Melange of colours rules Manish's show at LFW - The New Indian Express

Melange of colours rules Manish's show at LFW

Published: 24th August 2013 08:27 AM

Last Updated: 24th August 2013 08:27 AM

It looked like models were walking down the ramp with a mirror placed across its full length, with the myriad lighting effects making the reflections look a little different. Surely, it took time to learn that this is an illusion created by Manish Malhotra, a well known Bollywood fashion designer who showcased his festive/pre-bridal collection at the opening of Lakme Fashion Week 2013 at the Hyatt here on Thursday evening.

Aptly named ‘Reflections’, the curtain of white fabric strands that divided the ramp the whole length gave the illusion of a mirror. The synchronous walk of models on either side of the curtain completed that effect. It was difficult to take the eyes off those figures sporting Indian traditional wears.

The fabulous hues of Rajasthan and Kutch came alive on the runway as models swirled around wearing creations in rainbow tones of deep green, dark beige, tan, burgundy, shocking pink, red, navy and mustard dappled with mirror work and interesting colour blocking.

Using regal textured silks embellished with thread and exclusively created zari work from Kashmir, the collection was an intense melange of youthful vigour and timeless touches.

Experimenting with silhouettes, Manish showcased the stylish ghagra-pant, a fusion of the Sharara and classic pant, which would give some strong alternatives to lehengas.

Another interesting innovation was the Koti (bolero) top reinvented from the Rajasthan Koti, which could be teamed with saris or ghagras.

The fabric selection by Manish varied with tulle, chiffon, georgette, pure/raw silk, velvet and textured fabrics mixed and matched or contrasted perfectly, to create a great fashion statement.

The Lakme Fashion Week is on till August 27.

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