The news from Lakme Fashion Week 2018

By Sophie Tarif | Styles | Monday 05 February 2018

The Indian heritage is rich in culture; fashion and design is rooted in decorative prints, traditional textiles and intricate embroideries, something the editors at Fashiola are excited to see shine through the collections of designer clothing at Lakme fashion week 2018.

The Lakme fashion week is organised twice a year and created with the vision to ‘redefine the future of fashion and integrate India into the global fashion world.’ Fashion week showcases a range of designer veterans, such as Tarun Tahiliana and Anita Dongre, and a collection of fresh faces in the world of fashion. As news from the week comes out, Fashiola will be here to cover the program of events and give you some insider tips of what will be popular trends for the year to come…

The news from Lakme Fashion Week 2018

Sneak preview: popular themes for Lakme Fashion Week

This year the fashion week will be paying tribute to sustainable fashion with day 2 dedicated to showcasing collections which have been designed with these themes in mind. The environment and sustainable fashion has become a huge topic of conversation in recent times and both major fashion shows based in India have acknowledged and are trying to lead the way in creating change in the region. Designers such as the duo Saaksha & Kinni spoke to news18 about how sustainable and ethical fashion must be at the forefront of every designer’s work as it is incredibly important to preserve the environment and planet. The Usha Silai project which champions slow fashion in India also showcased the a collection of designs of how concept will benefit the region whilst continuing to produce innovative and modern designs. This year celebrates the successes from Northeast India, as 6 designers from the region started the day off by showcasing  traditional fabrics and crafts! Verve has created a roundup of the sustainable fashion day!

The next generation of designers in India

Each year, Lakme Fashion week take the opportunity to showcase a the next generation of designers in India and Vogue India had the opportunity to speak to the designers in the incredible position having been selected for the Gen Next slot on day 1 of fashion week. Unsurprisingly, the new age designers have taken inspiration for the collections from some of the concept of identity and the self. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Gender neutral clothing -  the duo Anvitas Sharma and Asit Barik and designer Mohammed Mazhar chose to design clothing to celebrate our differences with a gender fluid collection

  • Craftsmanship - continuing with the theme of sustainable fashion, Helena Bajaj Larsen’s collection of clothing features hand printed fabrics and one-of-a-kind prints.

  • Expression - once a costume designer, Ayushman Mitra incorporates expressive designs to represent sexuality and liberation.

Popular color palettes from Lakme Fashion Week 2018

  • Blush pink accompanied by similar pastel shades was popular this year 

  • Purples - Pantone's color of 2018 Ultra violet featured amongst lilacs, deep purples and maroon
  • Contrasting block colors made a bold impact on the runway: black + primary colors
  • Metallic motifs: Hemang Agrawal worked the popular metallic trend into their weaves.

Classic styles X 2018

When it comes to Indian clothing, the Lakme Fashion show did not hold back! As expected, the glorious showcase of lehenga styles featured Indian materials, bold prints and lots and lots of detailing. Embellishments and embroidery are popular trends to come out of fashion week this year as designers showcase traditional skills with a modern twist. If you’re interested to know what the latest fashion in lehenga colors is you can read more with Fashiola.

What was your favorite part of Lakme Fashion Week? Which designers will you be watching for the next year? Let us know in the comments!

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