Contemporary and tradition fashion ideology was presented in Mumbai at Lakme Fashion Week. From 12th century samurai ensembles to a sustainable fashion collection called “Craft is Cool’ it was one unique show after the next. The bold colors, beautiful textiles, and intricate thread work and embellishments made for every kind of attire from festive to everyday wearable. I’ve said before that I really do love seeing all the ways people dress around the world, and India’s luxury fashion definitely left its impression. Show stopping and explorative style was presented over just a short five days, but statements were made and heard in Mumbai. Take a look at some of the labels below.
Traditional: Masaba & Nachiket Barve
The rich color palettes of traditional Indian wear always takes my breath away instantly and I love that the style are still feminine and the details are as complex as anything. This season was also the debut of Nachiket Barve bridal collection.
Contemporary: Antar Agni, Integument & Untitled Co.
The easy silhouettes from labels Antar Agni, Integument and Untitled Co. in lightly somber colors felt so great for fall on moodier days.
Contemporary: Doodlage, Manish Arora, Huemn Project, Wendell Roricks, Anuj Bhutani
At, Doodlage, upcycling industry waste is the motto to avoid massive quantities of material that ends up in landfills. Used scraps and defect fabric from the garment industry are made into their limited edition collections. They repurpose polybags, seat belt and even tyre tubes. Over at the Huemn Project, ten looks were made from waste of seven designers and deconstructed them into separate pieces. Anuj Bhutani also worked on a sustainably made collection focusing on wool and unisex shape.
Manish Arora had a comeback after 6 years and called the collection ‘Cosmic Love’. I loved the geometric patterns and clean shapes of the pieces. Wendell Rodricks had fresh styles and color palettes on his runway as he was on a mission to break down stereotypes of plus size clothing.
Traditional with a Contemporary Twist: Sanjay Garg, Sonar Paras Modi & Saaksha Kinni
While I liked the clothes from Sumer Kabir Sharma, but thought the hair and makeup was extreme. I didn’t know what it meant and made the the runway harsh.