The 14th consecutive season opened Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with five talented designers at the Gen Next show.
AQDUS SALEEM – MIDDLE EAST GLAMOUR
A post graduate student of fashion from Pearl Academy, Aqdus Saleem’s collection called ‘The Modest Chapter’ created a perfect blend of Islamic culture and ethnic wear.
Giving an international flavour to her line that flowed down the catwalk, it was aimed at the modern liberated empowered woman. Shades of white cotton, lawn, linen and organza were delicately highlighted with embellishments in white and Sahara beige.
The turbaned models appeared in pastel white and beige for midi skirt and comfy dresses, jumpsuits with soft covers, capes teamed with a feminine blouse and skirt and the white pleated midi with hooded cape set the mood of the highly layered collection.
Inspired by the Middle East, Aqdus creatively moved away from traditional Abayas and onto more fashionable modern attire that gracefully moved around the body of the models.
The collection ‘Fossilized Subconscious’ was a memorable line inspired by forgotten memories. Exploring the use of indigenous material, handloom fabrics and crafts by local artisans, Chirag Nainani brought in indigo dyeing with resist techniques.
Mercerised cotton and suiting material was presented in easy silhouettes that spelt comfortable wearability. The all-indigo and white collection offered peplum blouses with saris, asymmetric panelled flared mini, layered gown and an interesting take on the tuxedo jacket with a skirt.
Relaxed parallel pants were teamed with asymmetric wrap tops; while stylised creations worked well into the theme.
NAVEEM NAAZ SHAIKH – DENIM DIMENSIONS
‘Aaylixir’ the label by Naveem Naaz Shaikh presented the ‘Sukomo’ collection. Working only with denim, the designer added striking touches to the popular fabric.
From an ombré and laser cut treatment, Naveem added red, white and grey plaids, stripes and childish motifs as the collection brought out a fun-filled, carefree and trendy element for the wearer.
Kurtas, midis, checked unstructured coats, an unconventional treatment for saris with shirts and pants and a bold slogan NOW WHOM WHO WHENEVER gave the muted colour palette a lively lift.
Structured silhouettes however allowed easy movement as Naveem kept comfort in the forefront. Colour blocked jeans with angular patch pockets were worn with alphabet print shirts.
AGRIMA BATRA – SUSTAINABLE FASHION
A graduate from Parsons the School of Design, New York, Agrima Batra’s collection ‘To the Stars and Back’ or ‘Astraea’ was an exotic melange of stylish chic day-to-evening wear that was created with zero wastage.
Patched to perfection with every single scrap of fabric, the result was a great range with contrast colours working beautifully with Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Vivid shades highlighted the contemporary look along with form fitting but graphic silhouettes. Slit pants with short sleeved jacket had origami appliqués, pencil pants, one-shoulder jumpsuit in ink with shoulder patches, black kimono wrap dress and a black one-sleeve gown were innovative additions to the line. Agrima’s collection had an intriguing element around it, which will appeal to trend setting buyers.
SOHAYA MISRA – RELAXED ORIENTAL STYLE
‘The Pyjama Tribe’ by Sohaya Misra for her label ‘Chola’ was aimed at the fashion wearer of all ages and sizes. With textured linen and cotton as the prime fabrics sans embellishments, the layered separates had a variety of possibilities for mix-and-match options.
With a neutral colour card starting with white, beige and grey, Sohaya moved to blue, deep red and cherry. Inspired by Japanese fashion, the collection had a distinct Far Eastern flavour as asymmetric and giant collars made bold fashion statements.
Flared shirt dress with soft trench coat, draped asymmetric frock, grey layered skirt, striped coat with interesting back closure and clever layering created the mood of the collection.
With volume as the base of the garments there were wide pants teamed with Zen like tunics and free flowing ensembles for easy lounging. For relaxed oriental fashion Sohaya Misra gave great options.