As they say, it’s always fashion week somewhere. While the rest of the world may have put their feet up after New York, London, Paris and Milan, for us back home in India, the season is just kicking off at Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week. With one day to go, we’ve packed our bags (fashion week survival kit of sturdy sneakers and portable chargers intact), and gotten ready to make our way to the capital, where we’ll greet some old faces—both those who are regulars to fashion week (Pero’s finally a fixture on the official schedule), and those who are marking their return this season—and some new ones too. From an offsite show to a presentation and even a rainbow show, here are our picks of all the showcases to look forward to in the coming week. Scroll on to see seven designers reveal their collections to Vogue, and give us an insider’s view to what inspired them this season.
“My fascination for textures, material and re-engineering fabrics continue this season as I try to explore the relationship between positive and negative space. The collection draws inspiration from age old techniques of lace-making and stencilling in handmade chiffon, metallic cords and metal wires. The presentation aims to explore an intersection between fashion, art and technology through a collaboration with multi-disciplinary artist, Harshvardhan Kadam and creative tech studio, Digital Jalebi.”
“Through the collection and the experience of the show, we want to project a change in the teaching system, where men are taught empathy at a young age by disregarding the traditional masculine values labeled as “Butch”. The starting point for each collection is always conversations, discussions and the society that we live in. This one was about blurring lines and abolishing the predefined gender roles in our society. There is also a strong influence of ’80s and pop colours from the ’60s.”
ROHIT GANDHI + RAHUL KHANNA
“The collection explores an all-black uniform for both men and women. There is intricate metal work on constructed garments and matte and gloss textures dividing the body in unusual patterns. We are moving away from prêt and presenting a 14-piece red carpet-ready collection from the couture line, where luxurious satin and twisted crepe are used.”
“We are playing with volume, circular form and asymmetry, but for this season, updating it with satin-organza and even block printing on handwoven cottons, linens and silks.”
“This is one of my most intimate collections as it is inspired by memories from my childhood, as well as the ones with my daughter, Aarna. When I play with her, I am reminded of my own childhood, and of my mother, who used to wear the patchwork Maheshwari sarees. I am reminded also of my house, where daraz curtains would hang and our wooden table covered in coloured lace cloth. These memories are mirrored in my collection. It also marks the first time I’ve experimented with pure white textures—in the past I have always worked with crème or ecru.”
SHIVAN & NARRESH
“The Koi Series captures the finer nuances of Gond art from Madhya Pradesh and coalesces it with colour inspiration from the spice markets of Istanbul, both of which were discovered by us on our recent travels. This collection is a way to marry the Indian art form with fashion and make it relevant for the globetrotting millennials. It is reflective of the non-conformism of the generation today, always on the lookout for innovative cultures and experiences.”
“The spring/summer 2019 collection is influenced by the cultural and socio-economic ambience of conflict-ridden Kashmir and the hope and pride in its growing youth. Its stark contrasts of what has passed and what is to come forms the backbone of our narrative. Images by renowned photographers Mark Hanauer and Azaan Shah have been played with and converted into print and mixed media textures. An assortment of intricate handwork techniques have been used to add unexpected detail to individual garments. The mood is powerful yet playful and there’s a sense of romance that has seeped into our work, which is very exciting.”
Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week spring/summer 2019 is on from October 10-13 in New Delhi, India
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