My favourite part about working for Roposo, India’s largest fashion network, is being able to attend events like Alchemy 2017, a fashion showcase that features L. S. Raheja Institute‘s graduating designers.
I’m going to be honest.
I really didn’t expect much from a student fashion show.
But the moment I stepped into the Raheja Classique Club, I was blown away. (Mind you, I arrived an hour before the show even began!) Everything from the choice of venue, to the runway setup, to the volunteers who showed me to my seat was extremely professional from the get-go.
A total of twelve graduates from L. S. Raheja created collections consisting of six different outfits, with three womenswear and three menswear looks. Each collection was conceptualized and designed by the students themselves, with a fresh theme for each one.
A collection ready to steal your heart (and your treasure!), accompanied by upbeat runway music that can be appropriately described as a glamorous Pirates of the Caribbean remix.
Forget the red-white-and-blue nautical aesthetic you’re familiar with. The prints and earth tones featured in this set will have you hooked (pun intended).
Whoever told you high-low hems were “so last season” lied to you!
This indigo cape and skirt combo is a must-have!
By far my favourite collection from Alchemy 2017 was “Tadao’s Little Geometry” by Twinkle Mehta. I mean, look at it – no wonder it was awarded Best Design Portfolio of the Year, as well as Collection of the Year.
I fell in love with the silhouettes and crimson accents of the collection. Don’t even get me started on the headpieces! Doesn’t it look like the models are wearing halos? As if we needed a reminder of how angelic anyone can look in any of the above ensembles. Having been to Japan myself, I was filled with nostalgia for early mornings spent in Shibuya upon seeing this set.
A cowl neckline in soft lavender worn with such effortless elegance.
It may be winter in Mumbai, but that doesn’t stop anyone from colour blocking like it’s summer!
Chawla Komal‘s collection, Florentine Facade, was awarded Best Collection by Roposo.
A collection populated with geometric shapes in bright, bold colours calls for a classic pair of sunnies of course!
Did I burn my retinas? Maybe. Was I able to stop myself from staring in wonder? Absolutely not.
Such a whimsical collection – inspired by Alice in Wonderland! The models ricocheted across the stage in every which way as if they were in their own little fantasy world.
Move over, Lana del Rey!
Congratulations to the twelve young designers who graduated this year! The standing ovations, applause, and awards are very well-deserved and members of the Mumbai fashion community eagerly await future work.
That’s all for now! Lakme Fashion Week is coming up on the first week of February so stay tuned for my coverage of the event!