How Our Picks From The Lakme Fashion Week Can Be An Inspiration For Jewelry Designers
We’ve come to the end of an absolutely stunning Lakme Fashion Week 2016, that showcased trendsetting designs for Spring/Summer 2016. From gorgeous lehengas to structured jumpsuits, there are so many designs we loved. What’s typical about Fashion weeks like these are that the clothes make a statement of their own. They’re embellished enough and seldom require jewelry to make them shine.
Rather than giving you ideas on how to pair these clothes with jewelry, we’ve taken inspiration from these dazzling collections and found ways of using them to design jewelry collections. After all, fashion designers find their creative spark in flowers, stars, travel and more. So why not use fashion as a catalyst for ingenious jewelry designs? Read on…
DAY 1 – SURENDRI BY YOGESH CHAUDHARY
Out of all the designers on Day 1, Yogesh Chaudhary’s Surendri captured our attention the most. His eccentric couture flagged itself out of the box with uber cool designs that took inspiration from futuristic collections of another dimension. Labelled “Dot,” his collection takes one on a cosmic journey through three galaxies as constellations, moon surfaces and thermal radiation – while maintaining a distinguished sense of Indianness. He stayed away from conventional heavily embellished lehengas and saaris that usually shine bright on a bride, and set his clothes apart with hues, cuts and fabrics, with an amazing mix of silhouettes and innovative traditions. The stunning collection had a melange of draped saris, skirts and palazzos that featured foiling embroidery in shimmery fabrics that fit the season for the summer bride.
Jewelry Inspirations- What more could one ask for when the “Universe” gives it all. Go all out this season with diamonds and gems that give you that killer look. Be full cut or sliced diamonds. Do try playing with black, grey or colored sliced diamonds or gemstones. Alternatively gems like rutilated quartz in black, brown, golden or grey may attract you. Did you know druisy’s have been the in thing for the fashion jewelry? If none of these work for you or are too modern, monochrome will be your thing. Jewelry with white and black diamonds will definitely look classy.
DAY 2 – GAURANG SHAH
Gaurang Shah is a man with surprises up his sleeve. He gave his signature style a Spanish twist by pairing saaris with puffed up, ruffled sleeved blouses and followed it up with a series of dramatic floor grazing gowns in dues and delicate hues. Sharp pleats, flared skirts and dramatic ruffles in traditional textiles looked fashion forward, yet Indian. Gaurang Shah mastered fusion while reviving textile arts that combine Mughal floral motifs with paithani designs. The styling too evoked nostalgia as the saaris were draped in royal styles of 12 states. The collection is perfect for brides who want to stay true to tradition but crave a modern twist. His surprises didn’t stop with clothing, he also added another sweet twist to tradition when Carol Gracias walked the ramp for him, flaunting her baby bump!
Jewelry Inspiration – An absolute no brainer! The 3 biggies that will always rule the jewelry industry i.e. like Ruby, Emerald, Yellow and Blue Sapphire instantly strike my mind seeing Gaurang’s Collection. However playing it a bit dramatic, cabochons, inverted gemstones may be your choice. If you are done and dusted with the typical biggies than Tanzanite, Jade, Coral is what you should be eyeing!
DAY 3 – JAYANTI REDDY
We can’t help but be impressed with the way debutante designer Jayanti Reddy takes us back in time with her collection fit for royalty. Using vegetable dye prints and age old traditional concepts, she seamlessly merges modern contemporary cuts into bridal wear. The collection SIA is inspired by the ‘chic’ in classic garments and ‘unusual’ in traditional garb. It brings out India’s vintage weaves and dyes, making them suited to modern taste. Gold, intense red, beige and mustard come together with a hint of edginess and a lot of antique beaten zardosi embroidery.
Jewelry Inspiration- Playing with metallic textures and various forms on textures has been seen significantly in the jewelry market. Blackened texture, matt finish, raw / crude texture. Break the rule by not just sticking to gold, silver, platinum. Go all out and play around with metals like Brass, Copper and Zinc that seem to be trending the markets. Personally i would love playing it up with linear and edgy motifs, designs with an airy look. So here’s your inspiration. What are you waiting for?
DAY 4 – SHRIYA SOM
Well honestly floral isn’t my thing but for those in love with florals, Shriya Som’s collection will blow you away. Long evening gowns, structured pantsuits and shimmery evening wear was all a part of this versatile collection. Called “Ebb and Flow,” she offered a variety of looks that were a mix of sheer and opulent fabrics, strong and flowing shapes, fringes and florals. The feminine line played with a rainbow of delicate shades like onion pink, nude, delicate muslin and tangelo that beautifully contrasted with gold, silver and midnight black. Swirly skirts, sexy cropped tops and seductive gowns, all inspired by the journey in the life of a flower is just the start of formal wear she showcased. Shriya’s inspiration of multi coloured flowers cascade all over garments like a drop shoulder asymmetrical grey floor grazing gown, white mini, ponchos with beaded fringes, long sleeved boleros and lehengas.
Jewelry Inspiration- As feminine and sensual would Shriya’s outfit make you look, so will an elegant Pearl. Be it white, golden, grey or black it’s all about Pearls. While baroque and mother of pearl will be seen in a big way and why not, summers is all about going minimal, yet classic. There you go!
DAY 5 – RIMI NAYAK
Why we adore Rimi Nayak’s collection, “Trail Tales” is for two reasons. All her pieces are totally wearable and secondly, it’s inspired by travel maps! Rimi Nayak narrates a story with denim that’s fancily paired with khadi, cotton, satin and crepe. In shades of blue ranging from ice to azure, accented with a colorful mosaic twist, the clothes are a fine mix of casual yet formal. Digital printed denims, ripped and frayed denims and tassels inspired by a road of travel and discovery are bold and intricate at the same time.
Jewelry Inspirations – While it’s all about color here, what better than drawing inspirations or working on colored gems like opals, turquoise, lapiz lazulli, rainbow tourmalines, paraiba tourmalines. And who wouldn’t love a travel map apparel or jewelry. The first thought is colors and forms inspired from the marine life. Wouldn’t you love it?
StylePrer feels – Jewelry and Fashion are beautiful forms of art – and when they draw inspiration from each other, the result can only be phenomenal! Do you agree?