At the end of February, l published Asian fashion blog which you guys seemed to love Pakistan Fashion Week. For me to give you the best insight into the current Asian trends l had to look at India’s fabulous fashion week and wonderful Indian designers.
Its that time again, Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 was in full swing this week with some of the top Indian fashion designers showcasing next seasons collections. And I looked at my favourites of Lakme Fashion Week outfits. After doing a make up trends blog, I wanted to share the latest Asian trends fresh off catwalk for you.
As some of you may know, l love all things crochet, netted or similar fabric. When l saw Kangana Ranaut (above, image 1) at fashion week in her finely detailed cream crochet blouse saree (aka sari) l was inspired to create my own modern day saree. I particularly loved the sarees beige boarders, cream chiffon which you could see her beautiful blouse and cream saree draped across her shoulder. The saree did all the talking hence the make-up is minimal - with coral, cream and beige colours in her saree she was one to snap at Lakme Fashion Week.
I love Shantanu Nikhil’s red dress (above, image 2) you could wear down or accessories and wear it out or even during Eid this 2014. I like the tanned waist belt, ruffle detailing as these elements give it that casualish elegance you could wear when out with friends. Whereas if you remove the waist belt and add diamanté accessories e.g. necklace, bangles and clutch you can wear to Eid dinner with family.
Again, another netted blouse saree but this time by Sonaakshi Raaj (image 4, bottom right). The white net blouse sari tied saree is more of a wedding guest saree and match up silver heavy jewellery depending on the event.
It would not be an Indian fashion week without fashion frocks and this time it was Jade by Nanka & Karishma (above, image 5) showing off show stopping western style gowns. The stiff netted dress is perfect for British and Asian celebs going to award ceremonies for example The Asian Awards. Or could be worn to extravagant events us ladies had to attend, l’d add sleeves and boat neck so more focus is on the lower part of the gown.
Nupur Kanoi (image 6 & 7) is one of my favourites as l love the Spring Summer 2014 flowing dresses. The tan, creamy, beige, nude colours were the highlight as they are classic colours on silk fabric Asian look stunning wearing - just remember some shades don’t suit certain Asian skin tones so pick the shade that suits your skin tone.
I had to add Payl Khandwala (image 8) because l liked the work shirt on a sari look - contrasting colours as it gives off a very modern ora. I wouldn’t wear to work but l like Khandwala has thought outside of the box. Its a good example of British Asian fashion. Us British Asian’s wear the white shirt for jobs, interviews and meetings. Then combine that with a modern indian saree = British Asian fashion.
Whether its Paisley, floral or monochrome I love patterned and Gahur Khan (image 9) brings some beautiful printed pieces to fashion week, They reminded me of oriental Chinese patterns fused with Asian fashion elements such as cut and design of the garment.
To sum it up the top Lakme Fashion Week trends are as follows;
- Netted or crochet bloused sarees are a fashion must this season
- Long Spring, Summer fabric dresses - try linen, cotton and viscose fabric mix.
- Nude, tan or beige colours on silk flowing fabric dresses.
- Printed fabric e.g. floral, liner, monochrome or oriental patterns.
- Think out side the box and combine your own British & Asian fusion fashion piece.
I had to share Lakme Fashion Week with you because some British Asians aren’t even aware of it. Its always a great fashion show as all garments are casual Asian fashion at their finest.
The type of garments we can gain inspiration from as well British Asians can wear to look on trend and modern.
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