During every fashion week, there’s always that moment: The second when you realize you’re witnessing a collection from a designer who’s going to hit it really big really soon. Between Gen Next and the relative newcomers showing on the main stage, there were plenty of up-and-coming designers worth buzzing about at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. Here are three emerging designers who sent looks that caught our attention down the Lakme runway.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a lehenga-inspired look as chic as Sidharta Aryan’s fitted floor-length print lehenga skirt and the sleek gold metallic jacket he paired with it. Add in tweed-inspired fabrics and 1960s-esque ethnic prints, and you’ve got a collection that makes major impact. Luxe fans, did Sidharta take a fashion forward step forward or make a fashion misstep by using mixed prints in his Lakme collection?
Luxemi loves putting a modern twist on old school Indian fashion, so Vaishali Shadangule definitely gets kudos for deconstructing traditional fabrics to create the airy one-piece sarees in her Lakme collection. She also used vibrant headpieces to tie together each look — a trend we saw a lot of Lakme designers embracing (and loved)! Vaishali’s designs definitely make a strong statement; which look can you see yourself actually wearing?
With muted colors and billowy silhouettes, this ultra-cohesive collection relies on color pairings and volume, rather than embellishments, to create drama. That approach leaves a lot of room for accessorizing. Luxe fans, do you think these looks are perfectly simple or borderline boring? We’d also love to hear what Indian jewelry you’d pair with these Payal Khandwala dresses.
Whether it’s an up-and-comer or a familiar face like Manish Malhotra, each designer at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 brings a unique blend of fashion inspiration to the runway. Want to see more collections the fashion world is talking about? Check out Luxemi’s full Lakme coverage!