Lakme Fashion Week – India’s most prestigious fashion and trade event kick-started with a dazzling opening as it entered into its second decade of Indian fashion, glitz and glamour. The winter / festive 2012 leg of LFW was unveiled on 3rd August at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai as India’s top fashionistas, celebrities and designers viewed the latest trends in the fashion world.
Day one of LFW contained all the elements of a grand versatile show with funky and ethnic tribal designs to traditional and graceful Indian wear! The day ended with a grand finale with Veteran designer Pallavi Jaikishan presenting a couture show for the first time ever at the Lakme Fashion Week. The designer also celebrated four years of success in the Indian fashion industry and considered LFW an ideal platform to mark this milestone achievement. Pallavi Jaikishan is well known for her exquisite bridal wear and heavy embellishments (read pearl embroidery, Chinese embroidery combined with chikankari, gota work and zardozi embroidery on brocade) and the use of pure fabrics – be it tulle, georgette, velvet, chiffon or silk.
Jaikishan’s collection was divided into four segments named Sajala (Clouds with a Golden Lining), Mandara (The Mythical Tree), Elavia (A thing of Beauty and Grace) and Ayiana (The Eternal Bloom). Each of the four collections exuded her signature style that blends traditional hand embroideries with modern day silhouettes, with specially woven fabrics and real zari. Heavily embroidered lehengas, sarees, anarkalis, ghagras, jackets and tunics formed the common link in all segments. The clothes were equally complemented with exquisite jewelry made by fusing pieces sourced from world bazaars, especially for the show.
Taking inspiration from the luxury Sajala villas set in lonavala, the Sajala line featured light flowy outfits in pastel and cream shades. Keeping th colors as soft as a blushing bride, Pallavi chose cream, blush and tinges of cognac and delicate aqua all dappled with burnished gold, specially woven in real zari weaves. The collection consisted of upada sarees & real jari kota sarees, Lehengas and Jackets all as light as the clouds in weight!
In Mandara, the designer created the ambience of the mythical tree in a floral fantasy as she incorporated sap green tulle with silver and green foliage adorned with beautiful embroidered leaves and pink and coral roses in her designs. The stunning effect of flowers cascading down the gorgeous Indian outfits, the embroidered bodices of the kurtas, the 3D embellishments on net and the cholis with sexy tie-ups left the audience spell bound.
Elavia showcased a stunning collection of sarees with Pallavi’s signature flowers with a different twist. The segment featured sarees in vibrant shades of rose pinks, bright reds and vermillion glittering with ornate embroidery and resham floral embroidery.
The final section saw dramatic lehengas sashaying down the ramp with pallavi’s signature embellishments. Heavily encrusted lehengas with rosettes, dupattas edged with gold lace, velvet cholis and bouquets of flowers were amazing in their beauty and intricacy. The once in a lifetime collection has something suitable for every bride – be it for a destination wedding on a beach in Phuket to Medival Castle in Europe, or a grand wedding in Jagmandir.