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''At a time when high fashion was bright silks with embroidery in the late 80’s, I introduced humble cottons in white on racks. It was revolutionary for its time and I had no idea that it set the tone for a younger generation of designers to follow suit'' PadmaShri Wendell Rodricks told me in a recent interview. Schulen Fernandes For Wendell Rodricks, part of the grand finale at Lotus MakeUp India Fashion Week, is an ode to the label's archive while keeping it relevant with tribal heritage and a clean contemporary character.


Titled Zentangle — the design aesthetic is steeped in The Zentangle Method, an abstract art form created using lines, curves and orbs. Several forms of tribal art have adopted this approach and the design here is an absolute tribute — accentuated with head gear, painting on the face and tribal- inspired accessories. Sheathed in a palette of white, silver, sand and blue, the ensembles crafted with cotton, lycra, linen and georgette, had a relaxed millennial vibe. Overall, there were fluid voluminous silhouettes with a cinched or exposed waist. Although each look was attractive and retail-friendly, there were some real beauties like an asymmetrical voluminous dress with woven silver lines. A white shirt cinched with a wide belt, worn over a silver mini, demonstrated the ability to create classics that feel fresh. Yet, everyone sat up and took notice when a gay model strode out in a open white shirt with a long white skirt, drawing attention to the subtext of inclusivity. My favourite look? The white and silver cutout swimsuit under a white coverup with woven silver stripes! It was, indeed, the wow factor.


My last thoughts as I walked out of the showing — Schulen Fernandes For Wendell Rodricks SS20 stayed its course; despite being an ode to Island tribals, it was yet another collection appealing to their minimalist- minded clientele.


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