Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2012: Payal Singhal

Regional style continues to shine at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2012, and it’s something we loved seeing at Payal Singhal’s show.

Inspired by Indian Adivasi costumes from Kutch and Orissa, Payal Singhal’s vibrant ensembles that were a tribute to the colours and people from the north, east and west of India. While it’s not our favourite collection from her, there were some definite standouts on the runway that caught our eye.

Colour trends: Acid neon, pink, cyan, fuchsia, lime, cobalt and indigo.

Fashion trends: The whole gamut of Indianwear, from kurtas, kaftans and tunics, to dresses, short ghagras, and kalidar saris. Embroidery in intricate peeta, abhla and zardozi work, and done in gold. Mirror work was everywhere, and an interesting alternative to more flashy crystals. The Banaras silk jumpsuit is something we’ll stay far away from.

What we loved: Asymmetrical kurtas and lenghas, silk jodhpurs and neon net saris and dupattas. Mukaish work (little silver coins/sequins weaved into net or chiffon – see above photo) on dresses, and cigarette trousers paired with asymmetrical kurtas.

Photography: Lakme Fashion Week and Payal Singhal