The sublime and the ridiculous of Lakme Fashion Week

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 6:58am IST | Agency: dna

The last three days were marked by some of the best and the worst shows

Best show: Anju Modi
After wowing us with her work in Ram Leela, Anju stunned the fashion junkies once again with a breathtaking collection, titled Seeking Paradise. The jharoka motif was the recurring theme and we fell in love the palette of powder blue, blush, soft cream and corals. Tailored dhotis paired with long sleeved cholis and asymmetrical hemlines of lehengas, gowns, tunics and kurtas were luscious. The menswear was to die for too - two-button jackets came with prints and ombre effects. The printed and studded shoes were the highlights.
Models wore powdery ash-like make-up on the foreheads which added to the collection's allure and mystique.

Worst show: Mandira Bedi
Just another example of a socialite trying to be a designer. We don't really know how much Ms Bedi understands fashion and her collection clearly showed how much she is an outsider when it comes to the fashion world. The collection was anything but a bunch of socialites cluttering the ramp and clapping for each other. We won't waste out print space in describing her saris. Mandira should stick to what she's good at - act and anchor shows.

Metallic mania: Rajesh Pratap Singh
The finale collection was wow, however, we felt that the stage was a bit off and also the styling could have been much better. Lit with candles, the stage was more suited for a Diwali collection than a futuristic one. Like always, we loved his white shirts though the headgears seemed unnecessary and forced. The use of the fabrics fused with silver, stainless steel, paper, aluminium, hand woven and spun khadi, silk and linen added a metallic glam slam edge to it. Bias churi sleeves, the rustic bundi vest, structured jackets along with pastel skirts, coats and shimmering shifts made it a treat for the eyes.

Draped to thrill: Payal Khandwala
Playing with hand woven textiles and rich saris with master craftsmen of Bengal, Payal stuck to her signature style. We loved her colour-blocked saris, samurai pants, tunics and wrap skirts in a palette of deep blue, turquoise, magenta, orange, sun yellow, red and maroon which were worn with crisp white shirts and accessorised with belts.

Brouhaha before Anju's show
A strange woman gatecrashed Anju Modi's show and sat on the front row in the media section. She refused to leave the place despite repeated attempts. She said, "How much do I need to pay to sit here - Rs 1 lakh? 2 lakh?"
Finally bouncers had to be called and she was escorted out. Perhaps the most bizarre incident ever in the history of fashion week. In fact, she was back the next day surveying the source area.


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