Shantanu and Nikhil showcased a separate line of menswear and women’s wear at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016 and it was a double dose of ultra-glam fashion when Riteish Deshmukh and Malaika Arora turned showstopper for the designers.
Drama, sensational colours and mind-blowing embellishments were the mainstay of the collection that was romantically titled “The Matador’s Mistress”. There were couture ball gowns, wafted down the runway leaving the women in the audience speechless with shades of flame red, burnt blue, emerald green and dark plum played with the stunning intricate tonal and rich gold embroidery.
Full flared skirts of floor kissing gowns swirled around the models teamed with Matador jackets were the highlights. Delicate ruffles, lace and abundant sheer additions came alive in the signature drapes that Shantanu and Nikhil are known for.
The fabrics were a rich choice of tulle, velvet, silk and satin all perfectly apt for the 20 creations that the designer duo exhibited.
Malaika glided down the ramp in a cut-out at the waist, long-sleeved black mermaid style gown with gold bead work that was totally mesmerising.
If the women’s wear show was full of feminine, glamorous, seductive, elegance; then the men’s wear offering by Shantanu and Nikhil was a high octane, totally masculine, regimental offering inspired by history.
Turbaned and bearded dashing handsome models with a stylish demeanour strutted down the ramp in their masculine glory.
Creating a fashion mutiny on the ramp, Shantanu and Nikhil presented their very Avant Garde men’s wear line with the provocative title “The Mutiny 1919”. For their label ‘SnN Man’ Couture line Autumn/Winter 2016/17, the designers concentrated on rich handlooms, woollens and leather in masculine hues of ecru, black, navy, and grey with a hint of maroon.
Double breasted Jodhpuri jackets, wide floppy pants and shaded angular draped kurtas looked stylish with churidars. Discreet contrast embellishments appeared on the hemline and armholes of Nehru jackets and the military touch was evident in angular flap pockets, four patched flap pockets and epaulets for sherwanis.
Closing the segment was Riteish turbaned and bearded in a black textured jacket, flared kurta and churidars.
Supporting him from the front row was his wife Genelia along with other family members.