FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week
March 2022 came to a memorable end with the FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week 2022, the much-awaited joint phygital fashion extravaganza by the two fashion giants.
Held between March 22 and March 27, 2022 in Delhi. The fashion week was opened by award-winning designer Rahul Mishra who presented his ‘The Enchanted Garden’ collection. It was inspired by his time in Italy and the show was hosted at the Italian Embassy in the capital.
The FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week 2022 event, much like always, not only brought many interesting names from the fashion world to the runway but also brought a long list of Bollywood stars as showstoppers. Here’s a quick recap on who all graced the runway.
On Day 1, Bollywood actor and author Soha Ali Khan turned showstopper for the INIFD Launchpad show. She walked the runway dressed in an ivory white off-shoulder corset top which was paired with a beige and pink tulle skirt, designed by Kumari Sandhya, a budding designer from Mumbai.
‘The Family Man’ actor Manoj Bajpayee graced the ramp for his friend designer Samant Chauhan. The collection was Samant’s attempt to recreate the rainy streets of Paris and the ensembles featured shades of black, white, and grey. For the show, Manoj donned a grey suit in Bhagalpuri silk, a traditional Indian textile from the duo’s home state Bihar.
Global fashion influencer Masoom Minawala was the showstopper for designer Varun Bahl’s couture line. She rocked the stage in a powder pink lehenga-choli set with a net cape in a similar hue. Her outfit was enhanced with the designer’s signature thread embroidery, beadwork, beaded tassels, floral motifs, and upcycled patchworks in pink and red colours.
‘Jersey’ star Mrunal Thakur turned muse for ‘JJV’, an occasion wear brand, by celebrated couturier JJ Valaya. Mrunal walked for the showcase of the designer’s ‘Rumeli – The Summer Story’ line that was inspired by the life of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala and wore a lehenga-choli set made using TENCEL™ LUXE filament yarn, a fabric derived from renewable wood sources in a closed-loop Lyocell process.
Kangana Ranaut made an elegant appreance in white for the Khadi India showcase featuring designs by French designer Mossi Traoré, Abhishek Gupta, Anavila Misra, Anju Modi, Charu Parashar, and Rina Dhaka. She wore an off-white Jamdani sari with a sleeveless blouse and donned a casual white jacket on top to complete the look.
Giving out grunge chic vibes, singer, and actor Shruti Haasan walked the runway for Antar Agni as the sporty showstopper. She wore a coord black pantsuit with pops of colour, a braided hairstyle and a pair of Adidas Originals’ sneakers.
Mira Kapoor turned showstopper for designer Aisha Rao wearing a patterned lehenga with pockets. The playful lehenga-bralette combo in Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Very Peri’ featured the designer’s signature styles of embroidery such as dori ka kaam, dhaage ka kaam, and mukaish work.
Designer Siddhartha Bansal’s muse and showstopper was the Punjabi actor Sonam Bajwa. She rocked the runway in a kaleidoscopic lehenga featuring colours like blue, pink, yellow, red, and more. Brides-to-be, if you’re having a summer wedding, you may want to bookmark this one for your sangeet!
Sibling duo Huma Qureshi and Saqeeb Saleem turned showstoppers for their friend and designer Anvita Sharma of Two Point Two. Huma wore a lavender-orange coloured jacket dress with statement sleeves, while Saqeeb was spotted in a printed pantsuit with red-tinted sunglasses.
Ace designer Manish Malhotra’s brought a dose of high fashion and glam with Shanaya Kapoor and Siddhant Chaturvedi walking for his ‘Diffuse’ line. Bringing sequins back in summer, Shanaya looked dazzling in a sequined body-hugging gown with cutout details, while Siddhant looked dapper in a printed jacket and pant set paired with a plain black shirt.
Actor Sanjana Sanghi of ‘Dil Bechaara’ fame turned showstopper for designers Pankaj and Nidhi’s ‘Marbello’ collection showcase, which is inspired by the Spanish city of the same name. She debuted on the FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week ramp wearing a pink shimmer and floral short dress – chic personified, to say the least.
Janhvi Kapoor closed the show for designer Punit Balana, who showcased his collection titled ‘Lakshmi’, inspired by the journey of a young, cosmopolitan girl, who is well-travelled and yet very rooted in her homeland. Janhvi played the perfect muse wearing a red antique gold lehenga-choli set with a matching dupatta.
Master couturier Tarun Tahiliani’s made heads turn with actor Kriti Sanon as the showstopper for his luxury pret collection. Kriti looked breathtaking in a black strapless corseted top with a body-hugging skirt and a matching stole as she made a grand entrance to the show in a car and looked nothing short of a modern-day princess.
Neha Dhupia made a case for inclusivity as she closed the show for plus size store aLL. She was dressed in a floral gown that accentuated her curves and layered it with a sheer white floor-length jacket.
‘Radhe Shyam’ actor Pooja Hegde closed the show for designer Keerthi Kadire’s spring-summer collection ‘Alezaeh’. She wore a pastel lehenga-choli set with a sheer dupatta which had beautiful floral embroidery and embellishments in yellow.
Actor Nargis Fakhri was the showstopper for designer Romaa Agarwal’s Indian traditional wear line inspired by the jharokhas from Lucknow. Nargis looked every bit of a royal in a deep purple full-sleeve anarkali suit with a matching dupatta with intricate gold embroidery all over it.
The fashion extravaganza came to a close with the Lakme Absolute Grand Finale by designers Falguni Shane Peacock. Their showstopper was ‘Gehraiyaan’ actor Ananya Panday, who donned an off-shoulder mini dress accentuated with sequins. The highlight of the outfit was this oversized trail that added drama and helped close the show and the event on a high note.