Amidst the media frenzy and celebrity sightings, it is easy to forget what the purpose of Lakme Fashion Week truly is. To remind show hoppers of just this, every season has a day dedicated to our rich legacy of textiles and the people behind it. This season, however, a new word was thrown into the mix - sustainability. Here's your primer in understanding what is the next big step in ethically conscious fashion.
Sustainable fashion or eco-conscious fashion is the idea of taking the right steps in reducing the human impact on the ecology of the planet. That is to say in creating a line, every step along the way factors in ecological issues—whether it is sourcing bio-degradable products or reducing the usage of water in every process of manufacture.
Sustainable fashion is the diametric opposite of fast fashion. The issues fast fashion has given rise to—such as textile wastage, pollution, water wastage—are addressed if fashion follows the sustainable philosophy. From using biodegradable yarns and recycling fibres to upcycling and zero wastage, the scope of sustainable fashion is vast and waiting to be explored.
Day Two at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 was Sustainable Fashion and Indian Textile Day. As such, a new generation of designers is championing the movement. Forerunners include names to watch out for like Galang-Gabaan, Oshadi, Maku Textiles, Naushad Ali and Soham Dave.
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