Fashion shows are back in their original format. The recently concluded FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week, one of the country’s biggest fashion gala, was back in 2022, in a much anticipated physical avatar. This development comes after the event was held in a hybrid format, for the last two editions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A collaboration between Lakme & RISE Worldwide — and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the recent edition of FDCI X Lakme Fashion Week was a springboard for numerous wedding trends. Here are a few pieces that made us jump with excitement. Hope that they make you too.
From an idyllic escape into the world of fantasies to an eclectic sense of being one’s unapologetic self, Outhouse’s “OH Dopamine” was all about celebrating a strong sense of self-expression. (Related Reads: 10 ways to embrace dopamine dressing in your wedding) Our favorite piece from their collection was this Y2K inspired bag made of colorful beads, resin, seed beads, and raffia.
Infusing his trademark romantic embroidery with a hint of fun and drama using patchwork and hand-sewn mirrors, Bahl’s pieces rethink tradition for the changing world. With fluid designs that bring Indian couture into the global fashion culture, the designer uses abstraction and juxtaposition to express himself through design.
Kaveri Lalchand’s collection, “Photographs & Memories” featured heavy use of Cyanotype Printing – a photographic process that produces cyan blue print. The result of which, stood out beautifully in her line with a splash of chintz designs, crochet laces, and floral motifs. Rajdeep Ranawat, on the other hand, brought together unusual multicolored prints, fabrics, bizarre silks, and ingenious embroideries, clashing them fearlessly as his prints captured the clear orient skies and the distinct sketches of oriental pagodas in parts.
Beautifully vibrant, powerful, and true to the brand’s eco-minded métier, Rao’s new line-up combines slow, planet-conscious fashion with unrestrained glamour. All the ensembles, thus, lead to a showstopping wardrobe that masters impeccable construction, fit and dexterous details.
Payal Pratap takes a nostalgic journey with this collection aptly named “JAVA”. With a focus on prints, the designer has worked on hand-painted artworks which have then been digitized. The prints encompass flora and fauna, bringing nature from the outside to the inside through the use of extensive flowers, leaves, tree, vines, and bird motives, as an ode to sustainability.
Vaishali S’ couture collection, “Fil Rouge” follows through the reassessment of key pillars which also defines the arc of the designer’s creative journey. The collection is composed of textures and state-of-the-art silhouettes mostly speaking through layers and mixes of drapes and constructions inspired by different weaves of India.
“A Sea of Million Stories” by Rimzim Dadu takes inspiration from natural elements around us, the ripples and waves in the sea, the texture of a river bed, the tropics, and the ever-changing skies. The pieces in the collection embody rich hues and modern sculpted forms which is the ultimate combination of contemporary and luxury ready to wear.