Budding designers open Lakme Fashion Week

Mumbai: Fashion extravaganza Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) has returned to the city, with six gen-next designers on Friday opening the show.

Debashri Samanta, Karishma Jamwal, Ragini Ahuja, Shubham Kumar, Sneha S Saha and Stephany D'Souza presented their creations on Friday.

Using the weaves of West Bengal, Debashri Samanta proved her expertise in creating trendy outfits for the 21st century's multi-faceted women, entitled 'The Black Swan'.

"I have used only handloom cottons and had used it on sharply cut jackets, tops and stylish bottom wear which were enhanced with Kantha, the delicate craft of West Bengal," Samanta said.

The silhouettes of the creations were in strong colours of bright tangerine, fuchsia and blue.

Karishma Jamwal brought her feminine brand 'Lotus Sutr', which she started in 2010. Blending the beauty of kitschy silhouettes with digital and block prints, Karishma presented a collection highlighted by the striking quality of unfinished forms of fine arts.

It included printed, layered, draped togas, tunics, stylish knitted skirt with tube, strappy tunic.

Ragini Ahuja's collection was a striking medley of Origami which created a fashionable symphony using geometric animal motifs, with pure cottons on feather-like Chanderi fabrics.

Shubham Kumar, in her 'India Lives Here' collection, highlighted the earthy lifestyle of rural India. With a colour palette moving from rustic brown to earthy grey, beige, black and white, the silhouettes revealed a stylish Indo-western story that revolved around Khadi.

Using cotton, linen and silk, Sneha S Saha presented slinky gowns and stylish dresses. The pocket watch and clock prints gave the traditional fabrics a modern twist.

Stephany Dsouza gave her beach-cum-lounge wear party creations an intricate detailing.