While living in Mumbai, I had the opportunity to attend Lakme Fashion Week. LFW is something I have never failed to follow and admire. The style, the attitude, the creativity that everyone brings to the table is truly a treat for a fashion enthusiast like me. So needless to say attending Fashion Week in INDIA was an absolute dream come true. I’ve tried to do justice by describing this incredible event in a review below. This copy was also published in The Post Newspaper! My first published article, and that too covering an international fashion event, super exciting!! I hope you guys enjoy the read as well as the pictures. 🙂
Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 took place at the Jio Gardens in Bandra, Mumbai, India from the 31st January to the 4th February. Marking one of the biggest fashion events of the year, it’s the home and heart of the Indian Fashion Industry – providing a platform for national designers in India to come together under one brand and showcase.
Over five days of fashion, we saw current and future trends interpreted by designers, models and local fashion enthusiasts sporting street style looks, and incorporating on and off duty style. With two stages and a number of shows each day, everything from exquisite eastern couture to more cool and casual linen summer pieces were showcased and appreciated by all who attended. In between shows, guests and attendees were treated to naryal pani (coconut water) and snacks under a floral canopy to stay cool in the relentless Mumbai heat. Alternatively, one could get a closer look at the garments by walking through the showroom where designs were displayed and available to be bought straight off the runway.
One of the major themes of this year’s event was sustainable fashion, and using fashion to save the world. The brand looked at bringing awareness to the grassroots and handloom makers of fabrics, as well as to the environment and consumers creating a three-dimensional model of sustainable fashion. Fashion revolution and activism movements were present, driving campaigns such as recycling plastic water bottles to make fabric, or working with the United Nations to develop the craft sector and creative economy in North East India.
Lakme Fashion Week was graced by a number of Bollywood celebrities who took to the ramp, walking for their favourite designers. A few A-listers who graced the stage were Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Kangana Ranaut and the list goes on. The showstoppers were charming and enchanting, each bringing their own style and flavour. Lakme, being a makeup brand, made it clear that the makeup and hair was a priority on the models and celebrities. We saw summer makeup trends being clean and simple, with flawless, glowing skin and minimal yet dramatic eyes. Nude lipsticks took centre stage with the newest Lakme Nude reinvented lipstick shades being launched at the event and embracing diversity by catering to a large Indian population.
The production value of the shows were of the highest standards, with creatively choreographed routines and a unique charm given to each show based on the collections. One of my favourite shows was ‘Shades of Indigo’ by Gaurang Shah. The entire show was one-hundred percent live with a tabla player, a beautiful singer and Barkha Patel, an incredible and internationally renowned kathak dancer. Shah managed to flawlessly conceptualise an ethnic and traditional show, and the models even joined in the dance with a few twirls which really complimented his collection of naturally dyed handcrafted textiles.
The event provided a platform to up-and-coming designers under the label of ‘Generation Next’. These designers got to make their fashion week debut and opened the week with show one on day one. Following this, we saw a variety of collections; bridal and party, as well as weekend wear by well known names including Shyamal and Bhumika, Tarun Tahiliani, Anushree Reddy, House of Kotwara, Anamika Khanna, Payal Singhal and Nishka Lulla.
Trends which stood out for me were frills and tassels on sarees, as well as statement belts worn with sarees. Eastern wear made from cool and lightweight fabrics like organza and tulle in beautiful pastels, and fully printed or hand embroidered fabrics in neutral shades added a classic yet traditional charm to the garments. Colours of the seasons included shades of grey with metallic touches, and layering pastels shades of mint green, pink and blue. Yellow was definitely an underlying colour in most garments, making it the colour of the season and a very apt one at that. Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 was the perfect ode to the season and provided something for everyone to relate to and love.