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How to dress in 2018: 10 tips from India's top fashion designers

By Rediff Get Ahead Bureau
February 06, 2018 09:20 IST
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Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 18.

FULL COVERAGE: Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018

1: Non-sustainable fashion is SO last year

Anita Dongre

Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/

For the 13th edition in a row, Lakme Fashion Week dedicated an entire day to Sustainable Fashion.

But the fact that the idea is fast getting mainstreamed was evident from the collections of major designers like Anita Dongre and Rajesh Pratap Singh, who even experimented with new fabrics that are eco-conscious.

Now there are no excuses to opt for fashion that harms the environment.


2: Every bride is wearing ivory and gold

Ivory lehenga

Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff/com

A nude palette dominated by ivory was clearly the go-to colour for the designers this season.

Shyamal and Bhumika did it.

Kotwara did it.

As did Jayanti Reddy.

And Payal Singhal.

Ivory was also a popular choice for more casual collections like those by Amoh by Jade.

And Anamika Khanna did an entire collection titled 'Reinventing Nudes'.


3: Monochrome mania

Black and White

Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani/ and @LakmeFashionWk/Twitter

From GenNext designers to celebrity designers like Narendra Kumar and Shantanu and Nikhil, fashion at LFW was dominantly black and white this season.

Jayanti Reddy went a step further and named her collection Life in Monochrome.


4: Of pinks and blues

Nidhhi Agerwal Lakme Fashion Week

Photograph: @LakmeFashionWk/Facebook

Anushree Reddy dedicated an entire collection to the colour pink.

Gaurang Shah titled his collection Neel.

And the entire spectrum of both palettes popped up on all days of LFW SR18.


5: Silver is the new gold

Karan Johar Falguni Shane Peacock

Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/

Silver is so in that filmmaker Karan Johar dyed his hair in the hue for the Falguni Shane Peocock collection.


6: Flower power

Anita Dongre flowers Lakme Fashion Week

Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/

Colours come and go, but flowers are clearly eternal.

Anita Dongre drew inspiration from a 'garden of flowers'.

Agami got 'Lost in the woods'.

Julie Shah presented a 'Gulab Baug'.

Ravi Bhalotia created a 'Mid Summer Wreath'.

Flowers also emerged in prints, embroidery and embellishments across collections.


7: Are you layering?

Lakme Fashion Week

Photograph: Lakme Fashion Week

Designers Punit Balana, Gaurang Shah,and Pooja Shroff were among the designers who highlighted layers for this season.


8: Why go fuss free?

Lakme Fashion Week

Photographs: Hitesh Harisnghani/ and Lakme Fashion Week.

Tassels, scalloped hemlines, ruffles: The fussier the better seemed to be the mantra.

Anamika Khanna and Shriya Som went to town with the ruffles.

Manish Mahotra could not get enough of tassels for his Inaya collection.

Jayanti Reddy and Reshma Kunhi felt scallops deserved another season.


9: Slicked back hair

Lakme Fashion Week

Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani/

The slicked back hair is a thing now.

The look made repeated appearances throughout the five days of fashion, including on the showstopper at the grand finale.


10: More is now less

Kriti Sanon Lakme Fashion Week

Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/

From the silhouettes to hemlines and the drape of the dupattas, most designers leaned away from showing skin, which isn't a bad fashion trend for the harsh Indian summers.

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