The much-anticipated Lakmé Fashion Week has finally come to an end!
It started off with Anamika Khanna’s prét label AK-OK’s showcase and concluded with Rajesh Pratap Singh’s grand throwback to the ’50s. In between, we saw breathtaking presentations on the runway, witnessed iconic moments like that Malaika Arora runway walk, and celebrated fashion in all its forms with some of the best names in the industry.
But most importantly, it has given us ample inspiration to experiment with our style this festive and wedding season. From colour palettes to silhouettes, here are some of our biggest takeaways from this edition of Lakmé Fashion Week…
Monochrome all the way
While colours were not completely absent from the runway, black and white made its mark with many designers choosing to go the monochromatic way this season. Abraham and Thakore kicked off the trend with their ‘Time Travel’ collection that had the designer duo’s signature black and white pieces from the past, present, and future. Veteran designer Shahab Durazi made his runway comeback after 17 years and presented a stunning collection that mainly comprised of black and white pieces. Shantnu and Nikhil also eschewed jewel tones in favour of pewter, gunmetal, and ivory tones for their festive wear collection. Rajesh Pratap Singh hammered the message home with his grand finale collection that featured a blend of ivory with black and white.
All that glitters
Bling was the thing on runways this time around. Geisha Designs by Paras and Shalini were inspired by the starry night for their collection and had models strut down the runway in shimmery creations. Their closing garment, worn by Diipa Büller-Khosla, had little crystal balls attached to the fringed skirt that made it seem like she was surrounded by hundreds of little fireflies. Designers Shahab Durazi, Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan, and Shantnu and Nikhil also pushed forward shine and shimmer for the upcoming season.
Layer it up
Statement jackets and clever layering was one of the most common trends seen on the runway this edition. Studio Medium, AK-OK, Geisha Designs by Paras and Shalini, Somya Goyal, Aseem Kapoor and Pooja Haldar made a strong case for layering it up this season.
Did someone say embellishments?
Surface textures and embellishments reigned supreme at LFW Mumbai edition. From sequinned surfaces to dramatic floral appliques, designers used embellishments to elevate their designs and present diverse and versatile collections on the runway.
Sustainability was the keyword
It’s 2022 and sustainability in fashion is a given. LFW decided to dedicate Day 2 to highlight the importance of sustainability in fashion and had designers present eco-friendly and sustainable collections on the runway. Designers and labels like Anju Modi, Eka by Rina Singh, Studio Medium, and Satya Paul stepped up to the plate for the cause.