LFW Winter/Festive 2012 “SERIES” Day – 3 [Part 1]

August 6, 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 3, Part 1, let us look at the best picks from Day 3!!

Gaurang Shah Fall 2012 Collection “Ardhagini” 

 Bringing together a clever mix of beautiful saris, anarkalis and ghagras, Gaurang Shah dazzled the audience with ethnic wear at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
Calling his collection “Ardhagini” Gaurang presented garments that will appeal to the modern bride. The colours were the ever popular yellow, orange, red and pink – all very auspicious for that important day in a girl’s life. Working around the beauty of Kanjeevarams, Kalamkari and zardozi, the designer highlighted the intricate weaving known as Korvai for the magnificent South Indian saris.
It was the return of the glamorous 1950’s and 1960’s retro look, that Gaurang recreated with the beauty of Kanjeevaram silks and splashed them with animal motifs in bright hues that will be a dream come true for any bride.
Gaurang Shah picked the most perfect show stopper for his display – the ever beautiful, elegant and charming Kirron Kher who glided down the ramp in a rich ivory brocade sari.
The rich heritage in textiles and prints was brought to centre stage by Gaurang Shah, in stunning creations and saris, which will delight the hearts of Indian women around the country.
Shruti Sancheti Fall 2012 Collection “Thar”


The collection was called “Thar” and Shruti Sancheti ensured that the smouldering beauty of her inspiration was reflected in her collection for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
Working creatively with Shibori, the look was rustically nomadic along with the unique stitch resistant technique of the Nebsarai village. The ombré effects and Shibori patterns played a magical melody with the Sindhi Tanka or Kutch stitch, which is a trademark of the region.
Adding negative appliqués, herringbone, chain and buttonhole stitches; Shruti brought in the handloom fabrics and a melange of colours like red, fuchsia, deep orange, mango yellow, indigo, royal purple, emerald and mixed them with olive, tangerine and peach.
Opening the show to the drum beats of the Thar region the youthful dancer Vaishali, swirled gracefully on the stage recreating the atmosphere of the culture.
Making a dramatic show stopping entry at the end of the show was designer and politician, Shaina NC in a beautiful fuchsia printed sari with lavish work.
Giving the beauty of textiles and the craft from the Thar region a fashionable direction, Shruti Sancheti presented a colourful and striking collection to mark Indian Textile Day.
Payal Kapoor Fall 2012 Collection “Notes from The Raj”

 Calling her collection “Notes from The Raj”, Payal Kapoor recreated the grandeur of the era at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. With specially woven intricately designed fabrics from Benares, Payal paid a tribute to the craftsmen of that city with her exquisite garments. In shades of green, nude, black and wine, there were dhoti style miniskirts with Benares halters, two toned tiered maxi skirts teamed with peplum blouses and cutwork scarves, multi-coloured layered lehengas with cutwork covers and rich red kaftans with imposing shimmering leaf embroidery.
Opening the show with a one shoulder draped printed red mini, Payal kept the theme intact with creations like the dress with green bodice and cowl skirt, the sari drape gown and the panelled green tiered skirt.  Long smocks splashed with leaf embroidery in resham and gold, floated down the catwalk, while kaftans were teamed with churidars.
Show stopper Mini Mathur in a rich magenta gold zardozi lehenga, choli and dupatta made a graceful entry to end the show.
It was a perfect fusion collection, which recreated the looks of past eras from Payal Kapoor that will appeal to the global buyers who are looking for an Indo-West touch in women’s wear.
Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam Fall 2012 Collection “Technicolor”


Presenting their new prét label Kapurthala inspired by the beauty of India, Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam titled their collection “Technicolor”, which was a tribute to the colours of Punjab at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
To match the title, the colour story could be described in one word as BRIGHT. Shocking pink, orange, chrome, yellow, orchid, royal blue, turquoise and lime gave the swirling lehengas, tops, cholis, dhotis, saris, and tunics, a versatile touch.
The fabric choice was wide and varied as Kota doria, Benares Bhagalpur, Chaampa, Tussore, Karshmiri silks, Maheshwari, Upaada and Bangalore silks dazzled on the catwalk.
Embroidery was striking as thread work, French knots, multi-coloured striped fabrics and the duo’s trade mark checks appeared on sari pallavs, kurtas and dresses. A specially woven fabric with 2116 colours was stunning while sheer lehengas were teamed with draped tops for added drama.
Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam’s new label Kapurthala featuring the “Technicolor” collection gave a new stylish direction for Indian textiles and craft to the fashion conscious audience.
Debarun Mukherjee Fall 2012 Collection “Omnipresent”

Inspired by the spiritual presence of the Almighty, Debarun Mukherjee took the audience on an overwhelming journey of serene style at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 with his collection called “Omnipresent”.
Opening the show with a graceful dance performance by renowned Manipuri dancer, Rinku Dutt; Debarun had well known play back singer Richa Sharma, walking the ramp in a printed layered ghagra with high collar top and double layered inner.
Inspired by the iznik tiles of Turkey, Debarun chose the colour blue as a constant for his creations as well as added beige and black for the base, to give depth to his creativity.
Ending the show was Richa Chadda, star of the hit Bollywood film, “Gangs of Wasseypur” in a gorgeous asymmetric double layered ghagra with black velvet waistcoat and churi sleeved blouse.
The overall look of the collection by Debarun Mukherjee was serene and beautiful that will appeal to the fashion senses of the wearer for all occasions.
Vaishali Shadangule Fall 2012 Collection “Reverb”

Calling her collection “Reverb”, Vaishali Shadangule celebrated colour in her distinct style at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. Using a variety of her favourite fabrics, Vaishali started the show with Chanderi, organza, silk and brocade in festive colours like blue, red, white and gold. Adding on embellishments in the same colour story of red, blue and gold flowers; Vaishali emphasized on the unique drapes and cuts for the traditional attire.
The designer proved that innovative and asymmetric construction is her forté by sending out the most delicately structured garments in their sheer beauty. Chanderi’s transparency was balanced by the shimmer of silk organza and brocade and the deep tones of the Maharahstrian Khand; while hand embroidery added that subtle glitter to the outfits. Fabric texturing was achieved with the crushed technique, while layering and overlapping was used for many of the creations.
The black draped kurta with matching Patiala pants, the onion pink long brocade and Chanderi dress, the maroon and blue kurti with orange crushed lehenga, and the ivory draped long dress were feminine and fluid in form and shape. Experimenting with the sari and choli, Vaishali presented a combination of the duo – a blue stitched sari with attached blouse appeared on the ramp in silk Chanderi worn with a golden brocade jacket.
It was a great display of layers and contrasts that made a stylish fashion statement from Vaishali Shadangule with her “Reverb” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.
Swati Vijaivargie Jain Fall 2012 Collection 

Swati Vijaivargie Jain pays a tribute to her roots. Hailing from Jaipur, Rajasthan her collection revolved around the concept of Indian celebration with traditional Rajasthani work.
Using rich and flamboyant fabrics such as silks, georgettes, crepes and chiffons, the shade card focused on bright, fun colours such as tones of red, yellow, orange, pink, blue, green and purple, which beautifully reflected the idea of colourful Indian festivals and celebrations.
Swati showcased a vast range which comprised jackets, stoles, dresses, saris, kurtas and ghagras that were free flowing with an air of sensual fluidity.
Taking a unique route by using fabric on fabric detailing, sequins as well as slender beads, the designer accentuated the silhouettes further by adding a dash of modern glitter.
The collection also included pieces which sported funky prints of Indian cultural importance such as peacocks, lotus, Ganeshas as well as parrots for a glam-quirky edge.
Makeup and hair by Lakmé Salon Experts was youthful, with pop orange coloured lips standing out for a feminine edge.
Youthful, fun and bold, this collection by Swati Vijaivargie Jain is a “must have” for those who are traditionally experimental!
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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