Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 opened in great style with the spectacular dual shows presented by DHL featuring the collections of the very talented Masaba Gupta and avant garde designer Amit Aggarwal.
MASABA GUPTA – FOR THE FREE SPIRITED WOMAN
The name Masaba Gupta conjures up visions of collections that are feisty, free and fashionable. Star winner of the Gen Next designer show in 2009, Masaba’s rise up the fashion ladder has been phenomenal. Her collection “Wanderess” inspired by renowned poet Roman Payne’s character Saskia, had all the characteristic touches that the young designer lavishes on her garments.
Inspired by the Goan woman whose adventurous and free thinking nature has been iconic, Masaba brought these qualities along with a hint of delicate touches for her line. Going for the vintage 1960’s look, the colour palette burst onto the ramp with lavish use of yellow and neon hues and created that splash of Goan flavour. Masaba’s fabric choice was scuba, satin, jersey and crepe for the trio of prints.Touches of Goa appeared in the form of geometric leaves and flowers print for loose beach covers over white bikini. Saris with the characteristic Masaba prints in white, brown, black and yellow were teamed with long sleeved black/white leaf print blouse. Flared minis in beige, slinky gowns with multi prints, long sleeved, thigh length jacket with flared pants and cut-out sari gown, brought the mood of the fun times of the 1960s. Trapeze printed top with bell sleeves, attached dupattas for skirts, bell bottom style shararas, long sleeved tail-coat cholis with printed saris and drop waist will-power maxi added to the options that Masaba offered.
For a show stopping entry, it had to be Shilpa Shetty in a slinky black printed cut-out gown with an attached dupatta drape – just the right addition for a beach time soirée
When it comes to garments that leave a lasting impression on the audience, Masaba Gupta’s “Wanderess” collection will once again create waves in fashion circles. AMIT AGGARWAL – FASHION’S ULTRA GLAM DESIGNER
Amit Aggarwal’s debut show at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 was the most widely praised event last season. His exclusive futuristic gowns and experiments with the 21st century look for the sari and choli drew applause from fashion lovers.
His collection presented by DHL had a marked tribal influence but with his exclusive design elements woven into the creations. Amazing weaving techniques were combined cleverly with striped tattoos. Using inspirations from menswear, Amit transferred them onto couture ensembles and innovatively married the distinct touches of androgyny with glamorous femininity.
Black was the favoured colour for the seductive line of form fitting formal wear with the shimmer of strips adding to the subtle glitter. But deep tones of red, navy, jade, silver, bronze and rust added to the drama of the collection. Washed matte silk, crepe de chine, jersey and Duchess Satin were softened with tulle to give a feminine edge to the line.The garments revolved around a dark romantic theme as the silhouettes clung to the curves of the models. Hints of masculine lapels appeared on the rust black moulded gowns.
Opening the show with a long sleeved plunge neck black gown, the designer followed it with a variety of jackets with fish tails, moulded and pleated sari gowns and an emphasis on draped wide balloon sleeves for the exotic creations. Pleats played an important role, while a clever play of sheer and opaque metallic shimmer gave the creations a sexy seductive feel. Lattice work, laser cutting for wide peplums and intricately crafted flared skirts were a breathtaking part of the show.
The veiled, tasselled mysterious entries in all black, red and deep blue added to the drama and intrigue of the collection, which Amit brought in at regular intervals.
His showstopper was the very regal, gorgeous, Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994 who was a grand end to the show as she glided in a black, striped, fitted, draped gown.
Adding further highlights to the collection was the specially crafted jewellery. Giant intricately crafted ear flaps and striped hair pieces perched at the back of the models’ heads complemented the garments in an innovative manner.
When women want to make a sensational entrance and are daring and bold to carry off strong crafted ensembles, Amit Aggarwal’s creations will have the perfect impact on the gathering.