Babita Malkani and Drashta Sarvaiya Added Style and Glamour to their Collections for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Babita Malkani and Drashta Sarvaiya Added Style and Glamour to their Collections for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

 Babita Malkani’s Urbane Nomad-Ism Collection had a Fashionable Bohemian Touch at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Mumbai, Saturday, August 4, 2012: For bohemian fashionable chic, Babita Malkani presented her stylish collection called “Urbane Nomad-ism” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

Bringing her unconventional styling details for the asymmetric dresses, maxis, throws, fusion wear and saris, Babita was inspired by the raw earthiness of the African Bushmen of Tanzania and Zanzibar.

To the foot tapping pulsating beats of live music by Anand Bhagat playing the African djimbe on the Australian Didgeridoo; Babita unleashed a kaleidoscope of creations that were a veritable feast for the eyes.

The beautiful colours of the region were reflected in her creations as tangerine, aqua, deep blue, matte brown, blush and sap green came together in harmony with the varied dyeing techniques.

Texturing was dramatic with pattern rope dyeing, corded tie dye and bottle beach dye to recreate the effect of digital prints. Using luxe fabrics like Habutai silk, crepe, georgettes and silk wool the designer turned them into visually dramatic garments.

Draped togas, one shoulder asymmetric sheaths, wrap slit skirts, drop crotch jumpsuits, fluid dhoti pants, layered poncho dresses, looped tubes, pleated palazzos, frayed hem shorts, indigo matted thread borders for gowns, cascading ruffles for midis and African patchwork appliqués for dress and gilets scorched the ramp. The matted basket weave thread and fabric detailing which edged the gowns, midis, saris and drapes further created the exotic African mood for the creations, while turbans, chunky jewellery, boots and fringed stilettos were the ideal accessories for the ensembles.

For that great fashion impact, Babita Malkani’s collection “Urbane Nomad-ism” will create the perfect sartorial picture for any woman.

Inspirations from Gustav Klimt gave Drashta Sarvaiya’s Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 Collection an Artistic Touch

With Gustav Klimt’s paintings as her inspiration, Drashta Sarvaiya’s collection for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 was an elegant classic offering. With shades of white, nude, yellow, and mauve combined with purple, peach and blue, Drashta worked on draped garments to achieve a fluid look. Using light weight brocade with delicate floral motifs and adding double georgettes and crepe; Drashta’s accent was on the peplum as the focal point of the garments, which appeared periodically to highlight the silhouettes. The dresses, trousers, tunics, shirts and skirts glittered with crystal, gold and floral raffia work.

Opening the show with a white silk layered crepe tunic with matching trousers, Drashta proved her versatility with construction and detailing for the utterly feminine garments. The rich embroidered raffia brocade skirt, off shoulder dress, panelled trousers, pleated gowns and layered chiffon floor length ensembles told a creative story that revealed Drashta’s skills in designing.

Using the peplum in the most innovative manner Drashta worked it into trousers, dresses, jumpsuits, skirts to add a flirty touch to the collection. Pleating was used elaborately but at times restricted to just the sides or the front of dresses and tops.

For a stylish contemporary western look, Drashta Sarvaiya’s artistically inspired line had a global appeal.