India’s Lakme Fashion Week has taken over the media and the nation as fashionista’s are rushing to catch up with all of their favorite designers. Each year during the Fashion week there is an Indian Handlooms and Textile Day that features the beautiful fabrics of the nation. This year the opening was by designers Ujjawal Dubey, Divya Sheth, Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam!
Mayank Anand and Shraddha Nigam presented their “Chauraha” collection featuring the Dhonekali and the Gamcha. Dhonekali from West Bengal was a fabric with its unusual twisted yarn that is normally found in the pallav. The Gamcha, the other selection was a very interesting unstitched fabric/garment of the country with multiple uses, which is carried by men and women throughout the year for different purposes. The designing duo used them in a color palette of black, white and red checked pattern along with hand woven cotton that created a fashionable stir on the runway as the models glided down. From interesting draped tunics and dresses to cowl pants and striking tops; the collection made optimum use of these two very humble textiles.
Divya Sheth presented her eco-organic collection titled “Sultana on Safari” with a royal touch. Aimed at the jet-setting global traveler who believes in sustainable fashion, Divya ensured that her fabric choice was pure hand spun and woven Khadi, organic silk and silk chiffon, which were given an innovative touch with traditional reinvented Kalamkari and Ajrakh in natural dyes.
To make life really easy for the worldwide tourist, there were summer trench coats with spacious pockets for Ipad, mobiles and passports. For the sporty ones, the addition of convenient pockets for binoculars so that hands were kept free was great. Added to the look was eco-wood and silver jewelry decorated with kachchi embroidery.
‘Antar-Agni’ the label by Ujjawal Dubey offered innovations for his men’s and women’s wear collection called “Half-Light.” Ujjawal aimed to create a fashionable balance between contrasts, played with dark and light grey as well as pastel shades of blue and then sprang a surprise with metallic color details. Keeping the silhouettes to relaxed fits, which were oversized and layered, Ujjawal’s fabric options were restricted to handwoven khadi, linen net, linen satin blends, cotton linen and added faux leather and organza for accents. Keep it locked for more updates!