A Re­spon­si­ble Run­way

Day 2 of Lakmé Fash­ion Week was an ode to sus­tain­able cloth­ing and re­spon­si­ble fash­ion

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“Sus­tain­able is not a trend, it’s not fash­ion, it’s the need of the hour,” says fash­ion de­signer Ra­jesh Pratap Singh, who has been root­ing for sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble fash­ion through this la­bel which closed Day 2 on an ecofriendl­y note.

How­ever, Singh was not alone. Lakmé Fash­ion Week cel­e­brated its Sus­tain­able Fash­ion Day with an array of tal­ented de­sign­ers show­cas­ing their de­signs made from eco-friendly fab­rics. Start­ing with the open­ing act #KhadiGoesC­hic, a grand khadi show­case by fash­ion de­sign­ers Lars An­der­s­son, Jewellyn Al­vares, Pallavi Shan­tam (of Buna) and Saloni Sakaria (of The Third Floor Cloth­ing). Speak­ing about khadi go­ing chic, Shan­tam, all of 25 years, be­lieves that the younger gen­er­a­tion needs to ex­plore this fab­ric more, just like she did. Also, An­der­s­son is of the opin­ion that if khadi has to move for­ward, it needs to be re­newed. “Bring­ing khadi to Lakmé Fash­ion Week Win­ter/ Fes­tive 2018, to an au­di­ence that has prob­a­bly never seen khadi as some­thing that can be used fash­ion­ably, is what khadi go­ing chic is to me,” says Al­vares.

Tak­ing a step fur­ther was the dig­i­tal em­pow­er­ment show­case where tal­ented de­sign­ers such as Naushad Ali, Indi­gene and Three By Pallavi Dhyani teamed up with three clus­ters in­clud­ing weavers of Musiri, Tiruchi­rap­palli, Ikat weavers of Barpali and Nau­patna and cot­ton weavers of Bara­banki. “We live in a dig­i­tal age then why leave the artisans be­hind? Weav­ing is an im­por­tant craft of In­dia and it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to take it for­ward to the next gen­er­a­tion. I think em­pow­er­ing weavers dig­i­tally could be an in­ter­est­ing step for that [to keep the tra­di­tion alive],” says Ali.

Cre­at­ing aware­ness through an array of sil­hou­ettes, drapes and colour pal­ette, fash­ion de­sign­ers Su­nita Shanker and Gun­jan Jain had the au­di­ence sit up and take no­tice when their un­con­ven­tional sari drapes gave a whole new mean­ing to tra­di­tion with a twist.

A love story be­tween khadi and matka by fash­ion de­signer Lars An­der­s­son

Work­ing with shades of beige, off­white, green, purple and mus­tard, Jewellyn Al­vares worked on constructi­on tech­niques in­stead of em­bel­lish­ments


Naushad Ali was in­spired to cre­ate a line of gar­ments that would high­light the beauty of the tex­tiles cre­ated by the tal­ented weavers. Work­ing with checks, stripes and ikats, he gave a more ab­stract and colour­blocked ef­fect to pat­terns

A model strikes a pose in a woven Varanasi bro­cade with Ten­cel. The art work on his red and gold en­sem­ble with a hoodie de­signed by fash­ion de­signer Ra­jesh Pratap Singh is called Sher Bab­bar.

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