The label 431-88 by Shweta Kapur took the audience through an interesting travel worthy wardrobe during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018. It was a fashionable journey that was inspired by cities and far flung destinations around the world. Shweta’s presentation called “Collection 12” was a line of garments that borrowed heavily from the men’s wear aesthetics, but brought in a softer silhouette that would make the apparel ideal holiday wear.
For a unique start, it was an airport scene with flight details on the screen and the models hurrying for their flights.
The colour palette selected by the designer was reserved for olive, navy, mustard and khaki with bursts of red, orange and gold for added excitement. While the shade card was relatively sombre, it was the fabric choice that created magic on the ramp. Stripped off arduous forms and extraneous details, the pieces in the collection nodded towards structure and utility. Luxurious, fluid, folds of silk came together with cool, breezy, cotton, which was showered with multi-coloured sparks of the very unusual embroidery that was inspired by the sea life of the Great Barrier Reef.
What was appealing on the ramp was the black sequinned strappy jumpsuit ideal for a night out at the club. On the other side of the spectrum was the white oversized blouse with an animal print skirt that made a striking impact. The zippered leather jacket in brown and black was perfect for globe-trotting any time.
For a show stopping garment, it was a mesmerizingly beautiful red strapless gown with a long train. While life in the 21st century moves at breakneck speed, Shweta Kapur’s “Collection 12” for her label 431-88 offered a line of clothing that was relaxed and calming as one travelled around the globe.
Inspirations for Urvashi Joneja’s collections have always been unique visual experiences for the viewers. For Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018, Urvashi’s line called “Away” revolved around the imagery of flying away and breaking through the glass ceiling. It was a look that played creatively with graphics that was an unconventional merger of shattered fragments, which eventually came together as visuals of flying birds like eagles and parrots.
The colour story reflected the full segment of hues that would appear when light shines through glass fragments. So red, blue, green, yellow and purple shimmered on the runway. Detailing was given prime importance as careful pleating and 3D texturing added to the beauty of the graphic forms on various fabrics. Layering played a major role for nearly every ensemble as the feminine drapes flowed gracefully around the models.
The striking all white latticework halter-top over a floral appliquéd sheer dress, fitted the theme of the show. The intricate laced, corset, choli with matching sari in a kaleidoscope of abstract designs and colours as well as the red fully textured lean dress were perfect graphic examples.
Luxury was very much apparent when a flared white long-sleeved maxi with a colourful parrots print sprinkled came down the ramp. The sun yellow angarkha style ensemble was dappled with cascading geometric motifs in blue, red and green but teamed with a white inner and green/black dotted parallels. For a fun entry it was sun yellow pants again with graphic motifs, but this time styled with a red checked balloon-sleeved blouse.
For a show stopping garment it was the beautiful Bollywood actress and video jockey, Rhea Chakraborty, in a spectacular black gown with two huge eagles in 3D appliqué work that stole hearts.
When freedom in fashion is the key word, then Urvashi Joneja’s collection called “Away” will transport the style followers into a world of inner calm and peace.
Lakmé official makeup expert Daniel Bauer for 431-88 by Shweta Kapur and Urvashi Joneja – “We wanted to keep the look really effortless, beautiful and achievable. We played with natural and messy hair. In terms of make-up, we brought a very beautiful sheen into the skin, stepping away from the classic dewy skin to bring in the soft bronzy tone using the new Lakmé foundation stick from the ‘Kareena Kapoor Khan collection’. For lips we kept it very natural and to keep in tune with the overall softness of the look, we also kept the nails natural. To add that slight fashion quotient to the look we brought in a soft and subtle graphic eyeliner, using the new Eye definer in cobalt again from the ‘Kareena Kapoor Khan by Lakme Absolute‘ range.