Wendell Rodricks’ Artistic Magic on the Ramp

Lakme Fashion Week Witnesses First of It’s Kind Museum Show

IMG_0721Acclaimed fashion designer and Padma Shree awardee Wendell Rodricks had a fabulous closing show on Indian Textile Day at Lakme Fashion Week held at St Regis Hotel, Mumbai. The ‘Indica Emporia’ collection (a celebration of Indian Textiles Heritage) by Rodricks, left the guests awestruck with the sight they experienced.

The Collection Comes Alive

The ramp was totally swept away along with the seats, thus transforming the vast main show area into a museum setting. The air had fragrance of roses, jasmines and marigolds that were decorated on the ramp and the entire room from the ceiling to the floor was trailed in white flowing drapes. At the background, the soaring voices of the Shillong Chamber Choir mesmerized the guests. Twenty models, standing on white platforms, were draped in hand woven bright silk which was a connotation of twenty iconic Indian garment adaptations. In its history, the Indian fashion scenario never saw something like this.

The outfits were uniquely laid down on the models. Ghagras became capes, pajamas turned into off shoulder blouses, dhotis morphed into saris, cholis hit the floor, capes skimmed over kurtas, and saris hand woven in bright colours. With the use of khadi cotton, silk tussar, mugha, noile, dupione and organza, the collection revealed an Indian yet international, minimal yet extravagant and resort yet urban approach.

“I re-invented what was expected of me with this collection. Whites gave way to colour, cotton and linen to silk and Khadi. I stayed far away from Benares silks and gold thread weaves to stay from an opulent look. What has been most satisfying is to use hand woven silks to optimum effect. My name may be on the collection and label but truly it is to the art of the cotton growers and silk cultivators, the dyers who use inventive alchemy and weavers who carry forward a grand legacy that are the real stars of Indica Emporia” says Wendell. “This collection will always be special in my career. I owe thanks to Lakme and IMG Reliance for encouraging and collaborating with me for this memorable collection. Also to Ekta Rajani for the styling and Schulen Fernanades who designed many garments and will one day soon take over my mantle and studio as Design Head.”

The Desert Tribe Look

Resembling a tribal group from a desert, the models were styled by Grazia’s fashion editor Ekta Rajani. Make up by Fat Miu, the models had slick and oil black eyes, tattoo dots on their faces complimented with nose rings, parched lips and shimmer peacock blue nail paints. The distressed hair decorated with seashells was styled by Tigi.

Celebrities Who Attended

The show was star-studded with celebrities like actors Tisca Chopra, Sonali Kulkarni, Arshad Warsi with wife Maria Goretti, Dolly Thakore and supermodel Elena Fernandes among other guests.

Respect for the fashion legend Wendell Rodricks for successfully pulling off a great show with so much zeal!


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