Five fashion designers at FDCI X LFW 2022 reflect on post-pandemic changes in expression


People have experienced a major shift in style sensibilities amid the pandemic as physical distancing has disrupted social life. While some of us have had a post-pandemic fashion awakening, others have taken a liking to comfort and made room for luxury loungewear in our wardrobes. Fashion designers also rediscovered their style during this period. Some decided to continue living in the age of casual dress and a few others weren’t afraid to experiment with fashion. But how have these shifts in personal sartorial identity translated into their designs in a post-COVID world? We talk to five designers, who presented their collections at FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week 2022, to give us some insight.


Designers Kanika Sachdev and Neelanjan Ghosh rewrote their personal style rules post-pandemic. “The pandemic has taught us all a lot, including how to live responsibly. Our clothing identities have become more responsible and casual, where we choose outfits that have a story to tell and choose experiences over mindless shopping. It has also become more experimental,” shares Sachdev. Ghosh adds: “With the pandemic, we spent a lot of time indoors. Therefore, wearing comfortable and breathable outfits that require minimal care is what I personally prefer now. The Jajaabor label co-creators say experimentation and comfort, which they incorporated into their personal style, were well captured in their Wah Usta, Wah! collection. Ghosh shares, “We included prints and tried a more diverse color palette and added layers, more cutout details with a layering of different fabrics such as organza with Chanderi.” Their collection – it also uses multicolored patchwork, contrasting color linings, draped collars – was inspired by Bikaner’s Rampuria Havelis and the intricate Usta art form they witnessed there.


For designer Aartivijay Gupta, lessons from the pandemic include an emphasis on self-love and self-care. “During the pandemic, it’s self-love that most of us have discovered.” Gupta adds that finding joy in the little things is also something she embraced during this time: “The fact that it’s the little things that make us happy is something I discovered; and I also incorporated these elements into my latest collection. For Gupta’s eponymous label, she included an explosion of animal and foliage prints for her “Summer Resort 22-23” collection. On this subject, the designer adds: “This season, we celebrated the Indian art of Tada Patra from the village of Raghurajpur in Orissa. You’ll see lots of cheerful prints emphasizing Indian craftsmanship as well as fun yet skin-friendly silhouettes.


Designer Siddhartha Bansal shares that in this season, the collection of his eponymous brand “Blooming Tales” has been redefined keeping in mind post-pandemic trends and consumer demands. The flowing, feminine silhouettes Bansal created had wildlife-based designs. “This time most of the silhouettes were made with ease and demand in mind. [of consumers], as well as the idea of ​​how people will dress in the coming months. How about modifications in his personal style? Bansal adds that her personal style has never been reflected in any of her collections. That being said, he shares that his style has changed drastically during the pandemic, “With work from home and Zoom calls introduced into our lives, my wardrobe has changed to incorporate more interesting tops and relaxed bottoms.”


“On a personal level, I’ve learned to spend more time with and for myself,” shares designer Nikita Mhaisalkar, adding, “For me, self-love has taken center stage due to the pandemic. And when it comes to my style, it still remains classic and yet a little over-stylized. In his “Terrain 2022” collection for his eponymous brand, Mhaisalkar explored the graphic opulence and colors often identified with the Native American tribe Navajo to offer trans-seasonal and vibrant pieces that can be enhanced with chic style. remains to explore selected rug prints and signature luxury embroideries.


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