Fashion Week is a great way to understand what’s happening in style both on and off the ramp. Even if you’re not a designer or model, keeping an eye out on the country’s biggest fashion event is a great way to keep a tab on trends to come, designers to keep an eye out for, and accessories to rock come the festive season.

Though the internet has made Fashion Week a lot more accessible than it used to be, there’s still a lot to decode. Here’s my insider view of what you need to know.

Affordable Designers

Photo source: Lakme Fashion Week

Photo source: Lakme Fashion Week

The Quirk Box {whose show was on Wed, Aug 24}, is an relatively affordable brand that is doing interesting, off-beat things. Their collection and show is named ‘Madness’ with stripes, colourful prints, stick-on badges. They had a very interesting visual element to the show where they projected art on to the garments.

You can find check The Quirk Box on the website here. They are also available at stores here

Another designer whose stuff you can pick up is Nimish Shah’s Shift {the show took place on Aug 24} for pret wear. They have included heavy dresses and oversized travel coats in their collection.

Check out his collection here. You can buy Nimish Shah from Pernia’s here. Shift also has a store in Kandivali. 

I also really like Naushad Ali, who is a designer from Pondicherry. He makes Indo-western wear, with organic cloth, either cotton or silk. He has a stall at the LFW.

Check Naushad Ali’s collection here. His wear is available at Aza in Altamount Road here. 

Big Designers To Love

Photo source: Lakme Fashion Week

Photo source: Lakme Fashion Week

Other designers whose collections I’d recommend taking a look at are Sahil Aneja, who also won the Grazia Young Fashion Awards, Shivangi Sahni {winner of Grazie Young Fashion Awards}, Manish Malhotra for his bias cut ruffle tops {the show took place on Aug 24} and Tarun Tahiliani for cool shapes {The show was on Aug 23}.

I’m also looking forward to attend Sanjay Garg’s show,  Kunal Rawal {show is on Aug 28, 5pm} and Shivan and Narresh for their swimwear collection. {The show is on Aug 27, 1.30pm}.

Accessories To Rock

Photo source: Misho Designs

Photo source: Misho Designs

I am excited about Suhani Pittie’s jewellery collection. It’s all usually gold, and although traditional techniques are used, the final look is super contemporary and modern. {Her show is on Fri, Aug 26}.

You can buy the Suhani Pittie’s jewellery online here

You should also keep an eye out this season for Misho, who also won the Grazia Young India Awards. The collection is metallic, with very interesting neckpieces, although my favourite element is the corsets made out of metal.

You can shop Misho online here. Find a store near you here

Colours To Flaunt

Photo source: Lakme Fashion Week

Photo source: Lakme Fashion Week

The colours I’m noticing everywhere are deep maroon, indigo, grey, black and silver, which makes sense when you keep in mind that this is the collection for Autumn-Winter too. When it comes to the fabrics that are trending, I’d have to say that it is a whole gamut ranging from man-made fabrics to machine-made, handwoven, futuristic ones like neoprene, and vinyl patent.

Trends To Follow

Some trends are continuing – off-shoulder, crop tops, oversized tops are still popular, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do different things with them. Use them for the festive time for Indian looks, like you can use your off-shoulder top as a saree blouse, or it can be paired with palazzos, lehenga skirts, draped dhoti pants, you name it. You should make them your own – that’s really the essence of fashion.

Featured photo source: Lakme Fashion Week