Lakmé Fashion Week’s Winter Festive edition took place from the 21st until the 25th of August in Mumbai, India. Couturier to the (Bollywood) stars Manish Malhotra presented his collection ‘MAAHRUMYSHA’ during the opening night. The collection encompasses the designers love for fabrics. The show was divided into three sections, silk in jewel tones, wool from Kashmir and cotton in pastel. Actress and showstopper Katrina Kaif looked the part, wearing a velvet lehenga with revealing top, showing off her fit physique.
The five day event included a sustainable fashion day, emphasizing the urgency of sustainability across all industries. The fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in the world. Time to take action. Designer Amit Aggarwal showcased a collection made from new-age sustainable synthetics, using recycled PET bottles. Amit shows us sustainable fashion can be glamorous and continues to set the sustainability standard for fellow designers.
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity. The fashion industry finally understands the importance of diversity. Women (and men) come in all shapes, sizes and colours. It is great to see more diversity on the Lakmé Fashion Week runway this edition. I do feel, they should follow the lead of fashion designer Sabyasachi who recently launched his winter bridal campaign not only including women of all shapes and sizes, but also featuring models with a darker skin tone. The obsession with fairer skin should end. If we truly want to celebrate diversity, this topic should be addressed. Everyone should take notes from Rihanna´s Savage X Fenty runway show, let her give you a masterclass in diversity. Victoria’s Secret eat your heart out!
The Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale featured designer duo Gauri & Nainika. Their collection reflected power dressing of the 80s to the golden era. Styles which are fun, free and light with sharp detailing, dramatic and fluid silhouettes, vintage botanical illustrations and intricate hand embroideries. Showstopper Kareena Kapoor Khan, the Lakmé Brand Ambassador, looked stunning in a black evening gown. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the celebrity showstoppers featured during Lakmé, but somehow this season I prefer the outfits worn by the models to those worn by Bollywood’s beauties.
In the gallery I’ve featured 20 of my favourite looks from this edition. Let us know your top picks!