Power dressing and occasion wear were skilfully merged by designer Naveem Shaikh for her label ‘Aaylixir’ at 6Degree Stage One during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016. From the Gen Next Show last season to the 6Degree Stage One platform, Naveem proved her prowess in dressing the stylish jet setting woman.
The colour palette worked perfectly as strong hues of green, blue, red, grey, brown and aubergine were turned into ideal Winter/Festive looks. Bringing together a kaleidoscope of silhouettes, the designer worked with flowing but structured ensembles but kept the look clean and crisp.
Luxe fabrics glittered with sequins, hand crafted floral motifs and some regimental ones inspired by the military look. The ensembles ranged from a basic shift dress with sequinned embellishment at the hem, peplum wrap-over jacket teamed with formal trousers and a metallic waist belt to a violet wrap over knee length dress with motifs placed intelligently.
The effortless translation from a regular long nude dress with a colour blocked two-toned floor length jacket, to a glamorous sundown turquoise, body-hugging gown with sequinned, crisscrossed peek-a-boo bodice and systematic motif placement on the bottom half with a thigh high slit was commendable.
The critically acclaimed B-town actress, Sayani Gupta strutted down the ramp in a strong yet seductive two-piece suit consisting of a risqué blazer with sequinned detail on the sleeve teamed with a short skirt shimmering at the hem and managed to look absolutely scintillating.
For a look that moves from 9 to 5 Naveem Shaikh’s ‘Aaylixir’ label offered a compact wardrobe solution for the power dresser.
SIDDHARTHA BANSAL’S ‘GAME CHANGER’ COLLECTION GAVE INNOVATIVE DIRECTIONS AT 6DEGREE STAGE ONE DURING LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2016
Siddhartha Bansal is the New Age designer known for his Avant Garde style aesthetics; his contrasting approach towards fashion makes his line distinct from the rest. The collection ‘Game Changer’ evoked more than what met the eye and stimulated a connection that consolidated the mind and soul in a harmonious bond at the 6Degree Stage One during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016.
As a designer, Siddhartha stepped out of his comfort zone and experimented with an inspiration that deals with the conflict between greed and otherworldliness, which is not only unconventional, but, challenging at the same time. To depict a story through garments that convey human emotions can only be conveyed by a true artist, who has mastered his skill.
The fight between good and evil, materialism and spiritualism never looked this glamorous and striking. Bansal, incorporated ‘the all-seeing eye’ that is generally acknowledged as a symbol of power and spirituality by converting it into digital motifs. The ensembles had a psychedelic vibe etched to them and the pop-art influenced colour palette that included turquoise, coral, mauve, tangerine and mustard escalated the funk.
The garments varied from elegant printed old-school blouse/cropped top teamed with a twin skirt and a scarf to flared vibrant palazzos combined with a low-key T-shirt, which were highly functional yet quirky and pleasant. The outfits had a certain ease and music festive vibe with the play of colours and prints. A fashionable example was an off-shoulder, printed, floor length dress and a layered frilled imprinted gown with a basic black bodice highlighted with sequinned work. The fabrics were carefully chosen from different parts of India to celebrate the lavish heritage of this nation. Collaboration between this kaleidoscopic and modish presentation and the classic flavours of Indian textiles was a match made in art heaven.
Delhi based designer, Siddhartha Bansal owned the runway with his ‘Game Changer’ collection that glorified the rural aesthetics with a futuristic vision along with a social message that echoed loud and clear.
KANIKA JAIN PRESENTED HER ‘KANELLE’ LABEL FOR THE MODERN DRESSER AT 6DEGREE STAGE ONE DURING LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK WINTER/FESTIVE 2016
Kanika Jain, the young entrepreneur behind the brand ‘Kanelle’, is a business graduate turned designer and earned early acknowledgement due to her innovative vision and her sharp business skills that immensely dominated her line. She presented ‘Baby-Blue Jean’ as a tribute to the most basic yet classic piece of clothing commonly present in every closet across the globe through her line at the 6Degree Stage One during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016.
Running down memory lane, this collection swiftly deported the audience back to the late 80’s and early 90’s when happiness was through living in a favourite pair of lucky jeans that managed to fit like a dream and still had a designated spot in the closet.
The ensembles marked the evolution of this vital apparel in a more contemporary manner with highly up-scaled inventive variations. An array of regular silhouettes, such as textured denim jackets, slip dress, skirts, capes with unfinished edges, flared bell-bottoms, sheer tunic, woollen round-neck tops, wrap over trench dress, asymmetrical top over casual jeans were given a rather glamorized make-over by making them more captivating yet retaining their functional value. Commanding fits along with the prototypical pocket placement was a swift move that blended well with the idea of easy chic. The nipped waists and a bit of asymmetry also added to the creative element of the garments.
Textures like twisted pleats, fringes, metallic vark, washed and treated, yarn mesh patchwork, play of darts and customized buttons were intelligently accumulated in the apparel that successfully escalated its visual demeanour. The creative mix of sheer and opaque gave a stylish angle to the outfits.
Denim being the central hero of the clothes was pitched together with organza and woollen fabrics for unusual artistic results. The colour range was a funky mixture of vintage denim hues and stark earthy tones like nude, beige, brown, white, smoky grey with a tinge of pastel that gave the outfits an extra edge.
Kanika Jain’s ‘Blue-Jean Baby’ was an ultra-modern, yet very commercial line with great aesthetics that will work well in 21st century wardrobes.