The sensational collections by Kallol Datta 1955 and Pankaj – Nidhi brought the curtains down at Lakme Fashion Week celebrating the launch of the latest Lakmé Absolute Monochrome makeup line. Pioneering beauty trends for the modern and bold Indian woman, Lakmé launched its latest style statement – Lakmé Absolute Monochrome – a collection of chic, edgy and glamorous looks styled to perfectly suit the contrasting roles of the Indian woman.
Kallol Datta 1955’s fifteen looks were a colourful mélange of four print stories called “Cuts”. Put together with great expertise, Kallol’s 54 piece mix-and-match line had the designer’s wonderful construction techniques in wool, silk, leather and cotton. Inspired by the black and white of the Lakmé Absolute Monochrome range, with a hint of colours, the intricately crafted garments told a wonderful story of unconventional elegance.
Rouched tunics with the faces, snails, mating or abstract safety pins prints were used for voluminous skirts, slashed sleeves, long gowns with fabric tassels, giant choirboy collars with fabric edges, and tops with unbalanced tie-ups. Detailing appeared in the form of deep or tiny pockets, steel plackets, slashed wide sleeves, neck bands with switch like detailing, numerous tie-ups and cascades for boleros. Ending the show was the beautiful Lakmé Absolute brand ambassador Kareena Kapoor who looked stunning in a black and white snail print hoodie tunic over a black body suit.
Closing the Grand Finale, Pankaj-Nidhi were inspired for their 18 garments by the lakmé absolute monochrome look which comprised winged eye and creamy lips for the day while for the night it was smokey eyes and nude lips.
It was a contemporary play of kaleidoscopic patterns by Pankaj-Nidhi for their collection called ‘Monochrome’ with geometrics and origami at centre stage for the Grand Finale show. Textures were rich as quilting, multi layers, fine cord, lattice and wool crewel work was created from diverse fabrics like silk, leather, wool and at times sheer and opaque materials. Keeping the silhouettes stark and geometric there were angular cuts for asymmetric jackets, which will surely be a trend for the coming season. The show ended with gorgeous Lakmé Absolute brand ambassador, Kareena Kapoor in a cutwork high collar tasselled tunic and black tights.