Posted on May 12 2020
Day 2 at the five-day fashion gala, Lakme Fashion Week Summer / Resort 2020, started with a big bang. Moreover viable, couture with some ultramodern designs made the ramp regenerate. Along with an assortment of new designers, some famous designers like Eka, Buna, and Mandeep Nagi, to name a few, too embody. Let us take a look.
This fashion week join forces with R Elan and United Nations Environment Programme for the second edition of the Circular Design Challenge, exhibiting the designs and skills of those who have taken efforts towards trying to make fashion environment-friendly. Five participants from the country were allowed to ground their designs to a panel of experts in the industry. The exhibitions of creation were followed by question and answer round wherein the experts raised questions regarding each participant’s collection. Varsha Rani Solanki, Mallika Reddy, Susmith and Zuzana, Gargi Gopal, and Esha Agarwal were the five participants among them Susmith and Zuzana from Kerala were awarded as the winner. Their unconventional approach of using unwanted coconut water to make bags, bracelets, footwear, and other accessories, amazed the experts. Thus, minimizing waste significantly!
To promote Women’s Sustainability, three young designers and a woman-led enterprise put forth their extremely state-of-the-art, outfits, and sustainable pieces of creation. Designer Pallavi Shantam featured her collection ‘Buna,’ evolved simple and more wearable designs that majorly focused on the color white. Designer Jayati Goenka pitched her collection ‘Evolve,’ motivated by the Japanese ‘Simple Living’ concept. Another designer, inspired by Japanese aesthetics based on zero waste garments, designer Riddhi Jain, exhibited her finest collection, ‘Medium.’ RAAB, a premium sub-brand under Sadhna, presented its outstanding collection known as ‘Connecting the Dots’ that committed to the cause of vesting women in all provinces of life. The collection comprises of fantastic clothing from dhoti pants to saree and from short jackets to western outfits.
Exotic Spring Collections
Designer Ashdeen Z. Lilaowala, known for his spring collection, took significant inspiration from his childhood visions, growing up in a Parsi household during the 1980s. His collection saw classic and simple silhouettes in a surfeit of diverse hues, that focused on the facet of hand embroidery. He also threw light upon the delicate beauty of lace and effectively managed to merge culture-inspired craft with the aim of sustainability.
‘Ashdeen’ ‘House of Three’ and Tantajo debuted their striking collections ‘Memories on Cloth’ and ‘Kumari Kandam’ displaying the fusion of the states of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. Actor Siddharth from Rang De Basanti, along with actor-musician Saba Azad, walked on the ramp for House of Three X Tantajo.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) joined forces with Lakme Fashion Week 2020 to introduce a print drive with gorgeous Sunny Leone to promote the creativity of vegan fashion. This noble cause is to bring the jeopardies of using materials like leather. The actress Sunny Leone expressed concerns and worries regarding the same. She also spoke on how and why the actress herself believes so strongly in this cause.
Then Designer Mandeep Nagi exhibited ‘crafted in Crochet’ by shades of India, a collection inspired principally by the summer season. The motive of the range was to not bound suitable clothing to any size or age, permitting everyone to have access to everything they want to wear. Not compatible with the standard norms, the designer had nine showstoppers for her show, women coming from all ages of life.
It was the designer Rina Singh team up with the Telangana State Handloom Weavers Co-operative Society and brought hidden talented folks of weavers from Mahadevpura, Pochampally, and Narayanpet. The rustic collection indicates how the common man can make handloom a part of daily fashion. The iconic Tennis Player, Sania Mirza, made a buzz with her walk on the ramp for Eka and looked stunning in a 100% cotton attire.
The day came to an end where Padma Shree Awardee Ritu Kumar collaborated with the Austrian fiber brand, Lenzing Ecoverco, to exhibit an inspirational and striking collection, keeping in mind the facet of sustainable fashion. The outstanding collection was a fusion of four stories - Neo Origami, Flora & Fauna, Sundarvan, and Mrinalini Mukherjee’s exhibit at MET. The sensational Aditi Rao Hydari sparkled the ramp with her walk for the designer and bewildered everyone in her salient blue attire.