Thursday, April 3, 2008

Lakme Fashion Week Disappoints

Lakme is a cosmetic company and can be compared to as the L'Oreal of the east. Twice a year Lakme holds a fashion week known as LFW for fall/winter and spring/summer which are perhaps the most highly profiled fashion events of India and Pakistan.

LFW normally includes Indian designers, however, Pakistani designers have been invited on a few occasions to show their collections.

LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to "Integrate India into the global fashion world and redefine the future of fashion".

Lakme Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2008 was held on March 29th to April 2, 2008 at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.

Dozens of Indian designers showcased their Fall/Winter collections with celebrities of the Indian film industry, Bollywood, cheering them on.

Click here to see exclusive video of LFW

Some of my favorite designers included Manish Malhotra (although his Fall/Winter collection was a bit too western), Neeta Lulla, and Abdul Halder for men.

I was fairly disappointed with the collections with the exception of Abdul Halder.

Abdul Halder started his fashion career designing for none other than the king of pop, Micheal Jackson in 2002.

His current collection was chic and very Indo-Euro with tapered safari suits, embroidered sleeves, shoulder pads and toped off with traditional Indian sandals.

I can see a hint of MJ in this one with the shoulder pads and embelishments.

Not so sure I like the copper spray paint look on this suit, although the suit itself is nice.

Manish Malhotra opens the Fall/Winter collection with shades of pastels and pinks. Extremely feminine but a bit too western for my taste in Indian fashion. I feel like I've seen this dress at Zara for years. I guess India is still behind in some things.

I love the color and material of Manish's pink halter dress but not crazy about the style.

What is going on here??? I've seen this top in cheap Lycra at Le Chateau, Sirens and Limite dozens of times. But I like the skirt with pouch pockets at the sides.

This dress is the winner for Manish Malhotra's Fall/Winter collection. The silhouette and cascading backdrop makes this evening gown illuminating and extremely sexy.

Neeta Lulla needs to stick to traditional wear. Her collection at LFW was unimpressive compared to her usually breathtaking creations.

This baby doll dress with embellishments under bust is deja-vu. The only thing I like about this outfit is the bolero.

I don't even want to comment on this one. It looks like the under attire of a Marie Antoinette gown mixed with Erika Badou.

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