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Day 2

Sustainable Fashion Day

RISE Worldwide together with Fashion for Good presented sustainable collections by Divyam Mehta, Karishma Shahani Khan and Nitin Bal Chauhan

RISE Worldwide and Fashion for Good joined hands to catalyse collaborations between innovative disruptors and designers to present collections that highlighted innovations for circular fashion.

 Designers Divyam Mehta, Karishma Shahani Khan and Nitin Bal Chauhan developed collections with three innovators from Fashion for Good. The innovators Altmat, KBCols Sciences, Graviky labs, are offering solutions for alternative materials microbial dyeing and carbon ink printing. After the showcase at FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week, this collection will be presented in the new Fashion for Good exhibition “Fashion Week; a new era” at the Fashion for Good Museum in Amsterdam from May 19th.

Priyanka Khanna, Head of Asia Expansion of Fashion for Good on the collaboration: “Collaboration and innovation are necessary to drive the change towards a circular fashion industry. The partnerships between fashion designers and innovators to create sustainable and innovative collections are a great and tangible example of what can be achieved. The collections are significant to demonstrate a future that celebrates collaboration and accountability when it comes to sustainability in the industry and we are excited to be able to share these looks with the wider public through our museum.”

Jaspreet Chandok, Head RISE Fashion and Lifestyle said, “Through this collaboration, we wanted to be able to bring like-minded fashion brands together, in a bid to change the future of fashion sustainability. The partnerships between disruptors and designers will not only highlight innovations of circular fashion, but also build a network together that impacts the consumer positively.  It is only when we work together as a community, that we can scale the next generation of circular technologies and reinvent the fashion industry.”

KARISHMA SHAHANI KHAN – MANTHAN

Karishma Shahani Khan’s ‘Ka-Sha’ label has trod the sustainable path, season after season for all the collections. This season the designer’s collection “Manthan” took inspiration from the many moods of water. Representing the layers of water, Karishma worked with some exciting innovations to present a truly sustainable line. The hand dyed fabrics were created using KBCols Science’s microbial colours, which are created in a fermentation process by microbes  thus making a sustainable production process.

Concentrating on only cotton, but in different weights, Karishma worked on her surface ornamentation by adding appliqués, embroidery and clever pleating.

The silhouettes were fluid and flowing with the garments’ appeal lying in the perfect mix of styles, fabrics, colours and detailing.

The “Manthan” collection by Karishma Shahani Khan for her ‘Ka-Sha’ label was all about craft, fashion and innovation that would be an appealing offering for the coming season.

NITIN BAL CHAUHAN – COUNTDOWN

Deeply concerned about the environment and the great urbanisation, air pollution and deforestation, Nitin Bal Chauhan sent a strong fashion message with his “Countdown” collection. With this line he hoped to send ripples into the world and a signal to awaken and take note of the world’s condition.

Nitin Bal Chauhan has always walked the uncharted path and this season too, his creativity is directed towards pushing the designing limits. His “Countdown” collection had colour but not of the conventional kind. He used Air-Ink from Graviky Labs for printing and painting, which is a material innovation that recycles end-of-life emissions into printing and dye-stuff products that can be used in apparel and packaging applications.

As always the designer’s silhouettes were noteworthy. For this collection, Nitin Bal Chauhan once again explored amazing construction and pattern making along with innovative 3D hand embroidery to create installation outfits with recycled waste material.

The designer’s pronounced tendencies were apparent in the hand painting that highlighted surfaces and intricate texturing to form shapes that were aspirational.

In addition to the extreme design movement of the clothes, the accessories created a visual impact on the ramp. Skyscraper headgear, the smog cloud bag or garbage bag shoes, brought a surprise element to the presentation.

Nitin Bal Chauhan’s “Countdown” collection was not only a sustainable reminder of the global condition but a great style statement as an addition to the wardrobe of trendsetters.

DIVYAM MEHTA – CRAFTS FORWARD

Designer Divyam Mehta’s design philosophy has always been loyal to focussing on local textiles and a timeless approach that delves into the culture and craft of India. This season his Autumn/Winter 2022 line’s inspiration revolved around a poetic hybrid spin that was the Dongria Kondh tribe shapes, as well as the rural lifestyle, culture and simple life that is in tune with nature. For this collection, he utilised fabrics from AltMat, an alternative materials company focused on creating materials from various waste sources. The garments are made with Altag fabric, made from agricultural waste of food crops created from a mixture of mechanical, chemical and enzymatic processes to produce fibre and yarn.

The collection had a noticeable, primitive but refined touch that was very precise with the Kantha work as the matrix. Using tailoring as a design detailing, Divyam’s tailored seams formed the focal point of the garments. Allowing the natural drape of the fabric to flow in the pattern, there were wrap-around trousers and fluid, flowing creations that came together seamlessly in the collection.

Divyam Mehta’s collection once again paid tribute to the many crafts of the country but with a contemporary touch that will be very apt for the coming season

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