FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week 2022: Aisha Rao’s dreamy ‘Divergence’ to Manish Malhotra’s luminous ‘Diffuse,’ glamour unfolds on Day 3 of the sartorial soiree!


Day 3 of the FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week unleashed glamour on the runway. We saw models and showstoppers dressed in designer’s exquisite collection pieces claiming the runway and setting it on fire! Shine-and-shimmer, glitz-and-glamour, this extravagant fashion fest witnessed it all.

Here are some exciting fashion moments and collections from the gala straight out of runway!

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Designers Aisha and Nikita brought diverse colour stories on Day 3 of the FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week. Aisha’s collection offered exclusive designs for lehengas and swirling skirts. When it came to the base fabrics that once again created a lasting appeal for the ensembles, Aisha chose luxurious tissue, organza, lush raw silk as well as lightweight yet wearable georgette. Patchwork embellishments played a major role with myriad colours and craft as they came together for a long sleeve creation. Strappy slinky gowns, shararas with flared tunics, flouncy skirts and tunics with bell-bottom pants dazzled on the ramp. Eliminating the dupatta in many entries the collection was aimed at the bridal festivities during the coming months. Men’s wear was as festive with kurtas, bandi and sherwani completing the offering. Making a show-stopping entry was Mira Kapoor who looked ultra-glam in a tiny ornate choli, which matched the glorious embellished lehenga.

Nikita Mhaisalkar’s “Terrain 2022” collection was a perfect homage to textiles, crafts and fashion opulence. Keeping the bold patterns in mind, Nikita selected an apt colour card that moved swiftly from turquoise to garnet and then onto jade with flashes of oxidized silver.  The trans-seasonal line offered some vibrant, sassy separates along with a dash of chic styling and the addition of Nikita’s signature nomadic glamour. The dress with slashed sides, layered/tiered halter gypsy gown, boleros, shorts, micro miniskirts/dresses, an ornate jumpsuit with bolero and the halter, sheath dress continued the glam look.

The ornate jumpsuit in shades of salmon, electric and brown featured the Aztec motifs in all their glory and looked divine when topped with a matching long overshirt. Embroidery encompassed another long-sleeved creation, while the coffee-coloured churi-sleeved ensemble had a beaded waistband as the focal interest.


Kaveri unveiled her collection quaintly titled “Photographs and Memories” aimed at the Spring/Summer 2022 season. The show was divided into four collections offered a delightful vignette of styles to suit the fastidious requirements of the fashion-forward ladies. Viz Vintage Victorian, Cyanotype techniques and inspirations, Chintz, crochet laces. This collection was a delightful bouquet of looks that will ensure that women who long for timeless styles will covet it for their wardrobes.

Rajdeep’s “Sayuri” collection featured a fragile beauty for the apparel, as he took the audience on a journey to the Orient Express. This season the designer’s print story revolved around a mélange of unusual multi colored prints, fabrics, bizarre silks and some unconventional embroidery. The motifs for the prints paid homage to clear oriental skies and then moved to pagodas that had a Zen-like calmness. The blend of prints and embroidery at times gave a stylish jolt to the senses with the strong mix of elements for the surface ornamentation. Rajdeep ensured that each piece made a fashion statement that will make an impact. Flowing, fluid, silhouettes, swirling skirts, intricately crafted over shirts, luxurious scarves, billowy kaftans and maxis made Rajdeep’s collection one that many ladies would like to own for the next season.


Aarti and Siddhartha brought varied print stories to the centre-stage on Day 3. Aarti brought in an explosion of prints with animals as well as foliage. The collection “Summer Resort 22-23” was all about silhouettes that were a mix of sharply cut jackets and draped gowns with a mélange of prints covering them. Lapels were oversized for the comfy jackets with multi coloured or black and white sketches as surface prints. The silhouettes moved from tiny shorts, to fringed lungi skirts, kaftans, swimwear, tunics, printed sets with matching soft coats, shift dresses and a zipped sack version. For more glamour, there was a draped slinky maxi, ruched skirt/dress, one-shoulder fringed dress and sparkling boleros. Very often fringes appeared to accentuate hemlines giving them a feisty touch.

Siddhartha’s collection “Blooming Tales” was a dreamy offering that had as its base some vivid emotions, which drove the designer’s creativity into top gear. Intense, colourful, embroidery with bold prints ensured that the theme of the collection was totally kept intact. There was a grand mix of hues for every ensemble, some with dramatic impressive sleeves that were the cynosure of all eyes. Unveiling kaleidoscopic designs, the creations included knits, minis, bralettes, with miniskirts or suits, off-shoulder flouncy dress, hipster pants and tiered gowns. The line then moved to a will-power maxi, layered balloon skirt gowns and flared smock dress. Men’s wear followed the printed story, as Tees, cropped jacket with embroidery and the suit/shirt trio in a fabulous print gave the male dresser a more festive choice. Closing the show was actress, Sonam Bajwa who looked stunning in a strappy printed gown.


Two Point Two’s collection ‘Behind the doors' paid an ode to the faith that reminds us of the existence of hope, compassion, solidarity, camaraderie and love. It is a reflection of our time during the pandemic and how we survived and continue to emerge from it. Made with sustainable organic textiles developed from fibres of rose petals, orange, lotus and organic cotton, this line emphasized the importance of saving the planet by finding sustainable alternatives in fashion.

The collection witnessed androgynous blazer dresses, oversized shirts layered with kurtas, baggy overcoats and spunky separates along with bomber shorts and robes. The colour palatte featured pretty pastels and ranged from bright green, royal blue and spunky orange. Eccentric prints in the form of checkered shirts, polka dot pants and floral overcoats took over the runway.

Closing the show were actor siblings Huma Qureshi and Saquib Saleem dressed in long and short versions of the blazers.


Manish Malhotra, who completed 31 glorious years in the world of fashion, showcased DIFFUSE, a new segment, under his eponymous label at FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week. The resurgence of wild, fun, noteworthy vibrant colors and dynamic textures give an extra edge to every stylized design. The line is consciously priced for the youth demographic.

The color palette revolves around a galaxy of blacks, reds, pinks, purples, blues, greys, and gradients. . In with the new - Separates like Bomber jackets, embossed ensembles, breezy kaftans, balloon pants with vests, bedazzled long fringe top, hand pained skirt, blazer dress, baggy oversized vibes, feather rimmed sarees, jackets with sharara, tube tops with gararas, pantsuits, sarong saree, and the brand's signature sequins saree refined for Diffuse, all styled in bijoux layered bags, and duffle bags, chunky bijoux accessories and expressive makeup. The unmissable Manish Malhotra's signature elements like metallic sequins, tassels, beads, feathers, Swarovski manifested the brand's Alter Ego.


Showstoppers Gen Z It-girl Shanaya Kapoor and the millennial heartthrob Siddhant Chaturvedi joined the Diffuse force in emblematic editions.

(Source- Lakme Fashion Week)