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Lakme India Fashion Week - Day 7

Show 1: Ashima-Leena and Lina Tipnis

Ashima-Leena: The last day of the week long fashion week took off with the collection of Ashima-Leena. The collection was basically influenced by African trends using red, orange and turquoise in the Moroccan prints. The crinkled lehengas, kurtas, blouses, scarves and pants were worn with silver and turquoise accessories. The black geometric print sarees were worked upon with sequins and delicate silver embroidery. Indian silhouettes in raw silk were made in subtle earthy colours and embellished with embroidered yokes.

Lina Tipnis: Following presentation was of Lina Tipnis who played with the strong colours of red, orange, Indian pink, moss green that were used with basic blacks, whites and ecrus. The fabrics that dominated were lurex checks, organzas, noils, raw silks and chiffons. The off shoulder blouses, skirts, blouses, dresses and pants were embellished with beadwork, sequins, ruffles and smocking.

Show 2: Anamika Khanna

In the 3 pm show Anamika Khanna showcased such an excellence of creative understanding and splendid brilliance that can surpass the ordinary. The mature edginess of her collection comes through her ability to create silhouettes that grow from the use of commonly seen fabrics that have been given very inventive and innovative treatments. The patchwork antique brocades, tanchois, silks, shot silks were used in uppers like kurtas, shirts, blouses, tie up corsets, tube tops, jackets, dresses and capes, and the crushed, crinkled, marbled and block printed cotton pajamas and skirts were maintained through out the collection. Trimmed with gota patti borders, they added panache to the look. There were earthy colours like beige, rusts, sienna, ochre, henna, indigo and wine put together with fuchsia, orange, turquoise, green and black.

Show 3: Manju and Bobby Grover

Next show was presented by Manju and Bobby Grover who used the colours of the desert and its melancholy hues - beige, brown, ecru, and black in the prints. Animal skins, floral patterns and rough textured fabrics all added to the untamed look. Trims like fringes, smocking and gathers added that girlish touch to the dresses, blouses, skirts, shorts and pants. Fabrics like linen, georgette, and cottons were used to shape this collection, while ribbons, mirror-work and cowri shells were used to enhance its appeal.

The Lakme Grand Finale: Monisha Jaising, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Suneet Verma

Monisha Jaising: Monisha Jaising, whose brilliance and expertise stole the hearts of one and all. Monisha Jaising followed a colour palette meant for the young, hip and sexy modern woman. She used frosted orange, pale blue, grey, wine, beige, turquoise and white. Short transparent athletic jackets with sequin embroidered numbers, easy knit pants, shorts and skirts were beautifully put together. Denim was also used in washed, distressed and treated effects. The kurta shirt again made a strong statement.

Rajesh Pratap Singh: Pratap's fashion statement was style, good designing and simplicity. The opening collection for the grand finale of LIFW was a range of techno whites. His exhaustive use of raffia in bunched roses, fringes and even as a base fabric for pleated skirts, easy futuristic jackets and long coats was a treat to the eye. There were organza shirts, which were ruched and ruffled. Patent leather, leather and poly-fabrics were punched in Braille dots to create controlled yet pleasing details. Knits in lurex yarn were mixed together with wool in pastel shades of grey, pink and powder blue to knit optical designs.

Suneet Verma: Suneet Verma on the other hand presented his collection with a set of brilliantly executed mirror fabric outfits for both men and women, which were embroidered with bold motifs in vibrant colours. These were followed by layered georgette, embroidered short bustier blouses, short kurtas teamed up with pants and reams of saris. Hallmarks of the show were the sari blouse and cocktail gowns embellished in three-dimensional embroidered and cutwork flowers. The feel was couture and had great ramp impact- a final adieu to seven days of the Lakme India Fashion Week.

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