Newcomers brighten Lakme India Fashion Week

Some were complaining about Bollywood’s absence at LFW (Lakme India Fashion) week. But the newcomers in the show have created a buzz. The unconventional showstoppers, selected by the designers have been applauded by all. It was sheer joy to look at the tangents of print, embellishment and cuts.

Day 2 saw Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alia, walking on the ramp along with her mother. The focus of the shutterbugs was on her heel spiked shoes, inspired by Lady Gaga.

Yogesh Chaudhary described his collections as PAC- In a punch. He copied the computer game animated character in his Pac Man Motifs and Pac Man jewelery.

Newbie Pernia Qureshi was also present. She has already made her presence felt in the Delhi version of the show. She was stylist of the chic “Aisha” movie. She used beads and zippers well.  She has made careful use of delicate patches of embroidery. Her showstopper was Amy Jackson. She looked elegant in black and maroon sari. The former fashion-designer also looked stunning as she stormed for designer Shruti Sancheti. Shruti had made use of deep tones and tie-and-dye styles.

Siddharth Mallya, the Kingfisher scion, was the showstopper for designer, Komal Sood. He impressed the audience with his sharply tailored black tuxedo.

Nimsih Shah, known for his offbeat dealing, went for retro look. He blended oversized baggy shapes with lean silhouettes with their soft constructions. They were applauded by all, for their wearable designs for women of all categories.

Payal Kapoor had roped in TV host Mini Mathur, wife of director Kabir Khan, as her showstopper. She made her splash through the runway with a red lehenga, taking inspiration from the weavers of Varanasi.

Though the show is a success, it has not been left behind by the global economic crisis. As designer Debarun Mukherjee says, “The financial state of the country has affected us designers too. I have stopped expensive brochures for my show. I’ve also made my garments at an affordable price range so that they sell more. People are definitely more cost conscious now.” 

Designer Ritika Bharwani also made similar observations, when she said, “Price points are important today. I’ve spent on my collection but kept my stall relatively simple. Having a celebrity showstopper is an added cost; hence I’ve avoided it this year.” It is not just the designers who are feeling the impact of the crisis.