FDCI x Lakme Fashion week 2021: CHOLA’s gender fluid collection to PETA's campaign ft Milind Soman-Ankita Konwar, Day 2 presents sustainability with vogue


Day 2 at the FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week 2021 was all about making this industry more sustainable and environment-friendly, a fashionable way.

Here’s what went down on the second day of the digital soiree:


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Opening the Sustainable Day at the joint phygital seasonless the Circular Design Challenge 3.0 had six design entrepreneurs shortlisted out of 80 for India’s first and largest sustainable fashion award presented by R|Elan “Fashion for Earth” in association United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


Fashion and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India continued its collaboration once again with Sustainable Fashion Day. The celebrity pair, Milind Soman and wife Ankita Konwar made a strong plea in the hard-hitting PETA film, to choose an alternative to leather and go for ethical options like coconut leather.

Milind moved with great style and panache from dawn to dusk, exhibiting eight trendy ensembles, which featured a line of office wear, leisure, athleisure and date night killer looks without any cruelty to animals. Ankita looked elegant, as she moved through the day in a tiered, summer dress, a halter, red, trapeze style mini, an asymmetrical midi and a white flouncy creation.

The trendy garments were created without fur, leather, wool, exotic skins, cashmere, mohair or silk. The Vegan fashion featured the creations of top designers and brands like Proyog, Daisy Days, Urvashi Kaur, Outhouse, Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika, The Frou Frou Studio, Azga, Equiivalence, Ethik, Mati, Strey, A Big Indian Story, Paaduk’s, Countrymade, Kunal Anil Tanna, Jenjum Gadi, No Nasties and many more.


All About India show celebrated sustainability with three respected designer labels to promote the various crafts of India was a unique collaboration. Designers Sohaya Misra of Chola, Gaurav Khanijo of Khanijo and Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty of Huemn presented their craft with creativity keeping environment in mind.


The Chola collection “Human Nature” was seasonless and timeless, as the label’s previous offerings have always been. Detailing like strings, buttons, loops and straps ensured a size less offering for the free size silhouettes. Separates made a constant appearance in the collection, while detachable hoods and sleeves along with mix and match options were the focal point of the line.

Particularly eye-catching were the striped robe, wide flowing pants with black side stripes, the high collared blouses, hoodies and the high-low hemline for the tunic. Chola added a Capri pant, black maxi skirt with contrast insets and numerous suggestions for layering and contrasting garments in mix and match looks.


The “Huemn 21” collection with amazing surface embellishments will surely turn into memorable pieces for fashion lovers. It was a truly unisex collection that will appeal to the fashion sensibilities of both sexes. Anti-fit and baggy silhouettes were the basis of the line, as shirts appeared with giant printed patch pockets, while denim biker’s jackets had a dual wardrobe appeal. The 2-tone denim/knit pants with frayed edges and a matching sweatshirt with 3D embroidery made a definite fashion statement. The blue striped and contrast white shirt looked good on HIM but will also appeal to HER.

Thousands of minute stitches highlighted the surface texturing using traditional embroidery that added a stylish appeal to the garments. The patterns brought to the forefront some scenic landscapes of rural India as well as images of the urban country.


The Khanijo collection for the next season had variety, detailing, with a large dose of comfort that will take the wearer stylishly through the day. The collection offered fashion-forward looks for men and women, as prints, embroidery and weaves came together in perfect unison. For women, there was the blush pink coat with discreet shoulder embellishments worn with a blouse with circular pockets and trousers. The olive-green corduroy set comprising biker’s jacket, gilet and trouser was a colourful trio. The embroidered and heavily textured jacket with matching culottes was teamed with a frayed detailed blouse, while an orange piped asymmetric jacket and trouser combo would be ideal for the Autumn/Winter 21 season.

Men’s wear included a knee-length coat with frayed shoulder detailing, a casual brown jacket, another checked, woolen, cropped version teamed with a sunny yellow, fully embroidered, mandarin collar kurta. Khanijo also offered a button-less embroidered denim jacket, as well as other options such as printed shirts with cropped pants.


The “Purn Vritt” Cocccon not only offered a sophisticated and one-of-a-kind appeal that exuded an elegant and youthful spirit, but also great fashion-forward looks. Unveiling a line of amazing, futuristic, space-age like garments made from biodegradable materials that had no trace of negative impact on earth. The principal base was the organically produced Ahimsa or peace silk, where the silkworm completes its life cycle and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

The colours of the collection could have rivalled those of the rainbow when the film opened with the dramatic dance movements of Jharkhand. A draped, printed sari with long- sleeved choli, pleated yoke blouse, summer dresses, ruffled necklines for party wear and draped lungis, brought in focus a look that was not only exaggerated but also totally unconventional. The one-shoulder style or single sleeve creations vied for attention with pleated skirts and balloon or rectangular sleeves, while abstract silhouettes and futuristic forms created a visual feast.

Geometry was the mainstay of the prints, as circles, squares, rectangles and linear patterns jostled on the bright hues. Bringing summer block prints on the garments, the silhouettes were comfortable yet amazing in shape and form. Besides the organic silks, the unconventional blends also added to the variety offered in the collection and raised the fashion quotient of the look.


Day 2 witnessed Payal Pratap showcase her line titled “View With A Room”. This collection pendulated between myriad emotions from reminiscing, introspecting, internalizing to connecting to one’s roots, invoking a flood of memories.

Shades of plum, purple, navy, fuchsia, ruby, petrol, coffee, auburn, and ochre enlivened the line. Maxis, wraps and sari dresses, riddled with peplums, gathers, smocking and hand-woven details formed the part of her collection. Wool stripe and check jackets peppered with delicate embroideries, cross stitch motives and hand-embroidered sequin made for the spectacular highlights.

Elements like scarves, wood buttons, hand-beaten bangles earrings, hand-made wool boots accessorized this collection.

Now that was a sartorially loaded sustainable day 2. Can’t wait to see what drama day 3 unfolds!

(Source- Lakme Fashion Week)