LFW Winter/Festive 2012 “SERIES” Day – 2 [Part 1]

August 5, 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 2, Part 1, let us look at the best picks from Day 2!!

Aartivijay Gupta Fall 2012 Collection 
“I Love Ma Doodle Book”


With white as her backdrop and black doodle sketches highlighting her garments, Aartivijay Gupta created a black and white fantasy at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 called “I Love Ma Doodle Book”.

The pure white line-up of Dupion and tabby silk, along with luxurious crepe was used imaginatively for shift dresses with sketches of faces and figure blocks. Panelled jackets with dramatic gadgets, a jumpsuit, constructed jacket with black figures and flowing pants had a feminine look.

The clever play of black and white also came alive for sharply cut jackets with wide notched lapels, slender long sleeve sheaths cinched with black Obe style belts, tunics, slender pants, kimono style covers some with strategically placed tucks or pleats and asymmetric bias cut hems. The final three saris brought in colour with the doodles featuring colour wheels or shade cards print and were worn with floppy blouses.

It was a stylish versatile line with a distinct identity from Aartivijay Gupta, which will appeal to the fashion conscious buyers.

Nikhil Thampi Fall 2012 Collection “Survivors”


Inspired by the many survivors on the globe, Nikhil Thampi celebrated their victory with his unusually titled collection “Survivors” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

The garments were a study of balanced construction, as styled tops and cholis, which floated down the ramp, were teamed with crushed silk draped maxi skirts. Embellishments were metallic, as chains, plates and ‘salli’ work were seen creatively on the garments. The silhouettes were fluid and flared with earthy tones like black, green, brown and rust playing a rustic melody. Fabrics that brought the theme to life moved from velvets or suede to ombré silk and cotton.

Crinkle silk was used lavishly for the fluid skirts, while velvet appeared for stylish one shoulder togas, draped gowns, two tone cholis and long lean kurtas.  An interesting innovation was the chain mail halter corset held together with leather straps.

Here was a collection that will appeal to the strong daring women and men of the 21st century, as Nikhil Thampi dresses them in his “Survivor” creations.

Sidharta Aryan Fall 2012 Collection “Wanderlust”



Keeping in mind the modern global women, Sidharta Aryan’s Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 collection called “Wanderlust” was a perfect prét offering. Bringing in vintage Indian touches for a luxurious feminine line, Sidharta showed a range of versatile creations that can progress from day to evening and then even festive wear. With prints as the focal point, the inspirations were from Indian art and architecture which added to the creative style of the garments.

The images ranged from paintings of Rajasthan, Mughal Jharoka, temple jewellery of the South, blue prints of the Chalukya dynasty, Victorian influences, and streets of Lucknow, which were juxtaposed cleverly on fluid fabrics for the garments.

It was slinky women’s wear as drop waist dresses, cropped jackets, ghagras, skirts, and the scooped back dresses glided down the ramp. The solitary sari matched the theme with its colours and prints and the three lehenga sets had a marked western touch with body hugging panelled silhouettes which were teamed with peplum tops or lace jackets

With immaculate construction and intricate detailing, Sidharta Aryan ensured that the “Wanderlust” look will appeal to an international clientele.

Yogesh Chaudhary Fall 2012 Collection “Miss Pac-in District”


Giving his collection an unconventional title “Miss Pac-in District”, Yogesh Chaudhary recreated the fashion of the American Retro era bringing in hints of the 20’s, 50’s and 80’s fashion moments at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
Going for a colour palette starting with cherry red, then onto canary yellow and electric blue, Yogesh’s prints were inspired by the Ms Pac-man game. Block printing, beadwork, digital printing and knitted jacquards highlighted the wonderful line of separates that included skirts, Tees, trousers, jackets, blouses, trenches, saris and even swim wear. Adding on a range of knitted dresses and cardigans, Yogesh ensured that the silhouettes were lean, sexy but trendy. A hint of gold gotta work gave interesting touches to the sari made from the Maheshwari fabric which was given unconventional treatment.
Bringing forth a clever mix of Indian and western embellishments, inspirations and retro prints, Yogesh Chaudhary created his distinct individualistic trend for the Winter/Festive 2012 season.
Nimish Shah Fall 2012 Collection “Shift”


 Bringing to the forefront simple separates, Nimish Shah’s collection had expert off-beat detailing at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
Cleverly blending oversized baggy shapes with lean silhouettes, Nimish used great fabrics like organic cotton, khadi, wool and silk along with romantic touches of chiffon and crépe de chine with interesting discreet geometric and abstract prints.
The inspiration was the retro fashion advertisements that urged the designer to create the feminine midis, softly constructed jackets, some skirt suits and hand knits. The highlights of the show were the shawls and cable knit mufflers, as well as the mini sweaters, the overlapping brown skirt, the white pin tucked blouse, drop waist dress and the long sleeve cropped tops.  The soft jackets were teamed with sleek skirts and the mosaic print blouse was ideal day wear. The perma pleated mustard skirt dress, the black and white knit cardigan worn with fitted pants and the blouse was a great combination. The colours were deep and dramatic as brown, burgundy and mustard added chic touches to the garments with matching wedge shoes in black, brown and burgundy.
For clothes that speak a language all their own, Nimish Shah’s collection for his label Shift tells a great fashion story.
Payal Khandwala Fall 2012 Collection “Sadhu and the Samurai”


Payal Khandwala called her collection the “Sadhu and the Samurai” which was a truly dramatic title for her creations at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Fashion 2012.
It was a line of layered, draped and wrapped separates, which Payal has turned into her trademark designs. The colours reflected the theme of the garments, as burnt orange, crimson and ochre played an almost spiritual fashion melody with coffee, charcoal, bronze and indigo. Keeping the silhouettes relaxed, Payal used rich fabrics for the fluid lines that combined the contradictions of form and style beautifully.
The machined collars and belts, the samurai wrap skirts, cowled shifts with looped pockets, the bias shoulder draped tops and the wide fluid pants were layered to perfection. The angular green/blue cropped jacket, the long pleated midi teamed with a flowing long bolero, the cowled pockets that discreetly emerged from the folds of the garments, skirts with draped tucks and panel pockets were totally unconventional in construction, yet very avant garde in form and appearance.
For an almost Zen like collection, Payal Khandwala’s look will appeal to the unconventional dresser.
Roma Narsinghani Fall 2012 Collection “Dream Catcher”


It was the “Dream Catcher” collection inspired by the poem of the same name that Roma Narsinghani presented at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
Staying true to her fashion philosophy that “God is in the Details”, Roma ensured that the collection was replete with intricate additions and fluid ethereal shapes. Pastels came to centre stage with aqua as a favoured colour followed by soft beige, grey and touches of nude. Layering, pleating, panelling and draping along with clever fabric construction was the highlight of each garment. Shell buttons replaced traditional embroidery to bring a soft dazzle to the surface embellishments.
Playing with fabrics and embellishments, Roma created mesh like covers and added on origami touches for the faux boleros and the intricately braided waistcoats.  The shirts with long sleeves and back drapes, the two tone halter maxi, the bronze satin shirt with rear frill and sleeve detailing, the lattice weave apron like covers, the patched tunics, one shoulder ballooning blouse and the angular dusty green jacket were beautiful additions to the collection.
Fluid easy silhouettes were the high point of the display, making the “Dream Catcher” collection by Roma Narsinghani a magical addition to the global woman’s wardrobe.
Komal Sood Fall 2012 Collection “The Twilight Seduction”

The dashingly handsome and suave, Siddharth Mallya, wearing a black tuxedo with satin peaked lapels and tonal embroidered shoulder detailing, was the show stopper for Komal Sood’s luxurious demi couture collection, titled “The Twilight Seduction” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

Using the colour tones of the romantic sunsets and adding shades of crimson, striking violet, wine and black, Komal revealed garments that can stand the test of time. Fluid and sexy fabrics like silks, georgettes, satins, blends of Polynosics and knits gave a rich feel to the draped creations. The intricate embellishments for the garments added that exotic touch of feminine charm and great craftsmanship.

More glittering gowns floated down the ramp in shades of ombré wine sequins, an arrestingly beautiful red long tube with feathered hem and a regal red floor length ensemble.

Two men’s wear entries – an ink blue velvet jacket and a brocade waistcoat worn with a mandarin collar white shirt, added a masculine touch to the collection.

For a celeb circuit wardrobe, Komal Sood’s “Twilight Seduction” collection will make a dramatic entry.

Pernia Qureshi Fall 2012 Collection “An Evening in Paris”



Keeping the glamorous woman in mind, Pernia Qureshi’s collection called “An Evening in Paris” offered timeless Parisian chic and global sophistication at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

Playing with the vintage silhouettes creatively, Pernia’s look had a distinct 20’s and 60’s touch when desirable fashion was at its peak. From chic evening and club wear, Pernia added occasion wear and one solitary sari which was pre-pleated and teamed with a shirt collar blouse. Drop waist shifts, cigarette pants, knee length sheaths, beaded sleek dresses, Grecian silhouettes – the collection’s look was pure drama. The bead work for the dresses was exquisite and inspired by the expert royal couturier Norman Hartnell, while the colour palette was regal with cobalt, champagne, gold, wine and black with touches of mustard that added to the grandeur. Fabrics ranged from luxe silks, chiffons, net and satin.

The solitary black sari with a contrast maroon border and teamed with a  mandarin collar blouse was worn by Bollywood beauty Amy Jackson of Ek Deewana Tha fame who ended the show in great style and aplomb.

For garments with a universal appeal, Pernia Qureshi’s range “An Evening in Paris” was a glittering offering on the catwalk.

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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