LFW 2018: Taapsee Pannu Turns The Spunky Showstopper For Label Ritu Kumar
With just about every 90s trend coming back in fashion over the past few seasons, it was only a matter of time before we saw the popular 90s Hip Hop fashion making a grand return… so it did on Day 1 of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 with Label Ritu Kumar’s latest collection titled ‘Hip Hop Baroque.’ And trust us, the collection more than lived up to its name. Interestingly enough, so did their showstopper!
Turning showstopper for the label was Taapsee Pannu, who was chosen for her “spunky” personality as was revealed by Amrish Kumar, CEO of Label Ritu Kumar. “We are excited to have Taapsee Pannu walk for our show this season as we showcase our collection titled Hip Hop Baroque. Taapsee is known for her spunk and joie de vivre and this collection is a perfect fit to her style,” said the man. Accordingly, Taapsee was seen strutting down the ramp in a psychedelic-printed, shimmery robe that was cinched at the waist with a black leather belt and layered over a black bustier and black, sexy short shorts. This was accessorised with a bold choker neckpiece that was accompanied by a delicate, long neck chain. The actress stood tall in a pair of chunky black boots.
The diva’s naturally curly hair was styled in neat waves and left down with an off-centre parting and her look was rounded off with shimmery eyes and nude, peachy lips.
Youthful, wearable, effortless and affordable have always been the undercurrents of every collection presented by Label Ritu Kumar. And their recently showcased, ‘Hip Hop Baroque’ collection certainly fit every bill. Though it was apparent from the title itself, it would have been hard to not notice the strong, in-your-face Hip Hop influences even without a press note. And what was served wasn’t a replica or a boring imitation of the trends that constituted the 90s Hip Hop fashion but a creative infusion of elements from street couture and rap culture blending in to give a collection that is as befitting to the current zeitgeist as it is an ode to the 90s. Here, take a look…
1. Silhouettes: One of the standout points of every Label Ritu Kumar collection is that fact that it always, always, has something for every mood and every occasion, from Sunday brunches to family soirees to Saturday night parties with the girl gang. And the design house wasn’t going to change that this time either. With a ‘something for everyone’ motto, the silhouettes ranged from cute micro mini skirts to elegant ankle-grazing ones, from sexy short shorts to power-packed pants and from casual blousons to party-appropriate cropped tops and tunics.
Despite the extensive rangeof separates to choose from, the ruling silhouette of the collection happened to be flowy, yet well structured, dresses that came in just about every length- micro-minis to maxis and everything in between. Noteworthy were the micro-pleated maxis that were as fluid in appearance as they were sharp in their construction.
2. Colour Palette: A majority of Amrish’s shade card spelt a dark magic with blacks, navys and greys forming the base for softer tones of blue, ecru, pink. Amidst these were periodic appearances by bold tints of red and ochre. And then, of course, there was the funky blending of them all in many a garment creating a flattering colour-rioted canvas. Given that metallics and shimmer were as prominent a trend in the range as any, golds, silvers and coppers made repeated appearances.
3. Prints, Embroideries & Embellishments: Pretty much like every season, florals continued to be an intrinsic part of the label’s collection this time as well. The ageless motif appeared in as many versions as possible, from minimalistic to busy and from chintzy to bold. In fact, it even made its way onto velvet as a pretty print. The standout print of the collection, however, happened to be the colourful psychedelic swirl and stripes that adorned several pieces of the collection. A little sequin too made its way into the collection to further the metallic vibe.
4. Fabrics: Like we earlier said, metallics as a trend were an intrinsic part of the collection which necessitated the use of shimmery fabrics including shimmer jersey and lurex. Apart from these, georgette, sheer and handloom fabrics were largely used to lend to the fluidity of the silhouettes. In another interesting twist, velvet received a makeover too. Apart from the now-iconic coloured velvet trend, the collection also incorporated a few pieces crafted out of printed velvet which were impressive, to say the least.
5. Accessories: The collection brought back several 90s pieces back, mostly with dressy twists. Take, for example, the flipped back baseball cap which was given a sequinned makeover and teamed with party dresses. Then there were the fanny packs which already seem to have made a return on the international front but were long-ignored by the Indian fashion scene.These shared the stage with pretty, sequinned slings and floral-printed backpacks. Oversized loops and bold neckpieces accompanied several outfits with white kicks being constant in every look.
From this beautifully eccentric collection, our favourite happens to be this embroidered sheer dress which is chic, sultry and elegant, all at once…
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