The last day of the first-ever phygital edition of the FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week joint venture concluded with power-packed shows by some up-and-coming labels, topped with an impressive grand finale by Ruchika Sachdeva’s Bodice.
FDCI X Pearl Academy
The Gender Me Good collection by Pearl Academy focused on gender fluidity and self-expression. Inspired by Judith Butler’s Essay titled ‘GenderTrouble’, the young students from the institute attempted at breaking stereotypical gender norms.
The 6 Degree platform this season saw five diverse designers presenting their newest collections. Influenced by the beauty of Indian textiles, Sanjukta Dutta displayed her line, Shukoolaa, which had her signature Mekhela Chadors, along with an assortment of saris and lehengas. Gazal Mishra’s Spring/Summer 2021 line called Uzbek Vintage narrated a colourful floral story inspired by the Uzbekistan luxurious foliage. Intricate thread work and zardosi embroidery on cotton and silk textiles were the highlights of her collection.
Shaveta and Anuj couture label showcased their line Qalb. While tulle and tissues were the ideal choice of fabrics, Tanchoi silk was used for that extra traditional touch in the bridal ensembles. Varun Chakkilam unveiled his collection Art Nouveau, specially designed for the bold and mysterious woman. Inspired by the art movement of the 18th century, the colour palette consisted of pink, green, mustard and teal. Details were highlighted in the form of tailored peplums and drapes that were interestingly crafted to present a line of feminine-chic outfits.
Taneira’s exquisite collection of saris comprised of 12 handwoven six-yard drapes, along with three beautifully crafted woven lehengas. The art of weaving, printing, painting and embroidery was the focal point of this presentation. An amalgamation of dark and pastel hues with intricate borders and motifs like elephants, lotuses, wild bela and Juhi flowers were infused to enhance the line.
Ruchika Sachdeva’s Bodice completes 10 years in the industry. To commemorate the event, she closed the fashion week with her latest collection, completing a full-circle on a platform she started with as a Gen-Next Designer. Her collection, Ready Set Play, was all about patterns and shapes. The label’s inspiration for this line derived from the fact that during this difficult time, the world came together to celebrate the smallest of things around them. The runway show included a vast palette of pastels like ice blue, pistachios, white, fresh yellows married with bright and popping shades in an intelligent colour blocking format.