AW’12 : LFW Winter/Festive 2012 “SERIES” Day – 5 [Part 1]

August 8, 2012
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It seems that this year is indeed “Festive” as not only were Summer Fashion Trends full of colors, but LFW Winter 2012 is also seeing a lot of colors. 
Well so here I am presenting to you “ LFW Winter/Festive 2012 “SERIES“”
I will bring to you the top picks from the collections shown on each day of the LFW Fall 2012.
In the order of their appearance on Day 5, Part 1, let us look at the best picks from Day 5!!

Amrita Thakur Fall 2012 Collection “Salma Sitara”

It was Shimmer and Shine from Amrita Thakur at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Amrita Thakur titled her collection “Salma Sitara” meaning touches of shimmer and shine for the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 season.

There was a delicate beauty reflected in the collection as traditional and contemporary motifs danced all over the gorgeous outfits on a colourful background. The luxurious fabrics glittered under the ramp lights as the beautiful creations for the festive season made an impact.

Opening the show with a chiffon kurta and faresha pitta embroidered bodice, Amrita showed more creations in net, chiffon and organza in shades of green, rust, mustard, yellow, peach, red, orange, Sindoor and mehendi green. The delicate net saris had cut Dana and zari work, while the kalidar kurtas were worn over net slips. The final creation was a riot of colours as a mehendi organza jacket was teamed with a bright pink kurta and a striking dupatta.

The “Salma Sitara” collection with its delicate embellishments and beautiful fabrics from Amrita Thakur will definitely thrill buyers of festive wear.

Nishka Lulla Fall 2012 Collection “Boho Chic”

Nishka Lulla aimed her Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 collection at the modern women who loves to opt for truly travel-Boho-chic garments. For the free spirited girl of the New Age, Nishka had silhouettes that spelt comfort all the way.

There was ease in the free flowing relaxed layered creations as tunics, dresses, flared trousers, maxis, midi skirts, some delightful oversized jackets and even two saris offered a stylish twist in fashion for the bohemian dresser. Using ikat and winter floral motifs, Nishka added myriad colours like grey, soft peach and pink, aqua, green, coral, lavender and topped them with black, white and some ikat prints.

The fabrics were totally travel friendly as knits and soft silks had leather as trims, which will stand the rigours of the lady’s jet-set lifestyle. The mix and match collection had several possibilities of creating more versions for the wearer who is imaginative. The interesting detailing was the elasticised hem for skirts, which created a bubble effect but provided an easy comfortable silhouette.

Ideal for the modern globe trotter, Nishka Lulla’s creations had a stylish international western look with touches of Indian sensibilities.

Prashant Chauhan Fall 2012 Collection “Colorful Bouquet”

His inspiration was the fragrant Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand where the beautiful flowers sway in the sunshine. Prashant Chauhan’s collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 was a tribute to the beauty of the region as he used it for prints, colours and detailing on his garments.
Embroidery, prints and appliqués recreated the beauty of the flora in varying multicolours. Opening the show with an intricately embellished dress with 3D flowers and metal butterflies on a pale blue base; Prashant showed beautiful asymmetric hem tunics with garden print tights. The sheer beach cover, the printed jumpsuits and the saffron shaded drop waist dress with flashes of flowers were elegant.
The kimono style silk dress with floral work and the crochet gown depicting flowers on the skirt added to the glamour of the collection. Bringing a fun element on the ramp, Prashant had two models in one large Tee with flower print wearing two red skirts and another pair of models in similar sheer and opaque knit cardigans teamed with black long skirts. The final entry – a long black leather bustier which flared into a skirt worn with a sequined bikini bottom was quite unconventional.
The natural fabrics that brought the collection to life started with hemp, soya, ramie, and silk and then moved finally to flex. Paying homage to nature, Prashant Chauhan’s collection will appeal to not only lovers of Mother Earth but also to the fashion conscious dresser.

Surya Sarkar Fall 2012 Collection “Daker Saaj”


Inspired by the beautiful jewellery on Ma Durga, Surya Sarkar’s “Daker Saaj” collection was a gorgeous study in white and gold at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. With cotton, tussore, cotton silk, linen, Lycra and brocade, Surya worked his magic for a fusion line of women’s and men’s wear which was a great ode to Durga Pujo festivities.

A variety of jumpsuits, pants and classic structured gowns were the eye catchers on the ramp. Dresses were in assorted lengths while jackets made a welcome appearance on the catwalk. With only ivory as the colour Surya added appliqués in different shapes and sizes for the different western wear creations and placed them in strategic places. Origami folds were used lavishly for multi fold collars, or as side drapes.
Men’s wear followed the colour story for the shimmering brocade bomber jackets and the appliquéd long sleeved blouson, waistcoats and Tee.
For the finale it was a flame red and gold appliqué sari-drape gown that was the stunner in a collection, which had a definite theme and was high on embellished construction.
For women who long for a spiritual touch in their wardrobe the “Daker Saaj” collection by Surya Sarkar will fit their needs.
Atithi Gupta Fall 2012 Collection

 Fabrics played a creative role as georgettes, wrinkled crepe, chiffon and cotton silk came together forAtithi Gupta’s Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 collection. Detailing was at centre stage as fine pleating for tops, jumpsuits and dresses floated down the ramp. The colours were firm on blue, black, grey and purple.
Keeping the dress length to short, Atithi showed a smocked waist mini with lace bodice, then added on a loose thread bolero and pin tucked long pants. 
When it came to detailing, lace insets appeared regularly for necklines, shoulders and at different parts of the outfits. The purple drop shoulder creation with lace inset, the ombré purple draped bodice dress with silver Lurex bolero and the grey sari drape chiffon mini glided down the ramp. Atithi proved her skills with draping, pleating, pin tucks and mixed them cleverly with lace and embroidery.
Stopping the show was Huma Qureshi who made her Bollywood debut in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ wearing a draped black lace dress and a gold bolero.
 From day to evening wear, the silhouettes were classic yet feminine with a mixed colour story of many hues from Atithi Gupta.
Nupur Kanoi Fall 2012 Collection “Chapter Two”

Calling her collection “Chapter Two” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012, Nupur Kanoi was inspired by the Trojan and Grecian era of perfection, when romance was very much a part of history for goddesses and warriors.

Nupur’s colour choice was sombré with black and indigo which had touches of white as well as hints of sea green. The silhouettes were voluminous yet asymmetric with very interesting cord and thread embroidery that played along with the tie and dye pieces, which were in perfect juxtaposition with the armour like surfaces. Embroidery was in white, blue, green and completely covered the surfaces of the garments.

The leafy prints were used for trousers, tracksuits, jumpsuits and shirts all combined skilfully by Nupur to present a very coordinated look. The skirts, trousers, jackets were stylish with rich fabrics like silk, chiffon and georgette being the right choice for the garments. The final three entries featuring peplum jackets worn with asymmetric godet shirts and embroidered pants made a great fashion statement.

With shirts and trousers forming a major part of the collection the stylish “Chapter Two” garments from Nupur Kanoi will be the first choice of the stylish woman.

Ruchika Sacheva Fall 2012 Collection
“Bodice”

Inspired by the Indian Maharaja and the Sadhu, Ruchika Sachdeva’s Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 collection was a strong androgynous offering. Combining the two contrasting themes, Ruchika visualised sharply cut blazers and trousers, elegant silk blouses, smart shirt dresses and feminine pleated dresses that would be timeless fashion favourites. Shades of maroon, burnt orange, olive and mustard were the prime choice of the designer, while hand woven pure cotton denim, crepe, wool and tulle formed the base.


Adding on a fun element, Ruchika had white ghungroos and embroidered moustaches to present the theme on the garments. Women’s wear was slightly androgynous with floppy jackets, piped sleeves, and pockets, long jacket/dresses, and loose shirt-coats with fake waistcoat accents, jumpsuits and blouses. Tulle was used as an interesting embellishment and appeared at times only in the front of the garment or followed the lines of the solid shape below.

Experimenting with men’s wear for the first time, Ruchika followed her distinct styling details in classic tailoring for the stronger sex combining it with unconventional detailing to define the look. Tulle appeared for the menswear too, with a slight reversal in silhouettes – wide culotte trousers, V neck tunics and elongated shirts.

Ruchika Sacheva’s line for men and women was a unique offering for the Winter/Festive 2012 season.

Archana Kochhar Presented by Vishal Prints Fall 2012 Collection 
“Retro-Metric”

Geometric prints danced in a colourful fantasy as Vishal Prints presented Archana Kochhar’s “Retro-Metric” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
It was a cornucopia of style and fashion when Archana displayed her 36 garments comprising 18 saris and 18 fusion creations, as they glided down the ramp. The bold geometrics appeared for cocktail saris, elegant short tunics, dramatic dresses and stunning gowns with cascading drapes.
The colour blocking came in shades of electric blue, bright yellow and tones of green along with neutral black, white and grey. The Retro magic of the 70’s and 80’s prints came alive in a more contemporary form to complete a stunning line of evening wear.
Stopping the show was Sameera Reddy, Bollywood star of hit movies like ‘Race’ and ‘No Entry’ in a gleaming printed sari.
 When it comes to a colourful spectacle in fashion, it has to be the “Retro-Metric” collection from Archana Kochhar presented by Vishal Prints, which will make a dramatic global entry.
What do you have to say about the collection? Which one is your favorite? ^_^
Catch out the Part 2 HERE
Catch out the whole LFW Winter Series HERE
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