Endorsed by stars like Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha, Nikhil Thampi is no stranger to success. Having showcased the Lakmé Salon’s Show Stopping Illuminate collection at the LFW Summer Resort 2016, he lets us in on the biggest trends for the season. “Reflective sunnies can add a star element to the most casual outfit (Ray Ban, Tom Ford). My favourites this summer are cut-out jackets (Balmain, Nikhil Thampi), fringed jackets and bags (Zara, Topshop). To make heads turn, go for metallic separates like a gold jacket, lamé shorts and foiled shirts (Nikhil Thampi, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Lanvin, Stella McCartney.)
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo
Stripes don’t lie
While stripes never really fall off the fashion radar, the runways saw a strong presence of the trend with Amit Aggarwal, Quo, Karn Malhotra and Indigene getting in on the action. Aggarwal turned heads with his statement, voluminous striped dress in a subtle palette of soft beige and black. Also playing up stripes was Malhotra with Siren Squad. The most notable look was that of showstopper, Amy Jackson who walked the runway in a flowy white skirt with a slit down the front and a fitted striped bodice of black and white sequins.
Colour me solid
From Urvashi Kaur to Payal Khandwala and Shivan & Narresh, designers were big on solid hues this season. While Kaur’s line used clamp dyeing techniques and shibori patterns, Khandwala kept it minimalistic with clean lines and symmetrical angles in a rustle of white, coral, chartreuse blush mint and metallics. “Simplicity to me exuberates luxury and that has always been one of the key elements my label withholds. This season go wild accessorising instead of opting for heavily embellished garments,” shares Thampi.
Taking off from the normcore
trend, the geek style is big this season. Aiman’s line was a collection of garments with buttoned up shirts given a soft touch with botanical motifs. Thampi too played up the power silhouette with pant suits in bright hues with slashed details on the legs and shoulders. “The use of metal links to connected slashed patterns, and fabrics is analogous to the ‘connection’ between reality and the cosmos,” explains Thampi.
Aartivijay Gupta led the charge of the ‘quirky print’ brigade with adorable animal motifs. The queen of outrageous prints herself, Masaba Gupta’s choice of print this season was oversized chillies in red, white and green. Siddharth Bansal showcased his love for cacti and Rimi Nayak, who took inspiration from marionettes also opted for kitschy prints with puppet masks.
Making a statement
Designers like Rohit Bal, I am Design and Lalit Dalmia chose to go experimental with their blouses. Bal stunned with a floral patterned cape-like piece worn over a blouse in cream and gold, while I am Design made a case for golden bustier style blouses, connected on one side to a buttoned collar through a square gold panel with ruffles.