Lakme Fashion Week 2018 – Day 1: “Free Spirits” By Ragini Ahuja And Dhruv Kapoor

The New Summer/Resort 2018 look at Lakmé Fashion Week by the Lakmé Salon team was “Free Spirits – Colour collection” a fresh, vibrant and full of style look that matched the creations from the label Ikai by Ragini Ahuja and Dhruv Kapoor.


Lakmé Salon introduced the exciting “Free Spirits – Colour collection” created exclusively for the modern Indian woman. The collection allowed women to flaunt their choices as an individual with cuts and colours that catered to women from all walks of life.

Comprising of 7 colour themes and a total of 14 looks, this spunky collection is inspired from the Tiger eye palate and includes shades of Caramel, Honey, Auburn Brown, Blondes, Orange and more. Additionally, it also showcases mermaid themed pastel balayages designed to let the new-age woman express herself in a way she loves herself the best— beautiful, free and limitless.

Explaining the collection further, Heena Dalvi, National Creative Director – Hair, Lakmé Salon stated, “Hair colouring has taken the fashion world by storm but with newer techniques and increasing colours, it is important to ensure that your hair embodies your spirit. Inspired by the free-spirited woman, our carefully crafted “Free Spirits – Colour collection” will let you explore infinite colour possibilities that reflect your personality.”

Adding to the conversation, Sushma Khan, National Creative Director- Makeup, Lakmé Salon says, “This season, we are focusing on reinventing nudes. It is all about radiant, fresh-faced makeup with nothing to hide and everything to show off. Blushed, barely-there nude face complements the vibrant, bold hair along with a colour palette of olives, ochrés, caramels and chocolate browns.”

To match the exciting colour story of the Lakmé Salon “Free Spirits – Colour collection”, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja and Dhruv Kapoor unveiled looks that were perfectly in sync with the theme.


Ever since Ragini Ahuja launched the ‘Ikai’ label in 2012, and she appeared for the Gen Next show during Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013, she has made waves on the fashion charts.

For the Lakmé Salon show Ragini brought in her trade mark relaxed fits in natural textiles and played creatively with denim as she distressed it to perfection for pants, dresses and jackets. Adding Indian techniques to the fabric, there were intricate appliqués, worked with sheep Napa leather and Shibori.

Deep navy sheer tunics, with high side slits looked amazing with pure white linear embroidery, while the striped, grey, pants were a perfect match for outdoor relaxing. Sleek, long, strappy, dresses and kurtas in ink blue with discreet white leaf embroidery were good fashion choices for summer wear.

When it comes to practical style clothing the ‘Ikai’ label by Ragini Ahuja has to be in the forefront of fashion.


Ever since he appeared at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 Gen Next show, Dhruv Kapoor has been a designer to watch out for. For the Lakmé Salon show, Dhruv ensured that he remained within his personal fashion sensibilities when he brought on the ramp a clever mix of African tribal patchwork and the feminine costumes of Japanese geishas.

His oriental/tribal blend for the ensembles ensured that they were perfect DIY creations that allowed the wearer to make a personal style impact. Vintage florals appeared in quick succession to hit fiery stripers and waxed Napa came forth to present an individualistic flavour to the garments.

Opening the show with a grey asymmetric jacket with floppy sleeves, Dhruv brought in some peplum blouses with drawstring sleeves, tulle pinafore over printed dress and then teamed a Lurex top with side buttoned pants and long coat.

This very versatile and self-expressive collection by Dhruv Kapoor allowed the wearer to create her personal oriental-cum- tribal style statement for the coming season.

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