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Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019

Since 2012, Lakmé Fashion Week has led conversations that preserve and promote fashion industry’s interest in Indian handlooms and textiles and encourage fashion that has a positive impact on the environment. Every season, the platform takes pride in celebrating indigenous crafts and artisans through strong and powerful initiatives and programmes. This season too, with the aim to evolve mindsets and create an inclusive conversation around sustainable fashion in India, Lakmé Fashion Week (on 22nd August) will once again pay tribute to the rich heritage of Indian fabrics through specially curated shows, thought-provoking conversations, devoted workshops and path-breaking international collaborations for the first time in India.

THE VARIOUS SHOWS AND PRESENTATIONS ON DAY 2 AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK ARE:

(STUDIO) 9:30AM – 11:30AM

CIRCULAR CHANGEMAKERS – INNOVATION SHOWCASE

SUPPORTED BY CIRCULAR DESIGN CHALLENGE & CAIF

Circular Design Challenge (CDC), India’s largest Sustainable Fashion Award launched by Lakmé Fashion Week in association with R|ElanTM “Fashion For Earth”, UN Environment with support from Circular Apparel Innovation Factory (CAIF), an initiative by Intellecap, are coming together to launch ‘Circular Changemakers’ – India’s first investment readiness program for circular & sustainable fashion start-ups. Out of 76 applications received, 6 changemakers will be selected to participate in a 3-day intensive boot camp on capital raising, financial & business modelling, and investor pitch training. Changemakers will present their pitch to a jury of investors and industry experts at Lakme Fashion Week with the aim of enabling strategic investments and partnerships

(RUNWAY) 12 PM ONWARDS

COTTON CHAMPIONS: FARMERS

BY C&A FOUNDATION

WITH 11.11/ELEVEN ELEVEN

The opening show is a unique collaboration between C&A, a philanthropic foundation with an aim to transform the apparel industry, and 11.11/Eleven Eleven; a pret label by the entrepreneurs Shani Himanshu, and Mia Morikawa who have come together to create a collection made from sustainable and organic cotton in which the fabric used in the collection will be sourced from a producer of certified sustainable and organic cotton fabric. The collaboration aims to create a strong advocacy movement for sustainable & organic cotton in the Indian fashion industry, which will also be showcased through an audio-visual film. The C&A Foundation will share key notes on farmers and current Indian scenario for producing sustainable/organic cotton while highlighting benefits and challenges.

C&A Foundation demonstrate the socio-economic and environmental case for organic cotton by helping cotton farmers make the switch to organic farming and increase/improve their production through provision of technical and governance capacity to farmers. They work with brands and industry players like the Government, and NGOs to accelerate the market and uptake of more sustainable cotton.

The label 11.11/Eleven Eleven has consolidated its roots in the luxury space, while emphasizing on creating links between farmers, weavers, vegetable dyeing and block printing traditions. This resulted in a coherent and meaningful fashion garment line that created grounds for ethical products while ensuring sustainability of local strengths.

(RUNWAY) 1:30 PM

KHADI & VILLAGE INDUSTRIES COMMISSION PRESENTS

ANUJ BHUTANI | THREE | KHANIJO

This season Lakmé Fashion Week celebrates 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi with a special collaboration between KVIC and three designer labels Anuj Bhutani, Khanijo & Three by Pallavi Dhyani who will create a special collection with hand-spun and hand-woven Khadi fabrics. As a part of this collaboration, all 3 designers will create special capsule collection of 6 retail pieces that will be available at KVIC stores across the country. The designers will also engage in design intervention and mentoring one cluster each in rural areas under KVIC.

KVIC (a statutory body under the Ministry of Small & Medium Enterprises, Govt. of India) is charged with planning, promotion, organization and implementation of programs for the sustainability and development of khadi and other village industries in the rural areas for growth of livelihoods.

(STUDIO) 2:30 PM

COROZO – VEGAN IVORY x KA-SHA

SUPPORTED BY PROECUADOR

Commercial office of Ecuador in Mumbai & Karishma Shahani Khan has collaborated for the promotion of Corozo – a product made from the Tagua Nut, which is harvested naturally, is sustainable and sourced from the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. This product can be used for buttons, jewellery and art. The collaboration will put together a special fashion presentation/showcase to promote Corozo. The collection is inspired by human growth and identity, looks at nomadic references for their strong sense of connectivity to self and community. The designer has consolidated Corozo based material in the form of buttons and embellishment components. The collection was made by using hand spun khadi, handloom cotton and chanderi, plain and in woven zari stripes made by artisans in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

(RUNWAY) 3:30 PM

AN ODE TO DABU BY

AAVARAN UDAIPUR

Aavaran is an Udaipur-based label which will be showcasing their collection for the first time ever at LFW. Their print surfaces and collection stories are inspired by Danish artist Anne Vilsboll’s contemporary artwork series titled “miniature moon”. The brand offers a range of contemporary ‘Dabu’ mud-resist, hand dyed and hand block-printed garments, home furnishings and accessories. Their garments are inspired by Indian royal costumes, which is contemporized for end consumers. Aavaran employs over 100 people in its design and production departments as well as exclusively supports more than 200 women across four independently run training centers in the villages of Debari, Matun, Kanpur and Zawar in machine stitching and handwork like basic embroidery, button making, paper craft and durrie making.

(STUDIO) 4:30 PM

FULL CIRCLE: A HOLOGRAM BY ROOTED OBJECTS

This season Rooted Objects will do a special 2D hologram showcase of collections from brands featured on their website. The platform is an e-commerce website that presents brands that are rooted in a strong and well-defined sustainable philosophy. They exclusively feature makers who run their businesses with respect for people and the planet. Their hand-picked list of sustainable lifestyle brands defines luxury from a place of responsibility and consciousness, featuring products ranging from clothing, accessories, beauty, home décor etc.

(RUNWAY) 5:30 PM

MAKU | PADMAJA | SOHAM DAVE

MAKU

Maku’s collection pays tribute to the planet’s precious wildlife that is going extinct, majorly because of human activities. Maku has worked with traditional jamdani and khadi with his own trained weavers from West Bengal to develop the collection.

Padmaja

Padmaja has used silk, silk zari, cotton and its blends for her collection, ‘Ayahuma’, made by weavers in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Padmaja has worked with Adiv pure nature from Mumbai which makes natural dyes from recycled flowers and fruits collected from temples such as peach, coconut, dried rose petals, marigolds, pomegranates, indigos and madder.

Soham Dave

Soham Dave has worked with the seasoned weavers from the Fulia cluster of West Bengal for his new collection, ‘Zari’, created out of handwoven fabrics in silks and cotton silks with zari.

(RUNWAY) 7:30 pm

ANTAR – AGNI| URVASHI KAUR

ANTAR AGNI

Antar Agni’s new collection tells a story of a pure soul and its brushes with reality, confrontations with adulterations and in turn induced character which is world driven. The collection also focusses on freedom from the constrains of impatience, fear, inhibitions, gender and all the narrow boxes that life binds one in and celebrates individual personality. With both men and women wearing the same garments, the collection promotes androgyny. The collection is predominantly ivory, repressing the purity gliding towards the touch of silver grey, tan and blues, made with artisan textiles such as Orissa Ikkat and handloom cottons from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

URVASHI KAUR

Urvashi Kaur embodies glocal fashion –a hybrid expression of thinking globally and acting locally, keeping her designs global in their construction but defiantly Indian in their sensibility. She endorses an alternate fashion movement by embracing heritage hand-woven, organic textiles and natural dyes. Constant promotion and revival of indigenous Indian weaves and age-old techniques define her design philosophy.

(STUDIO) 8:30 PM

CIRCULAR DESIGN CHALLENGE

PRESENTS

I WAS A SARI

Winner of last year’s Circular Design Challenge, I was a Sari is presenting pre-loved saris at the heart of a new style, while empowering women artisans of Mumbai to become designers of their own futures. I was a Sari is implementing a sustainable, eco-friendly model which focuses on a ‘triple bottom line’ – constantly analysing its social, environmental and financial impact, and understanding the relationship each has with the others.

The Circular Design Challenge (CDC) is India’s largest sustainable fashion award. It is a platform for young fashion/accessory entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas and collections made by using materials from diverse sources of waste including plastic to promote circularity.

(RUNWAY) 9:30 PM

ECOVERO™ x ABRAHAM AND THAKORE

Lenzing™ collaborates with prominent designer duo Abraham and Thakore at Lakmé Fashion Week. This season, the designers leverage one of the world’s most eco-friendly fibres, EcoVero™. Derived from certified renewable wood sources using an eco-responsible production process by meeting high environmental standards, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres tailor to a sustainable lifestyle, contributing to a cleaner environment.

For this collection, A&T investigate and celebrate the ‘kurta’, an iconic Indian garment. A&T combines state of art manufacturing technology of sustainable ECOVERO™ fabric with timeless wooden hand block, bringing together a futuristic technology with an ancient textile tradition first documented in India in the Harappan period.

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