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Lakme India Fashion Week - Day 3

Show 1: Anita Dongre, Araiya and Sonali Mansingka

Anita Dongre: Anita Dongre's work was basically presented for the Indian urban women featuring skirts, pants and off-shoulder blouses. The faux suede fabric was combined with georgettes and chiffons. Surface treatment in the form of delicate cutwork- with patterns of floral trellis, paisleys, geometrics and animal figures and breezy leheria and tie-n-dye added to the feminine charm of this collection. The characteristic look to the collection was given with fringes, and beadwork. The colour palette started with the beautiful chocolate brown beige olive and khaki, and used turquoise and orange as accents.

Araiya the Mumbai sisters presented a collection with influences from military fatigues, glam rock, and Spanish costume. Asymmetric hemlines, embroideries, beaded lace and opulent devore velvets endorsed their image of provocation. Ribbon frills and sequined beading were effectively used for that evening look.

Sonali Mansingka:
On the other hand Sonali Mansingka drew influences from vintage romance, and the gypsy vibe. An interesting palette of breezy white, maple greens, pale lavender, charcoal grays and opulent blacks was used to create the asymmetric, tiered, gathered and ruched skirts with fitted corset tops. Synthetic fabrics were blended with natural fibers and highlighted with thread embroideries and sequins. Acid washed denims with metal studs and eyelets made comfortable and easy going casual wear.

Show 2: Deepika Govind and Jattinn Kocchar

Deepika Govind: Govind's creation was fresh and lively featuring drapes and silhouettes blending it with fringed details, asymmetric hemlines, darts, slashes, and embroidery which was understated yet effective. Basic colours like black red and white followed by indigo and evening colours like midnight blue, maple green, charcoal gray expressed her versatility. Deepika cleverly used khadi, a truly Indian fabric along with the khadi logo to enhance its special status.

Jattinn Kochhar: Jattinn Kochhar on the other hand showed a frothy, young collection with all the elements of the current fashion focus. There were voluminous plaid and printed flared and gathered skirts set off with ruffled and frilled trims, denim jumpsuits with diamante work emphasizing the waists, hot pants, and sheer kurtas. Menswear in form of newspaper-print pants, net shirts, masculine long coats and faux leather jackets were interspersed with the womens wear. The colours used were predominantly blues, whites, grays, and reds.

Show 3: Monisha Bajaj

The third show of the day was presented by Monisha Bajaj who brought alive the feminine look by the use of colours like pristine whites, beiges to dusty colours, interspersed with fuchsias, inky blues, rusts and shades of violet in her creation of silhouette ranging from the simple yet versatile short kurta worn with pants to fluid drapes and soft knits. Short skirts and ruched blouses with scarves trimmed with tassels of chenille and dense untwisted silk yarns were contrasted with unusual bulky low-waisted folded over skirts. The accessories included embossed leather belts and bags.

Show 4: Puneet Nanda and Satya Paul

In the next show Puneet Nanda for Satya Paul presented their signature prints in basic black and white with accents of vibrant colours. The look was easy and calm carried forward in the sarees, churidaar-kurtas, skirts and dresses. The printed jacquard fabrics edged with sequins and multi-coloured bead work were refreshingly elegant. The Indian shot silks in colours like red-green and magenta-blue were quilted finely to create a very wearable collection.

Show 5: Ritu Kumar

The Day ended with Ritu Kumars exquisite collection of Indian prÍt that is true to her signature style. The Uzbek and Africa inspired prints on crepes, washed denims with tonal understated embroidery, badla work and her trademark zardozi on silks and patchwork were innovatively presented through the colours of evening desert, spices and classic blacks and whites. The jackets, blouses, skirts and jeans are all a part of the Label winter line. The finale for the show was a peek at Ritu's new 'Ri' collection. It had zardozi embroidery which gave a metallic sheen to the fabrics and was patterned with stylized paisleys to create the enriched sophisticated look that the designer is so well known for.

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