Day two of the FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week saw Pankaj and Nidhi showcase their collection, Kaleido. Inspired by the process of evolution, the clothes reflected the same element in the colors, the fabric and the patterns. In an exclusive chat with ELLE, the duo shared the mood-board behind the collection and spoke about how the last year has changed their design approach.
ELLE: Tell us about the mood-board for the collection? What are some of the key trends to watch out for?
Pankaj & Nidhi: A kaleidoscope generates changing symmetrical patterns from small pieces of coloured glass, symbolizing constant evolution. Creatively, too, we are always evolving, and this is the essence of our collection.
This collection is geometrically sharp and comes in a burst of rainbow hues of brilliant reds, luscious oranges, unabashed pinks, ultra-violet blues and electric greens. The silhouettes are holiday-ready. Think flowing maxi and mini dresses to kick back and let loose and tailored co-ord sets with sporty elements to acknowledge our pursuits towards wellness and fitness. The fabrics are sheer, translucent, breathable and easy to wear.
ELLE: What is the one thing that you are very excited about in this collection?
P&N: We love the colours – they are brightly saturated and kaleidoscopic. The collection comprises comfortable jumpsuits and floor and midi length skirts and flowing maxi dresses along with bomber jackets in a cropped length, and puff sleeve blouses in electric colours. We need a dose of cheer and this collection brings us a bit of joy and hope it does the same for everyone.
ELLE: Has the pandemic affected your design sensibilities in any way?
P&N: Yes definitely! We’ve realized how prudent and imperative it is to design sharp and focused collections and reduce waste by designing less and ensuring each sample, stitch and cut of cloth counts.
ELLE: What do you think the FDCI X LFW collection brings to the table for designers?
P&N: It is a much-needed cohesive platform unified with the energy of two powerhouses of Indian fashion, sending a message of solidarity, unity and cooperation between all stakeholders. The collaboration is a way to forget the past and ring in a brighter future and new beginnings.