Designers explore Radha’s love for nature with organic line

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) In tune with the theme of Indian textile and craft on the second day of the Summer-Resort edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) here, designer duo Swati & Sunaina explored an organic line infused with elements from the life of mythological character Radha.

It is a sensuous line of gossamer creations handloomed with precision.

Talking of the inspiration behind the collection, Sunaina told IANS: “Even though Radha is a mythological character, but what sets her apart is that she made a choice and stuck to it. Material thing and possession didn’t matter to her.

“Hence, through this collection, we are portraying those women who make choices in their life and stick to it.”

Since Radha was more involved with nature, the designers ensured the line is organic.

“Keeping in mind Radha’s love for nature, we did a lot of cotton and pure Jamdani. If she is close to nature, then she must be dressed up in more organic and cotton clothing. There were few heavier silks that we did keeping in mind young girl’s colour choices as we tried to portray modern Radha,” Swati added.

Their line comprises saris, dresses and other feminine outfits in calm pastel shades.

There’s also festive evening wear revisited with a beautiful non-silk option in the form of pure zari sari. The designers played with the hues of summer in shades like corals, light blues, pinks and beige, lending a pertinent fashion perspective to a jetsetter woman.

The opening show of ‘The Sustainable And Indian Textile Day’ at LFW also witnessed the showcasing of Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama’s Eclectic ‘Maitake’ Collection and Swati Kalsi’s designs.

Priyanka allowed her creativity to move into an unconventional fashion zone. Weaving her creative talents around an exotic milieu of fabrics, the designer selected fragile light handwoven pure eri, ahimsa silk, cashmere and pashmina. The collection’s USP was minimum measurements and stitching.

Short dhotis, frayed edged loose tunics and capes, kaftan with hooded long covers, extreme long sleeves with a straight jacket inspiration and a sleeve-cum-stole for the midi were great unconventional construction designs.

Also, the glamour of Sujani embroidery came alive in Kalsi’s earthy collection. Her range ‘Monad’ was an ode to the beauty of the traditional Sujani embroidery and fabulous handwoven fabrics.

The designer revealed her creative magic in black, ivory, camel, grey and madder. The handwoven textiles used are tussar and Gicha silk, cotton and cotton silk, while for some sheer glamour there was silk organza. The Sujani embroidery worked its delicate magic on the garments turning them into feminine fashion offerings.

Opening the show with a black shaded soft coat over skirt, the collection moved to sheer tie-up dress and cropped pants, kurta with ankle length parallels, bell sleeve short wrap, maroon/gold flecked loose smock and an off-shoulder maroon top and wrap pants.

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