MRINALINI CHANDRA, ANUSHREE REDDY AND SOUGAT PAUL OPENED DAY FOUR AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2014 WITH A VARIETY OF ACCESSORIES AND ENSEMBLES
MRINALINI CHANDRA’S JEWELLERY COLLECTION WAS AN ODE TO THE BEAUTIFUL SHAKUNTALA AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2014
Last season an unusual inspiration – chairs and thrones - had people admiring Mrinalini Chandra’s collection. For Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014, the designer’s jewellery collection called “Shakuntala” was an ode to the beautiful lady and life around her. Once again, Mrinalini allowed her imagination and creativity to move into unchartered territories to present a glitzy line of ornaments.
The splendid handcrafted couture jewellery had interesting forms like flowers, leaves, insects, monkeys and fish that were part of Shankuntala’s life. Using techniques like enamelling, moulding, patterning along with filigree casting; Mrinalini offered an avant garde line of varied ornaments that will thrill connoisseurs of fashion.
Expert craftsmen from Orissa created the filigree, while some from Lucknow made the Nakkashi and those in Maharashtra created the enamelling. Size was important for Mrinalini as huge leaves circled the neck and wrists, while butterfly motifs were turned into enormous necklaces. Giant gold leaf-like ornaments were actually finger gloves. Patterned belts, star burst earrings, draped necklaces, hundreds of silver discs and pearls that cascaded from neck to hips and the fish link shawl draped over one shoulder was a grand end to the show.
The saris in jewel tones were created by Nikhil Thampi to complement the imposing jewellery.
The range of jewellery by Mrinalini Chandra called “Shakuntala” will turn into an heirloom asset for women as it reflected the many memories in the life of the lady.
PORTOBELLO - THE INDIAN CHAPTER WAS ANUSHREE REDDY’S GLAMOROUS BRIDAL COLLECTION AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2014
Since her debut at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013, Anushree Reddy has made great strides in the fashion world. Her collection “Portobello – The Indian Chapter” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 had a vintage spin on age old floral prints but with an innovative fashionable twist for her heavily embroidered garments.
Inspired by Portobello Road, the collection had the elements reminiscent of Old British charm with an emphasis on rose and vintage newspaper prints. It was a flirty, sensuous, collection with ornate handwork that had a touch of “je ne sais quoi”. Adding shades of dull and rose pink, sea green, beige and lavender, the rich fabrics like satin, tulle, chiffon, raw silk and organza added to the grandeur of the opulent wedding wear. Prints were part of the very glittering formal line as newsprints, flowers, flying birds and measure tape borders for dupattas and saris added an unconventional touch. The glittering silver embellishments appeared as splashes on the lehengas, gowns, cholis and dupattas; while broad borders added grace to the creations.
Beautiful Bollywood star Nargis Fakhri looked stunning in a pink printed net lehenga, silver choli and pale green tulle dupatta as she ended the show. From stately Anarkalis to diaphanous lehengas and grand saris, “Portobello –The Indian Chapter” collection by Anushree Reddy was a fairy-tale offering to the bride and her entourage who want to look resplendent in regal royal ensembles.
SOUGAT PAUL’S ELEGANT FEMININE COLLECTION AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2014 HAD A DISTINCT ROMANTIC FEEL
Sougat Paul for his label “Soup” presented an elegant feminine collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014. Called the “Blower’s Daughter”, Sougat was inspired by the calm beauty of the song of the same name, which he translated onto his creations.
Mixing a line of doodled floral motifs with peasant checks, Sougat added them to fabrics that were fragile and delicate. There was floral lace, organza, Dupion and faux leather that came together seamlessly for interesting patch work and colour blocking to create a very edgy collection.
Opening the show with a silver top and printed pleated pants, the placement print appeared on yokes or cholis. A sheer embroidered bolero, white embellished net cover over black leotards, prestitched sari gown with faux leather trimmed choli and the thread work drop- waist gown had a marked formal look. Leather appliqués highlighted the column creations but a multi colour blocked gown was innovative in construction and form. Stopping the show was a blue, draped, cut-out gown modelled gracefully by Bollywood star Geeta Basra. The “Blower’s Daughter” by Sougat Paul was a stylish peasant look so utterly elegant yet demurely romantic, that the garments will appeal to women who long for that gentle traditional charm in their wardrobe.
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