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Lakme Fashion Week Switches Over To Spring/Summer Collection

Eighty percent of the country witnesses hot weather and even if north India witnesses winter, it lasts for not more than two months,” says Pradeep Hirani, owner of Mumbai retail outlet Kimaya, told. “So it is a good shift. Orders are small, production won’t take much time and as a result retail outlets will get new designs every three months, which is a very good thing, keeping in mind how fashion forward today’s consumer is,” he added.

So this year, keeping the domestic market in mind, LFW organisers had taken a collective decision to present a Spring-Resort collection instead of an Autumn-Winter one during the five-day fashion event from March 5 to 9. At fashion shows the world over, an Autumn-Winter collection is presented early in the year and a Spring-Summer edition in the latter part. But Hirani feels the Indian fashion market is so huge and so creative that it need not follow the international fashion week formula. “In the West, they have extreme summer and extreme winter. We don’t have that here; so what is the point of following their standards?” he asked. “We don’t have to go by international fashion weeks because our fashion caters to the domestic market and that is where designers make business. This is the time to show our attitude and our identity,” he said.

 

This year the Bollywood quotient at LFW was low compared to previous years, making it a more designfocused event. Among the designers who participated were Manish Malhotra, Narendra Kumar, Malini Ramani, Rocky, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Satya Paul, Shantanu and Nikhil, Suneet Varma and Vikram Phadnis, among others. In all, no one is complaining about the seasonal shift, but its effect will be seen in the next season.

 

The Stitch Times is pleased to share what important collections were showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week, held from 5 through 9 March, 2010 at Mumbai, without, however, implying that other collections were not so impressive.

 

Pria Kataria Puri’s Fashionable Ode to Maharani Gayatri Devi

 

Maharani Gayatri Devi’s beauty and style is unparallel in the world of fashion. Little wonder therefore that Pria Kataria Puri’s collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2010 was called “The Royal Rajputana Collection”. It was resort haute couture from a designer who is known for her striking colourful creations.

 

Staying true to her muse, Pria’s line of luxurious garments were in a rainbow of dazzling hues, that ranged from creamy pearl, smoky and golden topaz, aquamarine, turquoise, coral, red, emerald and onyx which were made from feminine flowing fabrics like silk, chiffon, tulle, satin, jersey and Egyptian cotton.

 

Show stopper Bollywood glam girl, Mughda Godse ended the show in a dazzling slim orange lehenga, choli and net dupatta, Splendour in fashion can only be created by Pria Kataria Puri and her Gayatri Devi inspired collection will be the ultimate style statement for any woman.

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1,010 Collections, 22 Fashion Shows at Cpd to Present Exciting Fashion

Cpd International Trade Fair for Womenswear & Accessories is perfectly geared up to its international audience. From 7 to 9 February 2010 cpd at the Dusseldorf Exhibition Centre will be presenting 1,010 collections including a variety of new brands with the latest looks for the 2010/11 Autumn/Winter season. This means that despite difficult economic conditions cpd is on a par with last year’s event and is slightly up on the July event.

 

Sensual concepts determine the design making the cooler season of the year even more exciting than summer. Trends hover between global and regional, on a time line between the past and the future, caught in the balance between reality and imagination, in a calculation between the rational and the emotional and in the polarisation between the standard and the avantgarde.Very much true to the motto “opposites attract” the Autumn/Winter 2010 fashion trends look to extremes. And that’s exactly where cpd comes in.

Attention centres on continuing the relaunch started in July 2009 with enhanced concepts in the individual segments. All areas of the fair were reworked for the forthcoming event. This means cpd will be presenting itself in entirely evolved, contemporary new design. Newly created style universes like Luxury Women’s Wear, Maternity and Big is BeautifuI, as well as Concept 11, Gallery and Decorate, that will form the fashion tendencies throughout Womensworld.

 

The cooperation area Italian Suite (with Ente Moda Italia EMI and Honegger) was also further extended and has now more than doubled in terms of exhibitor numbers. Further top fashion brands are to find a new home over the coming seasons. Furthermore, thanks to rapid links in the city Dusseldorf offers national and European clothing retailers a concept that is perfectly adapted to their needs and thus a real platform for effective business.

“cpd will show its visitors that we now changed our look,” explained Igedo Managing Director Philipp’ Kronen at the kick-off press conference held at the Dusseldorf InterContinental. “We re-arranged cpd last year and are very satisfied that we have been able to maintain the range here despite the difficult economic climate. Feedback from the market has been extremely positive and we are sure to see a cpd that we will be able to build upon further in July. Buyers not attending cpd for a long while should definitely come and take a look at the changes here for themselves.”

The new style universes at cpd at a glance:

Luxury Woman’s Wear – is the new platform for quality day, evening and cocktail fashion at cpd. This stylish ‘LUXURY WOMAN’S WEAR’ exhibition universe is split into different sections and lounges offering buyers a special service with an intimate feel.

 

Maternity – presents a completely new cosmos for fashionable maternity wear: for the first time now the ‘Maternity’ segment features as a visually separate concept. Visitors to ‘Maternity’ enter a separate universe whose design focuses on the pregnancy and family themes. With an expected 30 brands in this segment cpd offers trade buyers one of the largest and highly concentrated ranges of maternity wear in Europe.

 

Big is Beautiful- the Igedo Company and glossy magazine BIG IS BEAUTIFUL wish to sweep aside all prejudice against women of stature and establish together at cpd in February 2010 a segment of the same name ‘Big is Beautiful’. This will be a universe with fresh, modern and topical ideas presenting; womensworld in all its facets; clothing, accessories, lingerie, shoes and much more all centered around the plus size theme including adjoining sizes. Furthermore, style consultations and seminars will be held creating an information platform for interested retailers.
The established style universes at cpd at a glance:

Italian Suite. In cooperation with Ente Moda Italia (EMI) and the firm Honegger, ‘Italian Suite’ brings high quality Italian fashion to cpd in Dusseldorf. The area has doubled here since its premiere last July now showing almost 50 high-quality collections Made in Italy. The spectrum here ranges from clothing and accessories through to shoes. A real eye-catcher with fresh, exciting and handpicked collections.

 

Forming the creative core of the fair is the now even further enlarged Gallery in Ha119. Awaiting visitors at Gallery is an exclusive design mix from Germany and abroad with every label attaching great importance to individuality thereby lending a special note to every range.

 

Staged in Concept 11 are high-end, lifestyle-oriented collections. Concept 11 presents a rich blend of looks and labels collections for young, self-confident women who appreciate design and quality and like to put themselves in the limelight.

Decorate – The World of Accessories is the platform for all those things that give a good range that extra special something from fashion jewellery and high-quality bags to scarves and other top items that retailers particularly use to complement and round off their ranges. The area has doubled its exhibitor numbers since the July fair.

 

Boutique is the venue for individual womenswear collections in the middle to upper price segment.

 

Modern Essentials stands for strong selling collections.

 

New Influences

 

To offer progressive fashion a special platform a nice tradition initiated in 2006 is now also set to continue this winter: the “Design am Rhein” contest organised by the Igedo Company in cooperation with AMD Akademie Mode & Design in Dusseldorf will once again be putting talented designers into the limelight.