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The Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020 edition celebrated 20 years at BKC Mumbai from February 12 to 16. It was a colourful event with fabrics, crafts and embellishments taking centrestage. Designers experimented with various fabrics and embroidery to turn their collections into showstopping lines for both resortwear and destination bridalwear. Meher Castelino reports.

Inspired by arresting features like tensile structures from tensile architecture, art installations, industrial equipment and man-made membranous objects, the designer used them for a visually dramatic line of garments. The hunting ground for the raw materials was the various fishing villages of Maharashtra from where the items were sourced along with the surplus fishing monofilament yarns. These, in turn, were treated with dyes and turned into yarns for embellishments. The experiments also included usage of industrial glass yarns, rayon and silk as well as cutting edge fabrics like latex and metallic foils.

Presenting a full-fledged winter collection, Rina Singh of Eka worked with independent clusters across Telangana—from the double and single ikat clusters of Kovalguddam to the thigh-reeled tussar saris from Mahadevpur, and from simple cotton textiles of Narayanpet to the wool, silk, ikat, stoles from Pochampally.

The amazing quality of the collection was the result of hard work put in by 200 craftswomen of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, who created 5,000 metres of crochet lace and 50,000 crochet flowers in a chosen colour palette. So, there was a fabulous, pastel, colourful forest, in spring hues of coral pink, blue, teal, lime, grey and natural tones. These were further merged with laces in expert jaali work and floral motifs, which were added on soft organdie, chanderi and kota silk.

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