Adorning Tradition: Lakmé Fashion Week’s 2023 Ethnic Showstoppers

From the 10th to the 15th of October, the fashion world was spellbound by a dazzling showcase of ethereal splendour at the Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI). The runway transformed into a mesmerising tapestry of colours, fabrics, and designs, each piece telling a unique story of craftsmanship and creativity. Renowned and emerging designers converged to celebrate the timeless allure of ethnic outfits, redefining India’s rich sartorial heritage with a contemporary twist.

But in this article, we will take a look specifically on some of the most captivating ethnic outfits that graced the runway during this spectacular showcase.

Day 1

R|Elan x Varun Bahl

Varun Bahl’s Fall 2023 Festive collection, an exquisite extension of his renowned couture line, Inner Bloom, beckons you into a realm where the enchanting beauty of nature intertwines with over two decades of his fashion expertise. It is a profound testament to his deep-rooted affinity with the natural world and his extensive journey in the fashion industry.

Within this collection, Varun Bahl commemorates themes of hope and rejuvenation, brought to life through the timeless symbol of flowers. Every piece in this collection is a work of art, meticulously crafted with intricate 3-dimensional embroideries, lavish materials, and masterful craftsmanship.

Reflecting the designer’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, each showcase also includes a small up-cycled collection, promoting the repurposing of materials for a more eco-conscious approach to fashion.

Kohler x Tarun Tahiliani

The collaboration between Tarun Tahiliani and Kohler represents a harmonious blend of ideas. Kohler’s vibrant colours and intricate motifs serve as a wellspring of inspiration for this collection, seamlessly complementing the inherent sophistication of Tarun Tahiliani’s aesthetic.

Under the theme of A Celebration of Self-Expression, this collection harmoniously fuses contemporary designs with timeless artisanal craftsmanship. It’s perfectly suited for both cocktail glamour and evening elegance, with each piece capturing the spirit of self-expression and adding a touch of enchantment to your nights.

This partnership marks an exciting new chapter for Tarun Tahiliani and Kohler, symbolising their joint dedication to design excellence and their commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity.

Day 2

Kaveri & Swati Vijaivargie

On Day 2 Kaveri and Swati Vijaivargie graced the runway with their remarkable collections.

Kaveri’s presentation, titled The Romance of the Rose: An Affair to Remember, is a testament to the art of hand craftsmanship. This collection is a masterful fusion of tradition and innovation, with the enigmatic rose taking centre stage. Through the skilled use of sculpted linen, Kaveri has created a visual narrative that unfolds in fine linen and silk, capturing the essence of the timeless rose.

Swati Vijaivargie’s collection, Gulaal, is a tapestry of profound inspiration drawn from the rich tapestry of Indian crafts and ethos. Each ensemble within this collection weaves together a tapestry of colours, motifs, cultural roots, architecture, nature, and heritage, presenting a rich and vibrant story that resonates with the soul of India.

Day 3

Zayra by Kalki

On Day 3 Kalki took the stage to present Zayra, a collection that transcends time and epitomises grace and opulence. This showcase is an invitation to embark on an extravagant journey where dreams are brought to life through every intricate detail.

The collection radiates ethereal grace through its stunning gowns, timeless elegance via sarees adorned with trails and veils, and the captivating allure of fish-cut ensembles.

Day 4

One Infinite Presents Faabiiana and Vvani by Vani Vats 

Qurbat by Faabiiana delves into the timeless essence of the Romance of the Rose. This collection is an exploration of the enchantment of the unknown, the ephemeral moments, and the passionate romance that captivates the heart. It exudes the artistry of Chikankari embroidery, the richness of Banarasi fabric, and the elegance of Akoya and South Sea Pearls. Delicate Mukaish work adds a touch of mystery and shimmer to the pieces, infusing romance and sophistication into every stitch.

Vani’s Piroi collection is a tribute to the modern bride and her unwavering commitment to the institution of marriage. It draws inspiration from the powerful symbolism of threading all beads onto a single string, mirroring how the intricacies of relationships can reflect the profound value that the institution of marriage holds in our lives. This collection features timeless and versatile pieces suitable for various occasions, symbolising the enduring nature of a strong marriage.

Bhumika Sharma & Mahima Mahajan

Bhumika Sharma, the renowned couturier, takes a nostalgic journey through her creative evolution for her Winter 2023 Festive collection. This season, her aesthetic is a harmonious fusion of prints adorned with intricate embellishments and embroideries, which are a signature of her brand. The collection speaks a definitive design language, emphasizing a captivating color palette and innovative print development. The garments are a testament to meticulous craftsmanship, featuring precise hand embroidery techniques. The essence of the collection lies in delicate silhouettes elevated with a focus on contemporary trends and style.

Mahima Mahajan’s collection Fida is a delightful exploration of the delightful chaos of floral prints, the interplay of extravagant volumes and silhouettes, and the fusion of feminine fluidity with structured forms, all brought to life with a burst of vibrant colors. The collection embodies a sense of fluidity and motion, with organic drapings and lightweight fabrics that gracefully flow, creating an enchanting visual narrative.

Glitterati, The Bridal Collection by Lakmé Salon X Anju Modi

Lakmé Salon, in collaboration with the renowned designer Anju Modi, presents The Rhythmic Symphony as part of the dazzling bridal collection, Glitterati, on Day 4 of Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI. This collection is an ode to the union of romance and style, seamlessly transcending cultural boundaries and celebrating the rich diversity of bridal fashion.

The Rhythmic Symphony takes inspiration from the harmonious blend of warm and deep colours found in nature’s most captivating moments. It reflects the beauty and vibrancy of our natural surroundings. The collection seeks to redefine modern bridal fashion by blending diverse traditions, and in doing so, it sets global bridal fashion trends.

Day 5

Ashima Leena & Sanjukta Dutta

Leena J Singh’s latest collection, Nature’s Grove, is a heartfelt tribute to the awe-inspiring beauty of Mother Nature. This collection is an artistic tapestry that encapsulates the splendour of the natural world in all its glory.

Sanjukta Dutta unveils her latest collection, SAPOON, a name that beautifully encapsulates the essence of dreams. This collection is a celebration of the profound emotion that comes to life through the perfect balance of playful elegance and harmony.

One Infinite Represents Paulmi & Harsh, Tatwam by Abhishek & Vinita, De Belle

The Rooh collection by Paulmi and Harsh is a remarkable ensemble of pieces that embody the delicate nuances of human emotions and relationships, embracing romance, elegance, and ethereal beauty. Drawing inspiration from a range of influences spanning from the Baroque to the Renaissance, each piece within this collection narrates a unique story—a tale of the modern bride’s desire to express her femininity and traditions with a contemporary twist. 

Tatwam proudly presents Sobo Sassy, a collection crafted for the confident and sassy soul, always in search of a better option. This collection seamlessly marries traditional Indian craftsmanship with the vibrant spirit of the modern era. It showcases the artistry of handwoven tissues and brocades, adorned with exquisite hand embroidery, all meticulously chosen to preserve the core essence of Tatwam.

De Belle unveils Nazara, a collection designed to capture the enchantment and spectacle of a bygone world. It offers a unique glimpse through ornate windows, allowing you to step into an era of grandeur and beauty.

Pictures Via: Lakmé Fashion Week 

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