Day 2 at the Lakmé Fashion Week 2020 Digital First Season Fluid Edition was all about making this industry more sustainable and environment-friendly, the fashionable way.
AMIT WADHWA AND KAVERI
Designers Amit Wadhwa and Kaveri showcased the diverse beauty of fabrics with their respective collections. Amit paid homage to the age-old Indian Khadi, by giving it a recreated image with his collection “RE-image-IN.”
Devoting his designing skills to just Khadi, Amit went on the conscious clothing path but aimed at the festive wear season. The garments for men and women were perfectly visualised to give a fashionable balance between craft and culture.
The colours were a mix of festive hues as green, pink, and blue were merged with black, brown, and grey.
Kaveri presented the “Cocoon” collection that was fashionable, a symphony of contemporary design, flow and drape to flatter the body.
The “Cocoon” collection was visualised in enchanting gentle hues of off-white, natural, linen mauve, sage, ice, iron, vintage rose, wine, whale and rosemary. While the preferred fabric base for Kaveri has always been linen, the addition of pure silk organza took the collection to an almost fashionable tranquil level.
Lace was used lavishly to edge hemlines, sleeves, shoulders, and bodices; while pretty, pastel, embroidered flowers added to the feminine quality of the midis.
Closing the show was the ever radiant and gorgeous actress Sandeepa Dhar who looked a picture of elegance in a deep maroon embroidered lehenga and bell-sleeved peplum blouse sprinkled with bouquets of blossoms.
11.11/ ELEVEN ELEVEN
Lakmé Fashion Week joined hands with Fashion Open Studio to highlight the work that goes behind the conscious designer label 11.11/Eleven Eleven by Shani Himanshu and Mia Morikawa in effort to make supply chain transparency an important conversation.
It was an interesting presentation that the film revealed about the expert art of transforming the cotton into yarn, which is the building block of woven and knitted fabric, hand spinning, (and age-old practice of transforming fibre into yarn), plying, which was then carefully dyed in shades of indigo, allowed to dry and them beautifully knitted or crocheted into a stylish pullover. The film also highlighted the effort of women hand spinners and the importance of their skills in the international value chain.
PANKAJ & NIDHI
The “Talisman” collection by designers Pankaj and Nidhi Ahuja was all about comfort wear at home, work or on holiday.
The colour choice had a fresh perspective as sandy peach, dusty pink to pecan brown and earthy blue were used in either colour blocking or with geometric prints of demi circles, circles and squares that cascaded down the garments.
Some great looks included surface ornamented, long coat, over figure-hugging sheath, bell bottoms, balloon-sleeved cropped blouse highlighted with sequins, puff-sleeved blousons, belted full-flared maxi, bralette with a long skirt, slim pants and button-less jacket. A variety of different maxis and blouses sprinkled with 3D graduating circles gave more options to the fashion followers.
Presenting nearly 40 ensembles for men and women, it was the 12 Tattvas from the Indian traditions and scriptures that influenced Agrawal’s creations. Earth, water, fire, wind, sky, sun, moon, planets, organisms, body, mind, and spirit were the basis of the collection that represented the harmony between the 12 universal elements.
Motifs representing these elements, including quirky versions of moon-phases, tigers, human mind & DaVinci’s Vitruvian man were skilfully woven into the glittering fabrics.
Women’s wear was visualised in classic double-breasted tunics and jackets as well as neat blouses with saris. Trousers were comfy with boot-cut hems, while the maxis with halter bodices and intricately woven skirts were great cocktail time offerings.
Men’s wear was practical but well-constructed, as Sherwanis, trench coats, single-button jackets with turn-up trousers, basic shirts and bundgalas, completed the line.
Sartoirally loaded day backed with sustainability. What are your thoughts?