Rajesh Pratap Singh‘s endeavours with textiles make him the designer of the future. His designs are an ode to the beautiful artisanal Indian roots. He weaves his magic through creations that focus on textile finesse and current designs.
He graduated from Nation Institute Of Fashion Technology, Delhi and then gained his experience in the fashion industry by working in India and Italy. He introduced his eponymous label of men’s and women’s clothing in 1997. With traditional design aesthetics in mind, his creations have a global appeal that makes them relevant to the modern audience.
1st February: Rajesh Pratap Singh’s passion for textiles is very evident through all his collections, but this season he was on a mission to explore and promote sustainability as a major part of the fashion industry. For Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 edition, he collaborated with Tencel™, which is Australian company Lenzing‘s branded lyocell fibres to create the Tencel™ 1.0 collection.
The theme was quite evident even through the way the runway was decorated with a white Tencel™ fibre display. But the true champion was the craftsmanship used to utilise this eco-friendly fibre in the designs. Rajesh Pratap Singh was a genius to combine Tencel™ yarns with silk and stainless steel, and he did it by creating fabrics through different weaves like hopsack, waffle and herringbone. Colour-blocking was used in the creations to show off this textile intricacy. The colour story made sure it summarised the summer vibe to the T with colours like coral to almost fuchsia, Indian pink, steel grey, mountain blue and pristine white.
What amazed the audience was the array of silhouettes presented on the ramp. Raja coats, gathered skirts, sheer shirts, waistcoat and dhoti pants combo, pin tucked skirt, blousons, cropped pants, striped double-breasted coats, jumpsuits, sari-inspired dresses, warp maxi dress, track pants and many more were spotted on the runway. Even menswear followed the easy-breezy vibe that’s quintessential summer. Comfy trousers, flared pants, pin tucked jackets and all-white summer suits made their way in the showcase.
Rajesh Pratap Singh successfully and beautifully managed to represent sustainable fashion through his new textiles made from Tencel™ fibres.