The line-up for Summer Resort 2012 edition of the Lakme Fashion Week shows that the ramp is not the only site of action. A look at the key features of the five-day event that kicked off on Friday
The Global Connect
In an edition where the strongest buzz is about designers who wont show (read: Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi Mukherjee),the New York-based Bibhu Mohapatra seems to be salvaging the situation with his first ever show on an Indian ramp. The Indian origin designeronce the Design Director for American fashion house J Mendel will showcase his creations today. The collection is primarily inspired by the unpublished polaroids of Helmut Newton. Its a bright,cheerful line, he says.
First Timers Luck
Closer home,Pia Pauro who has won appreciation for her work in Delhi is very excited about her LFW innings. This is a good starting point as so many of the industry stalwarts began their journey here, says Pauro who runs fashion store Rockabella in Delhi.
Late music baron Gulshan Kumars daughter Khushali Kumar and artist Payal Khandwala will also participate for the first time. Kumar,an alumna of National Institute of Fashion Technology,has showcased her evening wear range at London Fashion Week,Pret-a-Porter Paris and NYs largest fashion exhibition,Fashion Coterie. Khandwala,who has just ventured into the world of fashion,describes her line as dramatic yet minimal.
One of the key highlightsthe India Textile Day on March 4has attracted a lot of attention. Curated by designer Krishna Mehta,who has been working with Indian textiles for over two decades now,the day will see her and others like Anita Dongre and Bangalore-based Deepika Govind showcase their collections. Indian textiles are our mainstay and they should continue to be so, asserts Mehta. Dongres show,with its tie-and-dye,ikats and handpainted silks,will introduce her mens line this time.
Debates are a part of the event with panel discussions,guest lectures and workshops. Some are slotted to take place on March 4 and the rest have spilled over to the remaining two days. With the line-up of speakers,including designers Mukherjee,Mehta and Mohapatra,fashion entrepreneurs Maximiliano Modesti and Stefan Siegel,non-profit organisation Shop for Change,For Trades CEO Seth Petchers,heritage consultant Umang Hutheesing and textile designer Mamta Reddy,these discussions just might be the best bits to watch out for.