Saturday 24, Oct 2020, Delhi (India)
The designer Kanika Goyal’s collaborated show with Simba was energetic and high spirited during the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2019.
Harleen Bhatia, Co-Founder, Simba Beer commented, “Kanika Goyal is an edgy brand and the vibe of Simba is in sync with the ethos of the label. It was a natural progression for us to associate with her and to come out with a collection which is fresh, kitsch and avant-garde. Approved by Sidhant Bhutani on behalf of Simba.”
The Kanika Goyal label launched in 2014 has always been food-for-thought ideas translated into a minimalistic yet luxurious fashion. The label speaks for quality immersed in craftsmanship. Colour blocking on tailored garments has been the label’s identity. The Bollywood industry has also made appearances in her creations, the list includes celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Anushka Sharma.
The new collection presented by Kanika Goyal at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 is named as ‘Paus(e)itive’. Her aesthetics were inspired by the fast pace world that always has technological surroundings, aiming to bring across the message to pause and relax for self-care is what ‘Paus(e)itive’ is all about. Staying true to the label’s signature of contrast, the collection was a perfect mix of tailoring and fluidity.
To display the concept, a presentation of the glitch effect in technology played on the sides flashing logos of Simba and Kanika Goyal. The ramp with CRT television screens were scattered with some displaying a grainy screen. The colour palette invested neutrals and earthy hues which were the key tones, with an addition of subtle pinks and blues for colour. In stark contrast were saturated red and yellow as accent shades. Multicoloured metallics added to the look in the colour-blocked collection.
The concept of opposite elements was well-drafted and showcased by the use of stretch jerseys and denim. Sportswear and tailoring influences were used for structured garments with a street and casual wear mood. Utility in the garments was paid attention to for practicality in regular use. Surfaces were filled with mixtures of organic structures, geometry in the form of prints, textures and for the humorous sarcastic element, typography was used. Placement hand embroidery made an appearance on some of the garments. Curves in colour-blocking, an abundance of zips, big buttons and cut-out patches pulled the looks together.
The jacket with cut out elbows and multicolour striped midi skirt layered with an off-shoulder metallic cropped top; stood out as an unusual form of styling. Stealing the show were different textures and colours of sky blue, dark brown, grey, white and striking red that came together for a trendy top and skirt.
What attracted the attention was the typography with computer icons saying ‘feelings.zip’, ‘I’m not a robot’ and ‘establishing a connection’. The styling was with cylindrical fanny packs, easy-to-carry bags and big retro glasses. The models walked the runway to the music that was peppy and lively keeping the show alive and interesting till the end.
Even more interesting than the name suggests, ‘Paus(e)itive’ by Kanika Goyal presented by Simba was filled with various refreshing energetic high-octane elements. A juxtaposition of unexpected ideas formed a perfectly blended fashion cocktail that made one look twice!