The day 4 line-up of Lakme Fashion Week was full of show stopping luxury Indian lenghas and gowns. And seen as Sara K blog is all about everyday Asian fashion l’ve include some dazzling evening wear you could wear to a special occasions or dinner parties.
Nupur Kanoi & Payal Singhal
Nupur Kanoi & Payal used nude, peach and copper shades in their ready-to-wear (Pret) collection which is unusual but that’s what we love to see - fashion designers offering something different and new to the Asian fashion scene. I particularly loved the plated detailing throughout the garments - it’s subtle yet it spices the look and transforms the piece from everyday wear to evening wear (above, image 1 and 3.)
The designs were perfect for modest Islamic fashion lovers and individuals who love simple free flowing garments yet love fashion. The designers used simple fabrics to create modern everyday fashion.
The secret is to use quality, fabrics such as silk and chiffon in nude or cooper and use bronze pipping to add a unique detailing to the garment.
One of the designers (below, image 1) focused on fabric fashion movement and emphasis on use of fabric, colour contract and how the fabric moves. It just goes to show if done well, even the simple casual garments can make an impact and look great.
DRVV & HUEMN & JADE
DRVV & HUEMN & JADE adopted a more innovative approach to their traditional inspired collection. The gown detailing was dazzling, l loved the way they produced a contemporary Asian fashion garment by bringing together the Indian lengha and western gown. In addition, it seemed as if the models were wearing palazzo trousers under the lengha which gave the gowns extra volume.
The damask pattern style embroidery in gold and silver must of took weeks! I just love these classic pieces. No shadow of a doubt you will look and feel like a goddess in the gowns. Perfect to wear at your wedding!
The secret to buy buying the perfect Bridal outfit is - investing in a gold or silver detailed garment but don’t be afraid to wear non-traditional colours. Also why not try the heavily embroidered dress jacket (above, image 5).
Himalayan presents Shantanu & Nikhil
The next of my favourite designers on day 4 was Shantanu & Nikhil - l loved the lavish gowns and frocks. It looks as if this is the new Indian high fashion looks and style we need to be investing money in. It’s similar middle-eastern and luxury fashion techniques used hundreds of years ago by Indian royalty.
The designers use of traditional Indian fabrics combined with a more heavy detailed accessories such as neck pieces, bracelets and hair jewellery gave it that luxury fashion. Many of the frocks were similar to traditional western frocks but they still had a Indian look ora to them.
The secret is to buy or create big frocks - to give your frocks that extra umph you can add a organza skirt which will make the frock look bigger.
The Grand Finale of Lakme Fashion Week (day 5) trends are not to be missed.
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