Always inspired by the strength of the feminine, this season Neeta Lulla is telling the story of the woman as a flower. Her new collection #SheIsMe, which was showcased earlier today at Lakme Fashion Week, speaks to her ethereal beauty and gentleness, but also an inherent tenacity in the face of abuse.
Neeta Lulla’s runway presentation included a powerful dance recital (Fusion of Chinese Warrior and Kathak) by Actress and Entrepreneur – Pernia Qureshi to communicate the social message against women abuse, and further moved onto women achievers from different walks of life, taking to the ramp. Imminent personalities like Designer & Politician – Shaina NC, Yes Bank’s Radha Kapoor, celebrity dietician – Pooja Makhija, Mural Artist – Rouble Nagi and Award winning documentary filmer, Vibha Bakshi supported the cause by walking for Neeta Lulla earlier this evening.
The front row of a fully packed house was graced by Smita Thackeray, Juhi Chawla, Swara Bhaskar, Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani, Poonam Sinha, Divya Khosla Kumar, Ishita Dutta, Nishka Lulla Mehra, Maria Goretti and Arshad Warsi, Manasi Scott, Shibhani Kashyap, Eli Avram, Shibani Dandekar, Gabriella Demetriades, Rakulpreet, Sunny Singh and Sana Khan to name a few.
The Cherry Blossom, a symbol of feminine passion and power in the Chinese culture forms the central motif of the collection along with the Osmanthus, which is associated with a woman’s essence of love and sensuality. Androgynous silhouettes softened with lace and structured styles balanced with drapes showcase the contrasts of a woman’s character. In the modern world where she is also taking on traditionally male roles outside the home, her clothing is her armour speaking to her state of mind and helping her confidently transition through the myriad parts she plays through her life.
Neeta Lulla’s immense expertise in prints and embellishment takes the collection through an entire gamut, from elegant eveningwear to glamourous resort bridal wear. A pioneer of resort wear in India, this season she brings to the runway draped jackets that have been teamed with anarkalis, polo shirts as crop tops, and off-shoulder blouses casually paired with printed draped pants and embroidered lehengas for the edgy friend of the bride, while jumpsuits and capes keep it ideal for those who have wanderlust on their mind.
Fabrics remain soft and strong with crepe, tulle and lace, seamlessly mixing Edwardian cuts, androgynous silhouettes and feminine styles. For example jackets and tops are cut on the bias lending an added an extra swing to the step and in a new style, pants are made sensual with draping. The pretty colour palette moves from the fresh and floral of pink, wild rose, olive green, tangerine, etc to the dark hues of dried earth.
Speaking about the collection Neeta Lulla says, “This collection in its entirety speaks to a woman’s characteristics. You see the vibrancy of the Cherry Blossom and the Osmanthus transition into the colours of dried flowers and cracked mother Earth. Just as these magnificent miracles of nature respond to tenderness and care but can also just as easily dry away with neglect, a woman’s spirit begins to wither under any physical or emotional abuse. We need to raise our voice against this.”