Check out the highlights of the collections

INIFD unveiled the 30th Batch of Gen Next Designers’ Collections  

 The INIFD Gen Next programme has made great fashionable strides over the years. For Lakmé Fashion Week 2020 Digital First Season Fluid Edition, the 30th batch was showcased with three talented designers who presented their creativity by featuring fully sustainable lines. Three winning designers were chosen from the first-ever virtual jury selection process that saw participation from over 200 aspiring applicants.

And the Winners are…Dhātu Design Studio by Anmol Sharma, ­­ MISHÉ by Bhumika & Minakshi Ahluwalia and THE LOOM ART by Aarushi Kilawat

Dhātu Design Studio by Anmol Sharma


 The collection is a perfect example of responsible sourcing of handlooms, community developments, material products and individuals. The collection showcased eco-friendly textiles that were reformed and took traditional crafts of hand-weaving to a larger audience. Emphasis on the Circular Design Approach that displayed Protective Technical Silhouettes. To match his theme, Anmol’s fabrics revolved around GI (Geographical Indication), non-violent hand-woven Bhagalpur Ahimsa silk, hemp, naturally dyed denim, registered hand-woven pure Pashmina, as well as handwoven Mangalgiri cottons.

Design Aesthetics

Use of Phulkari, bullion knots and cross-stitch work.To match the current global scene hoodies had attached masks, while the intelligently embroidered backs of the boiler suit and jacket declared “Never Give Up” in thread work. Black and navy were the dual tones to balance the beige, while blousons with angular pockets, pin-striped kurta, stand-up collar capes and basic shirts rounded off the look.

MISHÉ by Bhumika & Minakshi Ahluwalia

The focal point of “Shuwa” (meaning sign language in Japanese)  collection was the movement of hand gestures and shapes that were cleverly blended for unconventional silhouettes. The fabric base was restricted to banana fabric, orange peel fabric, recycled and hand-woven cotton as well as handwoven cotton jute.

The zero-waste procedures of pattern making coordinated with Japanese pattern making forms. Cord fabrication along with thread work another highlight.

THE LOOM ART by Aarushi Kilawat

Adding to the base of these fabrics, Aarushi sprinkled the garments with Soojni and Kantha embroidery. The highlight of the collection was the Arashi Shibori technique, which was seen on the base of all the fabrics. 

  Design Aesthetics

Inspired by the current uncertain global scene, Aarushi’s collection “Between the Lines” was a mélange of fabrics, embellishments, and designs. The handcrafted ensembles were in 100 per cent, handwoven, cotton silk, Chanderi and Matka silks.


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