In its Gen Next initiative to introduce new talent, the recently concluded of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 at Mumbai witnessed the debut of seven designers on the ramp. Making their appearance Shikha Grover and Vinita Adhikare presented a collection that featured a Metamorphosis inspired by the butterfly in its various stages. They revealed their fashion sense through ‘I Lose Myself’ titled collection.
Experimenting with knitwear, next in line was Prashant Chauhan, who presented his work titled ‘Daughters of Tibet’ inspired by Yangzom Brauen’s book ‘Across Many Mountains’. The Banyan Tree was the inspiration for Manoj Kumar and Vinod Bhardwaj as they sent an eclectic collection onto the catwalk under their label ‘Antariksh’, a line of convertible garments.
Creating an ethereal collection, Megha Garg presented the ‘Mystical Aura’ which was a beautiful feminine offering for the coming season. Light with fluid floating drapes - many with multiple layers, Garg’s garments reflected the varied colours seen in the auras of humans. With a quirky name like ‘In a Box’ Yogesh Chaudhary, displayed a collection which was an innovative study of stripes and box pleats. Bringing together the best cottons, knits and silk chiffons, Yogesh created a stylish blend of traditional and contemporary silhouettes.
Archana Rao’s ‘Frou-Frou’ collection was a totally wearable practical line with minimalistic touches. Simple silhouettes, clever folds and drapes and interesting ombré effects along with hi-tech fabrics blended with traditional textiles gave an innovative touch to the garments. With her striking label called ‘Gaga’ Tanya Sharma made an impact on the catwalk with her pop art collection inspired by the colours of India and the rhythm of hip hop, rock and roll and street dance.