Sakhi’s Picks: Shantanu & Nikhil Winter/Festiver 2016 Lakme Fashion Week

If I was to sum Shantanu & Nikhil’s “The Matador’s Mistress” collection in one word it would be drama!

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Plum, emerald green, embellished black and rich golds were the highlight shades of the night each with its own dramatic tone.

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From the styling to the embellished work to the silhouettes, this collection was dripping in drama.

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But is there a thing such as too much drama…I think so and perhaps with some looks that line was pushed much too far.

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Malaika Arora Khan was showstopper of the night and I couldn’t think of a better showstopper for a collection with such a high content of glam and grandeur.

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Riteish Deshmukh featured as a showstopper for the mensline in a flared kurta, jacket and churidars all paired with a striking turban! Not only was he a completely an unconventional showstopper who made you to sit up and take notice, the look handed out to him was 100% befitting for a showstopper.

Sakhi’s Picks: Manish Malhotra Winter/Festiver 2016 Lakme Fashion Week

Manish’s Winter/Festival collection with its gorgeous pastel and bold floral works could have fooled me for a spring/summer collection! Not that I am complaining since I am all for being done with the stereotypical looks for winter and designers breaking the rules. Of course we know that the designer has explored the darker shades like bronzes, emerald green and even classic blacks quite a bit in recent collection so the colorful showcase at this season’s show was a welcome change.

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Spring was definitely well and truly alive in the collection with pastel floral embroideries being a highlight.

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The designer did not disappoint those seeking a bit of bling from him as he balanced the pure embroidered pieces with others that were heavy on the embellishment.

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The menswear collection was also well balanced with looks for the bold ones and looks for those who like to keep things subtle.

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Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor were on showstopper duties on the night. Whilst Sushant looked quite suave in his attire, Shraddha’s look in no way was the ‘showstopper’ look of the night. Once again a designer fails to give the more impact and ‘showstopper’ outfit to the showstopper and instead relies on the celebrity to carry the excitement. I think we need to go back to the days when the ‘showstopper’ position was for a showstopping outfit/look and not a guest model.

Coming back to collection, the stalwart couturier did not disappoint! I look forward to seeing many of these looks off the ramp as I no doubt will.

Sakhi’s Picks: Payal Khandwala Winter/Festiver 2016 Lakme Fashion Week

Payal Khandwala debuted her bridal collection on day 4 of LFW. The collection was inspired by the fierce, new age and modern bride.

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Notwithstanding that bridal is a new arena for the designer, she kept to her usual heritage fabrics with Benarsi silks and raw silks playing  a key role in the collection.

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Unexpectedly the bridal collection featured blazers, capes and shawls as the designer favoured layered looks.

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This would be a bridal collection for someone really wanting to make a statement. And whilst it may not have many takers with ‘brides’ I suspect, it will have plenty a takers by way of B-town celebs and other socialite celebrities who all have always favored a Payal Khandwala look when wanting to make a statement.