Manish Malhotra, Indian textiles and rare fabrics blaze a trail at Lakme Fashion Week

Lakme Fashion Week, the premier fashion show of India was held in Mumbai over a span of 5 days from March 18 – 22 last week. This happens to be the 15th edition of the fashion show and it was held with hallmark pomp and glory. It has put India on the global fashion map by showcasing the work of talented designers, new and experienced, and the presence of stellar Bollywood celebrities.

One of our favorite designers, and the go-to person on screen and off for weddings, Manish Malhotra showcased his “The Blue Runway” collection in association the WEvolve to help draw attention to gender-based violence. “The Manish Malhotra woman is one who’s smart, wears Indian wear with a lot of style and is in tune with international standards. To add variety, the dupatta and scarf is replaced by the jacket without taking away the femininity. Indigo blue, ivory, yellow are the main colours for my collection; yellow is a huge colour this year,” said the designer in an interview at the end of the show.

His range featured grand lehengas with elegant blouses, long kurtas, delicate sarees and peplum tops. Men’s wear from the collection featured smart suits with threadwork with roses on the shoulders and sleeves. Blending strong and confident notes with summer was the theme of his bridal collection. Let’s take a look at some of his creations:

A lehenga choli with a beaded fringe

Slim-fit pants with a crop-top by Manish Malhotra

An ode to lehengas, with a crop top choli by Manish Malhotra

Sari with beaded fringes by Manish Malhotra

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Block prints

LFW is all about celebrating the richness of India’s textile traditions. Designers celebrated Indian Handloom and Textiles Day during the show, which involved the models on the ramp in textiles like jamdani, sujani, khatwa and bati, all of which were handwoven on linen and khadi materials. The collection showcased by Anavila Misra seemed to draw inspiration from nature. Dia Mirza was seen walking for Misra in a blush pink blouse with nature-inspired motifs. Designer Shruti Sancheti showcased her range of assorted outfits that used tie and dye, shibori, leheriya, mothda, resist dyeing with wax and block prints in her collection.

Shruthi Sancheti’s work:

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Men’s fashions included an all-white collection by Anand Bhushan. The designer used the almost-extinct mulmul fabric, in both men’s and women’s collections. Gurang Shah focused on showcasing jamdani art and hand-drawn designs on sarees in light shades. Her collection also bore kalamkari, chikankari and phulkari designs.

The day ended with a surprise walk on the ramp by Vidya Balan in a pink and gold saree by Gaurang Saha.

Here are some of our favorites from Anand Bhashan’s “Mulmul” collection:

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Gurang Shah’s soft ethnics:

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