By: Express Features Service
As Lakme Fashion Week celebrates 15 years, we look at 15 things to look forward to at the Summer/Resort edition, which begins tomorrow
1. SITE SHOW: Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) promises some dramatic backdrops for their star shows this season. Apart from Anamika Khanna’s grand finale, Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s show will be held at Richardon & Cruddas Mills, Manish Malhotra’s at the picturesque furniture store The Great Eastern Home and swimwear specialists Shivan & Narresh will present their show at the Palladium swimming pool.
2. LAST RESORT: Sabyasachi Mukherjee unveils Sabyasachi by Sabyasachi at the opening show. His resort line “Big Love” promises to be high on colour, prints and a heady ’70s flavour.
3.TECH SAVVY: Embracing social media comes easy to designer Masaba Gupta. In a first-ever, Gupta will showcase her collection “Sugar Plum” on Day One on Instagram. A little bird tells us Nargis Fakhri will do the honoursas the showstopper.
4. SENIOR SUPPORT: At LFW’s 15th anniversary celebrations will be veteran designers Wendell Rodricks, Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma and Raghavendra Rathore who return to the Mumbai ramp.
5. CAUSE CONTROL: Manish Malhotra is supporting a social cause close to his heart. In association with the WEvolve campaign, with World Bank as a partner, “The Blue Runway” show will mark the global launch of the initiative focused on challenging societal norms that lead to gender-based violence. Anything for a good cause, we say.
6. FRESH FASHION: As is tradition, one of the most anticipated shows of the event will be the GenNext show. The segment showcasing new talent, which has in the past yielded stars such as Rahul Mishra, Nachiket Barve and Masaba Gupta, will have five young designers, namely Alan Alexander Kaleekal, Ankit Carpenter, Kanika Goyal, Manish Bansal, Priyanka Ella Lama and Salita Nanda showcase their collections as part of the 19th GenNext batch.
7. PRINT RUN: Husband-wife duo Pankaj and Nidhi Ahuja return to LFW with a special collection in collaboration with Surat textile brand Omtex. The couple will work with prints created specifically for Omtex and adapt them to their signature western silhouettes and embroideries for the ramp.
8. TEXTILE FILES: Kolkata-based designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh makes her LFW comeback after eight long years and will dabble in Indian traditional textiles such as Bengal dhakais, Banarasi brocades, ikats, silks and khadi, pairing them with her trademark racerback ganjis, pleated dresses, trousers and saris. “Soft …with a little hint of kickass”, is how she describes it.
9. STAR SPANGLED: Adding a serious dose of Bollywood blitz to proceedings will be star wife Gauri Khan who will present “A Tropical Wonder”, her fashion line in collaboration with Satya Paul.
10. INDIAN SUMMER: Surendri by Yogesh Chaudhary may have the critics swooning over his distinct patterns-meet-sportswear-swag sensibility, but he’s set to wow them with a desi touch by launching his Indian wear line “Mithu”.
11. FOREIGN HAND: Having launched Miss Selfridge and River Island during LFW last season, Jabong.com is set to officially launch international brand Tom Tailor at the fashion event.
12. ROLE MODEL: The LFW ramp will have 16 new models walking the ramp, with Brazilian, Mexican and Ukrainian beauties mingling with the Indian model contingent. But the one face that promises to surprise and wow is statuesque Nigerian model Ugochi Latoya Igwilo, who has walked for a rival fashion week earlier.
13. DRONING ON: If the shows and venues are getting bigger than ever, so is the technology accompanying them. Expect drones to give you an overhead view at Sabyasachi’s show.
14. DUAL ROLE: Dhruv Kapoor of DRVV will not only collaborate with Lakme make-up expert Natasha Nischol for the Absolute Sculpt Show on Day One, but will also present his own Summer/Resort line on Day three. Double duty, anyone?
15. FINALE TIME: Kolkata designer Anamika Khanna’s spectacular fashion, Lakme’s seasonal theme “Sculpt”, the gorgeous Kareena Kapoor Khan as showstopper and the iconic and newly restored Bhau Daji Lad Museum as the venue — need we say more?