Two major events will take place at Lakmè Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019. The first event will be held on the opening day i.e. January 30, 2019. It will see the INIFD Gen Next Show for the 27th batch of four designers who will unveil their creative collections for the coming season.
The other exciting event on Sustainable Fashion Day (January 31, 2019) will feature eight designers selected from 30 cities in India among 900 aspirants for the Circular Design Challenge. This is a partnership between R-Elan Industries Ltd.’s R-Elan Fashion for Earth initiative, the UN Environment in India and Lakmé Fashion Week. The contest will earn the winner `20 lakhs to build a sustainable fashion brand, which the designer will showcase at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019.
Here’s a look at the designers who are part of these two events
Amrapali’s label ‘BIRDWALK’, collection this season uses patchwork and a limited palette to capture the nostalgia created by the glamour and allure of yesteryear cinema stars. The collection uses hand and machine embroidery, silk organza, cotton, silk linen, viscose chiffon and silk chanderi.
Aman Singh, 28, from New Delhi is the founder of Bareek, a menswear brand and a social enterprise that works with sustainable materials and artisans in India.
Aman has a degree in BA Honours from University of Delhi.
His concept for CDC has taken its inspiration from beaches and architecture of Goa, repurposing waste plastic with artisanal techniques.
Bhavya Goenka, 24, from Jaipur is the founder of the label Iro-Iro. Bhavya has studied textile design from Indian Institute of Craft and Design and has trained under the Crafting Luxury and Lifestyle Businesses program from IIM-Ahmedabad. All her products are made using pre-consumer waste fabric, which is hand woven into new fabric.
Her designs involve upcycling through handlooms and mechanised embroidery.
Kanika Ahuja, 28, from New Delhi is the founder of Lifaffa, an upcycling fashion and accessory brand.
All products are made from recycled fabric from discarded polythene bags from landfills. Lifaffa is collaborating with Akseer – a group of low-income Afghani refugee women in Delhi for her collection.
Kriti Tula, 30, from Delhi is the creative director and co-owner of Doodlage, an upcycling fashion brand.
Doodlage works with defected, end of the line fabrics, post cutting waste and post stitching waste to create limited-edition collections.
Pooja Monga 37, from Mumbai is the founder of Saltpetre – Minimal x Sustainable x Work wear, a sustainable fashion work wear brand for women.
All Saltpetre products are produced using scientifically validated sustainable processes. The brand also tracks the environmental footprint of products from cradle to grave.
Poornima Pande, 33, and Stefano Funari, 50, from Mumbai are part of I was a Sari an eco-ethical lifestyle fashion brand. An underprivileged community of women in Mumbai makes the products with up-cycled pre-loved saris. Their designs utilise existing resources in terms of fabrics and materials and reinvent them into unique pieces.
The Spring/Summer 2019 collection called Bliss has subtle tints of beige muted yellow with organic prints and bohemian shapes. Created in hand woven organic short staple indigenous cotton Nassi silk and silk organza it has batik wood block prints and natural dyes.
Using organza silk tulle with paisley and hand embroidered sequins the colours are a mix of dark tones while pink and striking violet appear to created excitement.
There is a creative experimental touch with crafts, colours, textiles along with a large dose of wearable options for the garments.