Gen Next, no matter how busy the editors of magazines and newspapers are, they make it a point to come for this show. The show begun on a quiet note, with Mohammed Javed Khan’s label called ‘ex-pression-ist’. There was a whole lot of layering with a shabby/homeless chic nuance to his garments. Relaxed cardigans and subtle floral print in sepia colours stood out amongst his blazers that had that already worn look to them. The belt being given a big focus worn on top of all the layers, something usually done for women but this time adapted to men. This might have had something to do Aki Narula being the stylist of the show and trying to push our boundaries of everyday dressing.
Although they showcased last, Teresa James and Rodger Prince stole the show with their collection Retarded Velvet, they dared to be vibrant and edgy all with a hint of ‘street cred’. A mix between the Native Indian and East India, the fusion blended perfectly. Structured blouses with leather fringe, tie die cigarette pants; all the garments had volumes of personality and more importantly a distinct identity. I particularly liked their print on print technique that was held together by a loud colour palette. Houndstooth print with tie n die, add to that a little Ghanaian print, you’d think it would look a mess, but it was this air of chaos that worked for the collection. I met the Duo, at the Tote party and they were every bit as cool as their label. I absolutely loved Teresa’s jewellery, wish I had a camera to take pics, but the week is young I’ll try hunt her down for a photo op.
Check out the Video for a snippet of their work in the Lakmé Fashion Week Day 1 Highlights post.