The fashion industry has collectively heaved a sigh of relief (with masks on, of course). Runway presentations have rematerialized in their physical formats after the last season’s risqué rendezvous with the phygital format. And after the recently concluded big 4, we await our very own Indian rendition. The style fiesta kickstarts on the 22nd of March with the opening show and winds up on the 27th of March with the Lakmé Absolute Grande Finale. Be it the prospect of discovering new talent via Gen-Next or having the opportunity to observe the seasoned connoisseurs, our excitement is always over the roof.
Let’s take a look at some noteworthy events that we’ll be eyeing with our best pair of binoculars.
1. Italian Embassy To Play Host For The Opening Show With Rahul Mishra
When: 22nd March
Rahul Mishra’s tryst with Italy is a ceaseless pursuit that we heartwarmingly adore. Having studied in Italy after being awarded a full scholarship, the winner of the 2014 International Woolmark Prize gears up with his fantastical lineup of what I call wearable art in this marriage of international diplomacy and fashion. India’s finest for a reason.
2. Shantnu & Nikhil Partner With Realme
When: 23rd March
Tech is definitely the future of fashion and this association between two mammoths in their respective fields is solid proof. Having partnered with the hugely popular smartphone brand realme, Shantnu & Nikhil aims to take their haute couture collection ‘Nomad’ towards a more hopeful future using the art of design. The presentation is also set to be environment-friendly, innovative and sustainably driven.
3. Adidas to Preview Eco-conscious Footwear With Antar Agni & Khanijo
When: 24th March
This wholesome partnership between two exemplary designers and Adidas is a crucial step in the right direction for supporting and grooming national talent. Staying true to their signature ethos, Antar Agni & Khanijo will both deliver collections that represent change and the ongoing performance that is life. The show’s bound to be a powerful showcase where effortless style meets innovative sustainability.
4. Ashish N Soni Goes Seasonless With His Collection
When: 25th March
Recently having completed 30 years in this industry, for Ashish N Soni, this moment calls for a special celebration. And that being an applaudable move towards a more season-less approach. With the new collection titled ‘Change Has Different Faces,’ the brand looks forward to taking their relaxed yet tailored aesthetic up a notch by the use of textures, embellishments and repurposed deadstock fabric.
5. Collaboration between NBA 75 & Ananya Modi Jain
When: 26th March
Here comes ballin’ the much-awaited collab between ALL2DEFY by Ananya Modi Jain and NBA. To mark the 75th anniversary of the league, this capsule collection will feature unisex all-weather reversible garments, bralettes, joggers, skirts and a whole lot of cool patchwork and prints in sync with their sporty DNA. Named ‘We’re All Mad Here,’ this collection is surely the one to look out for given the huge possibility of its complete sell-out within minutes of the presentation.
Also, keep an eye on:
- INIFD Presents GEN-NEXT: Alpona Designs & Shriya Khanna
- Circular Design Challenge, an initiative by R|Elan Fashion for Earth in association with FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week, United Nations and the United Nations Environment Programme
- Manish Malhotra’s collection Diffuse
- The Lakmé Absolute Grande Finale