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Krishna Mehta: LFW Spring Summer/Resort 2010


I struggled for a bit whether this review should be about just the clothes or the showstopper. On one hand, clothes should be the main subject but when the showstopper is sent out in a god-awful gown that doesn’t fit right with ghastly black clogs, how can one ignore. That is what happened when Rohit Verma walked down the runway for designer Krishna Mehta’s collection inspired by the musical ‘Irma La Douce’. Not only was what he wore hideous but his constant posing at the end of the runway took all attention away from the collection. A far cry from the graceful Queen Harish for Lecoanet-Hemant.

As for the collection, it was presented as a mix and match one marked by separates like jackets with dresses, tops with shorts/capri pants in abstract prints served up in cotton, silk and some velvet. Some of the separates (like the tie/dye jacket eyed by Shraddha Kapoor and the tie/dye shorts and dresses) stood out but most others (like the dresses) were very seen-it-before.

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Krishna Mehta, Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer/Resort 2010


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Rohit Verma for Krishna Mehta


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Lakme Fashion Week Spring 2010: Day Four


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Paromita Bannerjee Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

“Safed Rang” by Paromita Banerjee was a collection that though had some pieces in color, predominantly was one of neutrals like white and off-white with some color used intermittently mostly as an accent on these garments. It was hard to miss the leaf motif which was used across the collection in quite a varied manner but what really scored points with me were the handloom fabrics and the pairing of the ‘sheer’ with the ‘solids’ which made for some interesting textures. The angarkha kurta and the white dress with the beautiful vest absolutely stood out. A very wearable collection.

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Swapnil Shinde Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

Swapnil’s collection had a lot of color and a lot of varied silhouettes, from edgy skirts, severe jackets to almost Grecian dresses, from evening-wear to more casual attire. It was an interesting mix alright! The organzas, satins and chiffons were draped to the T and certainly weren’t for any wallflowers. Though not particularly fond of the ombre striped gowns, the more edgier pieces (like the one with white stone and sequin work) did stand out for all the right reasons. We predict seeing a lot of this collection on the red carpet.

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Vikram Phadnis Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

Vikram Phadnis was among the designers who showed ‘Bridal Collections’ during the Lakme Fashion Week. It was a collection made of usual suspects when it comes to bridal trousseau… heavy zardozi work, crystals, ornate borders and intricate embroidery. For all the bright colors used and their eclectic pairing, it still seemed so dull. The terribly busy runway with the carpet while adding to the ambience, did absolutely nothing for the clothes. It only took away the shine from ’em. While we liked the saris and some of the lehengas, it wasn’t a collection that had us all excited. I still blame the runway… so damn distracting.

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Vivek Kumar Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

Lot of metallic accents, a neutral palette and some interesting silhouettes are what made up Vivek Kumar’s collection. The more abstract of the pieces were definitely arresting while some others were just humdrum. It seemed like the collection was split right down to the middle, one half was really inspired and the rest… well.

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Lakme Fashion Week Spring 2010: Day Four


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Anupama Dayal Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

Anupama Dayal’s collection “Joie” was joyful indeed with all the colors that she used….electric blue, cobalt, light green, chocolate brown, red and oranges in fabrics like silks, voiles, tissues and satins. There were some playful dresses, colorful tunics and interesting prints. The ones that stood out for me though were the colorful embellished dresses.

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Gauri And Nainika Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

A pinch of Giambattista Valli, a bit of Dolce & Gabanna and smattering of Valentino is what immediately came to mind when I saw this latest offering from Gauri and Nainika. Sticking to their niche, the ladies served up more evening-wear albeit with shorter hemlines and more corseted silhouettes in a palette that comprised solely of red, black and white. The bows and roses were dramatic and the gowns and their styling begged to be tagged ‘old-world’ with that unmistakable vintage charm…all of which that I would’ve whole-heartedly appreciated had I been blind to the International runways. It’s a losing battle I know because it’s only a matter of time before we see these gowns on the red carpet and on many, many tinsel town ladies.

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Mandira Wirk Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

Mandira Wirk’s collection called “Humble Luxe” had a color palette of light browns, faded rust and fabrics like linen, silk and jersey and the pieces seemed very summery and easy. She quite liberally used ‘zippers’ in her clothes that just weren’t functional but also added visual interest to the clothes, quite on the trend! We are thankful that the collection wasn’t just about draped dresses because while they look interesting for about a minute, they get ‘tired’ mighty quick. The sheer tea-stained dresses with smudged coral/rust print had me looking forward to Spring. Even if it has to be the next one.

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Rehane Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

Rehane’s collection was, and I hate myself for using the word, ‘cute’. Girly-girl dresses, shorts, feminine tops in fabrics like silk, organza and chiffon and colors like yellow, cream and red all made up her collection. The use of rose motif was interesting, am glad she didn’t overwhelm the garments with all that print and embroidery. A collection that was definitely sweet without being sickly so.

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In Swapnil Shinde


After walking Swapnil Shinde’s Spring 2010 runway, Urvashi must’ve really fallen in love with the collection and absolutely had to have one of the gowns for herself, well before anyone else… just guessing here! :)

Like her look from the party or wish she had worn the gold gown she wore on the runway instead?

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Right: Swapnil Shinde Spring 2010
Centre And Left: Urvashi Sharma At ‘Kanchivaram‘ Success Bash


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Urvashi Sharma For Swapnil Shinde Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

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Lakme Fashion Week Spring 2010: Day Two


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Anamika Khanna Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

Anamika Khanna’s collection embraced simplicity and feminity by keeping the silhouettes free-flowing and easy, and the color palette quite minimal with mostly black and white interspersed with colors like red, corals and fuschia used more as an accent. ‘Yay’ for the fact that she mostly used cottons, especially muslin for her collection, something that I needed to see after all the velvet on runways. Loved the restrained use of appliqués, smocking, lace, cutouts, sequins and those zardozi motifs. It was understated and minimal without being bleak.

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Anuj Sharma Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

I can’t wait to see pieces from this collection ‘off-the-runway’! Anuj Sharma’s ‘Button Masala’ collection on the runway seems pretty alrite but wait till you read this… with buttons and button holes as the principal theme of his collection, he created garments that can be worn in multiple ways just by fastening the buttons in a different manner each time. A color palette of red, black, off-white and nude was the perfect backdrop to the rather easy silhouettes used on the runway; makes for a perfect foil for the wearer to bring her own to the clothes. And the endless possibilities with those buttons has me excited to see this collection in person.

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Aneeth Arora Spring 2010, Lakme Fashion Week

Aneeth Arora’s ‘Pero’ was bit of a disappointment. While I appreciate the fact, and I really do appreciate it that it was a collection that predominantly used handloom fabrics like ikats, natural dyed khadi, bandhani and gamochas, the feeling that none of these elements were used to their full potential was hard to shake-off. The extremely wearable separates and the earthy cotton clothes with discreet floral embroidery and prints were applaud-worthy and yet can’t help but feel let-down over the fact that the designer didn’t take full advantage of what she was working with. Seemed like it was off to a great start and then just missed the homerun by that much.

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