All The Looks That Caught Our Eye on Day 2 Of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019
The buzz word that’s making its round in fashion circles these days is ‘sustainability’. And continuing with the tradition, Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive was all about sustainable clothing, upcycling, and new-age fabrics. In the age we live in, clothing is not just a means of making a fashion statement, but also embracing a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Sustainability has been at the core of India’s existence for the longest time, with Gandhi being one of the main promoters of the Khadi movement. And although the movement towards sustainability slowed down in the midst of westernisation and the usage of synthetic fabrics, environmentally-friendly clothing is making its way back into the fashion industry in a big way. Starting off with 11:11, a pret label by designers Shani Himanshu, and Mia Morikawa who collaborated with the C&A Foundation to promote sustainable, organic cotton, the day ended with Abraham & Thakore who used an imported viscose fabric that is environmentally responsible. Here’s a look at all the innovations and designs that caught our eye.
11:11 in collaboration with Farmers by C&A Foundation
The USP of 11:11 is that it has been a dedicated organic label since inception. Bringing that to the fore, the label worked closely with farmers and artisans to create their newest line. Cotton was the main element throughout the collection and was emphasised using a range of vegetable dyes. 11:11 proved that Khadi need not look drab with its range of breezy dungarees, joggers and dresses. Prints were also the talking point with bandhani, kalamkari and shibori stealing the spotlight. What really stood out for us was learning all about organic cultivation from the farmers themselves who shared the stage with the designer duo.
Titled the ‘Miniature Moon’ collection, Aavaran emphasised on the ‘Dabu’ print that Rajasthan is famous for. The print which comes in hues of blue, indigo and grey were omnipresent in the new line and progressed to brighter hues of reds, yellows and greens gradually. The collection was all about celebrating traditional wear encompassing kurtas and maxis with delicate side pleats.
Antar Agni by Ujjwal Dubey
At Antar Agni, it was all about structured silhouettes and flowy ensembles. The colours remained muted, starting with opaque ivory and then switching to blues and greys. Draping was a prominent element throughout the collection, as both male and female models sported fusion wear that marries tradition and nouveau styles. What really impressed, was the effortless play on unisex wear.
Kaur’s collection derived inspiration from the work of Ethiopian artist Dawit Abebe. We loved the different fabrics that had been sourced from across the subcontinent. So there was Khes from the land of the five rivers, Punjab, intricate Shibori and tie-dye from Rajasthan, and silks from Maheshwar. Smart office-wear that scored high on comfort, was the main talking point as Kaur displayed three-piece suits and long-sleeved shirts.
I Was A Sari
Known for being master-upcyclers, Stefano Funari and Poornima Pande’s I Was A Sari reuses old saris and scrap clothing and gives them a whole new meaning. This time around, they got women artisans on board to create outfits from 18 upcycled saris and waste material. It was all around beachy-vibes meets nomads at the show. Ornamentation and embroidery helped enhance the natural beauty of the designs that were already innovative in themselves.
Abraham & Thakore
The kurta commanded all the attention at the closing show for Day 2. Abraham & Thakore presented their collaboration with Lenzing to launch the LENZING ECOVERO fabric. A type of viscose fibre, it is ethically sourced from certified and controlled wood sources. Celebrating the ‘Kurta 2.0’, the dominating colour theme on the ramp was monochrome with hints of olive and khaki. They went into details to explore ‘kali’ which is a traditional way of cutting, developed to minimise fabric wastage. Relaxed fits and fluid clothing was the piece de resistance, showcased in the form of dhoti-kurta co-ords, tunics and laid-back pants.