White sneakers off ramp, flats dominate runway at LFW W/F 16

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Mumbai, Aug 25 (IANS) Gone are the days when high heels were the top choices for girls to look stylish as white sneakers and flats seemed to have picked it in a big way in the fashion industry.

Girls are ditching stilettos to opt for these comfort wears that is said to have become wardrobe essentials you just can’t ignore.

One can see how these two trends have emerged in a big way at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016. While the majority of designers opted for flats on the opening day to showcase their creation on the runway, white sneakers were spotted in big numbers off the runway with girls teaming it with every kind of silhouettes whether it is jeans, kaftans, short or maxi dresses.

“It is chic, classy and at the same time very comfortable. It makes our life easy while reporting,” said one of the bloggers who was present to cover the opening day of the fashion gala.

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Another journalist, who flew all the way from Kolkata to report the fashion week, points out how white sneakers are giving less stress to woman.

“I have seem girls struggling with their footwear but thanks to this trend which I believe came in the picture post the Bollywood effect, we don’t have to think much about our footwear nowadays,” she said.

Apparently this trend came into the limelight when a British designer took her bow at the Celine Spring 2011 show wearing white Adidas Stan Smiths in 2010. Post that white sneakers took no time to reach the Indian fashion market. Not to forget Bollywood faces like Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and Kangana Ranaut have flaunted the white trainers on many occasions.

While these pair of shoes makes any girl fall in love with them, flats also seemed to have picked really big this edition.

Some of the designers who opted for flats on the runway were Karishma Shahani Khan, Ujjawal Dubey and brand Myoho.

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Inspired by the aerial views of landscapes, Khan’s label ‘Ka-Sha’ unveiled the ‘Navya’ collection at LFW W/F’16. Drawing motifs from her surroundings, she was inspired by geometric yet organic natural objects for her patterns that gave texture to her creations and hence it was a perfect decision to choose flats to bring simplicity to the line.

Revealing a romantic, nostalgic journey of the 1920’s fashion, ‘Myoho’ by Kiran and Meghna presented ‘Sandalwood’ — a collection that left its fashionable fragrance on the ramp. Going retro with influences of ‘The Raj’ when flapper looks and Victorian Chic were prevalent in India, the label brought desi sophistication to centre stage and hence according to designer, flats were the ideal choice.

In fact, actress Sarah-Jane Dias also told IANS: “Since my style statement is comfort so you will always see me wearing flat shoes.”

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Simplicity and innovative construction has been the hallmark of Ujjawal Dubey’s ‘Antar-Agni’ label that has given men’s and women’s wear fashion experiments with flats in different forms highlight the collection.

The ‘Shift’ label by Nimish Shah, which celebrated half a decade in the business of fashion, and Atsu Sekhose, who brought the glamour of naga shawls to centre stage also opted for easy going footwear.

It’s not just established names who tried to bring the flat trend back in the limelight, Diming Rubu, one of the Gen Next designers too opted for such footwears to be matched up with her creation that was titled “The Missing Piece” . She showcased semi-formal range for the fashion conscious women in the age group 25-40 years.

So now ladies, you know what to opt for when going footwear shopping.

(The writer is in Mumbai at the invitation of LFW organisers. Nivedita can be contacted at [email protected])



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