Rahul Mishra lived up to his reputation of being a master storyteller with his presentation for FDCI India Couture Week 2019, weaving a bouquet of vivid snippets of nature onto his signatory slow fashion silhouettes.
The collection takes cues from his recent experience of traveling to Monaco while reminiscing the memories of his childhood home in the village of Malhausi in Uttar Pradesh.
Grading through three colour stories starting with subtle off-white, to midnight black and blues and finally to classic red, Mishra’s collection intersected the emotions between the home where one is born and a home that one finds during escapades of travel, as well as the beauty of nature.
With gender-fluid, modern silhouettes that comprises collared jackets and dresses for women and flared pants and midi skirts for men, the designer imbibed surface decoration to produce vibrant simulations of the lush greenery of rich forests and lakes.
Techniques that empower artisans and boast of intricate craftwork such as two- and three-dimensional hand-embroidered surfaces fashioned with Swarovski crystals and silken threads were a highlight.
Pleated skirts with panels of tulle and embroidered sheer fabric, Nehru jackets paired against fishtail skirts, three-piece suit sets finished with half jackets were a few standout styles of the collection, elevated with a dense play of florals and architectural elements, regardless of the gender.
Winner of the International Woolmark Prize 2014, Rahul Mishra delivers a plethora of finest handwork instances that are hand woven, hand embroidered and hand crafted in India, for the world, via his eponymous label. His ready-to-wear line is showcased at Paris Fashion Week, and his annual couture collection at India Couture Week.