10 posts tagged "Lakme Fashion Week"
Consumers might be hard-pressed to buy ready-to-wear at full price these days, but savvy fashion accessories designers who offer unique products at reasonable prices could be poised to profit. Take Little Shilpa: Touted as India’s answer to Philip Treacy, the label’s designer, Shilpa Chavan, unveiled a World War II-inspired tour de force at Lakmé fashion week. The show had a similar energy to Alexander McQueen’s hardcore lesson in fashion history, as fantastical headpieces featuring electronically powered propellers and surreal assemblages of Indian air force hats were juxtaposed with antique sari epaulets and vintage silver jewelry. Chavan’s designs, sold at My Sugarland in London and Villa Moda’s Middle East outposts, run between about $110 and $600, and they manage to convey the fraught global moment as well as India’s complicated relationship to its colonial history. Heavy stuff, but luckily they also work as pure fashion fantasy, something we could all do with a dose of right about now.
Candy Pratts Price offers animated commentary direct from Lakme fashion week in Mumbai.
Candy Pratts Price offers animated commentary direct from Lakme fashion week in Mumbai. Check back daily for her latest updates.
For New York’s social elite, the sky may be falling along with their fortunes, but in Mumbai one need look no further than the well-groomed women filling the front row of Lakme fashion week for evidence that the Indian economic outlook is anything but grim. From Sangita Kathiwada, a member of the Kathiwada royal family, sparkling in diamonds, to Page 3 favorite Queenie Dhody, wearing her own signature line of jewelry, the audience is aglitter with precious stones. Sabina Chopra, a fashion consultant and social, summed up the scene when she said, “For Indian women, jewelry is pure luxury, and it’s also recession insensitive. People buy the jewelry first, and then the clothing to match.” Westerners might be wise to follow these women’s example—after all, diamonds keep going up in price, and in these times of financial turmoil, they really are a girl’s best friend.