For all the latest fashion trends and most importantly the juicy South Asian designer secrets this Autumn/Winter - l’ve blogged about my top 10 collections featured in day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week.
Arunima Majhi rocks the runway with one of my favourite fashions symmetrical patterns. The Lakme fashion designer combines symmetrical patterns with plain skirts or trousers. And to look extra unique you can add a complimentary coloured blazer or waist coat.
The secret is to take a good look at the patterned piece, pick a colour from it and use as the base of the outfit. In Arunima Majhi’s case it’s my on trend favourite’s this season navy and cream.
Karishma Shahani focused on layering with her casual Asian fashion collection. The designer used a fusion of tie and dye colours which are seen on scarf and skirt above. Then pair with a matching jacket to give it the trendy Karishma Shahani look.
The fashion secret is not to be afraid of being different - grab a saree and a matching blouse and play around with your clothing.
Most people prefer to be comfortable than look fashionable second. If you agree like my sister, you’ll like Ujjawal Dubey women and menswear. The collection featured outfits you could wear everyday yet practical and very fashionable. The designer (above, far right) highlights you can still look stylish and comfortable this Autumn.
The menswear was simple, modern yet it emphasised a new style we have not seen before on the high street - very masculine and manly!
The secret to Ujjawal Dubey’s looks are using comfortable cotton jersey fabrics and again layering. Also the cut of the clothing should compliment your body shape.
Outhouse floored the runway with Egyptian goddess style. The dresses were one tone, architectural beauties with flawlessly tailoring of the garments gave that WOW effect.
The accessorising with stunning costume jewellery was the cherry on top. Whether its a kaftan cape (above, far left) or a long dress or sheer panelled, organza overcoat Outhouse takes the modern age Asian fashion accessorising to new heights.
The secret is accessorising - be different, be innovative but be futuristic! The high street or Asian fashion jewellery will not do. For the Egyptian look you need middle eastern jewellery. For the innovative look make your own Egyptian inspired costume jewellery by buying unusual statement jewellery pieces and experimenting by layering different lengths. Keep an eye out on the high street (River Island), vintage shops and online boutiques.
I saw the Sania Maskatiya at Faisana Fashion Weekend in Mayfair a few months ago and l fell in love with the designers collection. You can imagine my excitement when l heard the designer would be at Lakme Fashion Week.
One of the many reasons l love the Pakistani designer, Sania Maskatiya is because she combines beautiful printed silk fabrics which she creates dresses and jackets which look like canvas artwork. In addition, l love Sania Maskatiya for creating elegant yet practical fashion pieces you can wear casually, out with friends or with jewellery during Eid.
It’s hard to tell the magical secret of the Sania Maskatiya’s collections as the Pakistani designer produces garments with her personal sense of style and that Sania Maskatiya ora. For example, when l see her collection online, l can just tell it’s Sania’s collection - not because I’ve seen it before but she has a unique fashion theme which is presented through-out her fashion collections.
If l had to give anything away, pick floral or autumn print silk dresses (leaves or bird printing.) In addition, l would say her secret is, creating your personal sense of style yet being modest.
Urvashi Juneja featured monochrome fashion and once again a designer adds plain fabric with the monochrome fabric. The plain fabric draws away and focuses on the print. To create an elegant and fashion week look - remember not to go over the top!
The secret is to tailor a panelled dress with a mix of monochrome and plain fabric. And to give it that Urvashi Juneja touch add a silver waist belt.
Lakme Fashion Week is incomplete without our Indian party and bridal wear. Anju Modi dazzled us with cream, navy with gold detailing lengas, suit jackets and sarees.
The secret is to choose modern, classic Asian suits with no more than 2 to 3 tone colour in the suits.
As Anji Modi shows us don’t over do it with accessories on this occasion as the outfit should do all the talking ;)
It’s great to see another side to mens and women’s Asian fashion. We are used to seeing bridal and embroidered gowns but designers Nitin Chawla are bringing office/smart casual fashion to the forefront.
My Dad wears similar fabrics Nitin Chawla uses in this collection - professionals in South Asia are known for wearing the safari suits fabric. However, it’s one of the first times l have seen it done well on the runway. I particularly like the new age smart/casual outfits and the cut of the clothing and simple detailing looks amazing.
The designer popped out and it filled me with delight a man that knows how to dress and that’s always good to see (above, far right.) I’m not too sure about the bright trainers but hey atleast he’s being real - let’s face it bright trainers is how many young lads dress these days. I’d like to see him in classic black brogue boots ;) On the other hand, I’m far from a menswear expert and from what he’s produced he knows his fashion! I need myself a Nitin Chawla tailored jacket!
The secret; you could try tailored coats and jackets with tartan/check shirts and tan belt.
Zara Shahjahan used pastel colours and traditional Asian fabrics which we normally find in the back of our wardrobe from years ago. The designer transformed traditional Asian fashion with modern floral prints, light embroidery to produce a chic, afternoon tea look with the fashion garments.
The secret is to get your old garments out and pick a statement piece to create a trendy blouse, jacket, skirt or trousers. Then for the other piece, tailor a simple top or trousers to compliment the embroidered piece. Ensure the plain fabric piece you buy matches and they cut suits your body shape.
Rajesh Pratap Singh
And finally, last but not least Rajesh Pratap Singh showed off two of his collection - one was a pastel casual wear and other was a more sophisticated ensemble. The garments featured long black coats and midi dresses with shiny floral embossing.
The secret is to use black as your base colour and it will be hard to find floral embossed fabric to alternatively you could add leather over tops and dress panel. You can find artificial leather fabric from most good fabric retailers and online :)
Day 1 of Lakme Fashion Week was eventful as it has a wide array of fashion styles for all the different moods. Plus each designer had their own unique designer theme and technique we could all try in Autumn.
More from Lakme Fashion Week to follow tomorrow >
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