The second day at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2017 was dedicated to sustainable fashion and Indian textiles. Creating fashion from waste, the show ‘Reincarnations’ by artisans was all about celebrating the second life of fashion by means of recycle and repair. The show was the brainchild of Ridhi Parekh with the support of Mantra Foundation. With a stunning collection of clothes, jewellery, accessories, scarves and footwear the group of 5 innovative and experimental designers took the audiences by surprise presenting their fashionable interpretations of discarded commodities. Sailesh Singhania brought to the runway a gorgeous collection of spring summer saris. Working with traditional jamdanis, enveloped the audiences with captivating motifs like peacocks, exotic Indian florals, and birds. Dramatic tissue blouses in bright hues, featuring ruffles and bows was the definite highlight of this textile masters collection.
Designers Shantanu Das and Chirag Gandhi came up with their interpretation of sustainable fashion presenting a collection titled “To Be or Not to Be”, bringing onto the ramp a monochromatic symphony of silhouettes in unbleached cottons in shades of whites, off-whites and pale blues. Indigene by designers Jaya Bhatta and Ruchi Tripathi delighted audiences with it’s informal take on traditional Indian textiles. Models draped in boxy silhouettes defined by immaculate tie and dyes and muted shade card looked ready for the scorching Indian summers. Sanjukta Dutta’s collection presented riot of intense Indian colors onto the ramp. A stunning ethnic collection in shades of greens, metallics, blacks and bright reds revived all our festive vibes. Bold and beautiful sarees, lehenga skirts and dauntless backless blouses were the defining elements of Sanjukta’s eclectic collection. Preity Zinta made her runway comeback playing the pretty showstopper.
Design label Amrich: Sayantan Sarkar and Soham Dave brought forth a contemporary twist to the traditional Indian techniques and textiles. Amrich showcased its latest collection ‘Chiaro-Scuro’ that used traditional techniques of ikat, block printing and shibori. The collection had a fresh take on the silhouettes with flowy maxi dresses, anti-fit pants and tops with high-low hems.
Abraham Thakore presented a whole range of patchwork jackets, separates, and deconstructed silhouettes. Spurring an all new take on recycled plastic bottles and saved garments Rajesh Pratap Singh creatively curated yarns and fibres to construct a statement collection for men in khadi and denims.