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Why We're Excited For Lakmé Fashion Week 2016

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Updated: 24 August 2016
Over Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016, 92 designers will showcase their new collections, with 15 making their debuts on the catwalk. As the country gears up to engage in one of its most anticipated fashion events of the year, we bring you the big names and events that will be creating a buzz this year.


Tarun Tahiliani

Opening a week of festivities, the Tarun Tahiliani show is hotly anticipated. Previews on his instagram show bold, richly colored designs, with a contemporary aesthetic that nods to more traditional Indian dress. The opening session will be accompanied by music from fusion singer and theater director Isheeta Ganguly.



Manish Malhotra

Presented by Ethiad Airlines, the acclaimed Indian designer’s show will include appearances from actors Shraddha Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput. These stars join a long list of celebrities — from Naomi Campbell to Malaika Arora Khan — who have walked for the 50-year old designer over the years. Why the adoring fans? Malhotra’s designs have a theatrical edge that have seen him create costumes for over 1000 Bollywood films. Credited with modernising traditional Indian design and bringing it to an international audience, attendees can expect bright colours, glamour and strong silhouettes.


 Ashish N Soni

This New Delhi-based designer displays his work on Saturday, August 27. Expect Ashish N Soni’s collection to re-interpret and provide a new take on much loved classics—  baggy trousers from the 80s and big shoulders from the 70s. In the collection, the designer will show day, evening and experimental designs, meaning there’s no excuse not to jump on the bandwagon of already adoring fans.


Textiles Of The North-East

Lakmé Fashion Week of 2016 has two shows celebrating textiles from northeastern states: #MadeinAssam, a product of national award-winning weaver Anuradha Pegu and the NGO Aagor by Ants Craft, which works to empower tribal women weavers; and ‘Pariah by Pranami’ by the young Assamese designer Pranami Kalita. Weaves of Arunachal Pradesh by Yana Ngoba is another such event worth looking out for. The designer — considered the doorway to the northeast — hosted the North East India Fashion Week last week, with a program that blended tribal and contemporary designs.

Narthaki Nataraj from Chennai in an #AnuradhaPegu #Eri silk sari hand woven by the Mising tribe in Assam. Narthaki is a renowned #transgender Bharatnatyam artist who was born in Madurai and began practicing the dance form at the age of 6. She was trained by the famous, Guru K. P. Kittappa Pilai from Thanjavur. Narthaki has performed professionally across the US, Europe and South East Asia. She received the Sangeet Natak Academy Puraskar by the President of India in 2011, making her the only national awardee in the transgender community. She is also the second #transgender citizen in India to get a passport for her gender from the Government of India. Celebrating #NationalHandloomDay with #Inclusivity in #Fashion. #LakmeFashionWeek #IWearHandloom #ThiruNangai

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Grand Finale by Sabyasachi Mukherjee

The Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale will feature Sabyasachi Mukherjee on Sunday, August 28, at Mehboob Studios. Earlier this month, the Kolkata-born fashion designer shared some of his pieces that are set to appear on the show. These included a heavily embroidered gown with a floral dupatta; and an eye-catching black gown complete with belt and golden embroidery around the skirt. Mukherjee’s highly awaited collection — inspired from places like Afghanistan, Iran and Kashmir — includes both red carpet and bridal wear.



The Best Saree Designers 

Santosh Parekh of Tulsi Silks will feature a show called the Woven Tales of Kanchipuram. Tulsi Silks is known to create bold and colorful silk sarees, and their layout for the ramp is something to watch out for. And if you continue to crave sarees, there’s more in store for you. Anavila Misra, one of the country’s favorite artisanal handwoven saree designer, will be displaying her winter line-up called ‘The Sari In Us’. Big-name designers such as Ritu Kumar, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Sanjay Garg will also make an appearance with their works.

#SanjayGarg's new festive collection is a beautiful nod to classics. More 📸 on

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