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Nachiket Barve at The Woolmark Company
Nachiket Barve’s ‘Tulipmania’ collection at The Woolmark Company’s show at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar

The Woolmark Company brought together six renowned fashion designers who showcased key looks for the upcoming season, inspired by luxurious, lightweight Merino wool fabrics.
Our very own Indian designers Nachiket Barve, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rahul Mishra, Troy Costa and Gaurav Jai Gupta and Pakistani designer Omar Farooq each presented a collection at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar that highlighted the versatility of the trans-seasonal fibre and reflected each designer’s personal aesthetics.
Nachiket Barve presented ‘Tulipmania’ inspired by the delicate flower. The versatile Cool Wool fabric has been re-imagined for eveningwear and occasion wear through this collection, in a way that is glamorous yet sensual. The concept was best exemplified with stunning showstopper Aditi Rao Hydari’s outfit.
Gaurav Jai Gupta showcased wool with an interesting array of blends. It all started with American travel and art photographer Trey Ratcliff’s images from Tokyo as a reference point. Hand-woven fabrics have been developed in Merino wool, monofilament silks, cotton, zari and stainless steel. The ‘Mumuksha’ collection consists of separates for both women and men along with saris.
International Woolmark Prize 2014 – Womenswear winner Rahul Mishra’s collection was inspired by metamorphosis in life. ‘Fourth Dimension’ is an essential tool to revisit the past through Merino yarn and human hands in a world ruled by technology, and fight the constant time and space to look into the future – to preserve the unseen hand of the skilled artisan who painstakingly beats technology to infuse individual hand skill in creating a couture expression of the fourth dimension.
Rajesh Pratap Singh’s simple yet flawless collection highlighted the fluidity, drapability and versatility of Merino wool. Oversized silhouettes are predominant in the collection and many garments are reflective of traditional Indian costumes but with a modern twist and relevance for today’s man. There are tunics in grey reds and oranges that add a burst of colour to the otherwise indigo palette. The ubiquitous white shirt and tunic also find their place.
Troy Costa presented ‘La Bella Figura’ meaning the good impression with structured silhouettes of bespoke tailoring. Ash Chandler opened the show with his soulful voice. And Bollywood actor Vidyut Jamwal walked the ramp.
And Pakistani menswear designer Omar Farooq presented ‘Oriental Opulence’ with embroideries, jacquards, knitting, embellishments and printing to create rich textile, bringing traditions to contemporary fashion.

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