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The Warrior’s Wardrobe

Just like his dark and light colour palettes,designer Raman Vij has two sides to his work.

Written by Jagmeeta Thind Joy |
August 17, 2011 1:51:18 am

Ludhiana-based designer Raman Vij’s debut collection for the Lakme Fashion Week 2011 is inspired by Japanese toon heros

Just like his dark and light colour palettes,designer Raman Vij has two sides to his work. Those in Chandigarh and Ludhiana will vouch for his structured and elegant wedding wear for brides and grooms as well as his exclusive menswear line. On the other hand,in Tokyo,Japan,the Raman Vij signature line is synonymous with snug and stylish knitwear in shades of black and white.

“Personally speaking,it’s quite an achievement for me to be retailing under my own label at a multi-brand store such as Saaya in Tokyo,” admits the Ludhiana-based designer,who is now making inroads into Germany as well,where he is retailing his collection in association with the design house,Labenski.

Japan is also the land where Vij found inspiration for his new collection that he will showcase at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW),on August 19. For the collection titled ‘Warriors of the Forbidden Kingdom’,Vij says he has taken inspiration from the heroes in ‘Manga’,the famous Japanese comics. “I am quite fascinated by the characters and stories in Japanese animation. I can relate my knitwear designs to something these characters would wear,” explains Vij,who is among the few Indian designers to specialise in knitwear,having completed his masters in the subject from the Nottingham Trent University,United Kingdom,almost a decade ago.

Ever since,he has been a regular at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week,and is now making his debut at LFW. The warrior collection,Vij says,is “very avant garde” and sees him dip into his favourite colours – charcoal grey and midnight black. “It’s a mix of basic styling with an eccentric look,” points out the designer,who has shattered the myth that knitwear is bulky or something that weighs down the wearer.

“As in my previous works,here also,you’ll see long flowing gowns,hip-length dresses and jackets,along with calf-length overcoats,” he says. Going with the warrior theme,the garments will be accessorised by textured warrior shields and badges — all made from knitwear. The only other embellishments come in the form of subtle embroideries in splashes of mustard and lime green.

“Since this is my first show for LFW,I am really looking forward to it. I believe more of a Bollywood crowd is in attendance there,and that’s going to be a new audience for me as well,” says the designer,who after LFW,is looking to take his knits to New York.

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