With a spring in your step

Presenting key Spring Summer 16 trends which emerged at Lakme Fashion Week.

Summer resort looks like a petri dish of sartorial experimentation – there’s a weird and magnetic mash up of styles and influences – from luxed up sportswear to pool side resort to destination wedding concoctions. What makes this clash of references delectable is – there’s something for everyone. Mix and match and let your freak flag fly high and create your own style. Pair a cricket vest with a pair of shorts or a metallic jacket with an evening gown. With up-from-the-street style getting stronger momentum, it’s time to go charging ahead with your own zany take on fashion.
Here are the key trends which emerged at the recently concluded LFW.

Colour blocking


Payal Khandwala colour blocks her blue monastic sari with a yellow blouse


A colour blocked look from Wendell Rdoricks

At Wendell Rodrick’s museum-worthy presentation, the ensembles gloried thanks to a kinetic colour blocking and pop accents. A colour palette of tangerine, emerald green, teal blue and fuchsia pink was employed with a distinguished flair. Amit Aggarwal’s techno feminine gown has bold strokes of orange, blue, yellow and white while Shivan and Narresh’s swimsuits had pop accents of peach and blue and creamy salmon. Payal Khandwala paired a monastic blue sari with a yellow blouse and KaSha by Karishma Shahani Khan stayed true to its folksy aesthetic playing up with different vibrant tones.


An Amit Aggarwal colour-blocked gown


A Shivan & Narresh colour-blocked swimsuit

Metallic mayhem


Monisha Jaising


A metallic Manish Malhotra jacket on Arjun Kapoor


Lisa Haydon in a Monisha Jaising gold gown with cutout details


An Anand Kabra ensemble


Magma-inspired Amit Aggarwal creation

Trust the talented Amit Aggarwal to look under the earth’s surface and get inspired by Magma. His Intricate beading, hand painting on industrial fabrics, quilting, pleating and modern textural influences wreaked an electrifying jolt. On the other hand, Monisha Jaising’s sparkly fringed gold gowns with cut-out details proved yet again that she’s the queen of red carpet high-octane aesthetic. Payal Khandwala’s motifs which were hand-woven in metallic gold and silver thread in geometric patterns stood out.


Model walks for Aimaan Agha at LFW SR 2016 (2)

An athleisure-inspired look from Aiman


An Athleisure look from Dhruv Kapoor


An Antar Agni ensemble

Huemn nailed athletic chic with its signature souvenir bombers, sweatshirts and metallic pantsuits. At Doodlage patchworked collage pieces paired with nifty accessories said vagabond. Kanika Goyal’s usage of PVC to clash with the printed jerseys evoked instant likability. Embellished slangs on pieces gave it a sassy edge.

Print charming


Mirchi print at Masaba


A vintage floral print Payal Singhal sari


A Quirk Box ensemble 

Aartivijay Gupta at LFW SR 2016 (3)

A look from Aartivijay Gupta 


A printed look from Sneha Arora

Inspired by vintage upholstery and comprising a colour palette of off-white, ecru, indigo, crimson and black, this was Quirkbox’s most refined outing till date. Sewing machines, scissor prints besides the florals made it perfect for a summer outing. Payal Singhal’s play of floral prints continues this season as she referenced some of the iconic women from different decades. Masaba Gupta, on the other hand, looked at the iconic works of Matthieu Venot (ace French photographer) and Katrin Bremermann (German artist) for her moodboard this season.

Stripes on steroids


A striped look from Shivan & Narresh



Lakme Fashion Week S/R 2016

Paromita Banerjee


Amit Aggarwal

Paromita Banerjee’s textile-savvy approach was visible in her smart usage of stripes. Stripes were also seen in other forms and treatments at Amit Aggarwal, Payal Khandwala and Shivan and Narresh.



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