LFW 2018: Hemang Agarwal Brings Back His Precious Metals With A Twist
As has been the case with several past seasons fo the Lakme Fashion Week, Day 2 of the ongoing Lakme Fashion
Week Summer Resort 2018 too was dedicated to Sustainable fashion that was marked, as usual, with an undercurrent of pragmatic fashion that comprises largely of relaxed, flowy silhouettes and breathable fabrics. Going against this wave of conscious casualness was designer Hemang Agarwal who recently presented his collection, ‘Un-Revive,’ which was not just a dressy take on sustainable fashion but also a masterpiece of textile innovation,
to say the least. Here, take a look…
Two seasons ago, Hemang had brought forth a new concept of Benarsi weaves where he presented a line-up of western and Indian silhouettes hand-weaved with pure gold and silver yarns called varak. Of course, the collection was a big hit. So he brought back the varak this season, only this time he decided to use them to express his textile brilliance infusing them with other yarns to create beautifully contrasting westernised patterns that are living proof to Hemang’s textile expertise.
Here’s a detailed lowdown on the designer’s latest collection…
1. Silhouettes: Keeping up with his speciality of presenting the classic Indian weave in a contemporary avatar, Hemang brought forth an interesting motley of western silhouettes, Indian silhouettes and a combination of them both. Letting his collection speak directly to the modern-day woman, the designer sent a line-up of dresses (maxis, mini and micro-minis), trench dresses, tunics, kurtis, box-pleated skirts, jackets, cropped pants and palazzos.
That said, Hemang did not completely leave out tradition altogether giving us a slew of stunning saree, each adorned with a not-too-Indian pattern.
2. Colour Palette: Given that the metal yarn continued to be an essential part of Agarwal’s collection, gold and silver were crucial contributors on the shade card. These were presented on canvases of pretty pastes including blues, peaches, oranges and greens, neutral tones of ivory and beige and a relatively brighter yellow.
3. Patterns & Techniques: In an unexpected twist, Hemang ignored prints and embroideries altogether and created beautiful patterns of tartan checks, houndstooth, polka dots and contrasting stripes woven as a single fabric using the Tanchui and Katarwaan weaving techniques.
Interestingly, the metal yarns were used not just to weave the beautiful patterns but also to give the pastel fabrics an understated metallic sheen that gave the overall collection a desirably dressy appeal.
Frankly, we did have more than just one favourite in the collection but after several eliminations, we picked the pastel green polka dotted-dress and long trench set as our final pick…
Image Credit: Viral Bhayani