Raghavendra Rathore, one of our favourite Indian menswear designers, released his latest collection at Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 in Mumbai.
Definitely unique, this new collection was presented in 3 capsules. For the first time on this platform, a high-end bespoke line was showcased at the same time as a ready-to-wear line, possibly marking a future fashion week trend. The Ready-to-wear line, ‘The Imperial India Company (IIC), was lauched first, followed by an introduction to the Raghavendra Rathore Foudation in commemoration to the textile day. The presentation ended by showcasing a bespoke collection of ‘Raghavendra Rathore’.
The purpose behind showcasing a high-end bespoke collection along with a ready-to-wear collection was to change the way Indian designers present their vision nowadays. And we absolutely welcome the idea, as it it allows us to experience the whole range of a designer’s offerings.
The Raghavendra Rathore Foundation was founded as a celebration of hope. It emphasizes on using Banarasi Silk for its signature style. It also includes the classic Bandhgalas. The designs are worked on by underprivileged and displaced women from Rajasthan and this foundation is said to be the heart of the company.
We give you a quick look and lowdown on each of the capsules presented by Raghavendra Rathore.
The Imperial India Company:
This capsule acquires its inspiration from the British Raj. It is made essentially for the modern man and uses the handloom and fabrics that are culturally oriented in the RR foundation, thus helping NGOs and weavers to grow along with the success and development of the company.
Raghavendra Rathore Foundation:
This collection is inspired by the concept of assisting people who have the potential but not the capital or contact to acquire and achieve goals, a stable livelihood as well as showcasing rural handicrafts. The proceedings are then passed on to NGOs that also believe in this concept. (showcased a collection of bandhgalas, a Raghavendra Rathore signature creation, designed in Banarasi silk.)
Inspired by tradition, this capsule is based on elegance and caters to a market that understands the ‘old is gold’ concept with a modern twist in styling. This collection is completely bespoke and seeks its inspiration from traditional textiles, woven by weavers, but of course, emphasis on modern day fashion and, of course, complete personalisation.