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Cupcakes, samurais: What next on the Indian ramp?

Last updated on: August 19, 2011 16:34 IST

Cupcakes, samurais: What next on the Indian ramp?

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We bring you a round-up of showings by Harangad Singh, VJ Balhara and more!

Day Three at Lakme Fashion Week has seen some unique themes and quirky inspirations so far. Here's a glimpse of the best designs by Raman Vij, Ruchika Sachdeva, Shivaji Dutta, Harangad Singh and VJ Balhara.

We start off with the rather practical and chic stylings of Harangad Singh -- seen here is a pretty silk cocktail set off by glossy patent heels.


Image: A Harangad Singh creation
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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Serene sari

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Next up is this pale but elegant sari in grey with a matte gold border.


Image: A Harangad Singh creation
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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Silvery chic

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Feminine and flirty, this pretty silver number is just the thing for a night on the town.


Image: A Harangad Singh creation
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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Kaftan couture

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The designer offers up a black kaftan maxi with a cinched waist and gold border detailing.


Image: A Harangad Singh creation
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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True blue

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Singh's collection is rounded off by Tamara Moss in this striking blue dress with sheer sleeves.


Image: Tamara Moss for Harangad Singh
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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Sweet-tooth inspiration

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VJ Balhara seems like a major pastry fan -- all his outfits were embellished with little pastry headpieces like you see here, teamed with a lovely pleated dual-layer ensemble.


Image: A VJ Balhara creation
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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Very strawberry

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Strawberry drop crotch pants are teamed with a pretty flairing top and crop jacket.


Image: A VJ Balhara creation
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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Plenty of flounce

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Grey with a green lining, this mini shows off plenty of flounce.


Image: A VJ Balhara creation
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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Let it flow

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Minis make way for maxis with this flowing grey and fuschia outfit.


Image: A VJ Balhara creation
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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Blue icing

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Balhara sends out a powder-blue floor-sweeper with puffed sleeves, teamed with a bolero.


Image: A VJ Balhara creation
Photographs: Uday Kuckian
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Rags to riches

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Shivaji Dutta's line from label 'BlankSpot' was created entirely from discarded pieces of fabric to promote reusing old garments and prevent people throwing them away. The all-mini collection debuted with this black and grey slimfit number.


Image: A Shivaji Dutta creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Weave vibe

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Next up is this cross-over detail weave dress.


Image: A Shivaji Dutta creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Safety pin style

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The designer even used safety pins to embellish black stockings teamed with the dresses.


Image: A Shivaji Dutta creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Pushing for the pinafore

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Zippered diagonally up the front, a pinafore is teamed with this distressed white tee.


Image: A Shivaji Dutta creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Knack for black

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Dutta's designs wound down with this black knee-length outfit modelled by Nicole Faria.


Image: Nicole Faria for Shivaji Dutta
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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All about structure

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Using an unconventional print technology with high-density silicon to create futuristic garments, Ruchika Sachdev's line called 'Bodice' drew inspiration from architecture, history and machinery. Boxy and rectangular silhouettes were the order of the day, like on this grey coat dress.


Image: A Ruchika Sachdeva creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Colour blocking

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Alesia Raut shows off a grey and pink colour-block bodysuit.


Image: Alesia Raut for Ruchika Sachdeva
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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All about androgyny

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A rather masculine double-breasted green jacket is softened with cut-outs at the shoulder and a front-opening maxi. The overall appeal is androgynous.


Image: A Ruchika Sachdeva creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Sober palette

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Greys and blacks were the mainstay of most designs, like this black bodysuit and jacket.


Image: A Ruchika Sachdeva creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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On-trend

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Surelee Joseph closes the showing for Sachdeva in this mustard jacket and black scaled leggings.


Image: Surelee Joseph for Ruchika Sachdeva
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Warrior knitwear

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With a collection named 'Warriors of the Forbidden Kingdom', it was easy to guess that Raman Vij's inspiration for his winter designs were the samurai and ninja warriors of Japan. The knitwear designs showed intricate styling, like this one-sided dress worn by Alesia.


Image: Alesia Raut for Raman Vij
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Warm and trendy

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Next up is this green pleated sweater dress, teamed with matching legwarmers and grey leggings.


Image: A Raman Vij creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Dip-dye for dudes

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With its unique dip-dye effect, this sherwani caught everyone's eye.


Image: A Raman Vij creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Flair for the unusual

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We don't know what's up with the Mickey Mouse headgear, but that backless knit number is certainly hot!


Image: A Raman Vij creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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Sizzling red

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Vij's showing wound down with this hip-hugging red sweater dress.


Image: A Raman Vij creation
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
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