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Khadi goes chic on the ramp

Khadi goes chic on the ramp
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At the recent Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) along with designers Anuj Bhutani, Gaurav Khanijo of Khanijo, and Pallavi Dhyani of the label Three, celebrated 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi by showcasing khadi collections.

At the recent Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) along with designers Anuj Bhutani, Gaurav Khanijo of Khanijo, and Pallavi Dhyani of the label Three, celebrated 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi by showcasing khadi collections.

ANUJ BHUTANI SHOWCASED CLASSIC STYLES IN KHADI

When it comes to fashion Anuj Bhutani is one of the most minimalistic designers in the business. His silhouettes for men and women are often unisex, thereby giving the garments a more versatile profile.

The clean, fuss free shapes are Anuj's leitmotif that allows the fabrics to weave their story. It was comfort luxury wear with an emphasis on textiles that the 'Anuj Bhutani' label always aims for.

Textiles and sustainability have played a major role in Anuj's collection. The Khadi creations inspired by Chandni Chowk's architecture, colours and people had a marked ethnic touch.

The line comprised relaxed salwars, kameezes, dupatta, voluminous kurtas, cool dhotis, saris, scarves and turbans. Hand embroidery played an important part as the garments were etched with the delicate patterns.

The silhouettes were a great combination of traditional structure and layered styling that resulted in a more contemporary offering of Khadi. Embellishments and detailing played a stylish part as cutwork appeared periodically along with running stitches and elegant draping.

Keeping to the "classic Anuj Bhutani" trend, the androgynous aspect of the collection was visible and constantly eye-catching.

GAURAV KHANIJO'S LABEL KHANIJO GAVE KHADI AN EMOTIONAL FASHION DIRECTION

The 'Khanijo' label by Gaurav Khanijo has given men's wear some adventurous and stylish options each season. One of the very creative designers from the Gen Next Winter/Festive 2016 batch, Gaurav's creativity has been in accordance with the stylish trends that the millennial man longs for.

Working with Khadi for his collection this season, the 'Khanijo' label brought in a mélange of history into the present and then looked at the future trends.

Inspired by Ek - the numeric one in Hindi, the garments were a reminder that Gandhi was right when he called Khadi an art that saves life.

With absolute integrity, the range went back to the cultural roots, as they innovatively showcased ensembles that marched forward in trend with solidarity.

For the line, Gaurav did some SWOT analysis on Khadi, which will surely be the fabric of the future. The 'Khanijo' touches were very much there as the garments appeared on the stylish models.

THREE BY PALLAVI DHYANI GAVE TIMELESS INNOVATIVE FASHION DIRECTIONS TO KHADI

Pallavi Dhyani's 'Three' label worked on a range that would be a timeless addition in the wardrobes of men and women. Her softly layered collection called "Wave Length" ensured that the ensembles would complement the personalities of the buyers.

Staying true to her design sensibilities, the silhouettes were contemporary with a minimal touch but high on utility. The garments were practical and would be on the top of everyday wardrobe-essentials lists.

The brand's USP has always been partial to lots of layering with a few androgynous styles. The colour story for Khadi according to Pallavi was subtle with tones of grey, blue and favourites like white, which were livened up with sudden bursts of fuchsia.

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