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Indian Fashion Lakme Fashion Week 2014

It’s been a while since my last post, but it couldn’t have come at a better time; with the season of NY, London, Milan and Paris Fashion weeks having wrapped at the beginning of the month and Lakme Fashion week concluding last weekend, there’s much to talk about!

We all know that there’s no stopping India Inc., but nowhere is that more clear than in its fashion industry. Whilst the mainstream fashion weeks were showcasing Autumn/Winter 2014, the designers showing at Lakme were presenting their Summer/Resort 2014 collections. What’s impressive is that Indian designers were already incorporating winters trends in their Summer collections- go team India! But enough with the words, here are the key trends and you tell me who you think did it best; East -v- West!

B3 – Bright Bold Blocks

 

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So many colours on show you could be mistaken for thinking you’ve fallen into a Candycrush induced coma- but no, colours are here to stay throughout summer and so it seems through winter! But which is your favourite look?

(Images L-R: Albertta Ferretti; Albertta Ferretti; Emilia Wickstead; Gauri and Nainika; Gauri and Nainika; Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna)

 

Bound to Blossom

 

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It seems the designers obsession with pretty petals is set to continue for at least another two seasons. Flowers, whether big, small, pastel print or urban detail-the choice is endless.

(Images L-R: Albertta Ferretti; Mary Katrantzou; Mulberry; Hermant and Nandita; Pankaj and Nidhi; Manish Malhotra)

Gauze Galore

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All that glittered down the catwalks was not gold but there was definitely metallic treasure to be found. This trend has been around for a while, but this season it was everywhere! A little will go a long way to updating your wardrobes, but if you really want to embrace the trend, the all over metallic looks are electrifying.
(Images L-R: Altuzarra; Haider Ackermann; Altuzarra; Amit Aggarwal; Amit Aggarwal; Namrata Joshipura)

Midriffs

 

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The Obsession Continues- I first covered this trend a year ago in “Midriff and More” and since then BOY have we seen a lot of midsection skin!!! It seems that we haven’t heard the end of it with designers delivering yet more two-piece temptations across the style board- from sporty street looks to tailored chic. How will you wear yours?

(Images L-R: Isabel Marant; Jill Sander; Dolce & Gabbana; Dev R Nil; Malini Ramini; Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna)

What Grey Matter?

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It’s all about black and white! Monochrome looks dominated the catwalks from Milan to Mumbai; whether in geometric prints, a la Marc Jacobs and Masaba, or b&w combos from Alexander Wang- this ol’ pair got a modern makeover.

(Images L-R: Marc Jacobs; Carolina Herrera; Alexander Wang; Masaba; Manish Malhotra; Masaba)

Athletic ‘Tude

 

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This trend has also been creeping up for a good while now. It started with the return of the humble high-top, then the wedge sneaker and more recently the high-heeled trainer. So it’s not surprising that this seasons catwalks were littered with gym shorts; old-school bombers and go-faster stripes. The looks varied from old school to modern chic, with Balenciaga and Rahul & Rohit showing us how to dress it up. My favourite’s the Marc Jacobs, which is yours?

(Images L-R: Marc Jacobs; Balenciaga; Emilio Pucci; Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna; Huemn; Huemn)

Tribal Textures

 

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Folk inspired fashion from around the globe found its way on to the catwalks in the form of graphic prints and tribal patterns, craft embroidery, fringe, etc. So if you are off travelling, make sure to shop around the local markets and pick up some authentic treasures, they’ll keep you in style throughout the year at least.

(Images L-R: Calvin Klein; Diane Von Furstenburg; Emilio Pucci; Malini Ramini; Pia Pauro; Malini Ramini)

(Images courtesy of Vogue UK and Vogue India)

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