If you asked any Indian to name three fashion designers and they will most probably blurt out Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. These fabulous designers have taken years to carve a niche and name for themselves. Sabya, however, is a different story. His label, or he, are not as old as the legends he is often named alongside and that in itself is a fantastic story. But today we talk about the platform that made Sabyasachi the icon he is today. Lakmé Fashion Week takes pride in being a leveller of sorts. While every season is peppered with big names, it draws its energy from young and upcoming designers. And that's what happened on the day one.
The first show at Lakmé Fashion Week launches fresh designers every season. It's such a delight to watch these young designers grow in front of the fraternity to become likes of Sabyasachi, Nachiket Barve and Masaba Gupta.
Grazia Young Fashion Awards
The GYFA show at Lakmé Fashion Week is soon becoming a herald of upcoming designers. This year ILK, Love Birds, Doodlage, Chola and Cord presented beautiful collections that represented their label's refreshing aesthetics.
Two of my most favourite collections showcased on day one were Antar Agni and Atsu. To think that it was just two years ago Ujjwal Dubey showcased his first collection at LFW and in just two years he's turned his (mainly) menswear label Antar Agni a force to be reckoned with. Atsu, on the other hand, is one of those designers who go under the radar once in a while and then emerge like a phoenix - better and stronger. Atsu went back to his roots and took inspiration from Naga shawls to create a collection that's instantly on everyone's lust list here at LFW.
Myoho, the otherwise print-centric label, took inspiration from sandalwood and added another dimension to their style with metallics in shades of the fragrant timber. This collection is capable of instantly catapulting them into festive/evening wear designers slot.
Old School Tricks
Designer Nimish Shah of SHIFT never fails to bring a hint of nostalgia to his collection. His silhouettes - easy, his style - old school charm. And then there are a few surprise pieces that are preppy with a hint of bling. Très chic!
Looking forward to P.E.L.L.A, Kallol Datta, Anavila and Sanjay Garg. Stay tuned!