One of the most-awaited events in the calendars of every fashion enthusiast in the country, the Lakmé Fashion Week 2022 is back in its physical form in the post-pandemic world. Making its move from Mumbai to Delhi, the event opened big with a showcase at the Italian Embassy by designer Rahul Mishra, setting the tone for the exciting new launches to come. Day 2 was dedicated to highlighting designers who are championing sustainability with their work. Menswear label Khanijo and Ujjawal Dubey’s Antar-Agni partnered with adidas Originals to showcase their collections inspired by the brand’s collaboration with Parley and their commitment to end plastic waste. Designers like Pratima Pandey, Diksha Khanna, Divyam Mehta, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Payal Pratap, Anavila, Anju Modi, and Rina Dhaka also showcased their take on eco-conscious fashion yesterday. The day closed with Rajesh Pratap Singh’s grand pool party, a fitting end to a day filled with breathtaking fashion.
Feeling the FOMO yet? Fret not, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you might have missed at Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week 2022…
Florals and old-world romance
Easy, breezy silhouettes created with light, breathable textiles were one of the standout highlights from Day 2. Designers like Diksha Khanna, Pratima Pandey, and Payal Pratap gave a beautiful twist to sustainable fashion with their romantic collections. Pandey’s collection was titled ‘Paro’, inspired by the character from Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1917 novel Devdas, and reflected the designer’s love for anything floral. Pratap collaborated with Bemberg India to create a stunning and colorful collection using regenerated, sustainable fiber made from cotton waste.
The circus was in town
Designer Gaurav Khanijo’s love for circus came through with his showcase titled ‘Cirque Du’ Soul’ when he sent models down the runway holding huge bunches of balloons and decked up in garments with hand-embroidered circus-themed motifs all over them. To everyone’s relief, there were no actual clown sightings at the show.
Nitin Bal Chauhan presented the stark truth at his showcase that if we don’t stop our excesses, our time will run out. Aptly titled ‘Countdown’, the show presented a conceptual collection designed using ink made from carbon collected from chimneys, vehicles, etc. It also featured innovative embroidery and construction techniques.
Noted art collector Shalini Passi closed the show for Vaishali S Couture, while actress and musician Shruti Hassan walked for Ujjawal Dubey’s Antar-Agni in all-black. Actress Kangana Ranaut turned up as the showstopper for the Khadi India showcase at LFW 2022.
Slumber party by the poolside anyone?
Rajesh Pratap Singh concluded the evening with a big party filled with colour, music, and fashion. The designer shifted the runway to the poolside and had models present his collection amongst people reveling in the empty pool without a care. Beneath all the vibrant colours and music was a thoughtful and eco-conscious collection made in collaboration with R|Elan Fabric 2.0, a textile company that manufactures fabrics made out of recycled plastic bottles.
Keep checking this space for more updates on everything that’s going on at LFW 2022!