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Aisha Rao and Punit Balana brought exotic vibrant fashion to Lakme Fashion Week 2020

Updated: Mar 10, 2021



Mumbai, 25th October 2020: Australia's rich floral bouquet of Banksias, Gumnuts, Oriental Poppies, Tamarillos, persimmons and Madonna lilies in vibrant colours were seen in the still life work of Melbourne born artist Criss Cannings, which was the unconventional inspiration for Aisha Rao's "Pastiche" showcase at Lakme Fashion Week 2020 Digital First Season Fluid Edition. The collection with motifs of lost flora and fauna was the grand offering for the upcycled luxury occasion wear that could fit very seamlessly in the festive wardrobes for the coming season. Cleverly creating tailoring waste into exclusive ensembles, Aisha added India's rich traditional crafts and techniques but ensured that the carbon footprint was at all times quite absent. The amazing use of sock waste-bands that are discarded in the production of socks - was incorporated into surface embroidery with appliques. For Aisha her "Pastiche" collection was her 'Ikigai' that showcased season less up cycled luxury fashion along with sustainable directions that were seamlessly merged with hand crafted techniques that made a timeless fashion offering. The collection was a kaleidoscope of colours that fitted perfectly in the theme of the show. There was just the right mix of western and Indian silhouettes with some exotic saris added in. sleek tunics, narrow pants, cropped blouses, elegant gowns some with one-shoulder and a slinky skirt with a long-sleeved choli featuring a wide decolletage had great multi-coloured print stories. For occasion wear the sharara with short kurti and scarf as well as shocking pink kurta and palazzos will fit the requirements of the millennial dresser. When it came to the bridal events, Aisha presented colourful embroidered lehenga, choli, dupatta, trios in post box red, gulabi or deep purple. The saris were in solid tones of royal purple as well as deep peach with intricate embellishments or edged with large printed ruffles to showcase an edgy look. Athiya Shetty looked stunning in a long-sleeved heavily embellished tiny choli teamed with a high waisted lehenga as she elegantly glided to end the show. For lovers of formal occasion wear, who long for memorable additions to their wardrobes, the "Pastiche" collection by Aisha Rao will be the right option. Punit Balana's Collection Very Skilfully Combined Wearability With Craft At Lakme Fashion Week 2020 Digital First Season Fluid Edition A Punit Balana collection is always a beautiful melange of the most amazing prints that the designer is renowned for. Punit's latest collection "Muneer" at Lakme Fashion Week 2020 Digital First Season Fluid Edition was a grand showcase of block prints in natural organic dyes to highlight the varying silhouettes and construction of the garments. It was also a celebration of new beginnings, beauty, hope and an awakening. In addition, skilled artisans executed the colour palette and the eco-friendly techniques incorporated to enhance the beauty of the collection. Jaipur, Punit's hometown was the perfect inspiration that creatively drove the collection into an eye-catching look. The colour format favoured the very feminine royal intense pink of the rose, which is a tone woman adore. The black on beige print was a stunning addition in the collection, while velvet proved to be a popular choice but treated creatively to showcase an impressive silhouette. The unique coin work made a debut on Punit's garments and added the required glitter. The beautiful woven silks with the prints and embellishments, displayed silhouettes that offered not only relaxed comfort but great wearable options. The styles were aimed at the festive dresser or the blushing bride. Making a striking impression was the Mughal architectural motifs on a majestic ghararas, which was teamed with a tiny bralette and regal flowing cape. Dhoti pants gave an ethnic flirty touch to the collection while swirling lehengas brought bridal splendour to the line. The accessories for the collection included matching potlis that completed the look in great style. Myriad prints were the basis of most creations. Lehengas, cholis, dupattas, and kurtas - some with curved hemline others in rich red velvet with embroidery were ideal for occasion wear. Punit's saris were a cluster, in solids, stripes and pretty weaves, with just the right hints of embroidery and motifs. For lovers of western silhouettes Punit favoured the low, crotch, draped, dhotis teamed with either strappy bustier and robes or with drawstring batwing blouses. The printed asymmetrical trapeze midi overflowing skirt and the very peasant-inspired, layered, maxi skirt with a simple choli was a firm direction towards fusion fashion. When it comes to selecting additions to the festive wardrobe, fashion connoisseurs will approve of Punit Balana's glamorous printed line "Muneer", which will be a great fashion story. *** For any media queries, please contact - IMG Reliance Yasmin Ranijiwala Yasmin.Ranijiwala@imgreliance.com Edelman India Prachi Chavan - +91 9930923949 Prachi.chavan@edelman.com For Live updates and more on upcoming season, follow Lakme Fashion Week on social media platforms: Twitter: @Lakmefashionwk Instagram: Lakmefashionwk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LakmeFashionWk?fref=ts YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LakmeFashionWk About Lakme Fashion Week: Lakme Fashion Week is jointly organized by Lakme, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd., leaders in sports, fashion and entertainment marketing and management. Lakme Fashion Week has been conceived and created with a vision to "Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world." Lakme Fashion Week is organized twice every year. For further information log on to http://www.Lakmefashionweek.co.in About IMG Reliance: IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd. is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India's largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), global leaders in sports, events, media and fashion. The joint venture company develops, markets and manages sports, fashion and entertainment in India. About Lakme: Lakme, is India's no.1 colour cosmetics and leading premium skincare brand from Hindustan Unilever Ltd. Lakme has been the pioneer of the make-up and colour cosmetics in India since 1952 by launching numerous trends leading and high-performance products. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman's needs, Lakme offers women a comprehensive beauty experience through its extensive product portfolio as well as contemporary services at Lakme Salons, India's no.1 salon chain. For Further Information log on to www.Lakmeindia.com


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