The Thought Police: Narendra Kumar at Lakme Fashion Week

Once again Narendra Kumar sent out a strong social message through his show at Lakme Fashion Week. The Thought Police, as it was called, was a very interesting way of voicing an opinion.

Marching to the tune of A R Rehman’s Vande Mataram, an entire bunch of Thought Police, wielding batons carried the flag of the regiment. The men lined up on both the sides of the runway while the models walked in.

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The menswear and womenswear collections both came together and created quite a rage within the audience.

It all started with shades of yellow, beige, fuchsia and orange breaking into black and white. The way the colours appeared on stage was beautifully executed.

Women’s wear had gorgeous dresses, skirts, jackets, trousers and sportswear too. The vibrant shades used for jackets and shoes emoted a very free-spirited look in regards to men’s wear. A lot of linens and silks were used with splashes of digital prints and some lovely embroidery. The rose motif was quite a hit, I thought. The way it was used with so much creativity added that style statement to the look.

Peplum skirts and padded shoulder jackets was a big hit. The collection also included pleated shorts, fluid pants and elegantly tailored blouses. I personally quite liked the innovative use of neckpieces.

Menswear included one-button jackets with Bermudas, bright and printed tees. I noticed geometric embroidery with a touch of shimmer to it. I wouldn’t say it was the best but it was nice to see something different in menswear. I quite liked the dinner jacket with the use of an exaggerated bow tie.

The show ended to the beats of Bob Marley’s Get up Stand up. I loved how there were little touches that the designer added to this collection which gave it much more meaning than just a regular fashion show.

I really liked the thought that went behind the show but somehow the clothes went a little cold for me. It was not one of my favourite shows at fashion week but hats off to the conceptualisation. A big thumbs up to the Narendra Kumar team!

Stuti Duggal

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