Behold! behold! the much awaited Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2018 edition kick-started from August 22. The five-day fashion extravaganza is taking place at St. Regis Hotel, Mumbai.
Its 38th season aims to hold up new talent and introduce wide-ranging platforms while addressing the avid fashion appreciation of its clientele.
The Winter/Festive 2018 batch has been specially selected by the LFW Advisory Board including leading designers Anamika Khanna, Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra, Narendra Kumar, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi Mukherjee; Alka Nishar – Founder, AZA; Ashwath Swaminathan – Head of Innovations, Lakmé and Jaspreet Chandok – Vice President and Head of Fashion, IMG Reliance.
Lakme Fashion Week 2018 Winter/Festive version began on a jumpy note with artistic collections that were a part of the Gen-next initiative, spearheaded by INIFD. The 5-day-long fashion show will showcase works by designers such as Kunal Rawal, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Amit Aggarwal, Ritu Kumar and a finale by Monisha Jaisingh.
On the first day, we saw some plucky work by emerging designers. Designer Kanika Sachdeva’s collection – ‘The Artful Lodger’ was inspired by various homestay stories from across the world. Needless to say, the collection – made of roomy separates, trendy jackets and comfortable saris – is the perfect excuse to travel.
Designer Urvashi Joneja’s collection ‘Away’ was all about flowy dresses. Striking graphics, thorough pleating and raised textures were some of the highlights of her collection. Rhea Chakraborty turned showstopper for Joneja and looked eye-catching a black and gold dress.
Gender variability emerged as one of the biggest trends on day 1. For Chola the label by Sohaya Mishra, actor Prateik Babbar walked the ramp in drag. The collection was all about using haul as a means of creative expression.
Day 1 also had some stunning outfits by David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore of David and Abraham. Their collection ‘Cocktail and Samosas’ was all about sharp hues, structured outfits and geometric prints.
Antar Agni’s collection showcased some smart cuts, relaxed silhouettes and nuanced details. It featured a mix of delicate prints and deconstructed metallic embroidery.
The second day of the Lakme Fashion Week 2018, filled with not just exclusive, but ethnically aware and momentous fashion. The day was keen to sustainable fashion, local representation, and bringing every region of India into the limelight. From the North East Mojo to Banarasi, Kanjeevaram Silk, we saw Indian wear on the ramp like never before. Take a look at how the dazzling designers turned the regular salwar kameez and saris into the fashionable styles.
Ashwath Swaminathan, Head of Innovations, Lakme, said in a statement, ‘Lakme Fashion Week has always brought together the best of both beauty and fashion. Winter/Festive 2018 will platform the latest trends and concepts in fashion and beauty. It promises to be yet another exhilarating season – so stay tuned.’
Jaspreet Chandok, Head-Fashion, IMG Reliance Ltd said, ‘since its inception, Lakme Fashion Week has presented the best of fashion and showcased exceptional talent and skill from the industry and the forthcoming season will continue to bring forth new fashion ideas, along with a focus towards making the platform more inclusive, sustainable and global in its outlook.’