Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI: Here’s What To Look Forward To At The Delhi Edition – News18

Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI: Here’s What To Look Forward To At The Delhi Edition – News18
  • PublishedOctober 9, 2023


Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI is back in the capital, with another power packed schedule. To welcome the festive season, the five days of fashion continue to show support to new, emerging and established talent and present the latest beauty trends with one of a kind showcases.

Raising the curtain this season is the Lakme Glitterati showcase featuring Sanjay Garg’s Raw Mango, which will be presented on October 10th. As the opening designer, Sanjay will be presenting his collection, Children of the Night, that draws inspiration from the enigmatic world that comes alive after dark, drawing from the haven of darkness.

Raw Mango, the creative vision of Sanjay Garg, will open Lakme Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI on 10th October in New Delhi.

“We are honoured to present the opening show for this season of Lakme Fashion Week X FDCI in Delhi. ‘Children of the Night’ will surprise, while still being true to our DNA. Each garment includes innovations in textiles, including brocade imparting a sense of knitwear, kaleidoscopic weaves and an incredible range of gleaming metallics,” expresses Sanjay Garg.

The collection titled Core will be rooted in Amit Aggarwal’s signature philosophy married to the NEXA ethos of create and inspire.

Lakme, Fashion Design Council of India and Reliance Brands together continue to strengthen the platform with unique and remarkable designs curated by visionary and impactful creators and brands. Several distinct brands collaborate with leading designers including NEXA Presents Amit Aggarwal, R|Elan X Varun Bahl, Lakme Salon Presents Anju Modi, TRESemme X Falguni Shane Peacock, Kohler X Tarun Tahiliani, Titan Raga X Pankaj and Nidhi, and Caprese X Gauri & Nainika.

Apart from the collaborative shows, other major designers of the season include Ashish N Soni, Geisha Designs by Paras & Shalini, Pawan Sachdeva, Sanjukta Dutta, SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi, 431-88 by Shweta Kapur and FDCI Showcase featuring Pero among others.

Ashish N Soni’s collection draws inspiration from the 70s’ retro vibe.

One of the iconic days, that is Sustainable Fashion Day, will be celebrated on Day 2, October 12, sparking important conversations through creative showcases. 11:11, Payal Pratap, Kaveri, Ka Sha, Verandah, Amita Gupta Sustainable, Swatti Kapoor, Reliance Brand Presents Abraham & Thakore and the coveted R|Elan presents the Circular Design Challenge in partnership with the United Nations in India will present the collections of the finalists from across the globe who are competing for the title.

Amita Gupta Sustainable collection The Age of Urban Reforestation draws inspiration from the beautiful harmony between nature and human beings.

“We are excited to be showcasing this season at Lakme Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI. We believe in the power of playfulness and once again, have taken classic silhouettes and created a seamless blend of the formal and the casual by dressing them in wit and whimsy,” says designer Rakesh Thakore. Looking forward to the show, designer David Abraham says, “This collection [Body Language] is a celebration of the timeless art of communication through fashion. We hope it starts a much-needed conversation and transcends the limitations of words.”

Anju Modi’s collection The Rhythmic Symphony features diverse bridal designs transcending cultural boundaries.

Every year the fashion runway showcases stunning designs blended beautifully with music and art. This year, FDCI is presenting an exclusive showcase ‘Fashion Wears Art’ where seven leading artists and designers will collaborate to create trailblazing designs. The participating designers and artists include JJ Valaya x Waswo, Rajesh Pratap Singh x Mithu Sen, Namrata Joshipura x Sudarshan Shetty, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna x Vibha Galhotra, Varun Bahl x A Ramachandran, HUEMN x Hanif Kureshi, Gautam Kalra x Siddharth Singh Bokolia. The first of its kind presentation is curated by art aficionado Shalini Passi and mentored by Sunil Sethi, Chairman, FDCI.

“This coalescence between art and fashion is symbolic of a dynamic and transformative space, offering a platform for artists and designers to push the envelope of creativity, challenge conventions, and create unique and culturally significant works,” says Shalini Passi, founder, Mash India.

Lakme Fashion Week X FDCI has announced Countrymade by Sushant Abrol as the winner of the sixth edition of NEXA presents The Spotlight.

The fashion platform has celebrated young and emerging talent with the same amount of pomp and show as established designers. This year too, get ready to witness talent discovery initiatives such as INIFD presents GenNext, NEXA presents The Spotlight, INIFD Launchpad and FDCI x Pearl Academy First Cut giving young design talent across India a national platform.

And what’s a fashion week without shopping right? Like every season, the highly anticipated FDCI Designer Stockroom returns with its 11th edition hosted by the Fashion Design Council of India. With over 70 designers showcasing discounted ensembles, this fashion extravaganza will be open to the public on October 15th at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi between 11 am and 7 pm.

New York based Indian designer Bibhu Mohapatra and (right) a sketch from his collection Come Home.

Coming home after nearly a decade, renowned New York based Indian fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra is all set to close the House of Lakme Grand Finale on October 15. Blending classic and contemporary looks with his newest collection Come Home, the pieces will highlight beauty and fashion in true Bibhu’s signature styles.

Speaking about show and presenting in India, Bibhu Mohapatra says, “India holds a very special place in my heart, and I am delighted to return to my homeland and bring to the Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI runway a collection that champions the prowess of the modern Indian woman. I look forward to presenting my ‘Come Home’ collection drawing inspiration from the House of Lakme and its effortless amalgamation of Beauty x Fashion. It is an honour to be the House of Lakme Grand Finale designer this season. I believe that Lakme and I, both share a common goal of championing women and celebrating their elegance, strength and confidence and empowering them to express their unique identities and talents.”

Date: October 11 to October 15

Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Where To Watch: You can catch all the runway action on Lakme Fashion Week and FDCI YouTube, Facebook and Instagram accounts.


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