LOTUS MAKEUP INDIA FASHION WEEK’19
Day 1: Everything Sustainable
A retrospective of 10 years since Rahul Mishra first arrived in Indian fashion, ‘Rahul Mishra in Retrospect’ was an extravaganza of his past collections from Paris Fashion Weeks, through which he shone light on Indian handicrafts that included everything from tulle, organza and velvets with intricate aari and resham work inspired by Pointillism.
Play by Suket Dhir was an almost surreal, gorjus blend of quirky designs with structured clothes that reflected playfulness in every form. The highlight of his collection was ‘He for She’, menswear aimed at women, and we were smitten by the digitally printed, brocade and silk-satin blazers, bombers, shirts and trousers.
AMITA GUPTA, PALLAVI SINGH+DIKSHA KHANNA
Amita Gupta Sustainable paired contrasting denim with silk and zari, handcrafted by Benarasi weavers in an ode to the modern-day woman, and featured demure sarees, lehengas and ch
ARCVSH by Pallavi Singh was a comment on how we’ve pushed the earth to the brink by abusing its’ resources, and featured yarns spun out of plastic pet bottles that featured the most exquisite block printing, hand embroidery and textures that beautifully reflected the wonder that is nature.
Diksha Khanna’s ‘Hadith’ or the desert storm that makes its way through the Kingdoms of Doha and Oman, stayed true to its name, and was a lightening bolt of zari on khadi and denim. Chunky knits and denim were given a dramatic Eastern twist, while crochet patchwork intertwined with embroidery.
Textile revivalist Vaishali Shadagule’s ‘Bisra‘ was an ode to the centuries old weave of Khun, and her attempt at helping revive it through her collection of mostly pinks, tangerines, greens and reds.
Inspired by Dadaism, Pratima Pandey’s ‘Ektara’ was a burst of florals on Maheshwari handlooms, and the kurtas, sweaters, dresses, saris and shawls were just precious.
RINA DHAKA+SHALINI JAMES+SAHIL KOCHHAR+SAMANT CHAUHAN
India’s first-ever Green Heart fashion show to promote sustainability in fashion was held in collab with Liva, and had ace designers Rina Dhaka, Shalini James, Sahil Kochhar and Samant Chauhan showcase sustainable ensembles.
While Dhaka’s collection mixed florals with Bandhej and featured cowl necks, asymmetrical skirts and voluminous sleeves.
James’s primarily all-green collection had accents of resist-dyeing and block printing all the way from the Rajasthani village of Bagru.
And, Kochhar’s contemporary take on sustainable could just as well have been on the runway in New York. We loved the oversized jackets, the easy trousers and the pleated dresses.
Chauhan threw an all-white party, and we were all invited. We loved the simple red and blue borders alongside most of his clothes, and the touch of floral and other Indian motifs.