Nachiket Barve Collaborates With R|Elan for Millennial Collection At LFW 2018


R|Elan collaborated with Nachiket Barve to unveil “R|Elan Millennial Maharanis” collection at – the India’s premier fashion extravaganza – Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018.

Nachiket took inspiration from the globetrotting Indian royalty of the 20’s and 30’s; looking at the lifestyle of the jet-setting millennial bride squads, for weddings sprawled across the globe. This concept of marrying the traditional with modern milieu necessitated rich, premium, yet lightweight and fluid outfits.
R|Elan is the next generation of fabric, specially engineered to provide the dual benefits of high fashion and enhanced comfort. The wardrobes of the Royalty of yore, amalgamated the Indian and European styles of dressing; as traditional lehengas and saris nestled next to jackets and gowns with the finest of craftsmanship. The Maharani of Cooch Behar, Kapurthala and Jaipur were renowned beauties and fashionistas!
Their extraordinary jewels and the beautiful manicured palace gardens with budding blossoms and ripe pomegranates captured for posterity in commissioned portraits by famed artists and by legendary photographers such as Horst and Beaton have inspired the embroidery and surface development techniques of the collection.
“The collection used a wide range of techniques that reinvent age old craft traditions with a modernist’s point of view. The R|Elan fabrics were wonderful to embellish and do a range of techniques like beading, appliqué, resham embroidery and to just use for colour blocking. The intricate handwork and the subtle yet striking surfaces come alive on the fabric and are perfect for the destination wedding” says Nachiket Barve on making of “Millennial Maharanis’ collection.
The new royals are not dynastic necessarily, but the well-heeled and well-travelled Millennials who aspire for the best of everything, ‘La Dolce Vita’ on speed-dial! Bachelorettes in Nice, Sangeet in the exotic Middle East, Proposals on private islands and a gazillion occasions to wear extraordinary clothes across the world! The R|Elan™ FreeFlow collection fused the sensibility of these girls that’s a new mix of East and West, Tradition with a twist and sensible glamour that is versatile; after all, even the Maharanis have to mix and match their clothes for different girlfriends’ weddings!
A rich gem stone dipped palette was dressed up with intricate hand beading, rose tinted Resham embroidery and bedazzled with hand-cut Lamé Appliqué. Gota has been reinvented as yarn and used to embroider abstract Chrysanthemums that explode with joy. The heirloom jewels have been reinterpreted in beading and crystal to resemble faceted Golconda diamonds of the Queen of Baroda.
Exquisite hand embroidered jackets that have taken hundreds of hours to make, were paired with tiny cholis and irreverent tulle skirts. Slinky gowns were worn with bejewelled over-coats for the nippy nights spent with friends and saris got styled with blazers for a new take on power dressing. The style is effortless but glamorous, dressy yet nonchalant, timeless yet now!
Adding to these carefully appointed surfaces and techniques, R|Elan Free Flow fabric stunningly enhanced the royal aesthetics of the garments, while bringing in an element of comfort and easy care, to provide freedom from the day-to-day hassles of a travelling bride squad. Despite the long yards of fabric used, R|Elan Free Flow fabric ensures the garment does not weigh you down, in addition to an extraordinary drape, which flows and falls with perfection.
The collection unveiled exquisite outfits created using special fabrics from R|Elan with sophisticated, premium fabric selections, meeting a medley of first-of-its-kind design and craft from a couturier par excellence, this collection has been conceptualized to envisage and demonstrate a wedding trousseau for the aspirational millennials.
Fabrics from R|Elan are made from specially engineered fibres that combine, in perfect proportions, functionality and fashion. Drawing from extensive R&D and vast expertise in fibres, R|Elan is a portfolio of innovative fabrics that does more. R|Elan is Fabric 2.0 and brings alive Nachiket Barve’s path-breaking innovative artisanship.