INDIA: LFW: Melange of collections at the talent box


After the success of their last two well received shows, ‘GOD must be CRAZY’ and ‘GOD made me FUNKY’, designer duo Rahul Anand and Anushka Laul returned with ‘GOD’S NEW AVATAR’, a collection which broke away from their usual style at the Talent Box show. The inspiration for this collection was none other than famous pop icon, Lady Gaga.

Drawing from her wild style, the designers showcased a collection which focused on club wear. Using fabrics like silk, linen, cotton blends and viscose blends the duo stuck to solid dark colours such as black, blue and red, deviating from their usual style of bold, bright colours and an attempt at finding beauty in ‘negative emotions’.

Structured dresses and jackets fitted in, to give the collection a commercial yet strong appeal. Taking into mind Lady Gaga’s eye-catching style, the designers kept their collection spell binding by using bright sequins, shimmering materials, thin gold chains as well as glimmer chords to add a bit of an ‘electric’ edge to their designs.

For those who want to hold back on the glitz but not compromise on style, the designers had contoured dresses in solid colours accentuated by hues such as yellow and white.

The collection by Rahul Anand and Anushka Laul had all the style elements to please any party animal or just about anybody who intends to be the ‘talk of the town’.


The Veruschka label by Payal Kothari, known for its exquisite handcrafted shoes, had much to offer in her new collection called “Shoe Bibliotheque” at the Talent Box show. Inspired by the lovely city, Paris, the line showcased timeless designs with a modern feel.

Models walked tall in pumps, peep toes, wedges and stilettos which were nothing short of stunning. In bright colours like red, orange, gold and bright blue along with floral printed leather the shoes looked magnificent, almost like something out of a fairy tale or a fashionista’s dream novel.

With sharp lines, the Payal managed to design the shoes to seem as though they enveloped the foot in gorgeous leather and satin. Keeping true to her concept of balancing style and comfort, Payal Kothari used straps on the ankle as well as zips at the back of the shoe as a way to support the foot. Taking it a step further, she also made beautiful ‘ankle cuffs’, by using thick straps and then adding patterned embellishments like gems and studs.

Famous actress Tanisha Mukherjee, the show stopper, stepped out in a pair of tall, teal coloured heels with print detail and red accents.

With her spectacular shoe making skills, it’s no wonder that Payal Kothari’s Veruschka shoes have graced the pages of famous fashion magazines like Elle, Verve and L’Officiel.


Prashant and Sudha Goregaonkar is a designer label showcasing a collection which is unapologetically beautiful as it is flamboyant and being all about a festive mood this season.

The designers known for their high luxury couture, prêt, trousseaux treated the audience to a mix of dresses, gowns as well as traditional Indian wear at the Talent Box show.

Although designed keeping the commercial aspect in mind, this duo didn’t hold back on anything, creating elegant pieces which can be mixed and matched; which was a refreshing twist to Indo-Western wear with unique concepts such as using jackets instead of churidars.

Beautiful fabrics like Indian Chanderi, silk and satin took on gorgeous forms with asymmetric cuts accompanying the designers’ skill at playing with textures, pleats, lengths and flairs. Embellished with fringe work, sequins, beads and bright stones the embroidery was reminiscent of fireworks on shades of red, brown and white fabric. Saris with large, dazzling hand embroidered borders, sparkling brooches and cholis with low cut backs were sensual and splendid.

The creative pair worked with traditional Indian prints, keeping it simple and focusing on the detailing of the outfits by introducing shots of green, gold, silver, burgundy and purple. Delicate silver pin stripes helped elongate the frame while the softly shaped silhouettes complimented the female form. The designers also made use of ‘piping’ to help contour the shape of sari blouses.

A piece that stood out from the rest was a white jumpsuit with silver-gold pinstripes, embellished with beads and having a royal flare at the end of the garment.

For a label that believes in dressing women to the hilt - Prashant and Sudha Goregaonkar with their personal label, will not only deliver but manage to amaze their buyers.

About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in fashion weeks and event production. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Winter/Festive 2011 will be held from August 16 to August 21, 2011 at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai. For further information log on to 


About Lakmé:
Contemporary Indian beauty expert Lakmé continuously innovates to offer a wide range of, high performance and world class color cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to leveraging Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house Milan-based Intercos Italia, Schwann Stabilo Germany and Paris-based Fiabila. Combining international cosmetic technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé also offers its consumers a comprehensive beauty experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Salons and Studios. For further information log on to www.lakmé 


About IMG Reliance: 
In 2010 Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India's largest and most recognized private sector company headed by Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company headed by Chairman and CEO Ted Forstmann, announced the formation of an equal joint venture to develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. The joint venture company, IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd., will provide and operate first-class infrastructure and coaching facilities in the country to unlock India’s sporting potential and to create and operate major sports and entertainment assets in the country. In its first initiative, IMG Reliance entered into an agreement with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India. IMG Reliance signed a 15-year agreement with the AIFF, to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including - basketball, soccer and tennis–at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida. 


About IMG Fashion: 
IMG Fashion is dedicated to facilitating a gateway to the fashion world - from creation to consumer. We offer solutions that seamlessly connect and associate fashion’s key constituents and corporate brands using IMG’s global resources, influence and expertise. Within the fashion industry IMG represents the world’s top models, leading designers and the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. The division produces the leading fashion events around the globe and represents many of the industry’s top organizations and federations as well as works with various local and national governments, creating regional and international fashion platforms. For more information on IMG and its business visit

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Added: September 5, 2011 Source: LFW
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