MaalGaadi’s Shahin Ansari on the emerging designers at Mumbai’s fashion week
Enough has been said about the showstoppers at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014, and we agree that it’s hard to do anything in Mumbai without Bollywood taking over. As usual, some of our glamorous fashion entrepreneurs made the trek to the five-day event at Palladium Hotel that saw 86 designers. Old-timer and fashion week regular, Lata Madhu, from Collage, admits that the garments and the talent more than made up for the ‘‘chaos and laidback approach’’ at LFW, and is clear about her choices from the young crowd – Debashri Samanta, Anavila Misra, Divya Sheth and Nupur Kanoi. ‘‘Nupur was edgy as usual,’’ she confirms about the collection which saw winterwear with bridal undertones. While fashion giants like Manish Malhotra and Shantanu and Nikhil delivered the goods as expected, with lehengas and anarkalis respectively, we give you a closer look at the newer designers who made an impact. Shahin Ansari, whose 10-month-old concept store, MaalGaadi, focusses on emerging and eccentric styles, was also at the event, and we convinced her to share her notes:
Eyecatcher: Mrinalini Chandra’s show was one of the more unusual ones. Along with her quirky earrings, necklaces and bracelets made with chair figurines, this Delhi-based designer who made her debut in 2013, also had monkeys and flowers in her necklaces, pendants and bangles for the show.
Gen next: Neha Agarwal’s label NEZ was contemporary and dramatic in the Gen Next show. Clever use of gathers, pleats and thread work in the outfits made her stand out. I also found Monkey See Money Do’s outfits quirky. They used applique work with satin and fabric strips.
Dress parade: Payal Singhal’s asymmetrical tunics are a keeper. Her prints are memorable and her outfits with saris draped on tunics are going to be trending soon. Also, Archana Rao’s newspaper print detailing on transparent capes was a major hit.
Jackets: The marble dye technique used by Ragini Ahuja in her jackets gave the silhouettes a different look. She had also played around with applique work.
Colour: Quirk Box’s colour blocking technique and prints on their maxi dresses and jackets added pop and a bold element to the collection. Textile: Karishma Sahani’s work on Textile Day was commented on by everyone for her eco-consciousness. A whiz with upcycling, she also used fabric made out of bamboo fibre, which gave the outfit depth and texture.
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Hair and makeup: Little Shilpa’s hair styles and makeup was phenomenal. Her usage of bold colours and funky head accessories was both innovative and dramatic, as expected.
Stylist: Payal Singhal had a sari draped over a tunic, and an embroidered skirt with a churidar. And trousers were teamed with gold jewellery.
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