The STREETFEAT show broke all norms at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 with a trendy, hip-hop presentation by four Street Wear Unisex brands that have never been seen on the ramp. It was a great opportunity for lovers of unconventional, unisex, androgynous clothes to get their sartorial requirements upgraded with brands that are nationally and globally well known.
To the beat of super-fast music, the models literally zoomed down the ramp in clothes, which announced that fashion now means hot selling unisex apparel.
When comfort and clothes must go together it is the Six5Six Street brand that will be a perfect choice. This brand is a total blend of couture merged with daily life. Created by Avni Aneja and Ambar Aneja, the brand rocked the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 with a casual athleisure line that was ideal for HIM and HER.
Using knits, cotton twill and denim, the clothes had an easy fun vibe about them. T-shirts, track pants, sweatshirts, baggy jeans; cycle shorts, boxy jackets all had a distinct relaxed quality. Funky slogans on long trench coats as well as holographic prints livened up the garments on the runway. Adding more detailing to the comfort wear, there were Velcro adjusters on the sleeves as well as a mix of prints and embroidery that was casually brought onto the strategic parts of the garments.
A variety of stretch denim was given a more unisex treatment with cropped jackets and wide jeans all teamed with a variety of apparel that offered several mix-and-match options. Shirts with drawstring pants had occasional contrast patches or large flapped pockets that gave a practical stylised detailing. Longline sweatshirts, colour blocking, worker man waistcoats, fringes, quilting, parka hoodies, paper bag waist pants, zipped down the catwalk on energetic models.
Six5Six Street proved to be a great fashion brand address that both men and women will love to visit when they are looking for clothes that can cater to both their needs.
Showcasing her debut collection, Natasha presented an excellent line of bold silhouettes, at LFW. With her label, Gundi Studios the designer displayed an offbeat collection with a mix of streetwear, whose underlying motto, was to celebrate the South Asian Women, in motherland and diaspora.
Through her intricately designed outfits with zardosi, the range attempted to speak for itself. Inspiring an avalanche of change, with a strong feministic vibe, bold motifs on rebellious streetwear, created the perfect gangster effect. Sustainable fabrics like Khadi were used as a peaceful weapon to represent independent movements and the struggle for absolute freedom in society. Capturing the intersection of reverie and reality, monochromes of black and white merged seamlessly, to give every garment their deserved attention. High neck black satin zipped jackets, white minis, black pinafore, summer dresses, a strappy tunic over cropped pants and a white boiler suit could be ideal for both sexes.
Making her debut on the ramp was Grammy Award-nominated songwriter and rapper, Raja Kumari who was the ideal model for the label’s collection as she energetically rapped her way down the runway in a long-sleeved velvet choli and a sexy mini sari that was ideal for her persona.
When it comes to garments that leave a lasting impact on the audience, Natasha Sumant’s Gundi Studios is for all fashionistas that dare to be different.
Started in 2017 the Biskit label by designer Shruti Biswajit and artist Harsha Biswajit was aimed to create unisex clothing. At Lakmé Fashion Week the brand unveiled its collection of athleisure streetwear that offered sweatshirts, track pants, over-sized shirts, trousers, skirts, T-shirts along with stylish accessories like quirky bags. Detailing came into play with abundance as large oversized pockets, prints and tabs appeared on the blousons, parkas, jackets and cropped pants.
This label often showcased futuristic collections, so their latest Spaced Out inspired by India’s space race had a marked interstellar vibe for a line that had overalls, jumpsuits and streetwear sets. Fine art and animal prints on the garments reflected the inspiration, while the multipurpose space travel bags were ideal accompaniments. Knits, cotton and cotton blends with concept prints easily brought the outer space concept on the ramp.
Biskit’s aim is to break the concept of men’s and women’s wear, which was aptly revealed on the runway as similar apparel appeared on male and female models.
The Jaywalking label started by Jay Ajay Jalal, made a great impact on the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week with its casual-cool looks. With unisex being the buzz word for the collection, the apparel promised instant recognition for the wearer and the designer also ensured some luck and superpowers.
Catering to all sizes, the collection comprised T-shirts, tracksuits, slim denim jeans and hoodies also offered oversized jackets some high waist pants and bell-bottom denim. Colours that were favoured by this gender-neutral brand started with navy blue and then moved onto basic tones of grey, olive and brown with large doses of colour blocking. The fabric choice was quite exciting with neoprene, velvet corduroy and suiting turned into stylish fashion wear. Detailing appeared to be the basis of the brand as graphic designs were combined constructively with fabric patches, trims and an assortment of practical pockets that added to the concept of surface ornamentation.
Wearing the Jaywalking brand will also turn the average Jill or Joe into total trendsetters.