Celebrities descend on the LMIFW SS’20 runway as sparkle charms its way into young designers’ repertoire
By Asmita Aggarwal
Can Indians get enough of shine? Not really! We love our athleisure pants, jumpsuits saris, glistening bustiers, fringed capes, jeggings, almost everything with a little sprinkle of… well…shimmer and as newbie Mahima Mahajan would recommend to us. Though fashion has not in any way abandoned its love for sheer, wispy jackets, asymmetry, white is cool, tiered dresses, carefree prints, bold florals, and everyone’s favourite now is not surprisingly, salmon pink.
Day three of Lotus MakeUp India Fashion Week, in association with EbixCash was accentuated by a galaxy of stars. The beautiful new mother Neha Dhupia, once a Ms India winner and now an anchor, along with the statuesque Athiya Reddy, who is deadly mixture of North and South, Manya and Sunil Shetty, inheriting their endearing austerity, so even a pale blue lehenga looked magical on the prodigal daughter. While an almost runway regular is Rakul Preet, who can make any outfit work, this time it was a ruffled one for Divya Reddy.
The heart stealer was the Netflix addicts most loved actress who has swiftly made a place in everyone’s minds —- Sobhita Dhulipala, in Bhumika Sharma’s draped sari gown. The young guns, who showcased on a balmy day, included Nithya Reddy who courted sustainability, with breathable ensembles crafted with jute, kora, cotton, khadi with a touch of organza to add translucency. With layering techniques simple, Indian fabrics have been given a rich vintage look. “Various embossed embroidery techniques, jute yarns and lace have been incorporated,” says the B. Com graduate, who is a self-taught designer.
‘Fiora Tales’ her line is inspired by the Vintage French houses with beautiful floral wall art, even though trends are important, as they help in creating different moods and designs she never lets them overpower her aesthetics. Another exciting name to look out for is Nikita Mhaisalkar, the Mumbai-based designer, who gave her line a Retro feel with the exaggerated sunglasses, boho chic bags and mocha prints. The ornate tassels swung with abandon along with jewelled necklines, and bamboo additions in the form of belted corsets to add structure to an otherwise fluid line. What has been quite revelatory is the emergence of the ubiquitous trench coat, made iconic by Burberry but Indian designers have made it their own by mixing it with the tunic, creating a hybrid that boasts of petite, threadwork flowers, ingeniously constructed with khadi, silks and chanderi. This season shararas, perilous necklines, ‘New Look’ skirts, the onmipresent pant suits, and copper was de rigueur, and Dolly J ignited a new found love for flaming, unabashed red.