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Nachiket Barve’s “R|Elan™ Millennial Maharanis” collection to be magnum opus at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018

Sanyukta Thakare | August, 20 2018

R|Elan™ collaborates with Nachiket Barve to unveil “R|Elan™ Millennial Maharanis” collection to be unveiled at - the India’s premier fashion extravaganza - Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018, to be held on 24th August in Mumbai.
Nachiket has taken 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 mileu necessitates 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 were amalgamating the Indian and European styles of dressing; with 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.
While commenting on making of the Millennial Maharanis collection Nachiket Barve said “The collection uses 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, applique, 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!”
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, Sangeets 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 fuses 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 is 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 has 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 are paired with tiny cholis and irreverent tulle skirts, Slinky gowns are paired with bejewelled over-coats for the nippy nights spent with friends and saris get styled with blazers for a new take on power dressing. The style is effortless but glamourous, dressy yet nonchalant, timeless yet now!
Adding to these carefully appointed surfaces and techniques, R|Elan™ FreeFlow fabric stunningly enhances 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™ FreeFlow fabric ensures the garment does not weigh you down, in addition to an extraordinary drape, which flows and falls with perfection. R|Elan™ FreeFlow is fabric of the future which feels like second skin and drapes luxuriously.
The collection will unveil 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.

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