LFW 2017: Muted Tones, Easy Silhouettes Define 11.11/eleven eleven And Urvashi Kaur’s Collections
Post an unmatched uber-glam couture show by Monisha Jaising that happened more than a week ago aboard an international cruise, the much-anticipated Spring/Resort 2017 edition of Lakme Fashion Week has finally commenced. What awaits us is #5DaysOfFashion where the best from the fraternity will showcase their prodigious sartorial prowess. This week’s edition was off to a brilliant start with the INIFD Gen-Next show, after which designers Himanshu Shani of 11.11/eleven eleven and Urvashi Kaur displaying her namesake label took centre stage to give us their best. The common thread here being: easy, relaxed silhouettes and a muted palette.
Showcasing her collection Vaasa, Kaur showcased 25 ensembles for both men and women. Vaasa was inspired by her travel experiences to the pockets of this country, which explains the use of Indian techniques in dyeing like leheriya and shibori, hand-block prints and ajrakh, as well as traditional chikankari embroidery. Despite the varied detailing, the collection was made seamless through the muted colour palette that ranged from dusty blush to olive as well as indigo.
Kaur’s focus lay on organic and sustainable fabrics as she used khadi, cotton, kota doria and cotton silk. Sheer made it to this collection in the form of tailored button-down shirts that were tucked into voluminous breezy trousers. Layering also played a crucial part in Kaur’s collection, one that displayed panelled separates, structured jumpsuits, tiered and flowy maxi dresses, asymmetrical skirts teamed with oversized sleeved kurtas and more.
Even the men’s ensembles were relaxed and voluminous, one that looks perfect for the upcoming season.
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Designer Shani Himanshu gave the audience a fresh perspective as he used khadi to construct tailored pieces that could fill the void in your activewear wardrobe. This collection was a high-on-comfort, all-khadi one that used extensive natural dyeing processes. Perfect seasonal pieces made it to the runway as models strut the ramp in what was called khadi denim. As far as the colour story goes, subtle shades of white and grey made way for indigo, mustard and rust. Himanshu’s collection made use of small checks and draped layers throughout.
The pieces displayed were tailored separates, knee-length dresses or ones with a ruffled low hem, jumpsuits, culottes with button-downs and layered jackets, and more. I particularly liked how utilitarian the outfits were as almost all of it was designed with pockets. Accessories were an integral part as well, and one noticed the use of upcycling — old watch straps doubled up as anklets and headgears were made of feather.
Short suits for men; that’s the is the highlight of the men’s collection. Also, here’s a cue that head-to-toe matching (clothing and shoes) is a trend you might want to give a try this upcoming season.
Pics: Viral Bhayani