Opening show at 6Degrees Stage One at Lakme Fashion Week (LKW) Winter/Festive 2016, which recently concluded at Mumbai, Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks presented the Trapezoid collection based on the Trapezoid shape that has been in use since ancient times. The Incas and Egyptians used it for archways, doors and windows. Wider at the base with a parallel narrow top with two lateral incline sides reaching the summit. Indian temples also used this geometric form but in a profusely decorative form for the famed gopurams; endowed with Gods and animals. Indians also used the trapezoid for geometry, astronomy, mathematics and algebra calculations.
Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks explored the trapezoid in a fashion collection that celebrates this ancient form rarely applied to fashion. Using the form as is and in innovative isosceles and parallelogram styles, garments take shape based on the trapezoid’s various possibilities in silhouette and style details.
The layered looks use sheer X-Ray effects to advantage, blending an ultra feminine palette of pastels. Trapezoid shapes morph onto pin tucks, sewn dotted lines and pattern pieces that create a unique newness on the Indian female form. This shape is perfect for all Indian sizes who tend to have a torso smaller than the hip. In a vast fabric array that uses linen, cotton, light crepes, georgette, paper silk, jacquard and damask, Trapezoid uses twelve weaves. It is the custom made fabrics at the core of the collection that are most exciting. Natural Bemberg weave which is natural viscose that feels like silk, striped Chanderi striped silk cotton, Kerala custom weave cottons, natural dyed Bengal cotton weaves, Malkha cotton and Eco fabric dyed with flowers from the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai.
The Trapezoid collection by Schulen Fernandes for Wendell Rodricks also addressed lack of a uniform sizing standard in India. It pushed the envelope to make clothes that are at times unisize, unisex and unique for all India women. The collect is age neutral, proving that pastels are not for a blushing teen or regal dowager. Walking the ramp were professionals and students from various fields. Salome Roy Kapoor, ex model, mother of actor Aditya Roy Kapoor and mother-in-law of Vidya Balan; Sharmilla Khanna, ex model and choreographer; Suzanne Sablok Pillai, ex model, Miss India and now shawl designer; Yvette Braganza, company assistant, theatre and choral singer; Cher D’Cruz, eighteen-year-old student and leukemia survivor; Khloe Lobo, 20-year-old Goan student at St Xavier’s Mapusa; Justine Rae Mellocrasto, Mumbai based jewellery designer and hair stylist.
The collection received immense applause for the regular ladies that walked the ramp and effusive praise from the audience that comprised the big names in fashion. The fifteen minute presentation was the perfect opening of 6Degrees Stage one at Lakme Fashion Week for many reasons. A collection meant for all women. The release of India’s first standard sizing chart for Indian women by Wendell Rodricks. At the show Wendell Rodricks handed over his label to Schulen Fernandes who will design the label from now on. Rodricks will continue to work and help in the studio but focus on the Moda Goa Museum, other design projects and steer the label to greater heights with Schulen Fernandes.