The second day at Lakme Fashion Week was dedicated to Indian Textiles and Sustainable Fashion. Ensuing the theme, a playlist of eclectic designers paid tribute to the weavers of India who skilfully work for our designers in the shadows, bringing forth diverse tales and modern contours of the traditional woven fabric. From Sawti & Sunania to Gaurang Shah, we take you through some indigenous glamour that rocked the ramp.
Swati Vijayvargie unveiled her collection ‘Bagh’ that portrayed the intricate medieval Chintz prints, a mesmerizing heirloom of the past, revisiting and reinventing the classic floral print in bloder, and fun form. She is definitely one to look out for!
Indigene by Jaya Bhatt and Ruchi Tripathi unveiled their refreshing collection themed as ‘Transience’. The theme of this collection is inspired by Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese rubric of rustic simplicity and understated elegance. Hand-printed ajrakhs, handspun and handwoven khadis are both its canvas and its brush.
Working with the gorgeous weaves in the purest form of the Holy city – Varanasi, Mrinalini Gupta’s collection ‘Banaras’ was a feminine fashionable offering of minimal rustic glamour.
Paromita Banerjee presented two distinct stories, the luxurious hand woven fabrics like Khadi, Malkha, linen and cotton were created into voluminous Mughal jamas, Punjabi Pyjama, shift dresses and draped stoles.
Gaurang’s Calico draws inspiration from the early 20th century that witnessed the zenith of colonial rule in India when Indian society at large underwent a visible cultural shift. The wealthy and influential were rubbing shoulders with their colonial counterparts as equals, resulting in a unique blend of cultures, symbolic of the Raj in the 20th century.
It was truly a befitting tribute to Sustainable Fashion. His ‘Calico’ was the showstopper.