Presenting an ode to her friends in the LGBT community Nitya Arora’s jewellery collection for her “Valliyan” label called “Juliet loves Juliette” was an unconventional take on the Romeo-Juliet theme. The jewellery was whimsical as the designs moved from reality to fantasy revealing Nitya’s creations as luxury meets fantasy.
High shine satin and luxurious fabrics created an impact on the ramp, when unisex brooches were turned into medal necklaces, while ear cuffs, head gears and tassels were multi-functional accessories.
Enamel work added unique colour and texture to the pieces. Fantasising about an enchanted forest, Nitya had ram heads, sea horses, star fish, beetles, ocean waves and wild exotic flowers as motifs. Jewellery turned into smaller pieces and then came together to form bigger impressive items. Clusters of gems in multi strands had large gleaming pendants in the centre. The sun burst designs appeared for necklace centres as well as brooches. Here was jewellery which was big, bold and meant for the daring at heart and adventurous in nature.
Nitya Arora’s collection called “Juliet loves Juliette” offered constructed and deconstructed jewellery that will be the talk of the season wherever it retails.
It was a rebellious collection that Nikhil Thampi unleashed on to the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. Called “Untamed” it was the designer’s uninhabited offering of unconventional, non-conformist fashion. The highlights of the collection revolved around the intense zipper detailing and the rose gold metallic flowers that were splashed lavishly on the garments which created an eye catching and striking impact.
Nikhil started with an all-white line of very structured ensembles and then gradually added pink – rose, blush and dusty nude. But the colour story moved further and added red, mango, yellow, purple, teal and tan leather for a collection that revealed many interesting fashion facets. Fitted dresses, tailored trousers, shirts, pencil skirts and blazers gave a cross section of ensembles to the audience.
A high waist pleated pant was teamed with a sober sleek jacket but a high slit will-power gown was a sexy addition. Long sleeves with high slits, shorts with bralets and net cover, a sultry beach skirt/blouse combo and red cut-out sheath midi added to the wild untamed look.
The final glittering 3D rosette covered bustier was a dazzling end to the show which started on a sober note and moved into high octane glamour.
For that raw untamed style statement Nikhil Thampi’s collection was a great fashion attack.
“Flyaway Flyaway” declared Nishka Lulla as her collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 was presented to an appreciative audience. Dedicated to the globetrotting fashionista who is particular about her sartorial preferences when jetting around the world, Nishka ensured that her wardrobe will win the lady accolades along with her business acumen.
For easy-to-wear, fuss free, clothes that revealed a soft delicate floatiness, Nishka chose feminine fabrics and pretty pastels to add zing to the travel collection. There was a stark timeless quality about the styling that merged effortlessly with a sporty appearance.
Nishka was inspired by earthy elements like the gravel on the ground, the blossoms swaying on a lush bougainvillea tree, checks that represented windows of the world and the majestic snow on the high mountain peaks. The designer allowed all these to aid her in enhancing the beauty of her collection.
It was a wispy almost translucent line when organza ribbed collar tee, windcheaters, jumpsuits with tiny bougainvillea motif print floated down the runway. Cotton drawstring Bermuda shorts, sheer peplum dress, the final crepe jumpsuit and dress with mother-of-pearl embroidery were feminine to the core.
An expert at creating stylishly practical attire that will emerge from long journeys in perfect condition; Nishka Lulla’s clothes offer many options so that women can confidently flyaway in them.
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