The second day of Lakme Fashion week was all about bold statements, with standout collections from Jelin George, Pam and Arch London, and Sabbah Sharma. Bollywood's favourite designing boy, Manish Malhotra, showcased his traditional Indian craftwork, with a touch of Kashmiri style, to close Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011.
Ever the romantic, Jelin George created a stylish fairy tale collection, with a Red Riding Hood cloaked cape taking centre-stage on the runway. Luxurious silhouettes reflected the beauty of the 1940s and 1970s (recalling sexy Hollywood stars like Clara Bow), resulting in seductive presentation that brought hints of masculinity to this otherwise feminine show.
Pam and Arch London
Light, life, and the warmth of summer days filled with sunshine were the inspiration behind this prêt line by the very talented UK-based duo, Pam and Arch London. Prints dazzled on the ramp in graphic geometric forms with hints of a Northern Lights colour palette that exploded into a psychedelic rainbow over the ensembles.
Sabbah Sharma was inspired by neoclassical artist and illustrator Mucha, who featured ultra feminine women in his work. It was a tribute to the new age women, as Sabbah unfolded a series of pretty dresses, sleek pants and shorts, exciting skirts and smart jackets with controlled glitter, down the runway.
Jatin worked with a controlled but bold, four colour palette in irresistible melon pink, blue, white and dollops of yellow. To match the mood and taste of the inspiration, Jatin chose soft sensuous silk, organza and taffeta to create feminine drapes and discreet volumes for the skirts which ranged from slim to full flare.
Vivek worked expertly with striking textures to highlight simple cuts. Aimed at the glamorous beachcomber, the stylish sheaths had the right colour blocks while bejewelled necklines added glitter to the dresses. There was a marked 50s touch to the summer dresses while the jumpsuits were given a modern twist with corsets.
Manish Malhotra ensures that his collections are always a traditional blend of Indian crafts with contemporary touches. His sensational line ended Day 2 at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011.
The 40 gorgeous evening wear creations for men and women were resplendent with wonderful Chikankari work as well as Karshmiri embroidery especially created in Srinagar and Jammu – both crafts that Manish is keen on reviving. Adding Rajasthani gotta borders to the swirling creations, Manish ensured his ensembles would be fit for a myriad occasions.
Images Provided By: Lakme Fashion Week