Mumbai, March 23 – Day 4 at the ongoing Lakme India Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 in Mumbai began high on celebrity quotient once again, with actress Esha Gupta walking the ramp for designer Arpita Mehta. The actress was dressed in a beige-and-nude coloured gown with a plunging neck, thigh-high slit, round mirror work and applique embroidery.
Designer Anushree Reddy, meanwhile, pulled out all the stops by bringing in award-winning songstress Kanika Kapoor to sing her hit songs Lovely and Chitiya Kalaiya on the ramp while models sashayed down the ramp in pretty lehenga sets in shades of pink red, yellow, silver and powder blue.
Actress Ileana D’Cruz cut a pretty picture in a shocking pink zig-zag stripe lehenga with an embroidered gold blouse and a light pink dupatta. Continuing with the ethnic trend, label ‘SVA by Sonam and Paras’ brought forth the grandeur of Turkey with their collection ‘Istanblu’ that presented motifs from the ‘Asil’ harems and intricate carvings from the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque, besides the hues of Bosphorus straight.
Womenswear included angrakhas, long jackets, boleros, draped pants with ankle accents, crop tops, lehengas and traditional saris with turbans while menswear comprised bandhgalas, kurtas with dhoti pants, summer jackets, and the novel style of ‘Shacket’ – a shirt-cum-jacket.
Mumbai-based designer Payal Singhal also showcased a soft-toned collection inspired by intricate patterns and mirror mosaic work on the walls of Amer’s Sheesh Mahal. Using fabrics like dupioni silk, cotton mul, tulle and silk organza, the range comprised high-waisted box pleated lehengas, kurtas with churidars, jumpsuits, waistcoats and pajama salwars among other styles.
The colour tone was summery in a feminine way, with pale grey, blush and ecru treated to gold and silver flora patterns. Actress Tamannaah Bhatia looked radiant as the showstopper in a peach lehenga with elaborate embroidery reflecting the foliage patterns of the Jai Mandir of the great palace in Rajasthan.
Kolkatta-based designer Rimi Nayak also presented feminine and easy ensembles inspired by travelling and cartography in fabrics such as georgette, crepe and handloom cotton. But everything wasn’t all dainty on Day 4. Bringing in the spunk, Delhi designer Kanika Saluja showcased an edgy collection, juxtaposed with bright colours and pretty silhouettes.
Dedicated to the ‘uninhibited Indian woman who doesn’t believe in traditions, rituals or society norms’, the ensembles were wedding perfect with blouses boasting rivets, studs and epaulettes; dupattas in stripes, gowns with large pleats and specially-designed jewellery.
Actress Akshara Haasan turned the runway into a tribal-esque affair as she walked the ramp looking like a warrior princess in a cream-coloured gown with a sheer skirt and body harness-like top.
Label Ken Ferns kept it youthful with a show based on hallucinations, visions and broken memories by combining textured materials like crepe, georgette, organza and suiting fabrics. TV actor and host, Karan Tacker walked the ramp for the label, wearing a monochromatic suit with a crisp white shirt and embellished buttons.