Shantanu & Nikhil | Lakmé Fashion Week A/W 2016
Shantanu and Nikhil's collection paid homage to India's freedom fighters, naturally inspired by strong warriors and had a strong military aesthetic. However, the utilitarian details were balanced by an opulent silhouettes that has a regal air. There were more than a few ruffled womenswear numbers which did slightly lack the sophistication we've come to expect from the designer. Though the short structured jackets were gorgeous.
Drama, sensational colours and mind-blowing embellishments were the mainstay of the collection that was romantically titled "The Matador's Mistress". There were couture ball gowns, wafted down the runway leaving many of the women in the audiences speechless with shades of flame red, burnt blue, emerald green and dark plum, playing with the stunning intricate tonal and rich gold embroidery.
Full flared skirts kissed the floor as the models swirled around, teamed with Matador jackets were the highlights. Delicate ruffles, lace and abundant sheer additions came alive in the signature drapes that Shantanu and Nikhil are known for.
The fabric were a rich choice of tulle, velvet, silk and satin all perfectly apt for the 20 creations that the designer duo exhibited.
The showstopper Malaika Arora Khan glided down the ramp in a cut-out at the waist, long sleeved black mermaid gown with gold bead work that was mesmerising.
The womenswear show was full of femininity, glamour, seductiveness, elegance.
The menswear was a high octane, totally masculine, regimental inspired historical pieces.