January 23, 2021

Lakme Fashion Week Blends Sustainability and Glamour

MUMBAI – The five-day Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter Festive 2017, which ended last week, focused on themes that included sustainability, recycling and a mix of materials.
“Purity” was a high form of praise this season — the word referencing the use of more indigenous textiles, of craft, as well as simple cuts. Capturing this was Sanjay Garg, whose show at the opulent and refurbished Opera House was the opening day finale.
With the grandiose location, the scene was set for the days that followed – bringing a certain glamour to more socially responsible and organic concepts. Notable among these was the pairing of five master craftsmen with five young designers in a show called #CraftIsCool by Paramparik Karigar. As younger designers have been adopting Western silhouettes and more form-fitting fabrics, it was a nudge toward keeping tradition at the forefront.
Another interesting collaboration was between the Bihar-based organization Matr and the Australian company Because of Nature, working with the Indian fabric khadi. The handspun fabric has been taken up as a national cause by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and as Kathryn Williams, founder of Because of Nature, told WWD, “It’s possible to read the emotions of the weaver as you see the

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