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Lakme India Fashion Week - Day 4

Show 1: Anshu Arora Sen, Nahid Merchant and Pria Kataria Puri

Anshu Arora Sen: The day started off by the creation of Anshu Arora Sen who crafted her collection with purity of style, substance and purpose. Her collection was reminiscent of the skill and ingenuity of a master story-teller. She narrates the story using unusual drapes, bias shapes and details like contrast- lined fabrics. The minimal embroideries and use of gentle colours like pearl ivory, candy pink, charcoal black, muted red and accents of turquoise were in perfect harmony. Asymmetric hemlines predominated through crop tops, handkerchief skirts, pajama pants and bias dresses.

Nahid Merchant: Followed by was Nahid Merchant featuring pants, long skirts, shalwar-kurtas in a contemporary Indian style using fresh pastel shades of lime, lemon, ivory, and peach along with the deeper blacks and reds on tussars, crepes, georgettes, and cottons. The corded jalli work blouses and belts embellished with crystal and bead-work were unique. Hand-painting with sequin work and kundan work also stood out in the collection.

Pria Kataria Puri: Next was the work of Pria Kataria Puri who in her creation used extensive mirror-work with all over embroideries, sequins, peacock feathers all create the brilliance of shine on the kurtas and churidaars. Her use of ombre, sequins and studs on a variety of clothing- skirts, pants, kurtas, sarees and blouses, presented several options to the contemporary woman. The colour palette moved from black into beige and deeper spice tones, followed by turquoise and pink. Egyptian motifs and paisley prints were worked upon for an alluring evening selection.

Show 2: Malini Ramani and Mandira Wirk

Malini Ramani: The next show featured Malini Ramani's collection which was categorized as Earthy Dragons, Party and Ramani Resort. A palette of kaleidoscopic colours mixed with diverse treatments of sequins, beadwork, marbling, mirror work and embroideries painted her canvas. Silhouettes were hip, young and trendy. There were bold, brazen and outrageous pants with corsets, kaftans, sarees, tubular dresses and skirts using colours like black, white, purple, pink, blue, beige and browns.

Mandira Wirk: Followed by was Mandira Wirk who featured a collection that concentrated traditional Indian silhouettes like the gharara and contemporized it into a fusion look. The floaty georgettes were embellished with crystal and were seen in soothing colours like salmon, aqua, butterscotch and lemon. The ombre dyed asymmetric blouses with exaggerated angel sleeves were worn with flared pants, and tie-n-dye sheer blouses were worn over sequined skirts. Mandira displayed a variety of sarees in ombre dyed and antique gold embroideries, sequins and beads. Her western range in blues and whites had asymmetric skirts with ruffled edges, and loose fitted blouses.

Show 3: Ranna by Ranna Gill

The next show of the day had concepts which were wild and dangerous. Ranna Gill presented a very chic collection inspired by the wild jungle and tribal influences. Her choice of fabrics, prints, embroideries, colours and trims were all wild and yet beautifully sexy. A collection with a lot of kurtas, camisoles, blouses, pants and sarees, it had a generous sprinkle of bold animal prints, florals, and delicate tone. The use of bone, beads, threads, raffia, suede fringes and lace ups added drama to the sheer organzas, georgettes, crepes and silks.

Show 4: Ashish and Smita Soni

The last show of the day was presented by Ashish and Smita Soni who concentrated on the use of indigo denim, pure white cottons and organic linens. There was ruching, tucks and pleats, slits, appliqué strips, popcorn perma-setting, fabric constructed with patches and use of fringes to enhance the simplicity of the collection. Denim skirts, dresses, pants, dungarees, kurtas and shirts dominated the canvas.

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