London Fashion Week was all about Indian influence, as Kolkata inspired embroidery and prints from Kerala showed up on the ramp.
India seems to be the flavour of the moment in the fashion world. A lot of India inspired designs were seen at the recently concluded New York Fashion Week. And the London Fashion Week (LFW) Spring /Summer 2013 that closed on Wednesday too had designer duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos of designer label Peter Pilotto taking a slice of India for their collection showcased on Day 4.
Inspired by Kolkata’s textile heritage, they showcased designs with peplum waists, prints, tiered ruffles and thigh slits with rich 3D-embroidery, mirror and bead work. “It’s cliché to love the colours of India, but they’re amazing,” said Pilotto. Kolkata based designer Abhishek Dutta says some of the designs seem to seek inspiration from the traditional patachitra of Kalighat in Bengal.
English designer Matthew Williamson’s also based his collection on the Indian festival of Holi. He had models sashaying down the ramp in silk and chiffon printed dresses and dip-dyed jackets in vibrant colours such as violet, hot pink, orange, indigo and turquoise on Day 3 of the event.