Generation Next opens Lakme Fashion Week
Lakme Fashion Week's fall/winter installment opened with a showing by GenNext designers who went all out in terms of creative liberty -- from the kitschy and colourful to the downright outrageous. Take a look.
We start off with the architectural inspirations of Riddhi and Siddhi Mapxencar, who usedwelding masksand goggles to add drama to their collection.
Here we see a grey and red number with pleating detail and geometric pattern.
Photographs: Dominic Xavier
The duo bring their own brand of creativity to the jumpsuit with this grey piece, bordered with red piping and two handbags that act as over-the-top pockets.
Riddhi and Siddhi step out at the close of their collection with their showstopper -- a hot blue mini with pockets highlighting the hemline.
Next in line was womenswear label Zuilee from Juilee Bendhkale, who opted for more fluid designs, embellished with origami and geometrically patterned detailing "to provoke an aesthetic of poetic urbanism", in the designer's own words.
First up is this gently swaying feminine dress in grey.
Chic in black
Cocktail chic comes to the fore with this black draping outfit, the silvery sequins adding to the overall effect.
Bendhkale takes to the ramp with one of her works, a sweeping orange maxi pinafore worn over a sharp-cut shirt.
Duo Fazal Mahmood and Akanksha Arora opted for a menswear line that really had everyone sit up and take notice -- armour-like silhouettes, which even sparkled with tiny lights in futuristic robotic fashion were the mainstay.
We open with this heavily textured jacket with asymmetrical zipper, worn over slinky pants.
In the hood
Model Freddy Daruwala steps out in the showstopper -- a hoodie that extends to the knees, worn over fades and a plush black biker-style jacket.
Looking to the future
The designer twosome get onto the catwalk with a trio of designs.
The Daily Rag
Dedicated to the media, Pragya and Megha Samor's line 'The Daily Rag' was a mishmash of exaggerated drapes and constructed silhouettes, predictably using newspaper prints in a gamut of neons and black and white.
First up is a mishmash of printed leggings, fuschia pleated skirt and a rather confusing jacket.
Natty in newspaper
Who would've thought? A newspaper train in fabric under a bright green bodice attracts attention.
Pragya and Megha step out in matching gowns -- perhaps to show off their like-minded creative chemistry?
Jelin George's all-black line, titled 'I desire too much' was inspired by self-indulgence and luxuriant excess.
The well-tailored ensembles used big shoulders and sharp lines and was sprinkled with mirror embroidery to break the monotony of solid black.
Here, hot shorts and sheer leggings look hot, while the puffed-sleeve jacket ups the class factor.
A bubble silhouette, top hat and cane complete the ringmaster razzmatazz of this design.
Checking out the response
Jelin has her eyes on the audience to gauge the response as her showing closes.
The last designer in the GenNext category was Ruchika Sachdeva, whose creations were inspired by biomechanics -- the application of mechanical technology to biology.
The result was an androgynous set of clothing, like this sleek white jumpsuit.
Dare to bare
A long grey coat is unbuttoned to reveal only a grey-black body suit underneath.