Cocccon’s “Abundant Paradise”
“Abundant Paradise” was inspired by the humble life of tribes in Jharkhand, the native state of Chandra Prakash Jha. The ideas revolved around the sisal plants, culture, livestock and the presence of elephants. It was a playful, experimental look at fashion, when Bauhaus merged with indigenous art forms and the biodiversity of Jharkhand.
The Cocccon label has now become one of the most renowned names in the world of fashion, as a truly stylish brand in Germany that follows the sustainable path of organic peace silk, colors and prints.
Unfolding a look that was pure luxury, the brand showcased luxe night and home wear, along with formal suits, very stylish dresses and then added comfy street wear for relaxed dressing. There were more interesting add-ons to the look, with scarves, saris and even pillowcases to match the dreamy bedtime style statements.
The major emphasis of the collection was on organically produced peace silk; when silkworms are allowed to turn into beautiful butterflies. Therefore, the Seri-culture was maintained with rigid fair trade and organic practices at all times.
Cutouts appeared strategically for a yellow one-shoulder creation with a wired detailing, or for a textured neon green body suit and at other times for impressive sleeves. Going for some OTT silhouettes, the pale blue creation with an angular sleeve and wrap detailing had an extraordinary visual appeal, while the simple plunging, “V” neckline, silver creation ensured classic sophistication. The boxy, white jacket with pastel appliqués teamed with textured, pleated, billowing pants brought peace silk in a glam avatar. Comfortable kimono style robes and belted pyjama sets set the mood of the show.
For men’s wear, making a fashion impact was the orange and fuchsia abundantly tasseled white jacket teamed with shorts, the basic ice blue shirt and trouser combo and the simple zipped up white shirt. A mix of textures for a coat with shredding and patchwork was the focal point, while a white floor length version caused considerable drama.
The collection is totally plastic free, materials like bamboo and cane replaced them, while the patterns followed a zero waste policy. Waste from the side cuts of designs turned into sisal patterns, while silk fur was used in place of animal furs. Even the dyes and the prints followed the low zero waste path for the collection.
Women’s wear was more extravagant as layers of pronged, 3D, origami-like, detailing covered sleeves, trousers, asymmetric dresses and even complete minis in an unconventional form.
Chandra Prakash Jha on his Collection
“We (Georg & Prakash) are very thankful to FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week for providing us this platform on the sustainable fashion day and enabling us to showcase how sustainable fashion can be cool, crazy and sexy at the same time- Sustainability is the new Black. Our Fashion video is created at the world-famous Emil Schumacher Museum of Hagen, Germany. Emil Schumacher was a rebellion in Arts, who used abstract as the new normal in German Art scene” .