendy preppy sportswear and collegiate designs; the Energie collection brought in a burst of colour that could rival the rainbow. There was cherry red, balanced by wood green on one end of the spectrum while Hockney-esque pool turquoise added drama. The eternally popular denim was presented in innovative jeans designs like skinny Catch, slim fit Ralph and baggy comfort fit Rooster along with favorites Bow and Morris while the new Lux denim capsule collection was the highlight of the show.The 80s College line was preppy with Tees as the focal point and lots of colour blocking with denim with acid washes in bright red, blue and green.The Lost Surfers line had the touch of the beach comber with shirts lots of checked creations with stripes patterns and solidsThe Trunk collection moved from cotton to gabardine, light wool and linen in a more neutral color.
Show-stopper Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor rocked on the ramp wearing skinny white denim jeans red Tee and a cool brown jacket.
Manish Malhotra ended day two at Lakmé Fashion Week for Summer/Resort 2011.There were 40 gorgeous evening wear creations for men and women were resplendent with the wonderful Chikankari work as well as Karshmiri embroidery. Manish Malhotra used delicate summer shades of aqua, green, powder blue and ivory. It gave gave a striking look to women’s wear. Men’s wear created in beige, grey and navy had a choice of lush textures that ranged from tussore to brocade for the sharply tailored bundgala jackets teamed with either slim pants or Jodhpuri trousers.Against a rustic background of ethnic motifs and ornate lamps hanging from the ceiling, the show opened with six bare chest male models draped in Kashmiri shawls or dressed in white chikan kurtas. The men’s wear collection of 20 creations that followed had an assortment of sherwanis, kurtas and sharply cut jackets with touches of Karshmiri craft or Lucknowi embroidery and teamed with churidars, Pathani or cowled salwars, slim trousers and Jodhpuri pants.All together bollywood designer Manish Malhotra's collection was stunning
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