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Designers Nikhil Thampi,Nishka Lulla and Nimish Shah put up an impressive show on Day One of Lakme Fashion Week 2013 in Mumbai

Written by VIDYA PRABHU | Published: August 25, 2013 4:12:54 am

It is not very often that a three-designer show manages to wow one in its entirety. But at the Thursday afternoon show by Nikhil Thampi,Nishka Lulla and Nimish Shah — held on Day One of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) — all three names managed to do just that. Each of them had something fresh and interesting to offer and more importantly,they all focussed on wearability.

The show started with Thampi’s segment,which didn’t fail to deliver on the glamour front. The line revisited his South Indian roots with Kathakali as a recurring motif. Called “Indian Punk”,the collection was dominated by the classic combination of black and gold with matching leather accessories (created by accessory designer Nitya Arora) to boot. Also deserving a mention are his knee-length saris with knotted pallus as also an unorthodox menswear ensemble that saw Thampi pair a white skirt with a bandhgala. This apart,the collection also had high-waisted skirts,cropped long sleeve tops,boleros with lungis and sheaths over skirts that were crafted out of linen,cotton,net and silk.

Nishka Lulla showcased the “schoolgirl look” through her collection aimed at the travel-loving fashionista. Her line stuck to easy and simple silhouettes using windowpane checks,ikat prints and doodles of crows,trees and clouds. She took care to ensure that they didn’t overwhelm the creations. Smart separates such as shirt dresses,loose coats,micro miniskirts,cropped jackets,oversized pullovers and wrap skirts also spelt comfort. It was good to see a collection that ditched unnecessary embellishment. Instead,it highlighted the charm of sharp silhouettes in soft shades of pale green,beige,peach,brown and olive green.

Meanwhile,Shah presented what was truly a winter collection. Peasant dresses,knit jackets,cropped pants,dresses with ruffles,and skirts and dresses with elegant big bows summed up a line that was modern,yet steeped in vintage. The designer completed this autumn-heavy look with socks and leather/ net headscarves. Another segment in the line had florals against a black backdrop and sequinned creations adding to the glam quotient. Interestingly,both Lulla and Shah teamed metallic fabrics with textured linens,allowing a striking contrast. For instance,Lulla had gold hued lamé shirts paired with cotton trousers and skirts,and a lamé skirt coupled with cotton shirt. Shah’s line,under his label Shift,saw him club a copper-coloured top with a linen skirt.

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