Indian fashion’s post-pandemic approach is mindful, story-led and people-oriented. After a 2-year hiatus from on-ground events and store launches, people could only be lured back in if the style comes packed with substance. Reading the room and adhering to the need of the hour—young labels, as well as couture designers, are offering their clientele more than just ostentatious ensembles. Whether it’s the collaboration between Sabyasachi X Tata Starbucks that supports a non-profit organisation working towards young women’s education or the partnership between Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X RBL, strengthening its 35-year-old iconic legacy—fashion and purpose go hand-in-hand.
From store launches to unusual allegiances, here’s a recap of all that’s been happening in the Indian fashion circuit lately.
‘Textiles Meets Fashion’ Ensemble celebrates Indian handlooms and crafts for its 35th Anniversary
To mark this major milestone of a year, Tina Tahiliani Parikh of Ensemble curated a celebration of Indian fashion with textiles and crafts at the helm of it. Featuring designers like Archana Jaju, Tilla, Suparna Som, Divya Sheth, Anuradha Vakil, Hemang Agrawal, Medha and Akaaro—the ‘Textiles meets Fashion’ event focused on highlighting innovation in weaves and handcrafts by each of these labels. From Suparna Som’s handwoven organza saris interspersed with pure Mulberry silk to Divya Seth’s one-of-a-kind Kalamkari developed with master craftspeople—there was no dearth inventiveness in their indigenous crafts.
Alamelu launches its Pre Fall Collection 2022 at its first-ever pop-up in Mumbai at Le Mill
Alamelu, the luxury prêt fashion label from The House of Angadi, showcased its Pre-Fall 2022 collection at Le Mill, Mumbai. Remaining true to its signature aesthetic, the collection portrays textiles in a contemporary way. Founder, KH Radharaman has designed a series of breathable ensembles using unseen techniques in the art of weaving. From a well-tailored blazer paired with shorts in his classic moonrock fabric to his light as air silk sheer shirt, the collection easily traverses from day to evening looks without compromising on the sensibility of understated luxury and sophistication.
Misho X Araku Jewellery Collection Launch
Inspired by how a tribal collective of farmers managed to put India on the global coffee map—designer Suhani Parekh, of MISHO, created a collection of contemporary jewellery paying homage to the tribal women farmers of Araku. These women were responsible for transforming the valley with their spirit of entrepreneurship and collective strength. The modern line has been created with a mix of material explorations, ranging from bronze and sterling silver to 22k gold plated bronze, black onyx, corals, malachite, pearls and lapis lazuli.
Lovebirds Studio Launches Its Mumbai Store
Designers Amrita Khanna & Gursi Singh opened their Mumbai store with a photo essay on Intimacy, Companionship & Hope with Ashish Shah & Kshitij Kankaria. Located in Colaba, set in a 19-century church, named Wesley Church—the label’s first store in the city is in the centre of its heart. At Lovebirds, freedom lies in symbiotic relationships and independence is expressed through interdependence—where the community is greater than bias, gender is fluid and acceptance is belonging.
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