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Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week 2019: Day 1 was about sustainability, gender bender and revisiting roots

Indian designers at the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week 2019 redefine the idea of sustainability, gender-neutral fashion, evolved textures and newer silhouettes.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 14, 2019 17:29 IST
Srishti Jha
Srishti Jha
Hindustan Times, Delhi
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Rahul Mishra/ Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week AW’ 2019

The Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week Autumn Winter’ 2019 began yesterday at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in Delhi and the fashion lovers in the capital came together to find out what is new in Indian fashion. Day 1 was all about a prime focus on the idea of sustainability, green fashion and eco-consciousness and how the Indian fashion industry in contributing towards it, theoretically or practically. The day began with the Green Heart Fashion Show where designers Rina Dhaka, Samant Chauhan, Namrata Joshipura, Shalini James and Sahil Kocchar showcased their collections of fluid garments using Liva eco. The collections shattered the myth around sustainable clothing in terms of textures, silhouettes and patterns.

Designer Amita Gupta experimented with contrasting elements to build a narrative around the idea of sustainability. She worked around silk, zari and denim to build a powerful contrasting collection for the modern woman. ARCVSH by Pallavi Singh focused on using materials that are less hazardous in nature in interesting silhouettes and patterns. Diksha Khanna’s interpretation of denim and intricate knits was quite a fresh take on the material and gave the fabric a new spin with crocheted patchwork textures, cross stitch embroideries in a peculiar style.

Pratima Pandey’s collection Ektara was inspired by the Dadaism movement. She used Maheshwari handloom with floral embroideries in a variety of silhouettes. Vaishali Shadangule’s Bisra collection was a contemporary take on traditional aesthetics of the Khunn textile and the current understanding of fashion on a global scale.

Suket Dhir’s collection, He for She looked at menswear silhouettes for women. Blazers, Bombers, blazers, shirts and trousers all in narrow fits and simple structures was a powerful take on gender-neutral fashion. The highlight remained to be the play of textures in the collection.

Rahul Mishra completed 10 years in the fashion industry and the show was a walk down the memory lane. It was all about going back to the roots on the lines of retrospection, metamorphosis and reinvention. The collection included a variety of fabrics and techniques, from gossamer tulle and organza to lush velvets along with traditional aari work with resham thread work, to French knots inspired by pointillism art. Mythic, elegant and an ode to the evolving design aesthetics.

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First Published: Mar 14, 2019 16:00 IST