The Woolmark Company’s initiative to make wool cool in summer led to a fashion show in Mumbai of designs inspired by lightweight Merino wool fabrics. To highlight the versatility of the trans-seasonal fibre, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Nachiket Barve (pictured with Aditi Rao Hydari), Rahul Mishra, Troy Costa, Gaurav Jai Gupta of Akaaro and Pakistani designer Omar Farooq presented the key looks for the coming season. Barve, who presented “Tulipmania”, inspired by the flower, with delicate hand appliqued merino wool felt embroidery, said, “Merino wool as a fibre has been inspiring my work consistently over the last few seasons. I got a chance to work more closely with it during my nomination for the International Woolmark Prize. The versatile Cool Wool fabric has been re-imagined for evening-wear and occasion-wear through this collection.”
Gupta brought a capsule of his autumn-winter 2016 line “Mumuksha”, with its handwoven fabrics developed in Merino wool, monofilament silks, cotton, zari and stainless steel.
While International Woolmark Prize 2014 – Womenswear winner Rahul Mishra’s collection was inspired by metamorphosis in life, Pratap showcased the fluidity and versatility of the fabric with his contemporary take on traditional Indian costumes. Menswear specialist Troy Costa presented a collection replete with “bespoke tailoring” and Farooq unveiled “Oriental Opulence”, a collection of “embroideries, jacquards, knitting, embellishments and printing to create rich textile”. The showcase also attempted to highlight the “Make in India” concept through the journey of Australian Merino wool to the weavers, manufacturers, brands and designers in India – from farm to fashion.
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