“Sustainable Fashion”: Lakme Fashion Week Goes Green; presents eco-responsible collections
New Delhi: The second day of Lakme Fashion Week was dedicated to sustainable fashion. Several designers presented their collections, shaped by eco-responsible practices.
Industry veterans like Anju Modi, Abraham and Thakore, and Satya Paul to young talents like Diksha Khanna, Swatti Kapoor and Rina Singh have launched their latest line created with eco-friendly thoughts and requirements.
Design duo Abraham & Thakore, marking 30 years in the industry, launched the “Time Travel: Past, Present and Future” collection which included their iconic black and white designs. The Fall-Winter ’22 collection saw ancient textiles reinvented in revisited designs for today’s Indians.
The collection included the handwoven double ikat silk houndstooth saree in black and amla acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, presented in 2011 for their collection titled “Masculine and Feminine”. The collection is inspired by classic men’s fabrics and aims to create a sharp look for a new generation of women.
Alongside, they also previewed the Spring/Summer 23 collection and some of their archive pieces. The range expanded to daywear, workwear and occasion wear in colors like sage, carmine, earthy beige and maroon, splashed with a hint of shimmer. There were sarees, textured and 3D jackets, kurtas, kaftans, tunics, palazzos and churidars in fabrics like organic cotton, habutayi, mashru silks, lenzing eco Vero and Tencel. Plus, there were matching sets, shirts, jackets, vests, pants, loungewear, and men’s accessories.
Anju Modi’s “Damayanti” collection created in association with TENCEL fiber is inspired by the paintings of Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma. The outfits reflected Western techniques and styles used by the artist to paint his muse Dayamanti. Anju has used TENCEL’s lyocell and modal fibers to create a line of sarees, adorned with hand embroidery, traditional blouses, embellished dupattas, dhoti pants and other occasion wear.
Satya Paul’s “A Stranger Thinks” collection focused on athleisure as well as formal wear. There were clean, contemporary silhouettes in fabrics like satin, organza, cotton, viscose and silk. The color palette was inspired by the colors of the sky, space and the cosmos. There were prints inspired by space, water, planets, stars, clouds, deep sea divers, astronauts, marine life, fauna, flora, animals, iconic buildings, machine parts, and even world landmarks.
Rina’s “It’s Only a Dream” collection is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland story. The designer experimented with an exploration of block prints on handwoven fabrics like cotton and cotton silk, Kota, linen and blends, Jamdani incorporated into cotton and cotton silk silhouettes. Soft, vibrant colors and patterns that changed from gingham checks to multi-colors and stripes were used for layers and overlays.
Smocking, pin pleats, fragile laces and embroidery were seen on skirts and dresses, soft summer jackets, pretty peplum blouses, sheer dresses, fiery peasant tunics, as well as dresses women’s sheer smocks. Menswear options were also spotted on the runway, including white shirts, pastel striped biker jackets worn with comfy pants.
Winner of the R|Elan Circular Design Challenge, “Piles” by Pratyush Kumar brought a great experience of sustainable fashion to the ramp. His collection was made from deconstructed and reconstructed old clothes.
Inspired by the incredible world of life under the microscope, Pious featured the theme of illusion in their collection at the event. To create the illusion of folds, they worked on the concept of lenticular print. The collection captures the detail and intricacy visible under a microscope through different techniques such as pleating, weaving, eco-friendly digital printing and 3D printing. The brand opted for materials like CARTEX – 100% recycled carpet waste, R|Elan Greengold (100% recycled polyester made from post-consumer PET bottles), Greengold + Feelfresh Fusion Fabric (100% recycled polyester with additional antimicrobial properties). ), GRS-certified recycled nylon, GRS-certified recycled polyester and organic cotton to create clothing and footwear. There were oversized sweaters, kimonos and buttonless jackets with wild prints and colors.
Swatti unveiled a line of flowing, flowing women’s clothing inspired by the colorful fruit pomegranate and the Greek goddess of love Venus. Titled “Venus”, the line has been designed with upcycled and upcycled materials to minimize the carbon footprint.
She used chanderi, khadi and mul in easy and relaxed silhouettes. Ribs and folds have been observed in garments with surface texture, block prints, hand embroidery and beading. There were kurtas, tunics, skirts, dupattas, pants, dresses, shirts, and a variety of overlays and scarves in a wide selection of colors.
Riddhi Jain’s ‘Studio Medium’ brand experimented with Jamdani and Bandhani weaves to create the ‘Jamban Journal 2.0’ collection.
The designer was inspired by the work of artists – Ichiko Kubota and Jeremy Gardiner to bring to life the traditional 6 meter drape, spotted tunics, jackets, scarves and kurtas of Bandhani craftsmanship.
Designer Diksha Khanna’s Fluid 2023 collection focused on hand-woven denim and linen dyed in natural tones of indigo, rubai orange and arabica brown fused with ivory and beige. The intriguing 3D ladder hems on the coat lapels were inspired by the concept of empty stairwells. She used hand-woven Chanderis and rugged khadi denim for many mix-and-match options with vests, dresses, shorts, sheer pencil skirts, cozy jackets and cropped blouses. The collection also included mini coin bags and denim backpacks, made by the designer for the first time.