Every season, Lakmé Fashion Week gives budding designers a chance to showcase their collections in front of a large audience. And just as is the case every time, this season held us fascinated with the eclectic mix of Indian and Western aesthetics. Although all of them presented interesting collections, there were a few Gen-Next designers that seemed more promising than the others. Here’s our list…

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Charchit Bafna

His collection ‘Elakka Ice’ had that quintessential androgynous touch. Fun, zesty and playful, his collection moved away from convention and showcased ideal casual wear styles for men and women. What did we like most about his collection? Simple cuts. The other things we loved? The blue and  green colour palette, button-less jackets, trench coats, opaque tunics and gold bermudas for women, which is quite unusual for any winter collection.

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Siddhartha Bansal

His collection ‘Story Teller’ revolved around the story of the mythological divine bovine goddess Kamadhenu, who was considered the mother of all cows. Inspired by the gates and doors of Indian vintage havelis, Siddhartha inculcated authentic elements by mixing crafts and cultures beautifully on everyday western garments. We saw a lot of print-on-print with embroidery in matching colours in an array of outfits like bomber jackets, tank tops, track pants, sweatshirts, cropped jackets, full-circle skirts  and figure-flattering peplum dresses. Our favourite?  The upgraded version of the white shirt in quirky cow and milk bottle print in a cropped hem.

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Kriti Tula

She made patchwork look great with her collection ‘Doodlage’. Inspired by the evolution of the basics, she played around with fabric strips from production waste and block printing to come up with her collection of fun and androgynous coats, jumpsuits, waistcoats and shirts. So what was so unique? We loved the way she used knitting as her most preferred method of garment construction to create slouchy silhouettes in discrete detailing that look relaxed and effortlessly cool for winter.