Lakme Fashion Week’s high point has got to be the Gen Next Designers show. And we look forward to it with bated breath each year. There is a lot of anxiety and excitement because you clearly have no idea what to expect unlike the veterans who by now has a trademark (good or bad) but along with the excitement comes expectations and this year we were clearly impressed by these group of young talent–All of them debutants, first time in a big platform such as Lakme, we can only say that they have arrived!
Kavita Sharma: Her collection was titled It’s a beautiful life and it was reflected through her fun simple clothes. There were prints of parks, cityscape, ocean and appliqué of insects and butterflies -the collection was youthful and bohemian.
Richa Agarwal: Street art to the fore was the theme of her collection. She took inspiration from the style of slum dwellers and brought about a kitschy desi mix to her work.
Aniket Satam: He titled his collection Aarambh (new Beginning) White and blue were the primary colors used with with shaded dyes and splashes of gold. The fabrics he used were cotton jersey, raw silk and viscose georgette. It was a pleasing collection. I especially like the first garment.
Astha Sethi and Sidharth Arora: The collection was titled ‘Comical Fellow’ –they experimented with structured constructions using lycra, georgette, satin, tulle and organza. The only colors used were yellow, blue and black. Some of the pieces were pretty and the use of oversized hoods and capes added the intended ‘comical’ touch.
Mehak Pruthi, Kanika Seth And Ankit Sharma: The trio team’s work collection was inspired by Avatar the movie and titled Clandestine- The clothes had a futuristic feel to it but to me it lacked the punch. It’s neither Ready to Wear nor does it fit the bill for editiorials. Having said that, the talent is evident and with experience, we will get to see a lot more refined work in future.
Sneha Arora: Her collection was inspired by her former corporate life which she titled Paradigm. The collection was primarily aimed for the working women with dresses, long pleated skirts, jackets and shirts. It was clearly one of our favorites from the Gen Next show.