The Summer Resort edition of Lakmé Fashion Week kicked off on February 11th 2020 with a spectacular show to celebrate the platforms’ 20th anniversary. Held at the JioWorld Garden in Mumbai the show celebrated Lakmé’s Gen Next programme, an initiative that has encouraged design talent since 2006. Thirty Gen Next alumni, including Rahul Mishra and Kunal Rawal, reinvented looks from their debut collections to present during the show. Actress Janhvi Kapoor wowed in a strapless Rahul Mishra dress with sweetheart neckline and colourful embroidery.
Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week focused on sustainability featuring a circular design challenge in collaboration with the United Nations Enviroment programme. The fashion industry is responding to climate change and uses its creativity to reinvent the industry and bring awareness to different sustainability issues. Designer Ritu Kumar presented her environmentally friendly collection ‘Nature’s Origami’ in collaboration with Austrian fibre brand LENZING ECOVERO. Actress Aditi Rao Hydari made a perfect showstopper as she walked the ramp in a hand embroidered silk organza dress with asymmetric hem in black and indigo. Designers like Ritu Kumar and Amit Aggarwal show us that being sustainable doesn’t mean you have to supress creativity or compromise on the overall look of the design. It elevates it. Amit is known to incorporate recycled materials into his designs.
After 5 days of fashion, Lakmé Fashion Week came to an end with a spectacular grand finale by Amit Aggarwal. The show was inspired by the theme ‘Better in 3D’ which brought together the latest trends in fashion and beauty. Lakmé brand ambassador Kareena Kapoor Khan graced the runway in a structured gown, made in a stunning shade of green. Amit describes his collection AXIL as a vision of the future.
Next in Fashion
Designer Narresh Kukreja from designer duo Shivan & Narresh recently appeared in the Netflix show ‘Next in Fashion’, presented by Tan France and Alexa Chung. It was great to see him represent India in front of a global audience. The designer duo are ones to watch every summer resort season, as they are the kings of resort wear. The look worn by Diana Penty on the Lakmé runway was one of my personal highlights this season.
Another collection that really stood out was by Ashdeen Lilaowala, a renowned textile designer who is able to create beautiful ‘paintings’ with a needle and a thread. His silhouettes are simple and elegant, he lets the motifs do all the talking!
Check out the gallery for more personal highlights from Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2020