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Mumbai, Oct 21: Lakme Fashion Week kicked off with panache here on Monday, Oct 20, with outfits in red and black dazzling those present at the do. Weaving together a story of red and black, the designer duo of Shantanu and Nikhil put up a collection of eye-catching outfits for men and women.

The show opened with a stunning red halter gown with antique silver chains and medallions and the outfits that followed did not disappoint either. Sensuous floor length coats with silver zardosi insets to black sari drape gowns, the show had a touch of the vibrant Spanish feel as frills and ruffles appeared on hemlines, dresses and on the necklines to give a totally flamboyant look to the creations. The collection was a tribute from the designer duo to influences that left their imprints on the Indian culture.

"We are saluting the culture that came into India and left a footprint and using Spanish flaminco, those influences that had once upon a time come into India. We've given that a little bit of a tribal look and keeping it still Indian in terms of usage of embroidery. But, this collection is a collection for women all over the world," said Nikhil.

Men's wear was as opulent, as black sherwanis and Jodhpuri jackets were splashed with ornate prints and red shading with detailing on shoulders and sleeves.

The antique silver chains and necklaces were strategically placed for both men's and women's garments.

The collection was appreciated by one and all.

"Whether it's casual wear or the top line, I think, it's extraordinary. They are doing very ell I hope they make it in the world market," said Suneil Shetty, Bollywood actor.

Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), which will be held till October 24, will involve events like media seminars, business-to-business meetings and a buyers' forum, apart from the regular fashion shows.

The added attraction this year is the menswear day, wherein all the designers would showcase only men collection.

The event will also provide a platform for fresh designers who possess the talent through the Gen Next and Emerging Designer Category shows.

Apart from this, there would be 'Group Accessory Designer show' where an array of accessories like headgears, handbags, shoes and ArtStudio, which would be an interpretation of fashion by 20 renowned artists through their artworks.

Around 75 designers would showcase their collections in this season of the fashion week.

Ten new designers would unveil their calibre this year.

The event comes close on the heels of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week and Delhi Fashion Week, which concluded in New Delhi recently.

ANI

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