Hemang Agrawal is a master at developing unconventional textiles with unique yarns. For Lakmé Fashion Week 2020 Digital First Season Fluid Edition, Agrawal’s collection “Tattva” presented by Japanese sophisticated fibre, Bemberg™ by Asahi Kasei Corporation Japan, unveiled the versatility of the Bemberg™ yarn for rich brocades and jacquards as well as a variety of different fabrics.
Presenting nearly 40 ensembles for men and women, it was the 12 Tattvas from the Indian traditions and scriptures that influenced Agrawal’s creations. Earth, water, fire, wind, sky, sun, moon, planets, organisms, body, mind, and spirit were the basis of the collection that represented the harmony between the 12 universal elements.
Motifs representing these elements, including quirky versions of moon-phases, tigers, human mind & DaVinci’s Vitruvian man were skilfully woven into the glittering fabrics.
The collection featured Bemberg™ brocades as the predominant textile, along with plain Bemberg™ fabrics and a few blends.
While the styling for both men’s and women’s wear was understated and elegant, it was the textiles that were the cynosure of all eyes at all times. In sharp contrast to the prevailing trend of fashion presentations, the collection was presented in a completely dark show-environment, devoid of any graphic imagery.
Women’s wear was visualized in classic double-breasted tunics and jackets as well as neat blouses with saris. Trousers were comfy with boot-cut hems, while the maxis with halter bodices and intricately woven skirts were great cocktail time offerings. Cropped blouses with long-sleeves put an emphasis on construction when worn with box-pleated floor-sweeping skirts.
A jumpsuit was a practical offering, while the trapeze style dress with two slit pockets, double-breasted trench coat, overlapping wrap pants, boxy jackets, waistcoats, long-sleeved sack dresses worn with skirts; gave varying options to the feminine wardrobe.
The trio of skirt, waistcoat, and jacket was ideal for women who exude a powerful personality, while a striking deep ‘V’ neckline gown was a glittering after the dark offering. For more ultra-formal wear, Agrawal presented a gorgeous red brocade skirt teamed with a basic shirt and then added a dupatta for a fusion effect.
The 2-button peak lapelled jacket, brocade skirt with a body-con blouse, and a sleek women’s sherwani worn with a maxi skirt were varying style statements.
While the sari blouses were often with demure long sleeves, the waistcoat blouse was a quirky addition as well as the shirt that gave power dressing a new dimension with a sari to make a distinct impact.
For more festivities, the bright blue brocade lehenga with a strappy bustier and dupatta were ideal for the New Year events.
Men’s wear was practical but well-constructed, as Sherwanis, trench coats, single-button jackets with turn-up trousers, basic shirts and bundgalas, completed the line. Adding a dash of daring style options for the fashion-conscious male, Agrawal teamed a sleek trench coat with a skirt that could definitely be a great conversation breaker.
Hemang Agrawal’s collection “Tattva” created from the versatile Bemberg™ yarn into glamorous, glittering, festive wear for men and women, was a breath-taking look at new additions for fashionable dressing, in the form of garments and innovative textiles.