Masaba and Shivam Narresh showed diverse edgy collections at Lakmé Fashion Week

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In line with its visionary approach to integrating India into global fashion, Bollywood’s hot new hunk Prateik Babbar rocked on the ramp when he opened Masaba’s ‘delicious’ show in a black and white bundhgala and Patiala salwars to rousing applause from the audience.

It was a tasty collection with the delicious title “Sorbet” that Masaba presented at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 show. Bringing to the ramp her distinct fusion styling touches, Masaba showed a look that was relaxed, languid and fluid in soft hues of baby pink, lemon yellow with dollops of pista green along with black and white to add to the menu of “Sorbet” colours.

The silhouettes were easy on the eye as well as the body with maxi dresses, some intriguing palazzo saris, Patiala salwars and cute cropped tops, tunics, waist coats, blouses and jackets that were ideal summer wear.

Known for her prints Masaba’s inspiration was very vintage in nature this season with the cow and camera prints in black and white or red and white with golden Taar embroidery that highlighted the soft colours.

Women’s wear was replete with splashes of colour for a yellow sari with a sorbet pink border and camera print choli, tunic with Patiala pants, jumpsuits generously flared with gold Taar work and slim cheongsam with gleaming embroidery. The arresting creations were the green cross over tunic; another with an asymmetric hem, the green sari with a broad black velvet border and gold work, the drop waist pleated jumpsuits which were all comfortable additions while the black velvet and gold lean gown was elegantly feminine. Men’s wear was restricted to the two prints for jackets or a long shirt with contrast collar and cuffs teamed with wide salwars.

Making a fashion statement with her very rustic “Sorbet” collection, Masaba offered something fusion in nature to the very New Age adventurous woman and man who love to make an impact with their style and elegance.

Bringing their distinct touches to swimwear again, Shivam Narresh presented “Mosaic” their latest collection with clean colour blocking and sharply cut silhouettes for the Summer/Resort 2012 season at Lakmé Fashion Week. Displaying a marked Bauhausian look, there were interesting shapes that created magic on the ramp as svelte models glided down.

The pair also merged couture with swimwear with their new line called “Handcraft”, which was limited to just five repeats and took 50-80 man hours to create. With innovative surface textures like braiding, draping and embellishments; the swimwear was stitch free but with hi-tech touches like resistance to UV rays, sunscreen oil, sand piling and curling.

Trikinis, Maillots, Bikinis and body suits, were shown in varying colour blocking versions all with a perfect fit. Dresses followed the blocked tones from the designing duo, while the jumpsuits and rompers, shirts, trousers, jackets and sarongs had a perfect line up of hues. The interesting entries were the Maillot sari and the bikini teamed with the traditional Indian sari. Making a strong fashion statement on the ramp were the lovely collars, the wedges that followed the colour block story, the ankle length black wedge boots and the striking skeletal lampshade hats.

Shivam Narresh’s new “Mosaic” and “Handcraft” collections of resort wear had all the glitz and glamour that beachwear needs, to make a sexy entry around the globe.

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