Forget Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week (well, maybe not entirely): For us, the most exciting fashion show of the year is Lakme Fashion Week. Five days and dozens of designers later, we’re still in awe over how much gorgeous, cutting-edge Indian fashion hit the Lakme runway this week. Here are our picks for the best of the best from Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
We’ve been loving Anita Dongre for awhile now, but her Lakme Winter Festive 2012 collection is definitely the best we’ve seen from her since her Grassroots line hit the runway. Our favorite part of Anita’s new collection is its strong East-meets-West vibe. We can’t remember the last time we saw modern Western silhouettes paired so perfectly with traditional Indian embroidery work. We could easily imagine Frieda Pinto wearing the royal blue full-skirt gown on the Red Carpet.
If you saw the July issue of Glamour, you already know that a major Fall 2012 trend is pairing denim with Indian jewelry (did you catch the Luxemi piece profiled in that issue?). Judging from Ritu Beri’s innovative, avante garde Lakme Winter/Festive 2012 collection, the eclectic denim trend isn’t going away anytime soon. Ritu made denim instantly chic by mixing it with lace, knit, ruffles, and punchy patterns — an artsy, textured look we’ll definitely be rocking for fall!
While we’re on the topic of texture: Did you see the way the metallic, houndstooth-inspired embroidery shimmered in Sailex Ngairangbam’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 looks? And then there was his ingenious twist on the saree: The simple addition of that oversized metallic collar immediately puts a Great Gatsby twist on the silhouette we already love.
Our pick for the most wearable line of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 is Pia Pauro. With high-impact tribal prints and daywear silhouettes that would look good on any girl, the Pia Pauro collection is definitely one worth keeping on your radar for Fall 2012.
Sometimes simplicity makes a stronger statement than prints or embellishments. Case in point: Wendell Rodricks’ gorgeous, easy-breezy Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 line. With airy silks draped in free-flowing silhouettes, these floor-length dresses and wraps prove that the mod aesthetic is back for Fall 2012. Our favorite look is definitely Wendell’s fluid dress and pants set, which looked like liquid metal as it moved down the runway.
What were your favorite fashion moments from Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012? We’d love to hear what silhouettes, colors and textures will be influencing your Fall 2012 wardrobe. And for a look at the best of Lakme Fashion Week’s Gen Next designers, check back with the Luxe Report later this week!