Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week was ‘Sustainable Day’ and, therefore, was dedicated to highlighting eco-friendly and sustainable practices in fashion and the designers championing them.
The schedule was packed with exciting showcases from designers like Diksha Khanna, Label Studio Medium, Swatti Kapoor, Eka, Anju Modi, Abraham and Thakore, and Satya Paul. Circular Design Challenge winner Pieux’s modern and edgy collection gave us a glimpse of what we can expect from street style in the coming seasons. In complete contrast to this, designer Anju Modi dressed up her models in designs inspired by Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings, with the models recreating the iconic poses from his artworks on the runway.
Here are a few highlights from Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week…
Since the day was all about sustainable fashion, it was no surprise that designers presented collections that brought forth new and exciting ways of using Indian traditional textiles and craft techniques. Take for instance Studio Medium’s collection, titled Jamban Journal 2.0. Designer Riddhi Jain Satija reimagined Jamdani and Bandhani textiles with her collection and, through clever layering and tailoring, gave them a modern makeover. The day also had sustainable fashion advocates like Anita Dongre, Aditi Mayer, and Priya Krishnamoorthy get together to discuss the impact of fashion on the environment and sustainability in 2022.
Focus on eyes
Whether it was the dramatic smokey eye looks from Abraham and Thakore’s monochromatic showcase or the soft pastels from Eka’s show, the beauty looks from Day 2’s shows were focused on the eyes. Studio Medium also gave us models that strutted down the runway in avante-garde eyewear.
Eka’s whimsical tea party
Designer Rina Singh’s comeback to the physical format of runway shows was marked by her desire to leave the grim realities of the pandemic and its impact on the world behind and step into a whimsical reality. The show was set up like a tea party where models presented a collection inspired by Alice in Wonderland, complete with soft pastels and light-weight handwoven Indian textiles.
Abraham and Thakore’s ‘Time Travel’
Designers David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore had promised to deliver a 360-degree look at their label at LFW this time around and it’s exactly what they delivered. The collection, titled ‘Time Travel’ showcased the brand’s past, present, and future with a mix of new pieces and some iconic ones from their archives. They had model Carol Gracias close the show in one of the pieces that she had worn years ago on the label’s runway, hammering home the theme of the show effectively.