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Lakmé fashion week spotlights INIFD GenNext’s fresh design talents

Sonam’s brand lays focus on pieces that are durable and representative of a melting pot for ancient and contemporary craftsmanship…reports Asian Lite News

The prestigious talent discovery program, INIFD presents GenNext announced three promising new designers as the winners who will be showcasing their collections at the upcoming Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI set to take place from 11-15th October in New Delhi.

GenNext, one of the most coveted and credible platforms in the Indian fashion industry for up-and-coming designers has established more than 250 designers who now represent the best of fashion in India as well as across borders. For its 36th edition, the winners declared are Arnav Malhotra (No Grey Area), Sonam Khetan (Sonam Khetan) and Prasoon Sharma (Triune).

Like each season, entries were invited for the GenNext program. The shortlisted designers presented their collections to a distinguished jury comprising Harman Dhillon, Vice President at Hindustan Unilever Limited; Sabina Chopra, GenNext Mentor; Mehernaaz Dhondy, Editor in Chief, Grazia India; Amit Aggarwal, renowned fashion designer and Jaspreet Chandok, Group Vice President, Reliance Brands.

The INIFD presents GenNext program has been recognized for identifying and providing young and talented designers an opportunity to enhance their skills and take centre-stage in the fashion industry. 

Introducing the latest cohort of GenNext designers, Harman Dhillon, Vice President at Hindustan Unilever Limited said, “Embracing the future of fashion begins with the creative minds we discover and foster through the Gen Next program at Lakmé Fashion Week X FDCI. As we return toDelhi, this season’s GenNext designers represent not only the resilience and creativity of a new era but also our commitment towards identifying, nurturing, and empowering young talents who will sculpt the future of global fashion with the transformative power of artistry. We are thrilled to spotlight the GenNext winners as they unfold their creativity, in line with Lakmé’s vision as a fashion forward beauty brand with product lines and collection themes bringing forth a blend of fresh perspectives and avant-garde styles that will illuminate the path for the future of fashion.”

Talking about the GenNext program Jaspreet Chandok, Group Vice President, Reliance Brands said, “The GenNext program offers outstanding young talent in the country a prestigious platform like ours to debut and showcase their work to industry leaders in a competitive fashion environment. For a decade and more, this initiative has successfully introduced remarkable designers, some of whom have achieved recognition in both the Indian and global fashion arenas. From the highly promising entries, the winners of the 36th batch of GenNext designers have been carefully selected, and I am excited to witness their growth and success in the fashion industry.”


Designer Name: Arnav Malhotra

Brand Name: No Grey Area


City: Chennai

Arnav Malhotra is an alumnus of the University of Exter and is currently pursuing his passion in the fashion industry. His previous stints include working with brands like Evoluzione and Evolve Clothing Pvt. Ltd.

The new age statement pieces from Arnav’s ‘Inconvenience today for a better tomorrow’ collection is influenced by solving fabric waste issues at the design stage and a particular focus on zero-waste pattern making. The collection features silhouettes and fabrics inspired by the saree. The Kolam, which can be seen across the garments of this season as block prints, embroideries, and jacquards, is an art form that decorates the entrances of homes in India to balance energy.

The colours of the collection are inspired by the bright colours on old Madras homes, which influenced Memphis architecture. Oversize shisha mirror embroidery, carved wood block printing, an oversized Madras check and 3-colour ombres enrich a gender-inclusive range that blends Indian tradition with contemporary luxury.

Designer Name: Sonam Khetan

Brand Name: Sonam Khetan


City: New Delhi

Sonam comes with a fashion background with education from NIFT, Istituto Marangoni and Central Saint Martins. In her two-year experience in the industry, she has worked with Balmain, Rahul Mishra, Ludovic De Saint Sernin, to name a few.

Sonam’s brand lays focus on pieces that are durable and representative of a melting pot for ancient and contemporary craftsmanship. She believes that the driving force for her pieces is the time invested in exploring scientific findings and research. Holding a firm belief in increasing awareness for social and environmental issues, each collection from Sonam Khetan tells a story that highlights nature and the environment.

A visual representation of the sounds of the Earth, her collection titled ‘Sight of Sound’, portrays the interpretation of sounds from the perspective of scientists, artists, and Buddhists. The collection is made from all natural fabrics like- linen, hemp, khadi cotton, organic cotton and silk. The pieces have been curated with the help of a women-led artisanal studio that specialises in naturally hand-dyed material made from recycling flowers from ancient temples, and an NGO that specialises in the Japanese Shibori technique. Sight of Sound stands out for its emphasis on hand embroideries, wearable flexibility and surface manipulations.

Designer Name: Prasoon Sharma

Brand Name: Triune

Age :30

City: Jaipur

Prasoon is an alumnus of INIFD. With 3.5 years of experience in fashion, Prasoon’s brand, Triune has been admired and worn by several Bollywood stars.

Described as a portal to nature, his collection titled ‘Bivouac’ transports one into a world void of interruptions. Beautifying imperfections, being raw and untouched are an accurate description of the emotions the collection captures.

Bivouac integrates earthy greens, natural browns, vivid accents, animal motifs and prints with natural patterns found in forests. Different elements of the collection are a reminder of the need for equilibrium and co-existence between the environment and humans.

Several techniques have been incorporated to create the final product. Hand braiding and hand nesting has been used along with dori work to get the texture of rawness of nature. Unique ways have been used to achieve the denim looks for the collection. In addition, there has been use of screen printing to make accurate patterns, and digital printing was utilized to generate intricate and sophisticated imageswith a broad range of colors and effects. The collection uses a range of fabrics like Tencel Dobby, Tencel Satin, Ecru Denim Twill, Cactus textured handwoven cotton and TNT Khadi to accentuate the look of the collection.

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Lakme Fashion Week: Day 1 for Eco fashion

Another brand that is perfect for casual outings is Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva. Her collection of pleated shirt dresses, flared trousers and asymmetrical tops make for perfect day-to-night outfits…reports Nimerta C Sharan

Summer is here and we’re ready to witness what’s trending on the fashion front this season. Lakme Fashion Week 2023 in partnership with the Fashion Design Council of India kickstarted on March 9 at the Jio World Garden in Mumbai. Over the past few years, there’s been so much conversation around sustainability — it’s gone mainstream and it’s here to stay for all the right reasons. Here are the highlights from Day 1 which was dedicated to all things eco-fashion.

A befitting platform:

INIFD (Inter National Institute of Fashion Design) Gen Next 2023 winners KoAi, KoyToy, Hiro and Rudrakash Dwivedi presented their respective collections. While KoAi focussed on easy prints and airy silhouettes, KoyToy opted for bright colours and cool motifs. Dwidevi’s collection, “Scintilla” consisted of striking ensembles made from metallic trimmings. Hiro’s clothes that took inspiration from the post-apocalyptic world, were all about smart layering combined with interesting techniques such as stone washing, ruching and smocking.

S for sustainable saris:

Known for her beautiful handwoven saris, designer Anavila Misra presented her collection, “Dabu”. More than 10 years in the business, Misra has created her own version of the classic drape — modern, light and authentic. With this collection, the designer has worked around block printing, vegetable dyeing and muted tones. It was the styling and the raw draping that enhanced the overall look.

Cool casuals:

Delhi-based label Doodleage presented their collection of chic separates made from recycled materials and upcycled wastes. Inspired by nostalgia, the garments represented the 90s vibe with floral prints, solid colours and denims. Another brand that is perfect for casual outings is Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva. Her collection of pleated shirt dresses, flared trousers and asymmetrical tops make for perfect day-to-night outfits.

Actress Rakul Preet Singh turned showstopper for designer Shruti Sancheti dressed in a cool Khadico-ord set. The versatile jackets and flowy kurtas from her summer line, “Khadder” are pieces to look out for. Actor Vijay Varma walked for Divyam Mehta and model-turned-actress Neha Dhupia turned muse for the INIFD launchpad. Some other celebrities spotted were Sonali Bendre, Konkana Sen Sharma and Mandira Bedi.

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Lakme Fashion Week X FDCI scheduled from March 9-12

All showcases will continue to be live streamed across the platform’s OTT partners Jio TV and Voot and LFW and FDCI social media channels to reach the widespread Indian and global fashion audience…reports Asian Lite News

Lakme Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI, is set to kickstart its first edition of 2023 at Jio World Garden in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex. The beauty and fashion extravaganza will begin with Sustainable Fashion Day on Thursday 9th March and will culminate with the Lakme Grand Finale on Sunday, March 12.

Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI – the country’s most premium fashion event will be seen bringing to the fore a host of new, emerging and established talent across the industry to put forth a world-class beauty and fashion event. The platform in keeping with its tradition will offer two showcase areas (the Runway and the Atelier) for designers to bring their designs to life along with the Central Avenue that will play host to captivating conversations.

All showcases will continue to be live streamed across the platform’s OTT partners Jio TV and Voot and LFW and FDCI social media channels to reach the widespread Indian and global fashion audience. The FDCI Showroom will attract buyers from across the globe helping design talent to explore business avenues and opportunities.

Harman Dhillon, Vice President, Hindustan Unilever Limited said, “As India’s first and biggest make up and premium skincare brand, Lakme has always taken pride in leading the narrative on fashion and beauty and is now raising the impact at this intersection even more at Lakme Fashion Week. We are truly looking forward to the newest edition of Lakme Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI. Given Lakme Fashion Week is the mecca of the confluence of beauty and fashion in the country, it is here that we want to embark upon our new journey of “Unapologetically Me” – to partner the modern Indian woman to own her beauty and embrace it unapologetically. We look forward to our alliance with all the talented designers, makeup and hair artists, and models to curate a range of showstopping, unapologetic looks with our widespread portfolio and latest launches, Lakme Absolute Lip Mousse and Lakme 9to5 CC Mousse.”

Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh brings the curtains down at LFW x FDCI.(photo:IANSLIFE)

Sunil Sethi, Chairman FDCI commented, “We are all excited to return to Mumbai with this edition of Lakme Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI. As we continue to foster a partnership that brings to the fore the best of talent we currently have in India in the fashion and design space, we could not be more excited to spotlight new and emerging talent as well as give a platform to established designers to bring their creativity to life. Audiences can expect never seen before manifestations of design on the runway that we are sure will contribute to a sustainable growth of fashion and nurture the industry as a whole.”

Jaspreet Chandok, Head RISE Fashion and Lifestyle said, “We are delighted to continue creating magic in fashion as we kickstart 2023 with another exciting edition in Mumbai. This season will celebrate the incredible talent presenting their work, the brand partners who continue their belief in us each season along with the new collaborators who are beginning their journey with us. Stakeholders across the industry can be assured that this season has something interesting in store for all.”

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‘Blooms of Paradise’

For men, there were embroidered cropped kurtas with circular hemlines, along with jackets, double-breasted bundies and draped styles…reports Asian Lite News

Ace couturiers like Shyamal & Bhumika, national-award winner Nachiket Bharve, among others presented their latest creation on the final day of the Lakme Fashion Week in partnership with the FDCI.

Shyamal and Bhumika’s took inspiration from nature’s beauty, Indian history as well as traditions and ancient architecture like royal courts and museums to create their new line-up called the ‘Blooms of Paradise’.

Hand embroidery with antique finish metallic threads appeared amongst pearls, beads and multi-hued resham. Techniques like resham aari, silk-zardozi, metal thread peeta, knotting and sequinning were used along with beadwork, silk thread and crystals.

The duo chose handwoven raw silk, matka silk, sheer silk organza, tulle along with hand-dyed velvet in hues like English rose pink, muted ivory, deep powder blue and moved to emerald, dusty mint, orchid, pearl, cannoli-cream, olive to finally end with sage, sky, lunar grey and midnight blue.

For women, the designers offered ensembles like shararas, draped skirts with jackets, shift kurtas, capes over jumpsuits and lehengas with jackets. Silhouettes pointed to draped, flared, paneled lehengas, corsets, flouncy voluminous sleeves, off-shoulder accents, empire lines, dhoti pants, constructed saris and some trailing dupattas.

For men, there were embroidered cropped kurtas with circular hemlines, along with jackets, double-breasted bundies and draped styles.

Actress Yami Gautam walked as the showstopper, wearing a pastel, paneled, flared, lehenga, with floral motifs, paired with a shimmering, corset choli and tulle dupatta.

Barve, who recently made headlines for winning the National Award for costume designing in the movie “Tanhaji”, came up with his contemporary festival collection called Ephermera’.

Inspired by the “patterns of the ocean, tides on shores, along with meteor showers in the sky, blooms, sea anemones and tidal currents”, the couturier used of cutwork, thread embroidery, sequins work, appliques and beading to add texture to the ensembles.

Upcycled fabrics and trims from previous seasons we repurposed to create the collection. Air organza, silks, velvets and chiffons were used to form floor-length swirling gowns and capes, cocktail-wear lehengas, jumpsuits, separates and sari gowns.

The highlights of his show were the floor-sweeping ensemble with a off-shoulder bodice, and the sheer asymmetric cape with appliques work, over bralette and matching trousers. For men, Barve restricted the options to black, embroidered, bundie, buttonless jacket, kurta, sheer shirt, and trousers.

Huma Qureshi ended the show in great style wearing a dazzling, magenta, heavily, encrusted, embroidered lehenga and long-sleeved choli complemented with a matching, sheer, organza, ruffled, dupatta.

Day 5 of LFW x FDCI also saw Bollywood actors Shamita Shetty walk for designer Rina Dhaka, Alaya F for Nikita Mhaisalkar, Bhagyashree Patwardhan for Sanjukta Dutta.

Babil Irrfan Khan debuted on the ramp for menswear designer Pawan Sachdeva, while Mrunal Thakur walked for the grand finale for Rajesh Pratap Singh.

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‘The Eternal Lightness of Being’ set to launch in FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week

Our collection has been carefully crafted in stylish and easy silhouettes at a diffusion price point and is texture and detail driven…says Suneet Varma

Bata India, one of India’s leading footwear brands, is set to collaborate with one of the country’s leading designers, Suneet Varma, as he prepares to launch his first ready-to-wear collection at the upcoming FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week in New Delhi. Suneet’s design ethos and breezy silhouettes will be combined with Bata’s timeless designs for the new Summer Spring Collection 2022.

Gunjan Shah, MD and CEO-Bata India Limited said: “We are pleased to associate with FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week as the official ‘Lifestyle Footwear Partner’ for the third year in a row. Bata has been influencing trends and dressing our consumers’ feet with elegance and panache across the globe for over a century. We have carved a niche by being at the forefront of design innovation, bringing new styles through our Design centres across the world. Our partnerships with young and established designers and association with leading fashion events across the world have helped in bringing in-vogue designs to Gen Z and Millennials. This year, we are delighted to collaborate with designer Suneet Varma whose design philosophy complements our fashion forward imagery as reflected in our brands, Bata Red Label and Marie Claire. Our new collections draw inspiration from fashion trends across the world, like woven-strap designs, croco textures, square toes and have been curated keeping in mind the evolving lifestyles of the modern consumer. While the collection is up for preview at the FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week, it will soon be available across select Bata stores,, and select online marketplaces.”

The collection, titled ‘The Eternal Lightness of Being,’ aims to celebrate life and living in the moment with youthful, elegant day and evening separates that transition easily from casual to a more special occasion with just a slight twist in styling. Suneet’s designs are known for being effortless, feminine, and elegant, and they closely mirror Bata’s design philosophy. The collection will feature crinkled chiffon, crushed georgette, sheer organza, and black, red, and colourful thread embroideries with caressing textures. Along with these, tasselled short dresses, trousers, color-on-color sequin and thread embroidery on long evening dresses with seductive slits, origami-inspired rope embroidery on jackets and short sexy sarees will demonstrate Suneet’s design philosophy of youthful sophistication.

Designer Suneet Varma said, “As the Spring gets us all geared up to add some drama to our wardrobe, we are excited to present our new collection at the FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week. Our collection has been carefully crafted in stylish and easy silhouettes at a diffusion price point and is texture and detail driven. We are also thrilled to have our super chic dresses paired with the timeless & stylish footwear from Bata. Bata India has always believed in capturing the imagination of the youth with value-driven trendy products and we completely resonate with their design philosophy.”

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NFTs showcasing the most celebrated fashion moments

This collaboration is yet another landmark we have witnessed since the launch of our marketplace…reports Asian Lite News.

FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week dropped five iconic NFTs under the umbrella of ‘FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week Moments’.

The NFTs showcase the most celebrated and unforgettable fashion week moments and have all been sold out.

Through the years, FDCI and Lakme Fashion Week have brought to the fore some of the greatest talent and pathbreaking initiatives that have redefined fashion in India. Taking this legacy and collaboration forward, they dropped five iconic NFTs on WazirX NFT Marketplace.

Anamika Khanna’s AK- OK and Raghavendra Rathore dropped their NFTs on The platform recently, in collaboration with FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week, which also received a tremendous response.

Non-Fungible Tokens have captivated the world of fashion and art, creating a market where digital versions of garments and accessories are linked to unique blockchain hosted tokens. With India being one of the most promising markets for creators as well as collectors, this partnership marked the entrance of India’s fashion industry in digital assets – a step towards integrating tech innovations with fashion via blockchain technology.

Vishakha Singh, VP, Co-founder, WazirX NFT Marketplace said, “Brands and companies are now exploring not only new ways to create revenue streams, but they are also keen to stay relevant for the future generations, and going digital really is the steppingstone to that. This collaboration is yet another landmark we have witnessed since the launch of our marketplace. We are glad that so many big names form the industry have started their journeys in the NFT ecosystem with WazirX NFT marketplace and we hope this collaboration inspires other brands to explore the endless possibilities posed by the NFT world.”

Jaspreet Chandok, Head – RISE Fashion and Lifestyle, said, “Ever since the Fashion Week in October, when we pioneered the idea of introducing fashion NFTs in India with our partner Wazir X NFT marketplace , we have got a phenomenal response with more designers coming forward to join this initiative. We are also delighted that not only designer stalwarts of the industry, but artisans as well have come forward to explore this exciting medium.”

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PICS: Ananya @ Grand Finale of LFD

The collection is called ‘Ready. Set. Play.’ and it’s inspired by Lakme’s beauty theme #MiniPlayMegaSlay and the games and the small things we find joy in…Anaya speaks with Puja Gupta.

Fashion weeks are always fascinating to both fashion experts and for the fashion lovers.Fashion designer Ruchika Sachdeva closed the phygital FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week as she launched her collection ‘Ready. Set. Play.’, with Bollywood actress Ananya Panday as the showstopper.

Ananya, who is also the brand ambassador of Lakme, was seen sporting a vibrant pleated skirt with geometric prints and the full sleeved crop top.

Sachdeva reveals that the collection came to life during the pandemic at a time when we were all looking for ways to find some cheer amid the gloom.

We spoke to the 2018 Woolmark Prize winner to know more about the collection, its inspiration. She also comments on how the pandemic has influenced her creations, and how it has changed the perspective towards fashion as a whole. Excerpts:

Q: Tell us about the collection and its inspiration.

A: The collection is called ‘Ready. Set. Play.’ and it’s inspired by Lakme’s beauty theme #MiniPlayMegaSlay and the games and the small things we find joy in. As a brand we were faced with so many hurdles and challenges, but I also found a lot of excitement and happiness along the way in the creation of this collection. It came to life during the pandemic at a time when we were all looking for ways to find some cheer amid the gloom.

In tough moments like these, it becomes important to look back and discover what made the journey thus far so unique and special. This collection is, in a way, about the delight of building Bodice from the ground up, piece by piece — adding two, three, five more blocks for every one block that fell out. We’ve experimented quite a bit in this collection, introducing more colours than we usually do and also playing with the silhouettes. Of course the Bodice signature of lines and a structural approach to our silhouettes is very much present.

Q: What influences of the pandemic can we see on the collection?

A: What we create will inevitably be impacted by what we’re going through inwardly. While creating this collection in isolation in the Bodice studio, I realised I was working much more freely and minus the stress and anxiety of making a collection. I rediscovered the joy in the process which allowed me to experiment with the colours and the silhouettes.

Q: How has the pandemic changed the perspective towards your craft?

A: I don’t think it has, except, like I said, it has taught me that we don’t always need to take everything so seriously but at the same time, it is also important to take nothing for granted. The process is where the joy lies, and that’s what this collection is about.

Q: What changes has it brought in the way fashion is perceived?

A: People are taking more notice of what is right and wrong, they are asking more and more questions before buying anything, and realising the importance of pieces that last a lifetime over fast fashion pieces. I think there is a general mindfulness and a state of hyper awareness regarding what is being sold.

Q: How do you see the industry shaping in a post pandemic era?

A: We’re still very much in the pandemic and the industry is still finding its way to function around it. Finding novel ways like the Phygital edition of the FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week is just one example of how people are getting innovative in finding solutions after a year of a lot of frustration and disappointment. Hopefully fashion will become more and more local and the conversations around sustainability will only amplify going forward.

Q: How do you think the Indian fashion industry is placed on a global platform, amid the pandemic?

A: People are definitely taking notice, which they already were even before the pandemic. Covid surely accelerated that but I think Indian fashion was already getting attention and appreciation for our innate wisdom in ancient crafts, the wonderful textiles we have in our backyard, and the sheer skill of the artisans. I think that is something we at Bodice have always strived for — to bring this craftsmanship to the world to take note of — and it is wonderful to see it happening at such a great magnitude.

Q: What changes do you think the industry has to undergo in order to minimise the carbon footprint and become more sustainable?

A: I think some of the things that will help us keep our footprint in check are holistic sustainability measures that are treated as every small and big business’ responsibility, working closely with local artisans, tailors, weavers, etc., investment pieces that are made to order and last long, a bottom-up approach to ethical decisions starting from the initial stages of production to packaging and shipping.

Q: How is your brand working towards sustainability?

A: Doing things sustainably was never a conscious decision for me. I simply wouldn’t have done it otherwise. With Bodice, I have always treated it as a responsibility and not something we do over and above everything else. Ethical decisions and accountability are good values to have. It isn’t an added conversation, it is just the foundation of every conversation at Bodice. And I think it is the responsibility of every designer at this day and age; in fact it should be a prerequisite to designing clothes, I feel. We question every norm and try and rethink it with the help of extensive research and knowledge.

Ananya Panday for Grand Finale of Lakme Fashion Week (Photos :Pallav Paliwal) 

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Shades of happiness in Fashion week

The inspiration for the collection is the ‘Valley of Flowers’ in Uttarakhand and I’m really just talking about ’50 Shades Of Happiness’…Suneet Varma speaks with Puja Gupta.

There wasn’t a single person who remained unaffected by the pandemic, and fashion designer Suneet Varma feels that here has been an impact on creativity because of it.

“I actually have felt more creative,” the designer tells as he launched his collection ’50 Shades Of Happiness’ at the ongoing phygital FDCI x LFW event.

Talking about how the industry will fare in the future and his own personal take on the global crisis, Varma speaks to in depth.


Q:Did the pandemic bring about any change in your design philosophy?

A:Yes certainly, there has been an impact on creativity because of the pandemic. Most people have come out of the pandemic a little bit changed — some for the better, some for the worse, some have had to deal with their own personal issues, some have had to deal with financial issues.

I actually have felt more creative. I also feel that fast fashion is not something that we necessarily have to adapt to or embrace. I think something more classic, something more beautiful, something that’s forever, something that’s timeless is more my focus for creativity right now.

Q:How do you see the future of the fashion industry taking shape in a post-Covid period?

A:Most certainly, the pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill, not just the fashion industry. And the fashion industry like any other industry has had to brace itself and get on with it. I think it’s really important. And life is for the living, so we all have to live it and live it up as well. A pandemic is something that comes along every 100 years and it takes a good 5-10 years to overcome it completely. But it’s nice to stay on the positive side. I personally feel the pandemic has been good in some ways for the world — it made the world stop and think and take stock of their own life.

I’ve actually worked more diligently, harder, and in some ways with more satisfaction through the pandemic. We have done fashion week last season, we are doing fashion week this season, we have done couture week — we have never done these many shows and collections ever through a year — so I feel you can sit back and wait for the tide to turn or you just literally have to swim to the shore yourself.

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Q:What has been your greatest achievement?

A:I don’t look at my life as having achieved anything great — there are far more important emotions I believe in — such as happiness, satisfaction, love for life and my passion for my work. Even after 30 years of doing the same thing, I still believe my greatest work is in my future collections!

Q:Tell us about the inspiration behind this collection.

A:The inspiration for the collection is the ‘Valley of Flowers’ in Uttarakhand and I’m really just talking about ’50 Shades Of Happiness’. I think coming out of the pandemic it becomes really imperative and important that we find joy in almost anything… so I call it ’50 Shades Of Happiness’ — look for happiness in smaller things and whatever will make your day more joyful.

The collection really symbolises the importance of staying mentally fit and alert and being able to deal with calamities and coming out of it feeling joy — it can be through colour, art, music — it can be anything that gives you a certain satisfaction and happiness. The collection offers a lot of colour — which is very unusual for my work. It offers a lot of beautiful light silhouettes and very happy tonal embroideries.

Q:Who do you see wearing your collection?

A:I see all my clientele all over the world wearing the collection since it symbolises Happiness — the one emotion we all need most after a very difficult year post the pandemic. The collection is joyful and exuberant and will add that extra spark to bridal dressing.

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Women’s bridal wear included silver and gold gowns, backless and button less cholis. The designer has used mini capes with gowns, floor-kissing ornate robes, kurtas and kurtis with cropped, flowing pants…writes Puja Gupta.

This is an awesome month of fashion, style and trends. Veteran fashion designer Manish Malhotra showcased his latest couture collection ‘Nooraniyat’ with Bollywood stars Kiara Advani and Kartik Aryan as the showstoppers for his phygital show at the FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week.

The designer presented a line-up of bridal wears — dominated by metallics and a lot of blacks and blue. The primary line of inspiration for the collection is from the old world repertoire–the embroidery in particular, says the designer.

For the show, Kiara wore a shimmering silver gown with cut outs and a silver sheer, long shoulder train. While Kartik was dressed in a black, bundgala jacket with three silver reindeers embroidered, teamed with an asymmetric ink kurta and slim pants.

“Everyone knows my fondness for the deft embroidery, the intricate and ornate designs. However, I’ve given my own take to the collection where it is influenced by contemporary times. I wanted to bring together a new composition that is balanced in its heterogeneous elements. Where everything exists. The collection is developed on the ethos of tradition but influenced by the new world’s present. A collection that sits firmly with the pandemic-induced preferences but also relatable to our aesthetics and our loyalists,” he tells.

The collection also saw a mixture of sumptuous sorbet and blush shades, like vibrant pink with lilac, grey-blue and royal beige-gold. The fabrics used were pure two-toned silks and Dupion silks, gold silks, sheer organzas, lush crepes and tissue fabrics.

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There were oversized jackets and colour blocked lehengas, Kalidar kurtas, the diaphanous lehengas, gowns, shararas, kurtas, palazzos, jackets and traditional dupattas.

Women’s bridal wear included silver and gold gowns, backless and button less cholis. The designer has used mini capes with gowns, floor-kissing ornate robes, kurtas and kurtis with cropped, flowing pants.

For men’s wear, Manish offered a variety of jackets with beaded lapels or silver shawl collars. He teamed the conventional or jodhpuri jackets with kurtas and added discreet, animal motif embroidery for the Sherwanis.

Meanwhile, commenting on the collaboration of two fashion giants — FDCI and LFW — Manish says: “As we are gradually progressing towards the shared purpose to strengthen the fashion industry, this joint presentation makes even more sense based on the collaborative spirit and collective growth. What can get better than this?”

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