Calling his collection “Vana”, Abhishek Sharma revealed how being one with nature is the most important thing in life. So, his creations at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 were inspired by the delicate rustic art of miniature paintings of flora and fauna, where there was an exotic play of monochrome hues.

Textured drapes and minute detailing, was the high point of the ensembles, while the textile selection moved from sheer flowing chiffons to graceful, fine voiles and then, moved gently to self-textured georgette.

When it came to embellishments, it was the intense application of fine appliqués, along with intricate pearl and yarn detailing that worked their magic on the garments, giving them that dramatic appeal on the ramp. Keeping the shades of nature in mind, Abhishek opted for ivory then progressed to the colours of dark woods, as they swayed in the wind from morning to evening.

To the sound of thunder and lightning that created the feel of the dark woods, the models glided down the ramp in creations that reflected the mood of the theme.

Opening the show with a loose weave, white, draped, halter beach robe that was ideal for resort outing, the designer moved to a one-shoulder, pleated, white maxi and then on to a draped poncho over pants. The flowing, embellished, long kurta with parallel pants and the lush embroidered sari, brought the collection into firm perspective.  Lehengas and cholis appeared with beaded tassels and strands of pearls and so did the sari gowns. Appliqués highlighted the pencil skirt, while a flared halter gown and cowled top with slim maxi skirt continued to follow the theme.

Men’s wear featured a sherwani, Bandhgala with draped pants and sharply cut double-breasted jacket with wide lapels that followed the colour card and texturing of the collection.

For fashion followers who want to possess creations that evoke style, inspired by nature’s beauty, they will covet “Vana” by Abhishek Sharma for their wardrobes.


Isha Dhingra’s label, ‘Aikeyah’ is known for its variety of embroidery techniques like Phulkari, Kantha, Gara, Aari, Kashidakam and Isha, the designer has an artistic bend of mind as a painter, embroiderer and dressmaker.

‘Aikeyah’, which means “own identity” in Sanskrit started in 2012, has been influenced by Isha’s travels, literature and history, when it came to designing the collections. The line “Summer 2019” for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019 by ‘Aikeyah’ was homage to fashion in white. It was a serene, calm, almost meditative line of clothing for fashionistas who want to dress themselves in a peaceful line of ensembles.

The sheer, almost transparent layers, which floated down the runway, had ‘Aikeyah’s’ signature aesthetics that appeared for the silhouettes; while the intricate embellishments ensured that the total look complemented the inspiration and the title of the line.

The fine leaf embroidery on sheers appeared for the drop-waist dresses, as well as the kimono style covers, worn with draped gowns in shades of white.

Gorgeous feminine beauties that looked stunning were the lace, layered dress, stylish coat dress, low-crotch pants with lace-edged tunic. The bell-sleeves for tops, and embroidered bodice for a midi dress completed the look. The sheer nature of the layered smock with a lace collar gave a fresh dimension to the dress and the fully appliquéd, layered maxi revealed the beauty of the embroidery. There was a marked retro feel about the collection, but it was aimed at the formal wear dresser who wants to make a striking impact on entering a room.

When fashion watchers want to move into calm, stylish waters with their garments then the “Summer 2019” collection by Isha Dhingra for her ‘Aikeyah’ label will create the perfect mood.


The fashion brand ‘Mishru’ by Swapna Anumolu evokes visions of glamour and elegance at every show. After a spectacular presentation of the “Supernova” collection last season, Swapna, who is a favourite of many Bollywood fashion divas, brought the beauty of dreamy, unique cultures from her personal memories of Hyderabad and wove them into her collection, “Reminisce” during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019.

There was a distinct mix of cultures that was visible in the surface ornamentation of the garments. The specific use of Gota Lampi from the Nizamian era was the highlight of the collection, but reinvented to suit the millennial look of the swirling lehengas, dazzling blouses and a superior element of craft splashed on them. 

The Jaalis on the majestic Paigah Tombs were turned into embellishments for the creations, along with Rococo art from the Chownahalla Palace. With white as the neutral anchor for ivory, blush, mauve and delicate grey tones, the colours were a pleasant mix of hues. The asymmetry in the floral motifs gave the ensembles a dramatic touch.

The white appliqués of leaves on fluid pants and matching blouse, a sexy mini skirt worn with a white embroidered blouse, a strappy top with a flared maxi skirt, were stunning entries on the ramp. Bringing more options, but following the theme closely, Swapna added an asymmetric midi skirt with a long, sheer coat for the very well edited collection.

The beauty of tonal embroidery was visible throughout the show as graceful pants, bustiers, jackets, bralets/embroidered covers, shararas and kurtas, as well as asymmetric bias pants with sheer jacket floated down the runway. Saris were displayed over fitted pants, while the embroidered long-sleeved blouse with a frilled skirt was eye-catching. Moving on to a mid-hue of mauve, the designer showcased an asymmetric kurta, net shararas with kurtis and brought in glitter with feminine offerings of gorgeous bridal or occasion wear.

The showstopper was the very lovely Diana Penty who moved gracefully on the catwalk in a mauve, fully-encrusted lehenga, tiny wrap-around choli and sheer dupatta with glittering border.

For that show stopping entry, fashion seekers will rush to covet the ‘Mishru’ label’s latest collection “Reminisce” by Swapna Anumolu for the coming season.

Lakme official make up expert at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2019 Mariana has kept the face matte with a strong highlight. A smoked out lower lash line and bold brows with the Lakme Absolute Matte Ultimate with Argan oil to finish in a nude shade.

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