Anavila closed the third day of Lakmé Fashion Week – Summer Resort 2019 with her SS’19 collection, hundred per cent organic—inspired from the culturally rich and diverse Sa Pa ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
Taking cues from how sustainability and responsible fashion is inherently a way of life for these women, the collection has been fashioned out of naturally available materials, which were then converted into beautiful garments.
Putting mobility and minimalism at the forefront, Anavila presented fluid, comfortable and stylish silhouettes in refreshing natural hues of whites, beige and tones of peach, leaf green, indigo and charcoal. Taking centre-stage were gorgeous saris and separates in all-natural yarns such as cotton, linen and silk—in conjunction with 100% natural dyes. Techniques such as pleating, cording, embroidery, hand batik have been used carefully and selectively while fashioning the garments. The ensembles were complemented with nude makeup; hair was accessorized with fabric straps that were a recycled part of the collection.
In congruence with the concept of the collection, the runway, a sandy pit was made keeping in mind the Sa Pa terrace farming structures right in the centre. The vision was to create a warm and welcoming ambience with sunlight seeping in through the windows, replete with a smattering of natural elements—characteristic of a tranquil afternoon.
Friends of the designer such as Vidhya Balan, Risca Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Mandira Bedi, Tillotama Shome, Gauri Shinde, Malavika Mohanan, Sona Mohapatra, Sonali Kulkarni, Kausar Munir, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari and Deepti Naval came out to support her from the front rows.
Speaking about the collection, Anavila said, “My ever inspiring travels to Vietnam and more so to the Sa Pa region has left a lasting impression on me. Beautiful and very stylishly dressed women from various ethnic minorities working tirelessly either on an embroidery piece or stitching a garment or weaving hemp against a picturesque silhouette of paddy fields is a common sight here. It has not only creatively inspired me, but the life and lifestyle of the very industrious Sa Pa women have found its way into my routine.”