6Degree, India’s leading fashion talent and tech platform reinterpreted the forthcoming festive season’s fashion statements at the 6Degree Stage One during Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2016 runway. The platform created quite a buzz among the fashion enthusiasts of the country by launching four established designers – Sumona Parekh, Architha Narayanam, Saroj Jalan, and Sanjukta Dutta.In addition; it was the dazzling beauties of B’town who stole the limelight at the highly-coveted fashion week. The bold and gorgeous Radhika Apte looked beautiful in a bridal ensemble designed by Saroj Jalan and Bollywood’s newly-married star Bipasha Basu made quite the statement in her ethnic outfit at Sanjukta Dutta’s show. While singer-actress Sophie Chaudhary walked the ramp for Sumona Parekh, petite beauty Karishma Kapoor looked resplendent in Architha’s bridal couture. The designers showcased their bridal collections on the final day at the 6Degree show of the fashion extravaganza, which was held in St.Regis, Mumbai on 28th August,2016.
One of India’s first fashion talent and tech startups launched in 2014 by Nikhil Hegde and Amit Bhardwaj, 6Degreehas signed a two-year deal with LFW as its official partner wherein the 6Degree Stage One will be the key highlight. The strategic association will enable 6Degree to build its brand equity on a global front and grow significant revenue; apart from giving the young and emerging designers an upgraded platform to present their fresh and cutting- edge styles on.The partnership for the next four seasons began with Lakmé Fashion Week Winter-festive 2016.
Commenting on their show, Amit Bharadwaj, COO & Co-Founder, 6 Degree, “Lakmé Fashion Week has been instrumental in integrating India into the global fashion scene, since 2006. This makes it another perfect launch pad for our talented designers to showcase their creations in front of critics and experts from all around India. It was great to witness the level of innovation our designers showcased and I hope they take this experience with them and continue to do great work in their careers.”
Known for her fashionable and exquisite range of customized and hand-crafted Assamese Mekhla Chadors with different varieties of colored silk threads, Sanjukta Dutta’s ensembles at the show were yet again a culmination of culture and religion of Assam.She re-interpreted the traditional Mekhla Chadorswith motifs based on the integrity, tranquility and cultural heritage of Assam in the form of Sutradhar (the anchor of Assamese Bhaona), the Tea Gardens, Fauna of Kaziranga, Flora of North-East, Fishing women, Weavers and Jhapi(traditional hat). The designer selected Muga and white as the colour theme, which isin stark contrast to her usual colorful selections.
Sanjukta Dutta commented, “Although I have been a part of several prestigious shows like ‘India Beach Fashion Week, Goa 2016’, ‘Mysore Fashion Week: The Royal Runway 2015’ and ‘Women’s Era Palaash Miss India 2015’, apart from presenting my designs to the British Royal Family during their recent visit to India, 6Degree has given me a wonderful opportunity to be part of the country’s premium fashion event. Being a part of this runway will enable me to establish a broader connect with the consumers of the global fashion world and widen my label’s footprint extensively across the country and the globe.Today, I feel that my decision of quitting my comfortable government job to pursue my passion has been truly rewarded.”
Designer Saroj Jalan’s collection was yet again inspired by the rich past of India. Her collection, inspired by Poet Amir Khusro’s Sakalban, incorporated the mystic beauty of Mother Nature in bold colour palettes. The delicate floral patterns intricately used in her Zardozi and hand-woven Tussar silk& velvet garments added a vibrant and fresh touch of feminity and poise. Meanwhile, Hyderabad-based designer Architha Narayanam unveiled her enthralling bridal collection, which was a blend of traditionalism and modernism of two cities, ‘Banaras’ from north India and Hyderabad from south India. The ensembles in red, green and gold hues with elephant motifs and Zardozi enhancements featured the ancient and indigenous lifestyles of the two.
Designer Sumona Parekh’s collection“Revival of the Baluchari” was inspired by the philosophy behind her label that juxtaposes the old with the new. The original Baluchari sarees originating from West Bengal 200 years ago in the 18th Century depict mythological scenes on the pallu and border. Sumona’s Festive/Winter collection used the Baluchari weave to create modern and striking contemporary silhouettes in the form of western floor lengths to traditional lehengas.
The collection is crafted with elegance and grandeur in Japanese kirigami technique, zardozi embroidery and Aari work to enhance the look of Baluchari in an elegant and subtle way; making them flexible for every woman’s wardrobe. Meanwhile, the colour palette used in the form of classic cream, red, magenta, gold to edgy black, makes the ensembles perfect for the winter season.