An ode to the flower

Asmita Marwa took a departure from having actresses as showstoppers and instead roped in the spunky hairstylist Adhuna Akhtar who walked down the ramp in salmon pink net palazzo with pin detailing and satin silk cropped shirt. Asmita’s collection, titled Sensaina Tsuyo. The designer used Chanderi, Banaras and khadi for garments that were both structured like kimonos yet flowy. The colours ranged from pastels to earthy tones, were designed for resort wear, and included Chanderi shimmer palazzo and brown batik kimono wrap top, off-white khadi kimono cropped top with back slit, ecru long kurta shirt, white balloon skirt with shimmer sun and baby pink net jumbled sequins dress. The collection had something for men as well in the form of jersey samurai pants worn with Chanderi dip-dyed shirts and voile short sleeved kurtas teamed with black denims.

Ileana walks for Anushree Reddy

Anushree Reddy continued to explore the pastel palette this season as well, with her new collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2014. The show began with singer Shibani Kashyap wearing a pink-white salwar with gold and silver appliqués designed by Anushree and ended with showstopper Ileana D’Cruz in a cream lehenga and peach-toned blouse with sequins and embroidery. The collection, titled The Tale of a Bow, used fabrics such as malkha, chanderi, kota, tulle, mulmul and satin and the garments included cropped blouses, lehengas, anarkalis, dresses, gowns, pants and cover-ups.

Mysterious bride

Who would have thought Kirron Kher could pull off a coy bride act with élan? The veteran actress did just that, while walking the ramp for Hyderabad designer Gaurang Shah’s collection ‘Chandbali’ at Lakmé Fashion Week. Gaurang’s show had music by Ashok Gurjale and the collection combined patterns of antique odhnas from Akbarnama with khadi, and presented a new take on bridal wear. Motifs like gow-mata, chand-suraj, Buddha-pada were combined with Chandbali-like embroidery. The designer used deep, vibrant hues and the silhouettes represented the jama, achkans, angarkha, sadri, shaluka, floor-length kalidaar and lehenga with assi kalis.