#ELLEReview: Abraham & Thakore
The design veterans know how to recycle right
A terracotta-hued ramp was the perfect cue of what was to follow – simple, straightforward and grounded fashion.
With their Fall/Winter 2015-16 collection, David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore have proved that the conversation surrounding textile and sustainability doesn’t have to be boring or unsexy.
They scored old X-rays from AIIMS and used their dark iridescence as pailettes on dupattas, bandhgalas and baggy kurtas. Utilitarian snaps and hooks turned into twinkling embellishments. Kantha work turned recycled and scrap fabrics into tactile quilted surfaces and camouflage-like patterns. The colours stayed rooted to the earthy vibe with charcoal flowing into slate and coffee blending into coconut.
The silhouettes were all about revamping what is good and true – salwars got straighter and baggier, kurtas got cinched in at the waist, saris were worn higher. Abraham & Thakore have somehow found that rare balance between tradition and independence; where it is okay to take your salwar kurta to an Alt-J gig.
Lastly, a quick note on the beautiful Adrien Brody-like male models – we’ll take whatever they’re selling.
Photographs: Gulshan Sachdeva