Day 2 of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 brought together the beauty and glory of India’s Fabric of Freedom, Khadi. The showcase by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) on Sustainable Fashion Day had three designers who showcased their collections that celebrated 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi.
Chairman of KVIC, Shri Vinai Kumar said, “Khadi is The Fabric of the Future. Due to its unique eco-friendly nature and perfect and vivid fabric qualities, Khadi has become a stylish narrative that is now popularly embraced by designers. Even today, past 72 years, the fabric continues to inspire and amaze creative minds across all International borders. Young and famous fashion designers are innovating in Khadi and giving Khadi a new twist. Expanding the colour palette, westernizing the cuts, and creating new trends in itself, the Khadi fabric has transcended itself as a sustainable fabric of the Future.”
The KVIC show unveiled the looks of three designers who’s collections had distinct stylish touches to the traditional fabric, Khadi and ensured that the Fabric of India moved into the New Age with fashionable millennial creativity.
Anuj Bhutani showcased classic styles with minimalistic designs in Khadi on the runway. His label focuses on comfort luxury wear with an emphasis on textiles.
The Khadi creations, which were inspired by Chandni Chowk’s architecture, colours and people, had an ethnic touch to them. Relaxed salwar kameezes, dupattas, voluminous kurtas, cool dhotis, saris, scarves and turbans, characterized the Khadi line. The garments were embellished with delicate hand embroidery, which played a stylish part as embroidery appeared periodically along with running stitches and elegant draping.
Keeping in sync with Anuj Bhutani’s androgynous ideology, the silhouettes were unisex making them more versatile. The collection brings together traditional structure and layered styling.
The women’s wear line comprised of bolero with baggy pants, artist’s smock, a feminine sari, kurta with silver moon prints, tailored pantsuit and sack dress, which were in white and cream.
The men’s wear clothing moved from kurtas, shorts, shirts, waistcoats, trench capes and a cropped jacket worn with an easy tunic.
An interesting detailing which caught our attention were quotes in Urdu that stated “Everyone is equal.’
‘Khanijo’ by Gaurav Khanijo
The label ‘Khanijo’ by Gaurav Khanijo gave Khadi an emotional fashion direction. His Khadi collection brought in a mélange of history into the present and then looked at the future trends. Inspired by Ek- number one in hindi, the garments reminded us about how Gandhi defined Khadi- an art that saves life.
The collection explored unisex cuts and the silhouettes were natural, ensuring zero waste. Distinct modern hues like soft dirty pinks, ivories, oatmeal and browns defined the colour palette.
Some eye-catching details spotted on the runway were - pockets, sharply cut jumpsuits, airy shirts, stonewashed denim trousers and shawl jackets, hand-woven in khadi blankets called ‘khes’. His sartorial aesthetic was visible in the embroidery. The embellishments on the garments were religious symbols and endangered animals that added a hint of glitter.
Pallavi Dhyani’s label ‘Three’
Pallavi Dhyani’s label ‘Three’ showcased their Khadi line called “Wave Length” which featured garments that are practical and would be a part of men and women’s everyday wardrobe essentials making it a timeless addition.
Her collection featured lots of layering; a few androgynous styles and the silhouettes were contemporary with a minimal touch, but high on utility. Subtle tones of grey, blue, white, which were livened up with sudden bursts of fuchsia, defined the colour story of the collection. The garments were detailed with asymmetric hemlines, pleating and pocket detailing. The line up for women’s wear included tunics, midi kurtas and smocks with blousons.
The designer also launched her first men’s wear range. The line-up compromised of blousons, shirts, pants and unstructured trench coats.
The dapper Sumeet Vyas turned showstopper for Pallavi in a classic grey 2-button suit and a white t-shirt with two black stripes.