Our Favorite bridal and festive looks from FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week 2021
The much awaited Lakme Fashion Week 2021, this time in a historic collaboration with FDCI, came to a dazzling finish on Sunday after five days of glitz, glamour and dazzling designs! Here’s a lowdown of the best bridal and festive looks from designers to bookmark this year.
Presented in partnership with NEXA, Manish Malhotra’s signature blend of tradition and glamor saw a luxurious symphony of colours, with powder blues, monochromes and shimmering metallics taking centre stage in rich silk, organza and tissue fabrics. Diaphanous lehengas, dramatic gowns, swirling shararas and more were accessorized with hand-crafted Manish Malhotra jewellery for dreamy bridal looks. The sartorial elegance of the collection culminated in showstopper Kiara Advani’s shimmering silver gown with stunning cut outs and a silver sheer, long shoulder train.
Aptly titled “50 Shades of Happiness, Suneet Varma’s collection draws inspiration from the magical beauty of the Valley of flowers, expressing his designs through the power of fantasy and dramatic storytelling. Bold textures and vibrant hues channel a mix of modernity and abstract art enhanced by the age-old Indian craftsmanship perfect for the contemporary Indian woman and bride.
Varun Chakkilam Label
Varun Chakkilam unveiled his “Art Nouveau” line with intricately hand embroidered bustiers, voluminous skirts, slinky elegant gowns drizzled with sequins, tailored peplums and drapes. The opulence of the 18th century art movement flowed through the serene tones of pinks, teals and of course white. Pooja Hegde brought the show to a close in an ethereal white, heavily embellished lehenga with cascading embroidery.
Geisha Designs by Paras & Shalini
Inspired by the romance and fantasy of Sweet Memories, the collection presents whimsical, dreamy ensembles with tonal pearl embellishments and details, play of lace and Tulle. Elegant Pant suits, Floral Ball gowns and Drape Sarees with frills in tulle, chiffon, georgette, chantilly and organza fabrics and a demure pastel color palette look enchanting for a cocktail or after party look.
Tatvamm by Abhishek & Vinita
The “Rajwadi” collection from ‘Tatwamm’ by Abhishek and Vinita was a glorious ode to the amazing and exquisite weaves of India that brought the country’s textile wealth to centre stage. From Kanchipuram to Pochampali, exotic textiles were merged with the intricacies of Bandhani and adorned with the excellence of zardosi embroidery in rural Bengal. Regal peacocks, horses and elephants made their way on to the luxurious creations, while the color palette matched the richness of the rainbow. Showstopper Hina Khan sashayed in, wearing a decadent velvet lehenga, ornamented intricately with prancing horses to add to the grandness of the ensemble.
Shaveta & Anuj
Their collection “Qalb”, meaning heart, explored exquisite fabrics, luxurious zardosi detailing and contemporary silhouettes designed for the modern woman. A selection of tulle, tissue and Tanchoi silk established a classic elegance while embroidery with recherché gold thread added a touch of sophistication to the bridal ensembles. Showstopper Divya Khosla Kumar dazzled in a deep gold scalloped hem lehenga that we expect to show up in closets of brides-to-be.
Arpita Mehta’s collection “Reflections” explored florals for the versatile woman, abstract prints for the bold, strong user, whimsical leaf designs for the boho-chic woman and finally butti print for the understated dresser. WIth a summer palette composed of soothing sand and ocean hues, the beach-cum-resort collection saw her characteristic breezy silhouettes with sheer, tiered skirts, swirling capes, comfortable kaftans, strappy maxis, draped saris, relaxed summer pants and cute bralettes. Subtle detailing of mirror-work, suede fringes, tassels and cowries added a touch of feminine glamour to the ensembles. If you are planning on attending beach weddings this summer, this is a collection you should not miss.