Best Of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016

Last year, Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive celebrated traditional Indian textiles in various ways such as an exhibition on the Banarasi sari at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Several designers showed collections that made heavy use of hand-woven material. The trend seems to have been carried forward this year as a number of designers produced collections in collaboration with traditional textile weavers. Some of the best looks at LFW Summer/Resort 2016 were contemporary clothes made with material crafted by hand using Indian weaves. Here are ten we loved.

Hemang Agarwal
Hemang Agarwal
The jacket might look like upholstery but it’s still beautiful, as is the grey sari. Both are Banarasi textiles made with master weaver Sharfuddin Ansari.

Injiri
Injiri
You might see us in this hand-spun contemporary-yet-traditional ensemble at the next major art opening.

Payal Khandwala
Payal Khandwala
Power dressing that doesn’t make you look like a villainous boss-lady.

Payal Singhal
Payal Singhal
We’ll never say no to chintz done right.

Pero by Aneeth Arora
Pero
This chikankari dress, created with embroiderer Zahir Hussain Mondal, was made for frolicking in a field of daffodils.

Poco & Jacky
Poco & Jacky
If G. I. Jane were to attend an Indian wedding, she might pick this smart maroon ensemble of a military print sports bra-esque blouse and plain sari.

Rahul Mishra
Rahul Mishra
Is this a simplified sari? Or a sari-fied dress? Whatever it is, it looks great.

Rajesh Pratap Singh
Rajesh Pratap SinghMAIN
Bending might be a challenge in this (inflexible-looking) coat dress, made with kinkhab (a kind of brocade) artisan Haseem Muhammad, but boy does it look good.

Swati Vijaivargie 
Swati Vijayvargie
If we had a boudoir we’d flounce around in it wearing this chintzy robe.

Vrisa by Rahul n Shikha
Vrisa by Rahul and Shikha
While this looks like it’s off the rack at Anokhi, the summery print and contrasting under-skirt are perfectly winsome.

Also see: The Worst of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016

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