Fashion brands world over are moving towards a more sustainable and conscious way of conduct. The good news is, with an abundance of traditional crafts, handwoven fabrics and embroideries, Indian fashion has a lot to lean on when it comes to keeping it sustainable. This was reflected in the showcases at FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week on its Sustainable Fashion Day (Day 2).
All About India, which is a project aimed at bringing about designer and cluster collaborations & revive crafts, presented collections by three designers: Chola, Huemn and Khanijo. Chola’s showcase included organic cotton, khadi and mul from different parts of the country, while Khanijo’s ensembles were crafted in bamboo, hemp and tencel. In the label’s signature style, Heumn had a unique crossover between oversized silhouettes and sustainable materials.
Another showcase that supported Indian artisans was by designer label Cocccon. The collection was made using silk that was sourced in a way that enables silk farmers, spinners and weavers to work directly from their areas. Apart from supporting local craft, the silk used by the label was organically produced peace silk where silkworms complete their full life cycle.
The Killer Looks Without Killing Animals show by PETA, India had Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar showcase a lookbook of conscious, leather-free outfits in an attempt to put a stop to the use of leather for fashion.
Innovation was at a rise with the finalists of the Circular Design Challenge 3.0, a sustainable fashion initiative by R|Elan. They used materials like discarded tarpaulin, post-consumer clothing, handwoven and upcycled textiles, waste denim, recycled PET bottles and many others. CDC 3.0 finalists include LataSita, Tote Scarf, Nece Gene, Paiwand, Grandma Would Approve and Bandit. Sustainability didn’t just reflect in the materials they used but also in their designs with brands like Tote Scarf coming up with sleek bags that you can wear as a chic scarf as well.
Designer Payal Pratap’s showcase, View With A Room, was a fresh take on stepping out of the box. She used handloom, details of handmade wool and various embroideries and jewel tones in her collection.
In her signature style, designer Ritu Kumar showcased the Spring Summer 2021 collection consisting of environmentally-friendly, organic, soya fabric sarees. Sticking to her boho vibe and colourful prints, the collection also had a mix of versatile silhouettes, scarves, patchwork and laces.
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