For the first time in about 15 years, FDCI and Lakmé Fashion Week joined hands for a first-ever season-fluid showcase that was part-digital and part-physical, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The showcase took place over five days, with most showcased live, while a few saw attendees witnessing the experience from their cars lined up along the runway. We were hooked onto our screens to enjoy the now-digital experience, and here are seven shows we were completely in awe of.
The first one on our list was Bloni’s gender-fluid showcase. With edgy yet chic silhouettes and a powerful presentation, the showcase was exceedingly impactful. The mix of tech-generated materials and the use of crafts like crochet and tie-dye struck the right sartorial cord.
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Embracing fashion’s new-found direction towards loungewear and comfort, designer Payal Singhal showcased a collection that had a mix of loungewear, kaftans and understated occasion wear. What stood out most was the use of sustainable, recycled fabrics from R|Elan in prints that echoed the designer’s signature sensibilities.
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Geisha Designs by Paras and Shalini
The pandemic life has been the catalyst of inspiration for various designers the world over. For designer duo Paras and Shalini, it seemed to have translated into a collection that reminds us to hold on to all things we love and cherish. Using rich fabrics, elaborate details, Geisha Designs gave us a showcase that was an opulent mix of beautiful silhouettes, pastel hues and intricate handiwork.
Known for her quirky prints and free-spirited designs, designer Masaba Gupta also added a refreshing colour palette to her Summer ‘21 collection. With a size-inclusive model line-up, playful prints and eccentric fusion wear, the collection’s comfort chic stood out the most.
Artisinal label P.E.L.L.A was sure to leave viewers inspired with its black and white showcase. The collection included garments made of single blocks of handwoven fabric, stitched completely by hand. The label used cream and earthy tones for its oversized and unique silhouettes.
Designer Arpita Mehta turned the beach into a runway to showcase her ever so vibrant collection of fusion wear. The flowy silhouettes and refreshing colour palette was enough to transport one to a mini-break. The idea of using prints to express each mood or personality of a woman was translated beautifully in each of her pieces.
Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva
Bodice by designer Ruchika Sachdeva marked the end of the fashion week as the grand finale showcase. The designer added a fresh mix of colours to her impeccably tailored and pleated silhouettes for a modern yet playful vibe. What stole the show in the collection was the perfect balance of wearable minimals and exceptional details.
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