Countdown: Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013

Here’s our exclusive report on what to expect from the biggest fashion event of the year.


Manish Malhotra

By Nilufer Baker

From designer cuts to ramp accessories, the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2013 is set to define the trend charts for the coming season. Right from blings to prints, global cuts to traditional silhouettes, the season promises it all.

While the last season saw designers going high on prints, this season seems to be set to follow suit. Designer Aarti Vijay Gupta for one, is taking the trend a notch higher, drawing inspiration from musical notes for her corporate chic collection. “My collection is an amalgamation of music and fashion,” she tells us as we look through her trademark printed jumpsuits, bolero jackets, trench coats and short sheath dresses.

Apart from prints, designers also seem to be cashing in on the trademark fairy tale inspired collection. This season Shehla Khan has put together a ‘Tale of the Unexpected’ collection which is inspired by the designer’s love of fairy tales. The collection promises flowy silhouettes, intricate embroidery and gold embellishments. What sets the collection apart, says Shehla is the “mixture of fantasy with avantegarde.” While bling and prints seems to be a part of the season, neons seems to be on a dying spree as designers replace it with deeper hues of blues and orange.

This season also sees the Indian debut of international fashion house Michelle Bohbot whose collection is inspired by Parisian street fashion with a contemporary twist. The fashion week also continues with its traditional Indian Textile day which will see designers pay a tribute to Indian fabrics. We are particularly excited about designer Krishna Mehta’s collection which will display the traditional handloom weaving skill of Manipur.

The fashion extravaganza is set to open on the 22nd of August with Bollywood’s favourite designer Manish Malhotra. The grand finale with have designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee showcasing his collection after a hiatus of five years.

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