Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakme Fashion week 2019.

Arora fashioned the rustic woollens into sassy separates with linen-cotton, stripes and checks from West Bengal, mashru stripes from Gujarat, hand-woven silks from Bhagalpur, mulberry silks from south India and chanderis from Madhya Pradesh. Her microcosmic mix of Indian weaves was elevated with pops of colour in the form of local Kullu tapes and borders known as “kushi”, traditionally woven on a miniature loom, which were used as ties and accents on clothes and accessories. Among the steady stream of checked smocks, embroidered and fringed pullovers, waffled sweaters and houndstooth jackets were some upcycled plastic tarpaulin trench coats, skirts and bags, imaginatively hand-painted and trimmed.

The much-awaited “Circular Design Challenge Awards 2019”, launched by LFW in collaboration with the UN Environment as part of R Elan’s “Fashion for Earth” initiative, was won by Stefano Funari and Poornima Pande of I Was A Sari. Picked from 900 entries from 30 cities, and eight finalists, the award has fetched I Was A Sari a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh and the opportunity to present a collection at LFW’s Winter-Festive 2019 edition.

The winning collection skilfully upcycled five materials like pre-loved saris, deadstock industrial jerseys, upcycled seatbelts, blue tarpaulin and waste beads to present quirky rainwear, bags, an umbrella, a 3D appliqued garment, a long logo T-shirt and footwear — all created in collaboration with NGOs that work with underprivileged women.

At Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer-Resort 2019, the much-celebrated Sustainable Fashion Day saw two brands use the waterproof polyurethane-coated material in their collections and present an impressive window into their label’s engagement with recycling and eco-friendly processes. Aneeth Arora’s label Pero and Stephano Funari and Poornima Pande presented two disparate yet interesting schools of thought on the circular economy.

Arora showcased her Fall-Winter 2019 line at Lakme Fashion Week’s Summer-Resort 2019 edition, but no one in the audience was complaining. Presented in association with The Woolmark Company and Bhuttico, a 75-year-old wool weavers’ cooperative from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Arora’s show was all things Pero — warm and youthful at heart. In a pre-show audio-visual clip, Arora spoke about people overseas have the notion that India is only good with spring textiles. So, she decided to push boundaries and look at traditional woollen textiles. The Pero team worked closely with the Kullu artisans, modernising their archival textiles known as Pattu, the shawls draped by local women. Recalibrated for a more contemporary take, the colour palette came in shades of blue, khaki, off- white and electric blue.