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Lakme Fashion Week Spring Resort 2018 ended with an emphatic nod to tough femininity with Anamika Khanna’s (almost always the bellwether of the season) youthful and energetic take on the millennial warrior. Over the years, Mrs Khanna has crafted formidable aesthetic systems and an unwavering style grammar. The inventor of the sari pants and capes sent out her army that dons biker booties, rocks tribal jewellery and has a don’t-mess-with-me demeanour. With world debating the role of fashion in the post Harvey Weinstein scenario and the #MeToo undercurrent visibly evident across the runways — Ms Khanna’s astute exploration of the female strength was on point. On the other hand, Verandah’s travel-inspired offering looked straight out of its designer Anjali Patel Mehta’s own closet. And what’s that about? A cultural nomad, a vagabond with an unbridled wanderlust and an exquisite taste in clothes and accessories. Presenting designers who we loved...

The Psycho Swagger Falguni & Shane Peacock

Emanating a millennial verve and crisp urbanism, the FSP Homme doesn’t shy away from sequins but likes his jacket length short and trousers cropped to reveal a hint of the ankle. The line titled, Louche saw a strong and unapologetic nod to the skinny silhouette (bringing to mind the razor-sharp tailoring pioneered by the likes of Hedi Slimane) — be it the carrot-like shape of the pants or sharply-cut jackets. You have to be impossibly fit to rock these mean machines so perhaps it’s time to hit the gym and shed those love handles! The fully-sequinned bombers and beaded blazers evoked an of-the-moment vibe and will appeal to the label’s millennial clientele. We won’t be surprised if the likes of Zayn Malik and Harry Styles rock them soon as they perform. Now, which gym-going dude doesn’t want a nifty souvenir or a statement jacket?

Millennial warrior Anamika Khanna  

While staying true to her roots of breathtaking Indian grunge, she reinterpreted fierce femininity of modern times. The maestro of surface ornamentation employed unique blends of textiles and rescaled it to gutsy effect using embroidery to create magnificent embroideries. From polka dots to tribal motifs to the quintessential Indian colours like vermillion red and rani pink along with muted tints of flesh and blush — the collection resonated the vivid spectrum of womanhood. Morphing silhouettes and presenting fusion style lines with ferocious leather booties announced the return of the Anamika Millennial warriors. The deconstructed ripped effects on the silhouettes was daring and refreshing along with her life-long love affair with the diaphanous jackets and tail coats. The collection’s full-tilt exuberance made each look museum-worthy.

Seductress supreme   Payal Singhal 

Payal Singhal does have a thing for a mean and sexy choli, which flashes a hint of decolletage. There were a plenty of them at her first solo show with elegant jaal and sheer overlays. Her mythical muse Saira explores and expounds the poetic cross-genre medley of Roman, Byzantine and Persian influences on Islamic design. This time, the queen of chintz extrapolated the Islamic art from Turkey, Morocco, Persia, Mughal India, Iran and Afghanistan which will warm the hearts of her Altamount Road devotees. Sticking to her signature magnetic mix of ivory, ice blue, peach and beige, the designer pushed the envelope in terms of lattice embroidery and textural layering. Her girls looked smoking’ haute and you’d have to be way too cold-hearted to not get seduced. 

Chic Vagabond Verandah by Anjali 

Combining travel and fashion like a potent daiquiri, designer Anjali Patel Mehta sent out a flurry of tiger prints (reflecting her love for wildlife), colour blocked candy stripes and florals. The headbands, statement earrings and languid maxis cinched at the waist conjured visions of a decadent Marrakech vacay — a ménage à trois of Prosecco, passion, and power soirees. A colour-blocked sari pants (or should we call it a jumpsuit) teamed with a multi-coloured sequinned shirt evoked instant likeability and so did a halter maxi with peacock and foliage prints. Having already proving her retail mettle internationally, there’s no stopping Verandah’s towering trajectory. We’ve already made our minds about our next Saint-Tropez vacay closet.

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