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Celebrating 20 years of Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW), its Winter/Festive 2019 edition in Mumbai from August 21 to 25 was a visual extravaganza of fabrics, colours, weaves and detailing. Designers and brands unveiled ensembles crafted with innovative fabric treatment, organic colours and prints inspired by unconventional topics. Meher Castelino reports.

SAAKSHA AND KINNI: The Saaksha and Kinni inspiration once again was a mélange of great prints, crafts and colours. Ikats of Gujarat and leheriya of Rajasthan were visualised in myriad patterns. Along with this, there was an arresting mix of metal and mirror work with embroidery. Detailing appeared with care when smocking, hand micro-pleating, thread work and hints of quilting were seen on the garments. Chiffons, satins, silk cottons and twills were the preferred choice of fabrics.

SAHIB BHATIA: The embroidery was not quite fluid but achieved with small specks of threadwork along with pleating and texturing. Sahib Bhatia’s inspiration was architecture and his textures were inspired by ancient Australian aboriginal art, which revolved around dots that resist continuous flow.

ANKITA SRIVASTAVA: Ankita Srivastava used the new fabric Cupro, which is vegan silk and a byproduct of cotton that is breathable, anti-static and bio-degradable along with mashru, modal silk from Gujarat and handloom chanderi; the effect was perfect for the coming season.


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