I know, I know, I am still trying to catch up on my Lakme Fashion Week posts. :-) The two-part Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 Grand Finale ended with International award-winning designers, Pankaj and Nidhi's collection. Inspired by the Lakme's new make-up line their collection was their line aptly called "Monochrome." Lakmé Absolute brand ambassador, Kareena Kapoor closed their show as well in a dramatic all black ensemble.
Speaking on their collection Pankaj & Nidhi said, “we are overwhelmed with the great response that everyone has given for this collection. For a duo like us who have always used tons of colour in our creations, the Monochrome Palette was a new challenge and its great to see how everyone is really loving this new side of us. Working on this grand finale with Lakmé and Kareena Kapoor has been a fantastic experience right from the drawing board to the ramp. We couldn’t have asked for more."
It was a contemporary play of kaleidoscopic patterns by Pankaj-Nidhi for their collection called ‘Monochrome’ with geometrics and origami at centre stage for the Grand Finale show. Textures were rich as quilting, multi layers, fine cord, lattice and wool crewel work was created from diverse fabrics like silk, leather, wool and at times sheer and opaque materials. Keeping the silhouettes stark and geometric there were angular cuts for asymmetric jackets, which will surely be a trend for the coming season.
Colours were strong with white and black being the base with flashes of cobalt green, and bits of fuchsia red. The craftsmanship of the garments was unbelievable as cape coats and asymmetric skirts glided down the ramp. The whole collection was shown on black body suits to keep the attention firmly on the garments. Giant collars, boxy tunics, gilets, crossover coats, matty weave ponchos, kimono style gowns, shawl wrap tops, and basket weave waistcoats were amazing in their finish and craftsmanship.
Gradually adding green, yellow, pink and a hint of multicolour for shrugs, sheaths and skirts with layered scaled effect, the designing pair stunned the audience further with the 3D giant flowers on black sheath and the architecture weave creation.