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Lakmé Fashion Week 2023

Fashion refers to clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, make-up, hairstyles, and body posture are all forms of self-expression and autonomy throughout a particular time and place in a specific context. The phrase alludes to a style designated as trendy by the fashion industry. The fashion system makes everything attainable and widely accepted by the sector and deemed fashion-worthy. While the English phrase for being “in style” does not appear until the 16th century, the French word “mode,” which means “fashion,” dates back to 1482. Fashion is a form of art that enables individuals to express their distinct aesthetic preferences.

Several fashion shows happen all over the world. Among them, Lakmé Fashion Week is wildly popular among the masses. Lakmé Fashion Week X FDCI is a bi-annual fashion week in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, and Delhi, India. Its Summer-Resort show takes place in March in Mumbai, while the Winter-Festive show takes place in October in Delhi. The first show took place in 1999. Together with the FDCI’s India Fashion Week and India Runway Week, it is regarded as one of the country’s top fashion occasions. Lakmé is the title sponsor, and IMG Reliance Limited runs and organizes the event jointly. Being one of the most renowned fashion shows in the world, it has featured international models like Naomi Campbell and Indian movie stars like Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Deepika Padukone, Malaika Arora, and Arjun Rampal.

LFW has included international brands like Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Roberto Cavalli. Ajay Kumar, Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, and Ritu Beri are among the Indian designers who participated in the event. Some of the biggest show-stoppers of the show to date are Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sushmita Sen, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu, and Lisa Haydon.

Lakmé Fashion Week 2023 began on March 9 and ended on March 12. The summer edition of the Lakmé Fashion Week show was held at Jio Garden, Mumbai. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the five-day event, which took place in Mumbai from March 16–20, featured both live and virtual shows. Strict safety regulations were in place for the event, and everyone attending had to get tested and vaccinated. The topic of sustainability has received a lot of attention over the past several years and is now widely accepted for all the right reasons. Hence, this year's show kicked off keeping sustainability as its theme.

Sunil Sethi, Chairman of FDCI, commented, “We are all excited to return to Mumbai with this edition of Lakme Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI. As we continue to foster a partnership that brings to the fore the best talent we currently have in India in the fashion and design space, we could not be more excited to spotlight new and emerging talent as well as give a platform to established designers to bring their creativity to life. Audiences can expect never seen before manifestations of design on the runway that we are sure will contribute to the sustainable growth of fashion and nurture the industry as a whole.”

The designers displayed eco-friendly fabrics and styles intended to be more inclusive for various body types and skin tones. KoAi, KoyToy, Hiro, and Rudrakash Dwivedi—the winners of the INIFD (Inter National Institute of Fashion Design) Gen Next 2023 competition—presented their unique creations. KoAi concentrated on simple prints and light silhouettes, while KoyToy chose vibrant hues and trendy patterns. The “Scintilla” collection by Dwidevi included eye-catching outfits with metallic accents. Hiro’s post-apocalyptic-inspired clothing featured clever layering and intriguing techniques like stone washing, ruching, and smocking.

Designer Anavila Misra unveiled her ‘Dabu’ line, known for its exquisite handmade saris. After more than ten years in the industry, Misra has developed her own contemporary, authentic version of the traditional drape. The Delhi-based brand Doodleage unveiled its stylish separates made from waste and reused materials. Designers like Arpita Mehta, Jajaabor, and Eshaa Amiin sent down models in their runway shows dressed in light kaftans, kaleidoscopic designs, and bright colors to celebrate spring in all its glory. The methods by Tarun Tahiliani, Anushree Reddy, Punit Balana, and JJ Valaya were filled with gilded hues, traditional silhouettes with a contemporary twist, and an innate sense of romance.

Without a few famous people, LFW wouldn’t be complete. Amongst the stars spotted on the runways, there were Tamannaah Bhatia, Karisma Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Ishaan Khatter, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Rashmika Mandanna, Nargis Fakhri, Taapsee Pannu, Parineeti Chopra, Athiya Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Sara Ali Khan, Sayani Gupta, Sanya Malhotra, and Sobhita Dhulipala. Anjali Sivaraman, Piyush Khati, Zeyn Shaw, and Cwaayal Singh, the cast members of Netflix’s ‘The Class,’ made their runway debuts with Abhishek Sharma’s showcase. Star kid Shanaya Kapoor made her Lakmé Fashion Week debut while strutting for Arpita Mehta. Zeenat Aman, a veteran actor, and rising Instagram star, walked for Shahin Mannan, which was one of the fashion week’s biggest highlights.

On the final day of Lakmé Fashion Week, he had Manish Malhotra showcasing his collection ‘Diffuse’ to the whole world. The line avowed to be unrepentant and a defender of individualism. One of the most well-known designers in the nation, Malhotra, is reinventing himself with a more varied approach to design, shattering stereotypes about gender and conventionality. Manish Malhotra’s collection ‘Diffuse’ was closed out by Ananya Panday and Aditya Roy Kapoor. Ananya wore clothing with a red polka dot pattern and a black and white check pattern. She completed the outfit with dramatic earrings, a crimson lip, a winged liner, and combat boots. Aditya, meanwhile, looked dashing with a tailored blazer, shirt, and pants with padded shoulders. He completed the ensemble with bold rings, a delicate hoop earring, and black shoes.

The event also included panel discussions and speeches on subjects like sustainability in fashion, the future of Indian style, and the influence of technology on the industry, in addition to the runway shows. Overall, the fashion show focused on originality, innovation, and sustainability while showcasing the best Indian fashion. Lakmé Fashion Week gave designers a much-needed platform to show off their most recent designs and interact with global fashion lovers as the fashion industry steadily recovered from the pandemic’s ravages.

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