LFW 2016: Bright Handwoven Silks Set The Stage For Wendell Rodricks
When we walked into the main stage area to witness the last show of Day 2 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016, things were far from regular. I strutted into the area with an element of surprise. There was no sign of ushers showing you to your seats, no terseness of people being in the spot before the lights dimmed, no ramp readiness, so to say. What we walked into Wendell Rodricks’ show, the ramp had been completely moved away and instead what we saw was a museum display of sorts, showcasing brightly coloured silk garments in a quietly stunning way.
Standing on podiums, the models displayed a collection that was finely made of fabrics like khadi cotton, silk tussar, mugha, dupione, noile and organza. Hues as bright as fuschia, ivory, pomegranate, indigo, peacock blue, as well as turquoise and saffron gold, made up the colour story of Wendell’s Indica Emporia collection.
Styled impeccably by Grazia fashion director Ekta Rajani, we saw this show defy the rules in just the right measure. Keeping in mind the theme of the hour (it was Sustainable and Indian Textile Day), there were ghagras, handwoven saris, off-shouldered blouses and more. But what was different? Ghagras were used as capes, dhotis worked as saris, pajamas changed to off-shoulder blouses, capes made way to turn into kurtas and so on. All in all, the garments were nothing short of museum-worthy pieces to wear and cherish in your wardrobe for years to come.