About Day 1: Gen Next by INIFD
Text: Stacy Fernandes | Stills courtesy: Lakme Fashion Week
Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2018 started with a bang. With the very first show of Gen Next presented by INIFD (International Institute of Fashion Design). INIFD has a longstanding collaboration with Lakme Fashion Week. This year was its 21st edition and five young talented designers were chosen to be a part of the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2018.
The first debutant of Gen Next was Anurag Gupta. His collection was inspired by MAURTIS CORNELIS ESCHER’S day and night artwork. This collection has blurred the line of transition from black to white and difference in negative & positive spaces, giving a neutral tone to it. The collection shows similar metamorphic changes through silhouettes, change of colour, form, motifs fabrics and dye used.
Next was Jajaabor by Kanika and Sachdev. Jajaabor literally means nomad in Assamese. They have drawn inspiration from the various travels they have done over a period of time. Taking inspiration from graffitis on the walls or food presented to them in a unique manner. Kanika and Sachdev have taken in all this and presented the culture and uniqueness of their travels and presented it in their debut collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2018. They have curated fashion which is easy going for a traveller or anyone on the go. With saris and biker jackets being the look the models wore, showing the audience there is no boundaries to fashion and making the industry a global village.
Studio SWGT by Sweta Gupta, showcased a modern take on nomadic style. Drawing inspiration from the rocky terrains of Himalayas. The fabric used was woven in a way to mimic the textures of the age old rocks and terrains of the Himalayas. Capturing the timelessness and strength of the mountains. The collection was subtle yet strong silhouettes made from handwoven Chanderi in cotton, silk and merino wool yarns. Pintucks and pleats giving a twist to the style. Making it a collection for women of all ages.
Yavi by Yadvi Agarwal’s collection mood was where art meets fashion and forms a new aesthetic in worn impressionism. The collection had a wide range of hand-painted fabric. Making it one of a kind, it has been painted on luxurious silks, rich innovative Yavi signature impressionist embroidery. Making this collection very different from the others.
Aur by Ajay Kumar Singh, has taken inspiration from the imagination. According to him the imagination is like time it is unstoppable and it travels from the past to present to future. Every garment from this collection explores the unexplored areas of the human imagination. The designer for this collection has worked closely with children who are mentally disabled. Singh, has tried to capture the imagination of these children in forms of artwork/ motifs and created unique graphics out of it. In the collection you will see the imagination of these children in digital prints, patchwork on Khadi and handloom fabrics.
These five designers brought very different styles to the table and presented their garments in a distinctive manner. They have set the notch one step higher for the next Gen.
Posted on Aug 22, 2018
LFW Winter/Festive 2018
Location: The St. Regis Mumbai, Senapati Bapat Marg, Gandhi Nagar, Upper Worli, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India