High glam, drama, and lots of oomph were all on display at the opening of Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011. Key runway highlights include masculine touches, detailing, bright colour palettes and Japanese influences. Here’s our Style Report from Day 1 of the Summer Resort shows.

Anamika Khanna

Anamika’s creations bring an ethnic Indian look to her women’s ready-to-wear collection, but with elegant masculine silhouettes and detailing. The collection ranged from regal Indian clothing to comfortable daily men’s wear, with the dhoti being a major inspiration for the designer. No wonder Bollywood starlet and fashion darling, Sonam Kapoor, is such a huge fan.


Chaitanya Rao

This collection ranged from stylish printed maxis, to tiny leather skirts and bustiers in a colour palette of nude, beige and red with black leather contrasting throughout. It was a striking feminine line with high-waisted skirts standing out on the runway.


Parvesh Jai

Romantic and tropical, this collection called “Rural Species” was aimed at the resort wear market with sheer chiffon, silk and georgette. Undersea shades of blue, green, aqua, orange, cream, red and black all made an impact on the ramp.


Arpan Vohra

Arpan Vohra took the audience on a fashionable cruise with his intriguingly titled collection “Sail Away”. Arpan’s creations had marine touches like ropes, chords, anchors, zippers, studs and knots in nautical colours of white, red, sea green and silver.

Preeti S Kapoor

Using ancient Jamawar embroidery, the designer presented a great formal collection with lavish doses of ethnic chic. Preetis used rich fabrics like silk, net, velvet, satin and Chanderi, all highlighting bold paisleys in the embroidery. To match the regal nature of the creations, Preeti kept the colours rich with ink blue, grey, purple, brown and added heavy tones of mustard, red and maroon.


Priyadarshini Rao

With her new label, “Mineral” for Summer/Resort 2011, Priyadarshini worked around a fresh colour chart of white, indigo, oyster pink, beige and charcoal with large doses of lime sorbet, candy and turquoise. For her interesting label, Priyadarshini showed a range of cool blouses, linen lounge pants, over shirts dresses, shorts, pinafores and innovative shirts.


Sabyasachi Mukherjee

One of our favourite designers, Sabyasachi presented a collection that moved through the various decades of fashion. There was the fun and freedom of the 20s, followed by the elegance of the 30s and 40s. There were touches of the 70s Boho chic and the 80s daring arresting bras. In association with the Save Our Tigers campaign, the designer drew inspiration for the collection from Indian folktales and Japanese animation.


Images Provided By: Lakme Fashion Week