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Lakmé fashion show signs off with a style all its own

As the lights go out on the catwalk of this year's Winter Festive collections in Mumbai, Lakmé Fashion Week leaves a memorable mark as a hotspot of international haute couture.

The Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2013 came to a close on August 27 after five days of non-stop, head-turning high fashion with a delightful dose of Indian glitz and glam. From ace veterans to exciting new talent, the latest go-to platform for the future of fashion in India and around the world once again grabbed attention from Bollywood to Hollywood with virtually all style stops in between.

From Manish Malhotra’s glamorous curtain raiser to Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s grand finale, the runways were abuzz with an eclectic and electrifying mix of wearable eye candy with decidedly Indian flair. The bedazzling blend of traditional and contemporary included Malhotra’s innovative ghagra-pant, playfully mixed print sheaths in the Quirk Box line by duo Rixi Bhathia and Jayesh Sachdev, and breathtaking black on gold evening wear elegance by Shantanu Goenka.

Featuring collections from 89 designers, this season spared no expense promoting young, new talent and homegrown culture. Apart from the revamped Talent Box showcase spotlighting 20 young designers in mini preview shows, illustrious alumnae joined the 100+ threshold celebration of Gen Next, India's longest running program for new talent in the fashion industry. Accentuating the perfect union of trend and tradition, masterful Manipur handloom weaving earned a VIP ticket alongside state-of-the-art silks, tulle and chiffon.

Unlike the previous Winter Festive season, this year's presentations enthusiastically embraced Mumbai's international appeal. Yet domestic designers also dove well into contemporary and ancient Asian history to inspire their innovative lines. There was no upstaging the abundance of creativity unleashed on the catwalk, from lehengas in subtly subdued hues to funky flared pants in shocks of pink to metallic fused men's wear for modern-day Samurai warriors and form-hugging, top-cropped saris draped in drama and surprise.

As Official Logistics Partner to Lakme Fashion Week, DHL is proud to support emerging and established designers alike as they sashay their way to the inner circle of inclusive, international haute couture. This season that included delivering the "Fast and Curious" show by up-and-comer Pria Kataria Puri, whose ready-to-wear designs wowed the fashionista in-crowd with adventurous allure and don't-stop-me-now attitude. Puri's catwalk creations were compelling sirens to today's fashion-conscious men and women on the move.

With dynamism to match Lakmé Fashion Week itself, Mumbai high-stepped its way to center stage of fashion savvy this season, leaving a memorable footprint on cutting-edge global fashion. To get the low-down on DHL's globetrotting role in high fashion, visit us backstage on FacebookExternal Link / New Window.

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