It was Fashion’s favorite designer’s return to Lakme Fashion Week and the Grand Finale to 5 days of fun, fashion, glamour & glitz. There was no way one could have missed the buzz yesterday. The show got delayed by a good 2 hours but it didn’t dampen the spirits in anyway.
Sabyasachi synonymous with royalty was true to his style and unveiled 57 couture creations seen for the first time on the ramp. A vintage ambience was created with black wood paneled ramp, chandeliers and a big Maharaja chair. Very reminiscent of ancient era of Rajas and Ranis. The show wasn’t extremely celeb heavy as was anticipated. The big guns were conspicuous with their absence but others who were seen gracing the front row were Kalki, Nargis Fakhri, Shradha Kapoor & Pallavi Sharda
The show opened to a dramatic live performance by Rachel Varghese and the models emerged on the ramp wearing lace, zardozi, velvet, khadi etc.
As much as I like Sabyasachi, I am not very sure that I was very impressed with the collection. It did appeal to me in bits and parts though. I liked the whole concept of vintage Royal fashion and he was definitely sticking to the whole theme but I guess it was a bit too much for me. The clothes looked extremely heavy and uncomfortable.
I also felt that Sabya went a bit overboard with styling. I mean full sleeves in heavy material with heavy gold embroideries with too much layering, dupattas on head, mixing prints, heavy jewelry, belts around waist reining the overwhelming volume.. Honestly I felt very warm just looking at it. I wonder how models were feeling walking in them. There was just too much happening out there. Undoubtedly there was a whole lot of opulence, grandeur and drama but according to me it didn’t connect with my modern sensibilities. I seemed lost & disconnected.
The makeup was predominantly red lips with smoky eyes and whole lot of kohl. The hair was very retro. I would give a 10 on 10 for whole era that was recreated with hair, make up, sets and music. Somewhere on the clothes front it fell a little short cos I have seen better from this genius called Sabyasachi.
However I did have a few picks ( which I have marked with a smiley). I loved the striped blouses with satin and lace lehenga saris, red Bandhgala with churidar and the long sequined jacket with flared skirt.
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Photographs by : Jaina Kumar for FUF