Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale: Rajesh Pratap Singh pays homage to Lakmé’s Legacy

The Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale witnessed celebrated designer and creative genius, Rajesh Pratap Singh,beautifully balance modernity, costumes, screen projections and the Flower duet to create another iconic milestone in Lakme’s history.

Channeling the beauty narrative catalysed by Lakmé in India over the years and reinventing timeless classics in a futuristic fashion, the show was a unique interpretation of Lakmé’s trend statement of the season #ReadyForACloseUp.

The collection was inspired by the latest launch, Lakmé Absolute Skin Dew Serum Foundation. Paying homage to Lakmé’s inspiring journey, brand ambassador Mrunal Thakur set the narrative on the LakméOpera and the influence of Lakmé in reimagining self-expression over the years.

Lakmé stemmed from former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision of creating a beauty brand with best-in-class international standards. Its name was inspired by a popular opera in France – The Opera Lakmé by Léo Delibes. Tracing back these roots, the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale was a celebration of the confluence of leading-edge beauty and fashion. 

Model walks the ramp during the show LAKME ABSOLUTE GRAND FINALE by Fashion Designer RAJESH PRATAP SINGH the FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week 2022 at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India on 16th October 2022. Photo : FS Images / FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week / RISE Worldwide

Rajesh Pratap Singh reinvented the format of a traditional show with a modern aesthetic. The show brought to life the Opera Lakme with a collection straddling between the past and future. The collection transcended time by combining modern techniques with quintessential classics – saris with structured jackets and the classic ivory and black married with futuristic metallics. The acapella singers and pianist transported the audience to the 19th century, while the dreamlike hi-tech imagery of free-falling people suspended mid air brought them forward to the 22nd century.And the makeup was a showcase of fresh, dewy skin with an operatic flair on the eyes and hair.

The silhouettes comprised exaggerated shoulders with cropped boleros, cocoon jackets, structured jumpsuits and saree drape dresses.  Resin coated khadi jackets with suture seam details, Stainless steel juxtaposed with khadi, asymmetricity, iridescent woven metallic fabrics, a hoodie borelo, and the designers signature engineered pleated jackets.

Rajesh Pratap Singh

 “We always love to play with opposites that complement. Opaque and transparent, hard and soft, structure and fluidity, matt and shine. And the trend statement Lakme Absolute Serum Foundation, an effortless amalgamation of makeup and skincare allowed us to do just that. I am elated to be back to Lakmé Fashion Week X FDCIfor theLakméAbsolute Grand Finale and to pay a tribute to Mrs. Simone Tata, whose vision for redefining beauty through Lakme is the reason why we are all here today.”

Sumati Mattu, Head of Innovations at Lakmé

“Ifcolour be to beauty what music is to mood, play on!” This was the first ever tagline used by Lakme 70years ago, and it stands true for today’s show as well. This evening has been truly extraordinary and will forever be etched in our memories. We at Lakméare in awe of the spectacle curated by Rajesh Pratap Singh andthe tribute paid to Mrs. Simone Tata, the birth force behind Lakme. The larger-than-life theatrics, exquisite retro glam couture and stunning simplicity of the makeup came together fantastically to celebrate Lakmé’s 70th year, a journey replete with reimagining beauty trends. Rajesh’s creative expression of the Lakmé trend statement of the season #ReadyForACloseUp was an inspiring interpretation with the new Lakmé Absolute Skin Dew Serum Foundation at the forefront – a great way to bring together the best of beauty and fashion.”

Lakmé Brand Ambassador Mrunal Thakur

“It was an honor to open the LakméAbsolute Grand Finale, especially one that celebrated Lakme’s iconic journey of reimagining beauty in India. Rajesh Pratap Singhnever fails to amaze me by his ability to steer clear from trends, and yet set the trend at the same time. It’s always an amazing experience working with Lakmé, and it was a memorable evening for me as I raised a toast to the brand I love most.”

Makeup artist Daniel Bauer

 “The finale reached new heights and created a thrilling and immersive experience for the audience.Accentuating the runway were looks created with beautifully dewy skin with the season’s trend-Lakmé Absolute Skin Dew Serum Foundation – juxtaposed with heightened drama around the eyes and lips, truly married the contemporary silhouettes showcased, bringing ‘skinification of makeup’ to the fore at the LakméAbsolute Grand Finale.”

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