LFW 2017: #SustainableMan By Péro, Abraham & Thakore, And Rajesh Pratap Singh
With the end of Day 2, the discussion on sustainability tipped on all thoughts pro as most of the designers taking to upcycling for their runway offerings. Womenswear designer Aneeth Arora from label Péro joined hands with Rajesh Pratap Singh and Abraham & Thakore to display #SustainableMan, a collective show that punctuated the importance of identifying sustainability as one of the aspects of garment manufacture.
Péro By Aneeth Arora
Seeking inspiration from Danish botanist and painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Arora’s line interpreted his art on garments. Confidently mixing both checks and stripes that in turn lent to the appeal of seasonal clothing in handwoven linens and khadi cotton, what Arora’s collection comprised was of easy separates, long coats, manchos (ponchos for men), shorts, among other garments in a colour story of indigo, whites, and pink. I particularly liked the jacket by Arora, some of which had block printed floral motifs on it. Talk about humble, summery pieces for men that were tailored yet sporty retained the fashionable, urban vibe.
Abraham & Thakore
Dandy March by designers Abraham & Thakore was about using discarded fabrics like bedsheets, cushion covers and off-cuts, to create a range of garments that were modern yet minimal. There was no over-fervent styling given the garments spoke for itself — the focus was on deconstructed silhouettes that made up layered separates in whites and blues. Using conventional techniques like Boro, Pojagi, Kantha and quilting, the outfits presented was a key example that less, at times, is more.
Rajesh Pratap Singh
If there’s one designer who probes design lovers to use the word ‘stellar’ consistently, it’s Rajesh Pratap Singh. The man’s a creative genius no doubt. And this time around, using khadi and cotton as the main fabric, as well as innovatively-recreated fibres and yarn made from recycled plastic bottles and salvaged garments. Organic indigo dye, hand-woven ikat made out of pet bottle wastes, denim patches, and hand-embroidery were used to tailor oversized coats, man skirts, well-tailored separates, blazers and jackets, and more. What a phenomenal wrap up of Day 2.
Pics: Viral Bhayani