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Fashion Week: GenNext designers lead the way

March 12, 2014 20:09 IST

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Six young designers showcased their collection on Day One of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2014 in Mumbai. Summer colours like red, orange and white dominated the runway.

Six GenNext designers -- Divya Sheth, Chandni Mohan, Parul Bhargava, Sreejith Jeevan, Ujjawal Dubey and Vilvin Sabu -- opened Day One of the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2014 amid loud cheering from the audience at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.

Titled the INIFD Gen-Next show, each of the designers were personally mentored by ace designer Anita Dongre.

We start off with Divya Sheth's collection that had an Indo-international flavour to it.

Inspired by Mary Cassatt's painting of Lady at the Tea Table, the line derived influences from Japanese, Moroccan and English tableware.

Seen here is a model wearing a pottery blue slit gown with multiple pattern-work designed by Sheth.

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Image: A model showcases a Divya Sheth creation
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The use of thread embroidery and Ajrakh prints with the unusual clamp dyeing ensured that each of the outfits stood their own -- be it drapes or silhouettes.


Image: Models showcase Divya Sheth's creations
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The intricate lace hemlines and choice of ikat, khadi and Jamdani weaves blended seamlessly into the outfits lending it grace and volume.


Image: A Divya Sheth creation
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The designer walked the runway and chose to wear a dress with dotted prints from her own creation.


Image: Divya Sheth walks with a model wearing one of her creations
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Parul Bhargava who was debuting at the Lakme Fashion Week experimented with a range pastel silhouettes and hues for her serene collection.

A graduate from London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins UK, the designer revisited the charm of the 1950s through her line.


Image: Parul Bhargava's creations
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Bhargava's line treated us to a bevy of options in boxy jackets, skirts, pallazos and dresses that accentuated the curves of the models.


Image: Sucheta Sharma models for Parul Bhargava
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Dolman sleeves made a grand comeback in Bhargava's collection.

Among the colours that dominated her summer line include muted beige, brown, and blue with deeper hues of brown, each of which extended a sense of warmth and femininity to the outfits.

 


Image: Parul Bhargava joins model Surelee Joseph on the runway
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Meanwhile Chandni Mohan treated the audiences to her high end luxury line.

A graduate of fashion from Nottingham Trent University, UK, Mohan owns the label Selvage -- derived from the words 'self' and 'edge'.

The designer's inspiration for the collection was Preston Scott's architecture which was clearly visible in her choice of geometric cuts and folds.

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Image: Chandni Mohan creation
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Mohan played with fabrics like tencel, satin, crepe spandex and satin chiffons which personified the grace of the new age stylish woman.

Bright summer colours like orange teamed with gold accessories highlighted the collection.

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Image: Models showcase Chandni Mohan's creations
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If it is high end luxury, black is mandatory.

The asymmetrical cuts and slits were the talk points of Mohan's line.

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Image: Chandni Mohan walks with a model at the end of her collection
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Kochi born designer Sreejith Jeevan's collection was titled 'Fashion Forecast'

True to the concept, Jeevan used umbrellas and ships as motifs for his collection that seemed to be inspired from God's own country.

The quaint collection was a tribute to the handloom weavers and women embroiderers of the country.

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Image: A Sreejith Jeevan creation
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With colours like cloudy grey, dull brown and white the designer experimented with hip length blouses, preppy dresses, pleated pants, rustic skirts, cropped jackets and casual tunics.

As you can see from the picture above, Jeevan's line had a perky young appeal.

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Image: A Sreejith Jeevan creation
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Jeevan's line successfully recreated the scenes of a picturesque Kerala in his debut collection. As for the outfits, they were quite wearable too!

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Image: Sreejith Jeevan poses next to a model wearing his creation
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When the rest of the world designed clothes mostly for women, Ujjwal Dubey opted for a menswear collection. And he turned to the hot deserts in the world for inspiration.

Titled 'No Longer the Hunted', Ujjawal Dubey presented his collection of garments that had rugged silhouettes in grey and black.

Coincidentally his label is called Antar Agni -- the fire within.

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Image: An Ujjawal Dubey creation
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For the summer collection, the designer chose to experiment with weaves, pleats and knits that would lend the wearer comfort and style.

There were trousers, tunics, jackets and coats too, all in muted colours!

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Image: Ujjawal Dubey (right) with a model in his creation
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Vilvin Sabu's show titled 'Tropical Chic' sought inspiration from ancient heritage and art.

An alumnus from the London College of Fashion UK, Sabu's resort collection saw a melange of shorts, rompers and body suits.

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Image: A model showcases a Vilvin Sabu creation
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The blouses with splashes of abstract prints and bright hues were a treat to the eyes.

Sabu's line featured bright minis, pants and jackets in refreshing colours like yellow, green, rust, fuschia and blue.

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Image: Models showcase Vilvin Sabu's creations
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Sabu's well fitting dual shade blouses and cleverly constructed jackets with rich embroidery and prints clearly excited the young audience.

The GenNext show turned out to be a hit in more ways than one for it showcased a successful range of wearable creations that were far from the ordinary.


Image: Vilvin Sabu (left) poses with a model wearing her collection
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