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Celebrated for wowing the fashion fraternity with a mix of the precision-chic of Parisian couture and commercial potential, today Lecoanet Hemant is a fashion force to be reckoned with and stands out in just about every category—couture, pret, accessories and jewellery. So when I received an invitation for 'The Cinema Of Genes', with a strand of pearls, I immediately recalled a conversation with Hemant. 'Everything we do follows lessons learnt in the years spent in Paris as an Haute Couture House. It would be lost if not constantly acknowledged. 'Genes' pushes the design boundaries and offers versatile affordable high-fashion to travelled, educated, fashion savvy individuals who may not want to spend an insane amount of money.  The message is that of style, daily luxury and wearability.'


Is it a wonder then that despite a storm on the horizon, the pre-show cocktails at Bird Automotive [the show was in collaboration with BMW Automotive] was packed to capacity with the designers' friends and loyalists showing up to check out the collection amid excitement, conversation and camaraderie. Though the showing was theatrical and channeled vintage Hollywood with hair, makeup and accessories, models walked down an iron stair case and circulated among guests, Genes AW19 is a crisp collection of separates — black sequinned hoodies, glamorous cocktail dresses, white shirts worn with bow tie, miniskirts and relaxed suits — paired in a way that the interchangeable language is seamless and both women and men can carry their own personal allure confidently in these looks.


Must-buys include the black sequinned outerwear, the sequinned pants and the second-skinesque cocktail dresses. Last thoughts as I walked out after a sumptuous dinner was that the collection is chic and cutting-edge — with a strong global retail appeal. I know I'm heading to their store for the sequinned hoodie pretty soon!


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