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Lakme India Fashion Week - Day 5

Show 1: Ashish Pandey, Neelam Saxena and Geisha Designs

Ashish Pandey: Day 5 marked its beginning with Ashish Pandey's creation featuring the rich cultural heritage of Morocco beautifully blending it with the Indian silhouette to create a collection that cut across the parameters of regions, boundaries and eras. He used turquoise, beige, ivory, red, green and rose on sarees, lehengas, ghararas, short kurtas and churidars which had threadwork and zardozi skillfully applied to blouses and sari borders.

Neelam Saxena: Followed by was Neelam Saxena's collection for men. It had a variety of sherwanis and bandhgalas in black and crème, with embroidery on the hems, lapels and cuffs. The unusually cut silver and black suits were made more colorful using vibrant shirts in colours like orange, purple, and green.

Geisha Designs: The last presentation in the first show on the fifth day was of Geisha Designs giving an oriental summer look with dainty flower bouquets were used to create the theme for this picture book inspired collection. The pretty little lilies, tulips, orchids and other floral motifs were embroidered whimsically onto the georgettes and crepes. The clever use of beads and diamante created an element of the enchanted when combined with the elegant silk thread embroidery and colours like lemon, blue, fuchsia, red and black. The collection was clean and very feminine, with slim kurtas, churi pants, sarees, skirts, blouses, jackets and scarves.

Show 2: Anju Modi and Rina Dhaka

Anju Modi: Anju Modi's forte lies in her understanding of Indian fabrics creating beautiful and elegant Indian wear. The lehenga-skirts in rich brocades in colours like rani pink, turquoise, purple and brick red were exquisite in their inspired use of leheria with gold embroidery in georgette dresses, skirts, and scarves put into the spark in the collection. In the western line that she presented, there was use of oversized rivets, leather trims and drawstrings. The colours of red, ivory and mud were used in the asymmetric skirts and pants.

Rina Dhaka: Rina Dhaka on the other hand featured Indian heritage having T-shirts with motifs taken from Indian miniatures, Ajanta and labels of popular brands. Her creation had beautiful thread work, patchwork, fringes and shadow work embroideries, tastefully blended to create sexy strappy T-shirts worn with skirts and trousers. Her extensive use of surface texturing in a variety of silhouettes boggled the mind. The colours

Show 3: Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra

The 5 pm show was presented by Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra featuring basically on embroidery. An array of silhouettes for both men and women were displayed in fabrics such as duppioni silk, crepe and georgette. A liberal use of sequin embroidery and mirror work on borders and placement motifs were used in clothes like short kurtas, sarees, pants and blouses for women and sherwanis worn with khulla pajamas and comfortable pants. The range aimed at the wedding season clientele.

Show 4: Monapali

The next presentation of the day was of Monapali who used rich fabrics in silks, georgettes, nets, organzas and brocades to create sarees, lehengas, skirts and tie-up blouses. The reds, fuchsias, oranges were mixed together with candy colours like mint, baby pink, blues to create a magnificent colour palette. The collection was opulent in its use of elaborate sequin work, patchwork, appliqué and embroidery, all used together on fabrics to make them fantastic in their appeal.

Show 5: Raghuvendra Rathore

The last show of the day featured the brilliance of Raghuvendra Rathore who in his trademark elegant style proved once again that good taste, simplicity and perfection are the fashion mantras for today. A varied use of fabrics like crepe, shot silks, simple whites, brocades, stretch lycras, suede and leather in a vast range of clothing held the audience spellbound. Rathore consisted of two distinct looks, the more western and yet India inspired and the other formal and completely Indian. There were pants, skirts, shirts, jodhpurs, sherwanis, bandhgalas and beautiful saris all creating a regal look.

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