Diverse Fashion Directions were Presented by Payal Kapoor, Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Diverse Fashion Directions were Presented by Payal Kapoor, Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Payal Kapoor Recreated the Beauty of the Raj with her Collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Mumbai, Sunday, August 5, 2012: Calling her collection “Notes from The Raj”, Payal Kapoor recreated the grandeur of the era at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. With specially woven intricately designed fabrics from Benares, Payal paid a tribute to the craftsmen of that city with her exquisite garments. In shades of green, nude, black and wine, there were dhoti style miniskirts with Benares halters, two toned tiered maxi skirts teamed with peplum blouses and cutwork scarves, multi-coloured layered lehengas with cutwork covers and rich red kaftans with imposing shimmering leaf embroidery.

Opening the show with a one shoulder draped printed red mini, Payal kept the theme intact with creations like the dress with green bodice and cowl skirt, the sari drape gown and the panelled green tiered skirt.  Long smocks splashed with leaf embroidery in resham and gold, floated down the catwalk, while kaftans were teamed with churidars.

The mermaid skirt with twinkling embroidery worn with a frilly one shoulder top, the tinsel georgette panelled kurta and the floor length skirt with a richly embellished black velvet broad border, evoked inspirations of The Raj. The stylish black velvet Jodhpur jacket, slim pants and the embroidered waist coat with the lean three toned deep magenta skirt, further highlighted the theme.

Show stopper Mini Mathur in a rich magenta gold zardozi lehenga, choli and dupatta made a graceful entry to end the show.

It was a perfect fusion collection, which recreated the looks of past eras from Payal Kapoor that will appeal to the global buyers who are looking for an Indo-West touch in women’s wear.


Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam Presented their New Prét Label Kapurthala at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

Presenting their new prét label Kapurthala inspired by the beauty of India, Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam titled their collection “Technicolor”, which was a tribute to the colours of Punjab at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012.

To match the title, the colour story could be described in one word as BRIGHT. Shocking pink, orange, chrome, yellow, orchid, royal blue, turquoise and lime gave the swirling lehengas, tops, cholis, dhotis, saris, and tunics, a versatile touch.

The fabric choice was wide and varied as Kota doria, Benares Bhagalpur, Chaampa, Tussore, Karshmiri silks, Maheshwari, Upaada and Bangalore silks dazzled on the catwalk.

Embroidery was striking as thread work, French knots, multi-coloured striped fabrics and the duo’s trade mark checks appeared on sari pallavs, kurtas and dresses. A specially woven fabric with 2116 colours was stunning while sheer lehengas were teamed with draped tops for added drama.

Layering appeared often for the checked double dress, maxis, lehengas and ghagras. Some of the eye catching pieces were the dupatta blouse and dhoti, the loop dress, the multi panel blouse over short lining, the cute reversible shrugs and the high neck big collar shift. An innovative touch was created by the half sari skirt and draped blouse, the double layered Benares lehenga with the cropped bandhgala and the Upaada sari with tab waist coat.

Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam’s new label Kapurthala featuring the “Technicolor” collection gave a new stylish direction for Indian textiles and craft to the fashion conscious audience, throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level.  IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis–at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.