Sunday, 3 April 2016

Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"


   When Manish Malhotra, one of the top fashion designers in India, showcased his collection on Day 1 of the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 taking inspiration from the Elements series of #LYFsmartphones, the official sponsors of current edition of the Lakme Fashion Week, it was bound to create ripples and be the talk of the town. This star studded event was attended by the who's who of the fashion world including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Farah Khan, Nita Ambani, Dia Mirza, Pernia Qureshi, Sangeeta Bijlani, Bhumi Pednekar and Sophie Choudhry to name a few, each of whom have flaunted creations by the talented host designer in the past.

Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"

   The "Elements" collection was showcased at Mehboob Studios, offsite from the usual venue, the St. Regis Hotel on 29th April, 2016 and focused on the four elements which make our world - Earth, Water, Wind and Flame, which also are the names of the four variants of the #LYFsmartphones. The decor of the venue resonated with the theme of the collection - A white backdrop, a 25 feet tall lace beige "Tree of Life" and hundreds of origami paper birds hanging from the ceiling, making for an awe inspiring sight in the strategic dark lighting bringing the audience closer in touch with the nature with the background sound of soft, melodious chirping of the birds.
   The Elements collection is tailor made for the contemporary bride and groom, who are not afraid to experiment with their wedding trousseau and believe in taking traditions and decorating them by adding the twist of the modern days. Manish Malhotra stated "'Elements' has been one of my most creatively gratifying experiences. The modern Indian bride is my muse, because there really is no point in wearing a gorgeous outfit if the bride cannot have fun in it. I wanted to showcase the expanse of possibilities that young, stylish brides- and grooms-to-be could explore for their big day,".


Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"

Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"

Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"

   The color palette used by the designer for the apparel consisted of blues, ivories, greys, beige, yellows, muted tangerines and pinks. For women styles varied from long gowns, lehengas, shirts with palazzo pants, capes, saris, off shoulder blouses, shrugs and jackets, one shoulder kurtis and a lot more, few having a free flowing silhouette while others well fitted. For males, Manish opted for fitted kurtas and jackets, churidaar or salwars with dupattas, sharp cut suits and trousers. As for the design, floral embroidery, geometric stripes, checks and sequins were seen in abundance on the fabrics. Accessories were kept to a bare minimum with a few models snugly holding clutches while few others held #LYFsmartphones in their hands. Makeup was subtle with a hint of blush on the cheeks and peach lips, with attention being drawn to the eyes with dramatic eyelashes.

Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"Banging Start to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 with Manish Malhotra's "Elements Collection"

   The show was closed in style by Bollywood heartthrobs, Jacqueline Fernandez and Arjun Kapoor, each receiving a big round of applause by the audience. Jacqueline wore an ivory evening gown with a silver sequinned floral design, with a rose quartz sheer cape with a long train while Arjun was dressed in a navy blue salwar kurta combo with a silvery grey jacket and a dupatta. The duo along with the other models looked ravishing in Elements - The nature themed collection inspired by #LYFsmartphones.

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