Essential Winter catwalk trends
Mumbai came alive with five days of style and glamour as celebrities and fashionistas descended on the Grand Hyatt Hotel for the annual Winter/Festival Lakme Fashion Week (Aug 3-7). Unveiling new collections from some of India’s most exciting designers, these were the trends that will reign this Festival season. Highlights included veteran actress Hema Malini performing as Radha in Neeta Lulla’s show. Hema performed a short kathak dance, accompanied by a male dancer dressed as Krishna. The designer has dressed Hema for over a decade and created an elegant dark purple choli and lilac embroidered net dupatta for her to wear.
Designer couple Shyamal-Bhumika presenting a lavish collection titled Maharaja on a Royal Ramp consisting of 23 different look. Rich and opulent, fabrics included exquisite velvet in sumptuos shades like champagne gold, deep green and ruby red, detailed with delicate zardosi embroidery. Each garment took the couple 15 days to make, which Bhumika said, adds to their uniqueness.
In an unexpected appearance, Indian actor Prateik walked the catwalk sporting a traditional Indian dhoti. The concept of young designer Masab Gupta, she gave the rustic menswear essential a modern twist by moulding them into pants. Her collection included funky printed dhoti pants, maxis and summer wear for men. Speaking about her range, Ms Gupta said: ‘Menswear in India is difficult to find, but this is a collection for men who like to dress up.'
Stars on the catwalk included Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor who modelled a long black and white jacket dress worn over a black bustier and leggings for designer Kallal Datta at the finale. Guests watching the shows included film director Prabu Deva and the UK’s very own Bollywood heart throb Upen Patel.
5 key fashion trends spotted on the catwalks include:
1. Rainbow brights: bold bright prints and colour palattes brought the fun back into fashion
2. Fuss-free garments: simple kaftans and comfortable saris showed festival clothes don’t need to be too elaborate
3. Long layering: coats worn over layered skirts and waistcoats added elegance
4. Traditional textiles: techniques like dyeing and embroidery from specific regions showed an appreciation of historic fashions
5. Statement jewellery: prominent earrings and neckpieces added a tribal touch