"I have been mesmerised by the opulence of handwoven textiles from a young age and ever since these weaves shaped my design sensibility. I feel India is one of the few countries that has retained its weaving tradition. Today the world is looking towards our nation, so it is imperative that we showcase our legacy of weaves and textiles" Shruti Sancheti told me when we first met. Sourcing directly from weavers, the educationist and designer has built her label by resolutely working to revive near- extinct weaves — without sacrificing style for sustainability.
At Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, Shruti added a romantic, bohemian discipline to her signature style. Inspired by a summer romance with florals, the designer deftly blended handwoven textiles with an elegant floral print narrative and Oriental graphics. Soft pastel fabrics were crafted into maxis, dresses, palazzo pants, belted dresses layered with lightweight diaphanous outerwear—most embellished with old school hand embroideries. Traditional romantic details such as lace, bows and ruffles completed the look.
As she graciously accepted congratulations and compliments, I nailed the show's attraction: a structured, globally relevant line threaded with subtle sophistication.
— JASMEEN DUGAL
Photographs — VINOD KUMAR FOR EXPLOSIVE FASHION