Living in a world of all things textile, the sustainable fashion & Indian textiles day is the most anticipated day at Lakmé Fashion Week. The designers showcased a different perspective towards handlooms and Indian weaves as they celebrated fashion with home grown textiles as their primary concept.
The show opened with a black and red Assamese Mekhla Chador at Aagor by ANTS Craft, an NGO that empowers women of the Bodo tribe by giving them creative support. Yards of fabulous woven textiles were turned into stunning garments for the ramp. Making a show stopping entry was Bollywood star Sara Jane Dias in a slashed multicoloured skirt with a black blouse.
Making a beautiful debut at the Lakme Fashion Week 2016 is Pranami Kalita’s label ‘Pariah by Pranami’ which was a visual treat on the catwalk. Bringing the beauty of Assam to centre stage, she worked wonders with Muga, Eri and Pat silk, all indigenous silks renowned in Assam. She gave a contemporary twist to the traditional Indian handloom by including weaved-in traditional Assamese motifs on crop tops, culottes, gowns and more. The models took to the ramp in beautiful capes, one-shoulder gowns, and off-the-shoulder dresses among others.
Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama presented an interesting collection consisting of invigorating lines and shapes that were hard to decipher. Her label P.E.L.L.A. showcased hand woven pure Eri silk, Jamdani, Cashmere and Pashmina all ideal for the coming season.
Padmaja‘s collection, called the ‘Loom of my Mind’ brought the beauty of slow sustainable fashion to centre stage. The collection showcased the magic of handlooms that revealed the Maheshwar weavers’ expertise with specially woven fabrics that were highlighted with intricate detail and accuracy. The ensembles consisted of scarves in earthy colours along with fluid shapes that lent an element of ease to the collection.
“Working Hours” from the label ‘The Runaway Bicycle’ by Preeti Verma pedalled fashionably as a debut at Lakme Fashion Week. The collection was youthful, relaxed, and portrayed a sense of freedom in fashion as it was inspired by different professions of the era gone by. The collection showcased the feminine-androgyny trend which was fresh, wholesome and colourful in Khadi and organic fabrics.
The aesthetics of designers JasonAnshu for their label ‘The Small Shop’ had a vibrant painterly, whimsical, languid feel with sustainability being the highlight of the garments. Their collection of 12 ensembles called ‘Planet Love’ was a limited edition line that portrayed a fine balance between unique hand work and natural fabrics.
The burst of colours and prints in Mayank Mansingh Kaul & Monisha Ahmed’s collections provided a much-needed relief from the sea of blacks and greys. Busy prints, sexy chiffons and tailored pieces took the runway by storm.
Kallol Datta’s collection was filled with his trademark baggy silhouettes, velvet, polka dots and midnight blues. The designer’s creativity is so intense and innovative; it is a visual challenge to delve into his thinking process and figure out his extreme construction techniques and ideas.
Alan Alexander Kaleekal’s collection, ‘Garçonne’ was a mix of sharp tailoring, conventional fits and interesting gender norms. This innovative but totally wearable women’s wear line consisted of elongated sleeves, raw-edges, delightful suits and separates for the anti-fit distressed theme.
Pallavi Dhyani’s collection ‘Three’ was inspired by the beauty of imperfections in life. The collection consisted of samurai-style robes, blouse with pyjama-pants, colour blocked jumpsuit, pinstriped monochromatic jacket over a classic white kurta, an overcoat with crimson bandage wrapped around the waist, and a floor length loose fitted basic dress paired with a casual blazer layered on a calf length top teamed with pencil trousers. In terms of colour monochromatic colour-blocking was essential in the shades of rose-gold, beige, caramel, monochrome and ruby red.
Weaver’s Studio presented a collection of Indo-western silhouettes. The colour palette was very muted as a deep blue palette was juxtaposed with hints of red.
Bina Rao for Creative Bee Foundation‘s collection titled Nuovo-eco-classic pays tribute to Indian crafts like block printing and hand painting. The women’s wear line consists of lots of florals and flares in warm hues of brown, red and ochre, giving it a bohemian theme. The ensembles include flared long skirts in raw silk in deep red and rust; overlap short blouse with embroidery and patchwork with Kalamkari motifs; dupattas woven in silk and painted with Kalamkari among other mesmerizing designs. The collection was semi formal and with minimal embellishments. Rao’s men’s collection included styles in classic brown and black in textured silks with block prints in natural dye.
Winter festive is not complete without a little bit, or a lot, of bling! Hemant Agrawal‘s metallic & shimmery collection consisted of simple yet elegant shifts, dresses and saris. Without the use of printing or embroidery, the ‘heavy metal’ collection showcased a collection of ensemble created with zari or metallic yarn.
Anavila is known for constructing simple and modern saris that not only look comfortable but have a classic touch to them. ‘The Sari In Us‘ by Anavila showcases how to nonchalantly pair the nine yards with sleeveless-cropped blazers and flimsy long coats. If power-dressing is all the rage, then this collection shows you how it’s done.
Monaco Tourism presents Sanjay Garg’s label ‘Raw Mango‘, a metallic collection that consisted of lots of palazzos, well-tailored separates, and slip dresses in silk and long coats. A riot of colours appeared on the ramp as the ensembles glittered with motifs and weaves that thrilled fashion lovers.
So that’s it for Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week 2016. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!
P.S. I was keen on doing future fashion week posts based on the trends, where I break down the trends from the entire day instead of writing collection reviews.
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Until next time.