For Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020 the third edition of INIFD Launchpad show revealed the talents of five Fashion Design students selected from Indian INIFD branches. It was a challenging contest through five zones that resulted in the final five winners. In addition, five Interior Design students of INIFD showcased their talents during the two shows.
A plethora of highly creative concepts with a discerning eye for art and design, INIFD Launchpad at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020 was a splendid mix of local and global art, cultures and traditions.
Diksha Saini – Chandigarh
Paying an ode to the world’s most favourite beverage—tea, designer Diksha Saini worked around the beauty and textures of tea stains. She experimented with elements of the bygone eras, during which tea was as much a social ritual as it is in the present day. Titled “Yeh Daag-Acche Hain”, Diksha’s collection created a nostalgic mood on the runway. Her ensembles like the black trench coat, tie-up kimono and pencil skirt with pleated hemline featured embroidered collages of stamps, letters, and envelopes. These were used locally and globally, while resist dyeing techniques using tea, created a wonderful play of textures. The rustic colour palette of the line gave the garments a very soothing feel and added a historic flavour to them.
For a show-stopping entry, Bollywood star and popular anchor, Neha Dhupia donned a black blazer that was cinched at the waist with a colour-blocked belt teamed with flared pants having side-slits, and slit peasant sleeves, complete with a white, gathered overlay.
Itishree Satpathy – Pune Koregaon Park
Itishree Satpathy’s collection “Articulate” was greatly experimental and high-octane in creativity. Bringing out the quirk in her clothes, Itishree worked around the concept of derivation and deconstruction. The designer experimented with detachable patterns making them multi-aesthetic ensembles that served multiple looks.
Working on the idea of spaces, the separation of the attached patterns from the main garment embraced the beauty of negative and positive spaces. Easy-breezy options like shirt dresses were dipped in cool hues of indigo and white, while peppy red layered pieces, accentuated the monochromatic colour palette of the line. The ensembles were made from an all-natural and skin-complimenting assortment of fabrics like cotton, linens, cotton-linens, and linen-silks.
Mahima Kataria & Sakina Matkawala – Indore
Mahima Kataria and Sakina Matkawala reminisced the days of the past when summers would be spent in the villages of India, while grandparents would tell intriguing tales of the small towns, and the days would be filled with learning deep-rooted traditions and cultures of the villages.
The designers brought to the runway an amalgamation of the cultural diversity they witnessed and the rural people that they crossed paths with. Billowy sleeves encrusted with pearls on the cuffs teamed with straight pants in beige, asymmetrical shirts with abstract floral thread work, worn with black cycling shorts created memorable looks on the ramp. “Nanihal” as the name of the collection went, the designer-duo derived their muse from the “mohallas” of the villages—lanes filled with colourful walls, graffiti and the countless memories made there with friends.
Prachiti Shinde – Panvel
Driven by the need to create something that’s durable and sustainable, Prachiti Shinde brought to the ramp a line of eccentric, breezy and sustainable options. Drawing her inspiration from the quality of being resilient and tough, the designer gave up-cycled denim a prime highlight in her collection. A halter neck bralette layered with a sturdy denim jacket having edgy striped details on the sleeves was worn with flared denim pants.
Asymmetrical blouses, denim corset, sleeve variations and geometrical threadwork created a line of remarkable street style. The addition of two different kinds of traditional embroideries—Kasuti and Kantha from Karnataka and Bengal to the rather contemporary ensembles, added a quirky spin to the line. “Recoup of Threads”, the range was a striking fusion of the art and craft of India and the trendy and modern look of the denim.
Sadia Rejwana Rupa – Kolkata Salt Lake City
Sadia Rejwana Rupa brought to life a vivid range of playful clothes, inspired by the rickshaw culture of Bangladesh. What stimulated her creativity were the offbeat paintings at the back of the vehicle. The vibrancy of the rickshaw art played muse to the designer’s Summer/Resort collection titled “Rickshaw Rongbahari”, that was all things fun.
A structured blazer dress was given a quirky twist with dramatic saree-like drapes having expressive floral and peacock motifs. Knee-length skirts narrated fables of childhood, while satin shirts added an edge to the look. Sadia incorporated the styles and expressions of the local rickshaw artists and painters and presented a range of garments with no dearth of colour, exuberance or creativity.