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Lakme Fashion Week: Sustainable Northeastern fashion, beautiful Banarasi silk shine bright on Day 2

Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 had a lot to offer. Fashion connoisseurs were enthralled by the fabulous Northeast Mojo show that was all about sustainable fashion. Hemang Agrawal too impressed all with his precious metals collection.

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

Hemang Agrawal’s precious metals collection brought Banaras to centre stage at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018. His “Un-Revive” line once again centred on the textiles of Banaras but in a contrasting manner. The master weavers of Banaras worked with modern weaving techniques and motifs, and the result was an adventurous experiment in tartan checks, hounds tooth, polka dots and contrasting stripes woven as a single fabric. (Source: Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

Emphasising Varak in progress, Hemang combined precious metal yarns with pastel colours, which turned into amazing light metallics ideal for the rising mercury. The USP of the fabrics was the Tanchui and Katarwaan weaving techniques that ignored prints and embroidery completely. (Source: Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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The collection of saris in pastel hues with their gentle shimmer were ideal for evening glamour and those festive nights. (Source: Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

When it comes to sartorial distinction and creative chutzpah, people of the Northeastern states have them in spades. As evidenced by a growing tribe of designers and their textile explorations, and the popularity of street-style stars and bloggers from the region, fashionable folk from the states could teach the rest of the fraternity a thing or two about inventiveness, originality and sustainability. “Action Northeast” and #NortheastMojo, a conceptual runway presentation featuring six designers from the sister states at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 edition is proof. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

Richana Khumanthem’s label ‘Khumantham’ started in 2014 and told a fascinating story of motifs and textiles. Showing the amazing craft of Manipur’s women artisans, each garment was hand woven and hand embroidered. Using Wankhei Phee handloom textiles, which are from white cotton created by the Meitei community in Manipur on a shuttle loom, Richana displayed the striking stoles with floral birds and gold Meitei motifs and turned them into dresses, tunics and skirts. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

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The colours were pretty with white, nude, camel, khaki, black, taupe and beige in the forefront. Layering played a major role in the garments as the luxurious pure cottons came alive on the ramp. Opening with an ivory jumpsuit and stole, the show moved to lungi and bareback kurta, soft trench coat, layered-sleeved coat over a roomy checked dress and a tunic with slim skirt. The bell-sleeved tunic along with the kaftan inspired loose blouse were eye catchers. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

When India’s first online global market place presented its fashion brand, the excitement amongst the audience was expected. GoCoop unveiled its “the good loom” brand at a fabulous Handloom show at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018. It was a collection that evoked the purity of natural fabrics, great weaves and Indian craftsmanship. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

From the city of Banaras came the grand Chanderi saris for women, which unfurled memorable stories of the beautiful textile. The hand spun, hand woven Khadi and cotton were turned into very stylish and contemporary ready-to-wear shirts, trousers, stoles and pyjamas for men. The rainbow of colours and patterns created a dazzling array of comfort wear on the ramp as “the good loom” label ensured that the country’s textile heritage was presented in an unforgettable manner. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

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The look was very traditional with a modern twist to give the beautiful weaves of India a more contemporary look for the global market. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

Maku’s creations are always relaxed, easy styles that have a timeless quality. The label’s Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 collection called “In Transit” was once again an intense fashion experience. Weaving beautiful fabrics in far away Bengal villages, the ‘Maku’ label has been in the forefront of promoting Indian textiles, dyes and crafts. Opening the show with a monologue by Tillotama Shome on life, the clothes were a chorus of easy silhouettes, great fabric weaves and textures. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

The textiles featured included hand-woven silks, cotton, Khadi, jamdaani in a mix of yarn dyed options. The silhouettes remained neutral, relaxed, simple and practical with a marked androgynous flavour. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

Angular closure for tiered dresses were relaxed in appearance. Jumpsuits were ideal for lazing on the patio, while slim checked dress, a pin tucked versions and the white angarkha style offering were fresh as the summer breeze. Stripes played in horizontal and vertical models and the tiered midi with pants had great fashion options. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

A Padmaja Krishnan fashion showing for her label ‘Padmaja’ is always an ethereal line of classic garments. Her lyrical collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 called “Afternoon” was a tribute to the radical drawings by Nasreen Mohmedi, the pioneering Indian artist. Keeping her inspiration firmly in control, Padmaja, a graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, worked around a colour story comprising carbon black, ivory, shades of grey, taupe and rosewood that merged effortlessly into the garments. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

Padmaja’s fabrics were specially woven, natural dyed, organic, cotton and linen. Staying away from motifs, Padmaja emphasised line spaces, dashes and created unconventional textures with a million stitches that required long man-hours. The line of saris were in gentle shades of ecru, grey and ivory, with some colour blocked discreetly and worn with blouses that had either frayed hems or woven shades of fabrics. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

‘A’ line midis, long lean dress with pin tuck detailing, asymmetric blouses or dresses and the favoured drop crotch salwars with kurta made a serene summer story. The pleated smocked midi and the one- shoulder batwing kaftan and swirling lehengas with fluid hemlines were a summer offering just right for the rising mercury. The final micro-checked sari was a luxurious look that will be perfect for after-dark glamour. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

Aratrik Dev Varman from Tripura is a textile and fashion designer from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad whose label ‘Tilla’ started in 2011 in Ahmedabad. Aratrik has been creating waves in the fashion world. Focusing on Riahs, which are narrow breast cloths woven in a single strip on loinlooms by women from prominent 19 tribes of Tripura; the collection was an innovative study of North East textiles. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

Creating women’s wear and home textiles, Aratrik used fine sheer fabrics like Chanderi, Khadi and Mulmul with Kantha and Rogan block printed dots or patchwork. The woven strips and panels were hand joined for skirts and shawls. The traditional weaves were converted to create contemporary feminine clothing that was stunning in colour and form as glamour came on the ramp. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

Lakme Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018

From will-power gowns, drop waist engineered dress, slim white shift dress, black/white striped kaftan, off-shouldered jumpsuit and brown tiered maxi, the show ended with a glamorous red hot crinkled maxi. (Source: Varinder Chawla)