The second day at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 was dedicated to sustainable fashion and Indian textiles. The aura of today’s fashion shows revolved around designers celebrating fashion with home grown textiles as their primary concept. By creating a different perspective towards handlooms and Indian weaves, Lakmé also took the initiative to bring forth the designers of Assam and allowing them to showcase their distinctive creations.
The beauty of the textiles from Assam has always been admired by fashion connoisseurs globally. It was little wonder, therefore that the spectacular ‘Made in Assam’ show called ‘Halodhi’ opened the Sustainable Fashion and Indian Textiles Day with mind-blowing textiles.
The show opened with the traditional Assamese dance form called Sattriya by three youngsters Nupur, Nikita and Gunjan Talwar who kept the tempo of the show upbeat through the collection.
To the strains of flute player Prabin Nath, the show opened with 8 gorgeous black and red Meghla Chadors that were breathtaking in their beauty and elegance. To empower the women of the Bodo tribe, Aagor by ANTS Craft an NGO gave them the creative support they needed. Weaving fabulous textiles, the yards of fabrics that were turned into garments were stunning on the ramp.
Making a show stopping entry was Bollywood star Sara Jane Dias in a slashed multicoloured skirt with a black blouse that gave the show the necessary pizzazz.
It was a veritable feast for the eyes as Anuradha Pegu unveiled her fabulous collection under her label ‘Naturally Anuradha’. A treasure trove of saris, dupattas and scarves on models appeared on the ramp in a riot of colours.
Bringing to centre stage the beauty of Assam, Pranami Kalita’s label ‘Pariah by Pranami’ was a visual treat on the catwalk. Making her debut, Pranami worked wonders with Muga, Eri and Paat that were all indigenous silks, which are renowned in Assam and blended them with fabrics from other parts of India.
A collection by Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama for her P.E.L.L.A. label is always an innovative experience. P.E.L.L.A.’s ‘Minus6.5’ was an interesting invigorating line of shapes that were hard to decipher. Hand woven pure Eri silk, Jamdani, Cashmere and Pashmina all ideal for the coming season, were the designer’s top choices.
Bringing the beauty of slow sustainable fashion to centre stage, Padmaja Krishnan’s ‘Loom of My Mind’ collection was a melodious fashion symphony. The designer presented the magic of handloom that revealed the expertise of the women’s wear team in Maheshwar where Padmaja created the specially woven fabrics that were highlighted with amazing detailing.
Making a stylish debut on the ramp, “Working Hours” from the label ‘The Runaway Bicycle’ by Preeti Verma pedalled fashionably under the arc lights. Inspired by the outfits of different professions of the era gone by, the collection presented fresh, wholesome and colourful creations that favoured Khadi and organic fabrics.
The aesthetics of designers JasonAnshu for their label ‘The Small Shop’ have always 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.
A fashion show by Kallol Datta is for the cerebral audience. The designer’s creativity is so intense and innovative; it is a visual challenge to delve into this very creative designer’s thinking process and figure out his amazing, extreme, construction techniques and ideas.
Presenting exciting innovative but totally wearable women’s wear has been Alan Alexander Kaleekal’s forté ever since his debut at the Gen Next Show. Season after season his creativity has enthralled the audience. His ‘Garçonne’ collection was a mix of sharp tailoring, conventional fits and interesting gender norms.
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