Wednesday 28, Oct 2020, Delhi (India)
Rahul Mishra is the first Indian designer to showcase at the Paris Haute Couture Week. Taking forward the fashion trends of 2020, Rahul Mishra has come up with one of the most significant collections for the Indian fashion industry.
James Lovelock words- Earth may be alive: not as the ancients saw her- a sentient Goddess with a purpose and foresight-but alive like a tree. A tree that quietly exists, never moving except to sway in the wind, yet endlessly conversing with the sunlight and the soil. Using sunlight and water and nutrient minerals to grow and change. But all done so imperceptibly, that to me the old oak tree on the green is the same as it was when I was a child.
These words became more relatable in the Indian fashion industry as we found ourselves standing amidst the pandemic. The conversation between the tree and its surrounding found a new level of intimacy in the past few months, as human interference reduced.
The virginal lotus ponds with life sprouting in diverse forms, the psychedelia of the underwater-scape, replete with striking hues and textures, and the symphony of birds and butterflies inspire the craft behind Rahul Mishra's latest collection- “Lotus Pond”.
Rahul Mishra's latest collection is an organic extension of his Paris Haute Couture collection, 'Butterfly People.' An essential part of his New Delhi team is his "kaarigars" (hand embroiderers and tailors). The designer says he has been fortunate to be able to stand by his team through this storm and is committed to continuing to do so. It's the very foundation of his brand values.
The designer's team is a large family - that includes hundreds of people of the Indian fashion industry, including local craftsmen and workers. Today, Rahul Mishra and the team collectively acknowledge the value of beauty. It gave them a deep sense of joy and nourishment to return to their studio. Through this collection as a creative expression, they get a reminder of the quote by Hans Christian Anderson, "Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." Rahul Mishra's collection “Lotus Pond” appropriately aces the fashion trends of 2020 and symbolizes hope and optimism for a better future.
The Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity exhausts the nature's budget for the given year. This year it arrived on August 22, twenty-one days later than the previous year. The designer is also hopeful to keep growing sustainably and empowering their communities.
"Lotus Pond" is an ode to the evolving ecosystem of aquatic plants, fishes, planktons, dragonflies, and butterflies - all brought together by the sublime lotus.